Apollo is a project management and contact tracking solution for individuals and organizations. It is designed to resemble a desktop application; however, it is entirely web based. Apollo allows users a great high-level overview of the status of their projects and allows them to schedule tasks and see at a glance if they’ve gone overdue or are on schedule. With features like time tracking, users can keep a good handle on the completion of certain tasks and quickly determine which areas of a project are going smoothly, and which might be taking a bit longer than anticipated.
Apollo was created by a small Italian based company called Applicom which has staff located both in Italy and Australia. The project was managed using Apollo, which is really quite a clever way of ensuring that it has all the features that a proper project management application should have. The founder of the company Andrea Di Clemente was an IT Consultant for 5 years and a software developer, so this no doubt gave the company the insight into creating a fully functional and feature-rich project management solution.
Apollo is entirely web-based although it looks very much like any other desktop application. Each project gets its own sub domain on Apollo’s website which allows users to easily distribute the site to coworkers, associates and clients, and provides a more professional feel to the application. Quite a lot of time went into ensuring that this application feels as professional as its features prove it to be.
Apollo was clearly designed with form and functionality in mind. The site is very easy to navigate and up-to-date in appearance. The color scheme is a deep blue, which is both elegant and professional. As for the website itself, true to the developer’s intent, Apollo truly does feel as if it’s an actual desktop application. On the project page, there is very little in the way of clutter or excessive information. There’s a table of contents on the left which takes the user to the various areas within Apollo to manage the application. There are no ads, and the site runs very quickly, again ensuring that professional feel.
When registering with Apollo, a visitor has to choose from one of the available pricing plans or go with the free 30 day trial. Next he has to enter a desired “workspace” name, company name, and personal contact info consisting of first and last name and time zone. At this stage you will be asked to provide a username and a password that you will later use to access your account. The last section is completely optional. You are required to fill in the billing information: credit card number, expiration date and billing ZIP, but you can start your free trial or change between plans without ever entering these information. After all these steps, the user simply clicks “Launch Apollo!” and they are on their way.
Apollo offers a 30 day free trial in which new users have access to all its features. After these 30 days, they are then asked to upgrade to a full account by choosing one of the available pricing plans: Basic ($23/month, 18 projects, 5GB storage), Plus ($48/month, 40 projects, 15GB storage), Premimum ($98/month, 115 projects, 30GB storage), and Max ($148/month, unlimited projects, 75GB storage). For more details please have a look at the link provided in the pricing section below.
Apollo is a great and affordable alternative to the various paid project management applications out there on the market currently. Anyone who works in the software or development community will find great use in Apollo, or anyone who works in project management in general. Its web based nature lends itself quite well to development teams spread out over the world.