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Merlin Project

4.5 / 5 6 reviews

Who Uses This Software?

Developed by project managers for project managers. Most used in - Media and Design - Web and Tec. Development - Construction - Education - Music - Eventmanagement


Average Ratings

6 Reviews
  • 4.5 / 5
    Overall
  • 4.5 / 5
    Ease of Use
  • 4 / 5
    Customer Service

Product Details

  • Starting Price
    $299.00/one-time/user
  • Free Trial
    Yes
  • Deployment
    Installed - Mac
  • Training
    Documentation
    Webinars
    Live Online
    In Person
  • Support
    Online
    24/7 (Live Rep)

Vendor Details

  • ProjectWizards
  • www.projectwizards.net
  • Founded 2001
  • Germany

About Merlin Project

"Merlin Project"is the successor of Merlin 2 (the leading professional project management software for Mac OS X). Good planning raises questions about the dependencies of activities on each other, the impact of delays on the project completion date, and budget planning. Here, a spreadsheet quickly runs up against its limitations. These are precisely the answers Merlin Project provides you with to plan and implement projects with just a few mouse clicks. Have we whetted your appetite?


Merlin Project Features

  • "What If" Scenarios
  • Balance Sheet
  • Capital Asset Planning
  • Cash Management
  • Consolidation / Roll-Up
  • Forecasting
  • General Ledger
  • Income Statements
  • Multi-Company
  • Multi-Department / Project
  • Profit / Loss Statement
  • Project Budgeting
  • Run Rate Tracking
  • Version Control
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • CRM
  • Employee Management
  • Financial Management
  • Inventory Management
  • Marketing Management
  • Point of Sale (POS)
  • Purchasing
  • Time & Expense Tracking
  • Training Management
  • Vendor Management
  • Channel Management
  • Contact Database
  • Email Marketing
  • Event Triggered Actions
  • Lead Management
  • Multi-Campaign
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • Client Portal
  • Collaboration Tools
  • CRM
  • Document Management
  • Portfolio Management
  • Project Management
  • Proposal Generation
  • Quote Management
  • Resource Management
  • Time & Expense Tracking
  • Budget Management
  • Issue Management
  • IT Project Management
  • Milestone Tracking
  • Percent-Complete Tracking
  • Portfolio Management
  • Project Planning
  • Requirements Management
  • Resource Management
  • Status Tracking
  • Task Management
  • Time & Expense Tracking
  • Auditing
  • Business Process Control
  • Compliance Management
  • Corrective Actions (CAPA)
  • Dashboard
  • Incident Management
  • Internal Controls Management
  • Risk Assessment
  • Appointment Scheduling
  • Automated Scheduling
  • Calendar Management
  • Class Scheduling
  • Employee Scheduling
  • Facility Scheduling
  • Group Scheduling
  • Meeting Room Booking
  • Multi-Location
  • Online Scheduling
  • Payment Processing
  • Reservations
  • Resource Scheduling
  • Collaboration
  • Gantt Charts
  • Percent-Complete Tracking
  • Progress Tracking
  • Recurring Tasks
  • Task Planning
  • Task Scheduling
  • Task Tracking
  • Time Tracking

Merlin Project Reviews Recently Reviewed!

Gantt charts at their best

May 17, 2017
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Merlin Project allows you to either type in your project's phases or drag-n-draw them directly on the Gantt chart. This way, you'll have a good overview within moments.
The Resources are nicely integrated into the project, leading to a very usable Assignments view to check critical days.
I mostly use the export as an image, that produces a PDF vector image. Very good quality!

In my next project planning, I seek to explore the Library. Looks like a powerful feature.

Cons: The interface can be confusing, p.e.:
- clicking at the Resources button at the top right of the toolbar merely shows a list of resources. If you want more (like editing them), you have to click at the top left in the Views list.
- the Inspector is quite hard to figure out. I find myself browsing through it almost constantly searching for that one setting. Everything seems to be pushed into this small area, including things that, in my opinion, could have been part of the app's Preferences pane.

Merlin Project introduced some very dark gray areas in the interface (the Inspector part) that I'm not so fond of. Perhaps there could be a choice between a dark and a light interface.

Overall: Overall, Merlin Project is a very user friendly software. To me, it feels like I'm sketching out a project planning rather than calculating it. As a result, I can focus almost all of my attention to the planning itself - instead of figuring out the Gantt chart setup..

MS Project for Mac

Apr 18, 2017
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: Ever since I switched to Mac I was looking for a viable alternative for MS Project and I finally found it in Merlin Project.

They can finally sync between Mac and iPhone

Jun 16, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I like the flexibility, the ease of use and the beauty of any output. These guys really care for high quality software.

Cons: The iOS app is optimized for iPhone and therefore not perfect on iPad. But if you use the side-multitasking-mode (whatever this called) you emulate an iPhone on the iPad and then it works fine.

Overall: I started using Merlin 3 some months ago and was eagerly waiting for the sync between projects on Mac and iPhone. Since two weeks the beta of Merlin Project 4 is available and they really nailed it. Now you have the power of one of the best PM apps on Mac (if not _the_ best) and a nice little iPhone app. I completely switched to that solution. I'll checked as well the support and they replied super fast and very helpful.

Recommendations to other buyers: I dropped all other pm solutions and exclusively go with Merlin Project. With the Merlin Server I have my coworkers on Windows using the ready and read-only plan in a browser.

The coolest thing since sliced bread

Oct 30, 2015
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: I searched a long time for a decent project management app on OS X und eventually I found Merlin Project. This is not only a pm app, it is also a mind mapping app, a reporting app and much more! All view are configurable in any detail. It offers the widest range of pm functions wich are needed and used in actual management. And if you have a question, you will get a world class support: fast and super good!

Best Mac Alternative for real Project Managers (veterans of MS Project)

Nov 15, 2014
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: It has taken me literally 2 weeks to find a viable alternative to MS Project for a MAC. After extensively researching the more visible search results: Omniplan, Wrike, AtTask, Libreproject, Openproject, harvest, etc.. I finally found Merlin--exactly the same logic as MS Project, but with a new looking UI and powerful tracking capabilities for high-level task tracking with just the right details for time variance, budget vs. actual reporting, and resource capacity planning. I'm really looking forward to continuing to use this tool--especially since I just downloaded Merlin Project (beta version). Really awesome!

A simple but very powerful alternative

Jan 29, 2010
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Customer Support

Pros: I believe that Merlin is the best project management software available today. It has a very clean and intuitive interface but it is also very feature rich. We have been so impressed with its performance that not only do we use it but we also offer Merlin training and consulting in North America.

Cons: Merlin does not run on the Windows platform. Users in a Windows or mixed environment can, however, purchase the Merlin server edition which publishes project information in an html format. In this sense it is cross platform.

Overall: Since Merlin reads and writes MS Project files, I think it is a viable alternative for almost any project manager for almost any project.

For additional information see our website (http://www.am-info.biz/Project%20Management/Merlin/merlin.html or http://www.merlin2.net)