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Plan.io

Project Management Collaboration Team


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Published 05/30/2012 and rated Ratingstars4 4 out of 5 stars
by Dorothy Distefano
What can you use the app for?

Planio is a comprehensive, collaborative, project management tool. Its multiple integrations and new qapps make it easy to use and monitor every change and addition to projects.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

Planio is a company of LAUNCH/CO GmbH, located in Berlin Germany. LAUNCH/CO's Managing Director and CEO is Jan Shulz-Hofen. Per compete.com, traffic to the site is erratic, ranging between 400 and 1,900 unique visitors per month.

The app shared a name with Planio beta - a project management tool that has recently changed its name to Planbox, presumably to avoid confusion.

What are the differences to other apps?

If the user chooses to leave Planio, they simply need to contact them prior to cancellation to obtain a free SQL data export of the user's entire database. Data import from third party platforms may be able to be imported free of charge. Users simply need to contact Planio.

Planio has recently launched Planio apps,which integrates additional features and establishes interfaces to extend functionality.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

The first step is to set up a default configuration in the administration section. Users may use the default configuration and then customize later. This makes sense as the user can see the default and adjust to their own needs. The help menu walks the new user through the process of setting up the app.

The walkthrough with help menus on each page make the process very simple. Seasoned users can turn this function off. Creating a new project is simple with the provided template and checkboxes. Next, the user adds members using the easy entry instructions. New users receive information via email to join projects and have access dependent upon the permissions given.

The Activity tab shows the latest activity on any project. The Issues and New Issue tabs are for task management, assignment, and statuses. The News tab is for project-wide messaging. It may be used like an email list or for sending and commenting on information. The Documents tab allows publishing and reviewing of project-relevant documents. The Wiki tab takes users to a project wiki for management. Pages with links, text, images and tables may be created to share knowledge with the entire team. As a wiki, it can be constantly updated and maintain the latest news. The Forums tab has discussion forums for the job. Structured threads allow managers to oversee discussions and decisions taking place in regards to projects. The Files tab contains files related to the project that are not documents. The Repository tab is basically the main project folder that is maintained online in the cloud. It may be used to sync files between project members and clients. The Settings tab manages member privileges, etc.

The new Apps section provides an invoicing app for creating custom invoices, a prototype app for UI prototypes from the wiki. The Time Tracking app is for monitoring time spent on the project, EmailDropbox assigns a unique email to the project so that issues may be modified by sending or forwarding emails. The Exception Notifier increases efficiency with Ruby on Rails projects. It indicates exceptions in the system and updates issues in Planio.

Overall, Planio is relatively easy to use and has multiple help prompts. A full help file or FAQ menu would be very helpful. Clicking help leads to a contact form. It would be easier to have the help files searchable in one place.

How does the registration process work?

Registration requires a name, domain preference, and valid email address. An email with login credentials is sent to the provided email. The email is immediate and contains link, username, and password.

What does it cost to use the application?

All plans feature a 30 day free trial with no payment information necessary. If the user chooses to continue after the free trial, payment information will be required. The free plan, Bronze, allows 1 project, 2 users, 10 customers, and 500 MB storage. The Silver Plan, for 9 euros/month, offers 5 projects, 6 users, 300 customers, and 2 GB of storage. The Gold Plan, for 29 euros/month, features 20 projects, 30 users, 2,500 customers, and 15 GB of storage. The Platinum Plan, for 99 euros per month, features 80 projects, 100 users, 10,000 customers, and 50 GB storage. The Enterprise Plan is offered at 199 euros/month and includes unlimited projects, users, customers, and storage, as well as custom branding and additional customizations. If none of the plans meet the user's needs, Plan.io will tai9lor a custom plan.

Who would you recommend the application to?

This tool would be useful to any company that collaborates on projects, including those companies that are cloud-based. It provides one place for all of the information needed to work together on a project as well as constant updates and communication tools.

  • Ticket system
  • Time Tracking
  • File management
  • Wikis and forums
  • News system
  • Milestones
  • Graphical illustration of project summary


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Plan.io contact details

Email: support@plan.io
Telephone: 1-415-523-7718
Postal address:
Planio GmbH
Warschauer Str. 70A
D-10243 Berlin, Germany

Plan.io pricing

FREE - Permanently free version
Cheapest plan (per month) : €9.00
(1 project, 2 users, 10 customers)
Most expensive plan (per month) : €199.00
Free storage space (mb): 500

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