5pm - Project management on time (so you don't have to be)
5pm by QG | Software is a web-based project management suite that provides us the tools needed to get back on track at 8am.
The underlying features of 5pm are fairly standard in the project management world. You create projects and assign them to one or more users or groups. The project can have a deadline, a client, and a priority level. Once you have created a project you can add items such as tasks and files. Tasks can be assigned to individual team members and emails can be sent to the group when tasks are completed. etc...
To help visualize your project over the course of its life, there is a timeline feature that shows your projects and tasks in a "Gantt" style chart. In addition, there is a reporting section that can help determine who is completing their projects on time and who isn't.
One nifty feature is being able to synchronize with Google calendar. We like the idea not needing yet another calendar.
Where 5pm separates itself from the pack is in the design. We have used project management suites in the past that were so complicated or bloated we instantly abandoned them for the old pen-and-paper todo list. The 5pm interface is clean yet completely customizable. Their website touts they have been improving the interface for 5 years based on user feedback and the latest technology. It shows.
5pm doesn't have as many features as other popular project managment suites such as mobile device support, active/open directory integration, and chat rooms to name a few. However, 5pm keeps project-management simple, and sometimes that is preferable to being drowned with options.
5pm offers a 14-day free trial on their website and costs start at $14/month for 5 users, 10 open projects, and 150mb storage.