Easy Projects is a project management software program developed by Logic Software Inc. Logic Software is based out of Toronto, Ontario and is currently headquartered in the United Kingdom. The company employs under 50 people and is a Microsoft Silver Partner for Application Development.

The company created the software in 2003 when it needed a project management option for their own use but was disappointed with the selections that were currently available in the marketplace. The company's customers loved the product and asked to purchase the product for their own needs. The product has been available on the commercial market ever since.

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The Good

  • Plans
  • Activity center
  • Mobile app integration
  • Updates
  • Customizations

Easy Projects offers both web-based and on-premise project management solutions. Pricing for the software is based upon the number of users. A free plan is available for users who want to test drive the features for themselves. The software program also features an ROI calculator that determines the pricing for your organization specifically based on a select number of factors.

The software supports an unlimited number of projects and non-login users. The on-premise installation is priced just under $200 in up front costs and comes with a monthly rate of $7 per user. The online version is the most affordable option for businesses. The company offers discounts for users that purchase 20+ licenses and volume discounts for nonprofit and academic organizations.

Easy Projects features an activity center that both increases ease of use and decreases the amount of time needed to complete projects. The software comes equipped with inline editing of projects, drag and drop organization of tasks, and quick search and customization tools. Users can log in with their email credentials so they do not have to keep track of another password.

Another feature is its integration of mobile apps to view assignments, add time entries, and monitor changes. These mobile apps are compatible with iOS, BlackBerry, and Android platform systems. The project management program can also manage file versions as well. The platform integrates with Microsoft Outlook to help you keep track of project tasks.You can email relevant information and tasks to the software platform directly to Easy Projects without being logged in to the platform directly.

Clients can easily view progress updates, submit new projects, and contribute to discussion through the guest portal provided by Easy Projects. All information is recorded in the portal for easy access by relevant team members. Licenses for guests are always free.

Plenty of customizations are available within the software platform. The dashboard can be changed to ensure all relevant information regarding a particular project can be viewable on one screen. Data fields and portfolios can be altered to your preferences. Custom forms can be created to track project issues, conduct surveys, and gather client information.

The Bad

  • No cross-project dependencies
  • Alphabetical Gantt chart display
  • Limited integrations
  • Monthly rates

Creating cross-project dependencies is not possible within the Easy Projects software platform. This can be disappointing, since many businesses typically run several projects at any given time in daily operations. Users must keep track of these dependencies themselves. This can be very problematic for some project managers. Files attached to tasks cannot be commented on. There is also no integrated chat feature for businesses to communicate live with their customers and clients.

The Gantt chart view displays tasks alphabetically rather than chronologically. This leads to dependency lines becoming scattered frequently. The software does not use decimals when setting task duration and some users have had difficulty setting the right duration periods for tasks to be completed.

Some users have also expressed disappointment with the limited number of ready-to-go integrations. Collaboration integrations are limited to Microsoft Outlook and MS Project. An open API gives users the ability to create their own integrations, but the process is difficult and time-consuming. Users also have to search for hidden features and this can be a source of frustration at times. Clicking on links will often open up new windows instead of tabs. This can get confusing when you have to manage information on multiple windows during a particular project. The speed of the processing inside the platform depends on your Internet connection. If you struggle with slow Internet response times, you may want to consider purchasing the software on the on-premise hosted version.

Initial costs for the software program are relatively reasonable for most business sizes and types. However, rates are based on the number of users per month. Enterprises with large teams can rack up exorbitant rates when purchasing the software on a monthly basis. Costs are slightly lower with annual contracts.

The Bottom Line

Other than a few minor irritations, Easy Projects is a fairly good project management software program. Built by founders who were frustrated themselves by other platforms, Easy Projects has built-in modules to make daily business operations hassle free. The company offers a free trial for those who want to test drive the software platform for their own needs. Paid plans are affordable for most business types and the software can be used for all-sized businesses across all industries.

The program does not handle debugging or coding issues. The software is also not well-suited for business who require running cross-project dependencies. There are virtually no negative reviews online from previous customers regarding the product, so it appears to be worth it to give it a try and see for yourself if it is right for your needs.

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