Project Management Software

AxProject Professional for Windows

AxProject consolidates the most valuable features in project management software, while suggesting a more attractive and user-friendly interface. You can create a calendar plan of your project, estimate how long and what it will take to have your project complete, calculate the cost of your project implementation, handle critical issues of the project and manage human, material and non-material resources in a smart way to get the job done.

Project Management & Evaluation

Evaluate cost and time of any proposed project, plan the project implementation in strict accordance with the desired completion terms and optimal costs.

Project Structuring and Modeling

  • Unlimited number of activities per project
  • Unlimited levels of work breakdown structure (WBS)

Task Management (Scheduling)

Task Deadlines and Constraints

Apart from setting deadlines for specific tasks, you can set time constraints – that is when tasks should not finish or start before a certain date or time. There are 8 types of task constraints: “start no earlier than”, “start no later than”, “finish no earlier than”, “finish no later than”, “must start on”, “must finish on”, “as soon as possible”, “as late as possible”.

Task Dependencies

In AxProject, you can specify task dependencies. Tasks can depend on each other (for example, some tasks may not logically start before other tasks are complete or they must not finish later than some other task). There are 4 types of task dependencies.

Tracking Task Completion

You can mark any task as complete or partially complete depending on its actual progress or on the current time and date if the task is performed according to the scheduled plan. This enables you to track every task’s progress and evaluate how much of the task is still to be done. Also, there are so-called task stop and resume dates: the stop date indicates the date on which some work was last performed on the task, and the resume date is the date on which the task will continue to be performed. This can be used for observing the point at which the project is standing or for tracking the gap between the moment when the project was suspended and the moment when it is planned to be resumed.

Task Splitting (Contiguous and interruptible scheduling)

You can split some task with an idle time gap if it is performed not in accordance with the plan, let’s say, if there is some unplanned interruption in its implementation out of any reason: resource unavailability for a certain period (illness), inability to keep pace with the plan (occasional tasks unrelated to the project), failing to meet deadlines, etc. For example, if an employee was absent from the office for a day, you can split their task by one day and, thus, shift its remaining and incomplete part for one day. You will also be notified if the task is a critical one, meaning that the project completion will also have to be postponed by one day.

Summary Tasks

If a task consists of several sub-tasks, you can see not only costs and durations of each of the sub-tasks, but also total costs and durations calculated for the entire summary task.


If a certain event should take place at some moment during the project implementation or your project consists of several phases, you can mark those with milestones. Milestones serve as intermediary checkpoints to indicate that your project has got to a certain progress point. They help you track different kinds of events: project progress, completion of phases, meeting deadlines, deliveries, payment for the work performed, etc. For example, if a certain task has been performed, it should be paid for (milestone 1), and for the dependant task to start, new materials should be delivered (milestone 2). Milestones are actually zero-duration tasks, which means that their presence in the project does not affect your project completion or duration.

Resource Management

Three Resource Types

In AxProject, you can assign different types of resources to your project. These are work (personnel), material (equipment), and cost (money) resources.

Assigning Resources to Tasks

You can assign as many resources and resource types to the task as you wish: the same task may involve personnel to perform the task, materials to be used, and money to be paid (for example, tickets for a business trip, rent, etc.). The number of resources you can assign is unlimited.

Assignment Units

Upon assigning resources to a task, you can determine their behavior throughout the task duration.If you don’t want a work resource to be 100% busy on a given task, you can define how much time the resource will work on that task. This feature is helpful when you have a part-time employee assigned to perform the task, or when a full-time employee has some other job responsibilities or tasks to work on along with that task.For a material resource, you can just specify how much of the material, or equipment, in units is required for the performance of the task in total, or how much of it is needed to be spent hourly, daily, monthly, etc. Coupled with that, having costs of materials specified provides you with a possibility of a more detailed and refined tracking of costs remaining by the project completion. You will always know how much of the equipment you purchased has already been used, and how much money you need to purchase sufficient amount of equipment to get the task or project complete.Cost resources are defined by the specific amount of money required for the task. Unlike the previous resources, this one does not have any time phase, or duration, and, therefore, is not displayed in the Gantt chart.

Task and Resource Usage Views

Observe work and cost of your tasks, resources and even assignments on a day-by-day basis within one-click distance. You can see Work, Cost, Percent Complete and other fields.

Managing critical issues

Critical path method

In many complex schedules, there will be a critical path, or series of events that depend on each other, and whose durations directly determine the length of the whole project (see also critical chain). Some software applications can highlight these tasks, which are often a good candidate for any optimization effort.

Balancing Resource Workload

Whenever any of the key resources are overloaded with multiple tasks, you can always find ways for smart and optimized reallocation of their tasks in order to avoid unwanted resource overloading during the project implementation (manual leveling). This is possible with the help of a convenient and visual resource chart provided by AxProject that lets you instantly track your resources workload and be aware of overloading issues.

To be able to identify the resource overloading, you can specify the workload norm for work resources. That is the maximum amount of time and efforts (max units) a resource can physically devote to the project. Once you have assigned it to the tasks that require more time than the resource can physically spend on them, you can either perform manual leveling or reassign the excessive task to another resource, all in one window (also known as a team planner).

Baselines and the Earned Value Method

The release of new AxProject 3.40 has made baselines and the earned value method available for better project tracing and control. Having these two essential tools at hand, a project manager will always see if the project is performed accurately enough to match the initial plan, thus, controlling the potential risk of project delays, budget overruns, etc.


Baseline is a feature that helps keep up with the project progress and track changes in the actual project implementation by comparing it against the original plan. The baseline project contains the initial project data that are to be followed and constantly referred to during the project implementation. The original task, start and finish dates, work, resource, assignment, budget, cost and other important estimates are displayed in the baseline as they had been planned before the actual work on project began. The project manager can compare these baseline data to the current project parameters. In case of any deviations found, one can either take measures to improve the project performance or correct the baseline itself at any time. If your project has several phases, a separate baseline at the end of each phase is quite possible – in AxProject, you can create as many baselines as you want.

The Earned Value Method

The Earned Value Method is another important project progress tracking feature that helps you foresee possible budget issues. The project manager can now control the budget by referring to the number of actual values calculated (budget, resource, time left/spent). Thus, the earned value shows the actual cost of the work performed (ACWP) up to a certain date, indicates how much of the budget should have been spent (BCWS – budgeted cost of work scheduled) and finally, the value of the work that is performed by the status date measured in currency (BCWP – budgeted cost of work performed).

Baselines together with the earned value method allow to trace the project progress and to prevent possible issues associated with meeting deadlines and fitting into the allocated budget.

The Project Chart

The Project chart is a brand new view specially developed for AxProject. As compared to the Gantt chart, the Project Chart provides a more generalized overview of your project, with no excessive detailing, still highlighting all the project’s critical points like milestones and the critical path – something you’re looking for in the Gantt chart view, but don’t get it there. What differs the Project Chart from the Gantt chart is that it has no excessive grid lines, it takes no huge project printouts due to the unique compact layout of tasks (one by one in a single line), milestones are located on top, and it supports drilldown levels – the new professional Project Chart resolves many of the Gantt chart inconveniences. The key features of the Project Chart:

One-by-One Task Layout

Successive tasks are presented in a single row one by one. The ones that overlap in their time phases are located on lower rows. This optimization idea allows you to overview even most complex projects with minimum space, time and printed pages taken.

Drill Down Levels

Use a drill-down option to immediately move to any level of tasks and subtasks. Only the selected level will be displayed on the chart, its summary tasks excluded.

Header Drag Option

Drag the header of the chart to move to the time period you need. Zoom the chart in and observe the tasks within any convenient time unit period – from minutes to years.

Intuitive Tooltips and Milestones

Learning the details about the task is as easy as pointing a mouse to it. All the relevant information is provided in the tooltip. Milestones are always displayed at the top of the project for easier and more intuitive access.

Critical Path Highlighted

The Critical Path is always highlighted on the Project Chart.

No Excessive Grid Lines

The Project Chart’s main objective is clarity, that’s why it has few grid lines.

So the new Project Chart’s mission is to unload the Gantt chart from excessive details, making it clearer and easier to understand. At the same time it widens the possibilities of the Gantt chart allowing to economy space while viewing the project, move from task to task of different levels immediately, observe the task time phases from minutes to years, and track multiple processes of your project in a compact view. All these benefits make an invaluable asset to your project management process optimization.

Gantt Charts

These provide an interactive and visual view of your tasks, their durations and dependencies. While you can see the list of your tasks on the left, the right part of the Gantt Chart view demonstrates you how these tasks interrelate with one another and lets you track the project progress in a visual chart. In the professional and convenient Gantt Chart of AxProject, you can create new tasks, change their durations and time phases, set dependencies between the tasks, split tasks with idle time gaps, visually mark tasks as complete to any degree, and, most importantly, interactively observe how these changes affect the entire project and its completion dates! Other useful features include:

Create all types of task dependencies

Unlike other PM software, AxProject lets you set any type of dependency between the tasks in a visual way, just with a few mouse moves, because its Gantt Chart supports all types of dependencies: start to finish, start to start, finish to start, and finish to finish.

Task dependency tips

Highly interactive and smart Gantt Chart in AxProject will prompt you for the kind of dependency that you can set between the selected tasks. It will advise you if it is logically impossible to link the tasks in a certain way.

Activity tooltips

Gantt Chart will comment any your action in progress (such as linking tasks, changing tasks durations, etc.) by displaying relevant information, and will show you the basic information on the task upon pointing the mouse to or hovering it over a task.

Zoom in and out

Task details from years to minutes. You can have the picture of your tasks as detailed as you wish: zoom the chart in from years to minutes to observe the task progress or to manage tasks for any time unit period.

Convenient navigation (Drag by header)

To smoothly navigate in the Gantt Chart, you can just drag the header of the chart and conveniently move to any time period you need.


Default Calendars

For your flexibility and project estimation accuracy, AxProject has several default calendars with standard working hours and days, as well as provides you with a possibility to create your own customized calendars with account of a non-standard working schedule that you may have in your company.

Calendars for Projects, Resources, and Tasks

You can create customized calendars for the entire project or for certain work resources and tasks. For example, employees might work different shifts, or some task should be done at the time other than the business hours (for example, office maintenance, etc.), so these need to have individual calendars.


You can make exceptions to the existing working schedules. For example, make every first Monday of each month a non-working day.

Work weeks

If you have no fixed working schedule or need to temporarily change over to a different working shift for a certain period of time, you can create an exceptional week schedule with specific business hours for each week day.

Microsoft Project File Import

AxProject is totally compatible with Microsoft Project. You can easily import your *.mpp project files of 2003-2010 formats to AxProject and work with them as if they were created in AxProject because all the project parameters are fully and correctly transferred.  You can get the following types of project data imported:

  • all the tasks with their subtasks, durations, splits, time phases, start and end dates, dependencies, predecessors, time constraints, and statuses. Also, leveling delay parameters are imported and accurately displayed;
  • all the resources assigned to tasks, including cost and material resources, with their rates and calendars;
  • all calendars with work weeks and schedule exceptions;
  • project progress and completion percentage.

Owing to the comprehensive import of all the project parameters, you get absolutely accurate and correct estimates of the imported project’s completion dates and costs in AxProject. And that is with no losses to the original information. For example, all task types remain intact. All this makes the integration of your project with AxProject simple, seamless, and smooth.

Microsoft Project XML format file Export

Just the same way, you can export any project created with AxProject as a universal XML format file absolutely compatible with other project management software. This makes you highly flexible while providing you with possibilities to work with customers who use different project management software.

Additional Features

  • International Characters supported
  • Printing
  • Basic Project Statistics
  • Safety and Confidentiality – You can use a project encryption tool to password-protect your project so that only authorized persons could have access to it.

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