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5pm, a product of QG Software, is some pretty slick project management software, and it’s brought to you by two guys from Cincinatti, Ohio and two programmers in Eastern Europe–all with out any funding.
5pm offers the same project management tools as most others, including grouping, time reports, security levels, email notifications and attachment support. An interactive timeline gives you an alternate view of projects and tasks (one of its best features, soon to be editable–see screen shot below), but the reason it stands out is its easy-to-use interface and simple design.
5pm’s entering a field robust with competitors like 37signal’s Basecamp, MyQuire, Daptiv, Huddle, Zoho, Microsoft Project and a long list of others.
However, I found the software much simpler and easier to use than some of the others (including industry leader Basecamp, which I use). You don’t have to hunt for your projects and tasks; everything’s right there, pretty much one click away.
The company’s offering a 14-day free trial period, but it should consider making it free to single users to accelerate uptake and focus on drawing revenue from enterprise users instead.
Sergei Podbereschi, who co-founded the company with CEO Greg Roy, said the company is updating features “every two to four days” and plans on releasing a two-way email integration that will allow users to update tasks from email.
They may not take out the industry leaders any time soon, but this is definitely project management made easy.
David Adewumi, a contributing writer with VentureBeat, is the founder & CEO of http://heekya.com a social storytelling platform billed “The Wikipedia of Stories.”
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