Tom’s Planner takes scheduling to a whole new level. The application allows users to create a project schedule and share it. Other users can supply input so there is a constant collaboration capability that makes it easy to update the project planner. Each month is designed for easy identification, using colored bars to highlight the span of each deadline along with helpful descriptions, names of relevant individuals and a status listing for each. Tom’s Planner also allows user to share Gantt Charts using a drag and drop system. The web based design is also ideal, allowing users’ access from any computer with internet access.
Tom’s Planner was founded by Thomas Ummels in May of 2009. The site was intended to be a web based project planning visualization application. Today, the Tom’s Planner team remains small but the application is still extremely effective. By simplifying project planning without reducing the sophisticated capabilities of Tom’s Planner, the creators have built a valuable tool to help companies, organizations, and individuals get things done on time.
Tom’s Planner stands out in its many features and capabilities. An auto save function prevents work from being permanently lost. Users can also embed schedules, intranet pages and blogs to their work websites. Tom’s Planner can be exported to MS Project and also offers users printer friendly PDF schedules when hard copies are needed. Users can collaborate in real time and each individual can be set to specific permission levels. Tom’s Planner is one of the more versatile project scheduling applications available.
Appearance is another benefit to the Tom’s Planner application. Users can easily see what is going on throughout the coming month using the applications’ colorful bar scheme. The bars span the required number of days while columns to the left hand side provide a snapshot of more detailed information. This information includes who is working on that specific deadline, what tasks are being completed, and whether or not the work is currently in progress.
A visitor can begin using Tom’s Planner by clicking on the large green circle button labeled “Start Open Tool” found along the right hand side of the homepage. The user must choose from one of three account types by clicking the gold “Sign Up!” button at the bottom of each column. The user is asked for basic contact details as well as financial information for paid accounts. The user is also given the option of checking out a demo of Tom’s Planner before signing up. Members can cancel at any time and pay on a month by month basis.
Tom’s Planner offers users three membership types to choose from. The first is the free account which allows one project schedule, free updates, email support, the ability to publish online, and team member collaboration. The mid ranged Tom’s Planner membership is the Professional which runs just under $10 a month and upgrades to include up to 20 project schedules, project manager features, print and export capabilities, MS Project export capability, and company logo uploads. The most expensive membership is the Unlimited which costs about $20 per month. This membership allows unlimited projects, data back ups, local file saving features, and the ability to embed project schedules into other websites.
Tom’s Planner is ideal for anyone who is tasked with managing the scheduling of a project. The three membership types are very versatile and offer an affordable internet application that easily fits into any small business, start up or non profit organization’s schedule. The tools available are very versatile which makes Tom’s Planner great for any kind of project.