Merlin Project is a project management (PM) solution natively written for macOS and iOS. It caters to businesses of all sizes across various industries. The key features include work breakdown (gantt chart, netplan and more), kanban board (agile), mind mapping, resource management, resource pool, employee assignment report generating, grouping, styling and export/import options (MS Project, MS Excel, Mindmanager, XML, OPML and many more).
Merlin Project allows users to create procedural structures with dependencies between individual activities and groups, set the duration of individual activities and define fixed milestones. Users can enter budgets and costs, respond to time-plan changes and update projects' progress. The solution has the ability to generate a variety of reports and workflow charts, depending on the nature of the project.
Merlin Project offers a subscription fee for macOS. It also offers an iOS app for mobile devices. In-person training sessions are available in select countries in Europe in addition to online training courses, email support and product documentation available on the website.
The best part about this software is being able to create charts and graphs to print and show to clients.
I loved Merlin Project and would use it again any time!
Gerrit from Design Express
Employees number: 11-50 employees
Overall, Merlin Project is a very user friendly software. To me, it feels like I'm sketching out a project planning rather than calculating it. As a result, I can focus almost all of my attention to the planning itself - instead of figuring out the Gantt chart setup..
Merlin Project allows you to either type in your project's phases or drag-n-draw them directly on the Gantt chart. This way, you'll have a good overview within moments.
The Resources are nicely integrated into the project, leading to a very usable Assignments view to check critical days.
I mostly use the export as an image, that produces a PDF vector image. Very good quality!
In my next project planning, I seek to explore the Library. Looks like a powerful feature.
The interface can be confusing, p.e.:
- clicking at the Resources button at the top right of the toolbar merely shows a list of resources. If you want more (like editing them), you have to click at the top left in the Views list.
- the Inspector is quite hard to figure out. I find myself browsing through it almost constantly searching for that one setting. Everything seems to be pushed into this small area, including things that, in my opinion, could have been part of the app's Preferences pane.
Merlin Project introduced some very dark gray areas in the interface (the Inspector part) that I'm not so fond of. Perhaps there could be a choice between a dark and a light interface.
Response: ProjectWizards, ProjectWizards
Date: July 2018
thank you for your review. We appreciate it.
The resources well is for fast creating resources and add them to the project.
All information which should be more in details are in the views, so is the resources view, the utilization view etc.
In Merlin Project you find a new and better project preferences settings Inspector.
Tomislav from Nanobit
Ever since I switched to Mac I was looking for a viable alternative for MS Project and I finally found it in Merlin Project.
Response: ProjectWizards, ProjectWizards
Date: July 2018
thank you for your review. Could you please tell us, what do you miss in "Ease of Use" and "Customer Support"
Stephen from Oracle
Employees number: 10,000+ employees
I started using Merlin 3 some months ago and was eagerly waiting for the sync between projects on Mac and iPhone. Since two weeks the beta of Merlin Project 4 is available and they really nailed it. Now you have the power of one of the best PM apps on Mac (if not _the_ best) and a nice little iPhone app. I completely switched to that solution. I'll checked as well the support and they replied super fast and very helpful.
I like the flexibility, the ease of use and the beauty of any output. These guys really care for high quality software.
The iOS app is optimized for iPhone and therefore not perfect on iPad. But if you use the side-multitasking-mode (whatever this called) you emulate an iPhone on the iPad and then it works fine.
I dropped all other pm solutions and exclusively go with Merlin Project. With the Merlin Server I have my coworkers on Windows using the ready and read-only plan in a browser.
Erich from EK PM Services
I searched a long time for a decent project management app on OS X und eventually I found Merlin Project. This is not only a pm app, it is also a mind mapping app, a reporting app and much more! All view are configurable in any detail. It offers the widest range of pm functions wich are needed and used in actual management. And if you have a question, you will get a world class support: fast and super good!
Julie from Talent Partners
It has taken me literally 2 weeks to find a viable alternative to MS Project for a MAC. After extensively researching the more visible search results: Omniplan, Wrike, AtTask, Libreproject, Openproject, harvest, etc.. I finally found Merlin--exactly the same logic as MS Project, but with a new looking UI and powerful tracking capabilities for high-level task tracking with just the right details for time variance, budget vs. actual reporting, and resource capacity planning. I'm really looking forward to continuing to use this tool--especially since I just downloaded Merlin Project (beta version). Really awesome!
John from American Informatics, Inc.
Since Merlin reads and writes MS Project files, I think it is a viable alternative for almost any project manager for almost any project.
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I believe that Merlin is the best project management software available today. It has a very clean and intuitive interface but it is also very feature rich. We have been so impressed with its performance that not only do we use it but we also offer Merlin training and consulting in North America.
Merlin does not run on the Windows platform. Users in a Windows or mixed environment can, however, purchase the Merlin server edition which publishes project information in an html format. In this sense it is cross platform.