It’s now possible to manage projects from the beach, the car, or even in the bathroom thanks to the rise of the iPad. But the last thing you need when working with a project management app on your iPad is something complex and fiddly. Just because an iPhone project management app is complex, it does not always mean it’s more useful. There’s nothing worse than fumbling around on your iPad to use features and functions you neither need or understand.
There are two things you need to think about when it comes to finding the best project management apps for iPad. The first thing is to make sure that the app helps you to assign and distribute work in the right way. The second and equally important thing is that you can instantly analyze project analytics on the move so you can keep on top of project goals. This sounds easy but can be a tricky to get right because iOS project management apps simply don’t give you enough solutions to do both effectively.
Fortunately iPad project management apps are improving all the time with better user interfaces, simpler, streamlined processing and powerful functions that may in some cases be even better than desktop solutions.
So here are 5 project management apps that get it right when it comes to managing projects on the move on your iPad. All of these iPad project management apps are free to download although you’ll need a subscription with the corresponding project management cloud software vendor to use them.
ProWorkflow started out as an internal project management tool, but has been steadily improved with feedback from users.
It has all the project management features you’d expect in an iPad project management app such as task management, resource scheduling and analytics and the app features have been streamlined for use on iOS.
ProWorkflow is just as at home managing a large enterprise as it is for small business on desktop. The iPad app doesn’t render quite as well as it does on through a desktop browser. Still, if you use the excellent desktop version, the iPad app is a big bonus.
Wrike takes a bit of a different approach to project management by mixing social collaboration and task management features into one powerful package for iPad.
Like Proworkflow, Wrike is a one size fits all solution but the stand out feature is the real-time collaboration tools, which deliver regular updates to users with updates on projects as changes are made.
There’s a useful smart activity stream which makes it easy for team members and managers to see everything that’s happening within the team and you get individual live updates delivered to your iPad via user profiles. When you add this the powerful analytics tools that are included in Wrike to get an instant visual overview of a project’s progress, it packs a powerful project management punch on the move.
Insightly is more better known as a CRM for businesses to capture information about customers, sales leads and tasks, but it can also be used as a project management tool on your iPad.
Insightly is designed to help you process information fast on your iPad, and is easy to use. Everything is controlled by the project overview screen which gives instant access to features such as creating tasks, milestones and pipelines for projects, tracking email correspondence, assigning roles to users and getting automatic email updates.
Insightly allows you to get a sample of its free project management tools with a free trial. The Insightly iPad app is free but after the free trial ends you need to pay for a subscription.
Mavenlink is similar to Wrike in that it puts a big focus on collaboration when it comes to project management on iPad. Although there’s no actual free iPad project management app to download, Mavenlink has recently revamped an HTML5 version of the app which is optimized for iPad and it completely free to use.
Mavenlink allows you to share documents and files with others easily and provides a complete cloud-based solution for managing the entire project delivery lifecycle. With it you can complete projects, track time, plan resources, and monitor financial performance, all from the comfort of your iPad with a user friendly, easy to use interface.
Mavenlink is available as a Team Plan, Professional Plan and Premier Plan and you can try it for free first.
WorkFront View (previously known as AtTask) is a powerful web project management solution that’s integrated with Salesforce. WorkFront gives you a holistic view of your projects by integrating internal and external views so you can see things from all angles.
WorkFront on desktop features powerful management features such as customizable reports and dashboards, time and resource management, Helpdesk support & issue tracking. Unfortunately, it seems the iPad app is still someway behind the desktop app and because although there are lots of great views and charts, you can’t edit projects on it and WorkFront View for iPad is nowhere near as customizable as Workfront on desktop which is one of things that makes the desktop version so good.
These are 5 of the best project management tools for iPad for when you’re on the move but tell us what web based project management tools do you use on iOS? Let us know in the comments below. Or if you still haven’t found what you’re looking for, check out what project management apps other companies are using in GetApp’s user reviews section.