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Free Higher Ed Project Management Tool Gets Streamlined UI, New Reporting Capabilities

TeamDynamix has released an update to Task Manager, a free standalone application for higher education project management that was initially released about a year ago.

Task Manager is a desktop project management application designed to work on its own or in concert with TeamDynamix Enterprise Project and Portfolio Management software. It supports project plan creation and management, resource assignment, and reporting and offers interactive Gantt charts with the ability to drag and drop tasks onto the chart and manipulate them directly within the Gantt view.

Task Manager comes in two editions, both of them free: a Professional Edition for TeamDynamix users and a Community Edition for non-customers. The Professional edition offers integration with hosted and on-premises versions of TeamDynamix enterprise PPM software, including the ability to import projects and resources. It also offers an offline mode for working on project plans when no Internet connection is available. Plans created or modified offline can be imported into TeamDynamix later as new plans.

The latest release, Task Manager 2.0, receives an overhauled user interface that's designed to mimic the interface found on the Web-based TeamDynamix Plan Manager. It also adds new customizable reporting capabilities.

Additional new features include:

  • Searching across all task fields;
  • Drag and drop support for adding resources to tasks;
  • Collapsible tasks; and
  • Copying and pasting of individual cells.

Task Manager 2.0 is available now as a free download for registered TeamDynamix Community members. It supports Windows XP through Windows 7 and requires .NET Framework 3.5 SP1. Further information and a link to the free Task Manager Community Edition download can be found on the TeamDynamix Task Manager portal.

About the Author

David Nagel is the executive producer for 1105 Media's online K-12 and higher education publications and electronic newsletters. He can be reached at dnagel@1105media.com. He can now be followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/THEJournalDave (K-12) or http://twitter.com/CampusTechDave (higher education). You can also connect with him on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=10390192.

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