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SystemsMerlin  Xexclude from comparisonMicrosoft Project  Xexclude from comparisonOmniPlan  Xexclude from comparison
DescriptionMerlin is a project management software for OS X.Project planning and tracking tools available in various editions: Standard, Pro, Server and Online.OmniPlan is a project planning tool for OS X and iOS
CategoryProject PlanningProject PlanningProject Planning
Project Management Zone Rankinginfomeasures the popularity of Project Management SystemsScore 1.19
Rank #229
Score 2,067.11
Rank #2
Score 12.38
Rank #61
DeveloperProjectWizardsMicrosoftThe Omni Group
Technical documentationprojectwizards.net/­en/­support/­documentationsupport.omnigroup.com/­documentation/­en/­omniplan-2-for-mac-user-manual
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Initial release200419842006
Web-based service (SaaS)infoSoftware-as-a-Service modelinfoProject Online
Web-based architecturenoinfoweb interface is availableyesinfoProject OnlinenoinfoSync via self-hosted or hosted web server
Operating systemsOS XWindowsOS X
Mobile appsiOSnoinfo3rd-party apps to import Microsoft Project files existiOS
APIinfoApplication Programming Interfacenoyesno
Multi-useryesyesinfoProject Onlineyesinfovia sync server
Authentication mechanismPasswordActive DirectoryinfoProject OnlinePasswordinfovia sync server
NotificationsnoEmailinfoProject OnlineDesktop push
Mobile push
Project Planning Properties
Hierarchical tasksinfoSupport for parent-child relationships of tasksyesyesyes
Recurring tasksinfoSupport for definition of tasks that occur repeatedlynoyesno
Milestone trackinginfoMilestones indicate the completion of major deliverables, normally by completing a set of tasksyesyesyes
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 startyesyesyes
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 dependenciesyesyesyes
Critical chain managementinfoThe critical chain method expands the critical path method by additionally taking resource constraints into accountnoyesinfoavailable via 3rd-party add-onno
Gantt chartsinfoBar chart to visualize a project's tasks and milestones scheduleyesyesyes
PERT chartsinfoNetwork diagrams according to Program Evaluation Review TechniqueyesinfoNet plan viewyesno
BaselinesinfoSupport for creating and using snapshots of a project's plan in terms of cost, scope and schedule yesyesno
Resource managementinfoSupport for managing a project's human and/or non-human resourcesyesyesyes
Resource levelinginfoSupport for optimizing the allocation of a project's resourcesyesyesyes
Time trackinginfoSupport for estimating and monitoring the time spent on a project's tasksyesyesno
Cost trackinginfoSupport for monitoring a project's expensesyesyesno
Earned value managementinfoSupport for tracking a project's performance and progress via earned value measurementsyesyesno
Risk managementinfoSupport for identifying and keeping track of project risks and risk-related activitiesyesyesno
Scrum supportinfoSupport for typical Scrum techniques such as sprints, backlogs and burn-down chartsnonono
Kanban supportinfoSupport for typical Kanban techniques such as visualization of tasks on boards using cardsyesnono
Project portfolio management infoSupport for collectively managing a set of current or proposed projects, e.g. by evaluation and prioritization of projectsnoyesno

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