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Merlin vs Microsoft Project System Properties Comparison

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DescriptionMerlin is a project management software for OS X.Project planning and tracking tools available in various editions: Standard, Pro, Server and Online.
CategoryProject PlanningProject Planning
Project Management Zone Rankinginfomeasures the popularity of Project Management SystemsScore 1.16
Rank #223
Score 2,185.35
Rank #2
DeveloperProjectWizardsMicrosoft
Websiteprojectwizards.netproducts.office.com/­en-us/­Project
Technical documentationprojectwizards.net/­en/­support/­documentation
Social network pages
LinkedIn96followers
Twitter2,029followers
Facebook269,650likes
LinkedIn15,855followers
Twitter33,943followers
Initial release20041984
LicenseCommercialCommercial
Web-based service (SaaS)infoSoftware-as-a-Service modelinfoProject Online
Web-based architecturenoinfoweb interface is availableyesinfoProject Online
Operating systemsOS XWindows
Mobile appsiOSnoinfo3rd-party apps to import Microsoft Project files exist
APIinfoApplication Programming Interfacenoyes
Multi-useryesyesinfoProject Online
Authentication mechanismPasswordActive DirectoryinfoProject Online
NotificationsnoEmailinfoProject Online
Project Planning Properties
Hierarchical tasksinfoSupport for parent-child relationships of tasksyesyes
Recurring tasksinfoSupport for definition of tasks that occur repeatedlynoyes
Milestone trackinginfoMilestones indicate the completion of major deliverables, normally by completing a set of tasksyesyes
Task dependenciesinfoDependencies between tasks are logical relationships that restrict the sequence of task executions, e.g. one task must be completed before another task can startyesyes
Critical path managementinfoThe critical path method calculates the set of tasks that cannot be delayed without increasing the project's duration, taking into account task dependenciesyesyes
Critical chain managementinfoThe critical chain method expands the critical path method by additionally taking resource constraints into accountnoyesinfoavailable via 3rd-party add-on
Gantt chartsinfoBar chart to visualize a project's tasks and milestones scheduleyesyes
PERT chartsinfoNetwork diagrams according to Program Evaluation Review TechniqueyesinfoNet plan viewyes
BaselinesinfoSupport for creating and using snapshots of a project's plan in terms of cost, scope and schedule yesyes
Resource managementinfoSupport for managing a project's human and/or non-human resourcesyesyes
Resource levelinginfoSupport for optimizing the allocation of a project's resourcesyesyes
Time trackinginfoSupport for estimating and monitoring the time spent on a project's tasksyesyes
Cost trackinginfoSupport for monitoring a project's expensesyesyes
Earned value managementinfoSupport for tracking a project's performance and progress via earned value measurementsyesyes
Risk managementinfoSupport for identifying and keeping track of project risks and risk-related activitiesyesyes
Scrum supportinfoSupport for typical Scrum techniques such as sprints, backlogs and burn-down chartsnono
Kanban supportinfoSupport for typical Kanban techniques such as visualization of tasks on boards using cardsyesno
Project portfolio management infoSupport for collectively managing a set of current or proposed projects, e.g. by evaluation and prioritization of projectsnoyes

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