Gantto is designed to make it easy to make and share Gantt charts. Gantt charts are helpful tools for project management, designing schedules and helping the team carry a project through to the end. Gantto allows you to create Gantt charts, share them with other team members, keep them updated in real time, use them for presentations, and more.
PC World magazine called Gantto one of the 2010 app startups to watch in the magazine's Beta Watch. At the same time, it also won a Cloud App of The Day mention from Appvita.com. The app was founded in San Francisco in 2010 by Federico Barbagli and Chris Carlson. Major companies using Gantto for project management include Lucas Film, Twitter and Fujitsu and use of the app has been growing more widespread.
Several features of the Gantt charts created with Gantto help the users make sure they reflect reality, and not just the original management plans. The share functions, real time updating across the team and other features make the Gantt charts as up to date as possible. The creators also state that it is possible to learn to use their app to create Gantt charts in less than two minutes.
The app is easy to use and manage for somebody who already knows how to make Gantt charts. The interface somewhat resembles Excel and people who are very familiar with several office applications may also find their way around the app easier. But the look and feel of the app is not conducive to learning about the creation and uses of Gantt charts. The original impression of the app is a very hectic one. No clear flow is discernible at first glance to help the first-time user and first-time Gantt chart creator understand the process.
To register with Gantto, click the sign up button in the upper right hand corner of the main screen of the app. From there, you will be taken to a blank Gantt chart page and asked to fill in your e-mail address and your name. You will then receive a confirmation e-mail. You can also sign in through your Google account. No registration is necessary to use the free trial version.
The cost of using the app ranges from $5 a month to $175 a month. The least expensive version allows for one project and one collaborator, the same as the free trial version. The most expensive version allows for as many as 50 collaborators and an unlimited number of projects. For a higher number of collaborators, you must contact the company directly via e-mail for a quotation.
The app is for people who already know how to create and use Gantt charts and do so on a regular basis. The sharing, backup and team collaboration aspects of the app can help their productivity. The ability to communicate within the app, using sticky notes and other features, can also be a help for people trying to manage large teams or many projects at once.