Project management tools can be extremely costly, but there are bargains to be had out there if you know where to look. Good news:these guys do.
Robust project-management is a must for collaborative work, or even relatively complex solo jobs. Basecamp from 37signals is a firm favourite with many designers. Alec Easter, founder of THBOOM!, says it ” It scales as you need it and there is no contract”. Its emphasis on communication and collaboration makes the $49 per month seem reasonable, but if money’s tight, there’s a basic plan ( 15 projects, 5GB storage) for $ 24 per month and free plan (one project, no file sharing).
Joocely Kirby, head of marketing for Metakinetic consider Milestone Planner a good alternative to Basecamp, saying it s relatively low cost of £120 per year gets you a “highly intuitive, intelligent project management tool created with agencies in mind”.
Dan Fields suggests you consider the code-oriented Codebase from £5 por month which combines project management with GIT, Mercurial and Subversion Hosting.
If paying is a deal-breaker then Travis Roberts, developer for Centresource reccomends Redmine, which has “great version control integration”.
Fields adds that Google Docs can also be a “great cure for everything – have Gmail host your email, and use Documents and Spreadsheets to manage resources”. He feels the suite is “unparalleled in terms of the feature-to-cost ratio, because the cost is zero”.