Open Source Collabtive Makes Project Management a Breeze

by Ostatic Staff - Oct. 15, 2009

When you're collaborating with a team that's flung across the globe, sometimes you need collaboration software with some heft to help you get the job done. Open source Web-based project manager, Collabtive, might be just the tool you're looking for. It has several features that make it a great alternative to proprietary alternatives like Basecamp.

Collabtive can handle unlimited projects, tasks, lists, and milestones, and there's no cap on the number of team members that can access the project manager. Each user desktop gives an overview of projects, tasks, messages and a calendar. It's easy to minimize the modules or export data with just one click.

 Add a project with all the accompanying details like due date, budget, and team members. Use the editor to add images, links, bullet points, and videos in four different formats. When you add dates to tasks or projects, they'll automatically show up in your calendar. A single click opens a new window with details of what's due that day.

It's easy to message other team members right from Collabtive and tag messages for easy search later. As is true in the project screen, you can add images, videos, links, etc. to anything you send.

Collabtive tracks your activity and generates a report that shows time spent per project or cumulative hours across all projects. You can also filter report data for more granular information.

Collabtive is completely themeable and available in more than 25 languages. Export reports and activity logs in PDF format, and sync your calendars via iCal. While Collabtive may not be feature-rich enough for extremely complex project management needs, it's great for small teams that just need to make sure everyone's on the same page.