2-plan Desktop Free Project Management Software
How much does 2-plan Desktop cost?
The basic 2-plan Desktop application is free and can be downloaded directly from the 2-plan website. Some advanced features are also free via freebie plug-ins. Meanwhile, the commercial plug-ins with advanced features have costs. Income from these commercial plug-ins will help maintain, support and improve the software.
Is the 2-plan Desktop application open source?
No. 2-plan Desktop is not available as open source. However, 2-plan Team is open source.
What additional plug-ins are currently available?
2-plan provides plug-ins that can accompany the standard installation so you can adapt the tool to fit your additional needs. Some of these plug-ins are:
- Extended Project Explorer which enhances the animation of the project explorer view.
- Baseline which provides additional views to compare the progress of your project with the baseline you set.
- 2-plan Team Connector which allows you to send work packages to the 2-plan Team server.
- Risk Management which allows you to create and monitor risks within your projects.
- Activity Template which provides the additional drag-and-drop functionality enhancing the usability of the application.
- Fixed Duration Project Nature which allows you to pre-define the type of work packages that will be used for the project such as manual, effort driven, or fixed duration and customized portions of the software for that view.
Can I develop my own plug-ins?
You can develop extensions for 2-plan using the development environment provided. A manual will be available this 2011. You can store more information in the data model, change the UI as you see fit, store data in a database, add new features, or change an integration point. You can also define your own project types to fit your objectives.
What other services are available?
Do you want to import and export your existing project data directly into 2-plan or do you have an idea for a new feature? 2-plan provides development resources for $30 per hour or at a fixed price. An individual import wizard for XML files is available for less than $300. You may contact us by mail to describe your needs or ideas.
Can I use 2-plan Desktop without 2-plan Team?
Yes. 2-plan Desktop is a stand-alone application that provides you the tools that you need to effectively setup, plan, and monitor your projects. 2-plan Team is an optional collaboration tool where you can provide work packages to the project team and they in turn can provide their time worked, estimated work remaining, and other inputs directly and then synchronize 2-plan Team to 2-plan Desktop. This can save the project manager time, particularly when managing multiple project teams, from tracking and retrieving these data sets. However, 2-plan Desktop contains the same level of tracking and reporting with or without the use of 2-plan Team.
How do I get 2-plan Desktop to work?
First, make sure that you have downloaded and extracted a Java Runtime Environment (JRE) or Java Development Kit (JDK) on your computer or flash drive; if you want a portable application. JRE and/or JDK are available for free at the Oracle website.
Second, download and extract 2-plan Desktop on your computer or flash drive.
Third, click on the 2-plan Desktop icon.
Fourth, if you encounter any problems, check the 2-plan website forums.
How do I install the 2-plan Desktop plug-ins?
For a step-by-step guide with screen shots, please click here.
How do I update my 2-plan Desktop to the latest version?
For a step-by-step guide with screen shots, please click here.
How do I make my 2-plan Desktop portable on my flash drive?
First, search for the Java Runtime Environment on your system (something like c:/Program Files/Java/jre6).
Next, create a new directory in the 2-plan Desktop installation directory and name it “jre”.
Finally, copy the contents of the Java Runtime Environment (c:/Program Files/Java/jre6) into this folder.
When you start 2-plan Desktop, it should use the Java Runtime Environment from this new “jre” directory instead of using your system’s JRE.
You can also take a look at post no. 3 here.
How do I apply the Graphical Work Breakdown Structure?
If you're working from PMI standpoint, define each of your workpackages as deliverables or products. Each workpackage should be named as a noun.
If you're working from PRINCE2 standpoint, define each of your workpackages as work. Each work package should be named as a verb.
If you're working from a program management perspective, you can define each workpackage as a verb combined with a noun. For instance, "Outsource Feasibility Study" or "Conduct Market Research" are effective for program management.
A basic rule of thumb is that when you're a team leader or project manager, you can use any of the PMI or PRINCE2 WBS method. However, if you're a program manager, you might find the IDEF0 method more appropriate for your purpose.
How do I setup the Work Breakdown Structure?
The graphical work breakdown structure is only available in 2-plan Desktop. To setup the work breakdown structure, click on Window-->Open View-->Graphical WBS or Work breakdown structure.
If you opened the Graphical WBS and there are existing workpackages, just double click on a workpackage. This will update the Business Object Editor on your right side. Add or edit any information at the Business Object Editor. If there are no existing workpackages, click on the Add Workpackages (Alt+W) icon at the Graphical WBS window. Double click on the new workpackage (wp) and then input your data using the Business Object Editor. You can maximize the Business Object Editor to accommodate more details.
If you opened the Work breakdown structure view, just click on the Work breakdown structure window and then click on the Add Workpackage icon. Double click on the newly created wp and then rename it. To add details, use the Business Object Editor.
You can also add a work package to create your work breakdown structure via the Project Explorer Window. Just right click your mouse when you select the WBS icon. Next, click on the Add Workpackage command in the pop-up menu. Rename the wp and then add details through the Business Object Editor.