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Project Planning App Is Free And Top-Notch

Using a project management package is a great way to keep track of any project, be it wedding, building, software development or whatever else you're working on.  Once you have created the basic list of tasks, and assigned each one a duration and a person, you can then view and manage the information in many different ways.  For example, you can easily produce a report that shows each person's schedule.

The best-known project management package for Windows is Microsoft Project.  However, it's expensive.  There are, though, some great free alternatives around.  One such is called 2-Plan, which you can get from  

There are actually 2 separate versions of the 2-Plan product.  The desktop application, written in Java, runs on Windows, Mac and Linux.  It's a 42 MB download, and is available in 32- and 64-bit versions.  This is the version that I've been testing, and which is shown in the screen shot below.  It's free, but isn't open source.

There's also a separate product called 2-Plan Team.   This is an open source PHP application, designed for you to install on a web server, which provides team collaboration and project management features for groups of people.

Unless you have a web server at your disposal, and wish to set up a team collaboration site, you'll almost certainly want to use the desktop version.  Just download it, unzip it, then click on the application file to start.  There's nothing to install, though you will need to ensure that you have Java on your computer before you start. If you don't, you can get it from





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by jovillamiel (not verified) on 30. August 2011 - 14:29  (78651)

Hi, I manage to download this but, how to run it?
This suppose to have an installation right?
Please let me know as i am just a newbie in management.
And i need to learn this program.ty

by Larry Hjelle (not verified) on 27. August 2011 - 23:05  (78469)

It says I don't have Java. But of course I do. Any ideas on what's going on?

by peterm_aus on 20. December 2013 - 0:29  (113050)

Try checking and / or cleaning up your Java environment -- always a good maintenance idea, anyway..

It appears the install is fairly sensitive to Java installation issues -- particularly if you have old registry items hanging around from older Java installation.

by Proj (not verified) on 27. August 2011 - 22:10  (78466)

Does it resolve the schedule so that a resource is not used in more than one task at the same time?
Gantter doesn't seem to do this AFAIK.

by Linda Castellani (not verified) on 27. August 2011 - 0:46  (78408)

I can't install the package for Windows 64-bit. It's just a zip file, and clicking the .exe inside gets a message saying it can't find its companion libraries. Extracting it to c:\Program Files (x86) doesn't work, saying that Administrative Privileges might be required. However, I *am* the administrator!

Any ideas?

by RamJacCorp (not verified) on 26. August 2011 - 15:36  (78393)

Anybody know how this or Gantter compare to GanttProject?

by wangxy (not verified) on 29. August 2011 - 2:47  (78526)

GanttProject is just a toy that can not be taken seriously in real project. I tried once to incorporate it into my workflow and I swear I will never do it again. It is definitely in my list of worst software ever.

by Antonio Tort (not verified) on 26. August 2011 - 9:22  (78378)

Have you tried Gantter? ( I like it a lot and there is an extension to use it in Chrome.

by Etile Ved (not verified) on 26. August 2011 - 10:31  (78382)

+1 for Grantter.