ActiveCollab vs. Bolste

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
ActiveCollab
Score 4.3 out of 10
N/A
Active Collab is a project management solution built around features such as task management, collaboration, time tracking, and invoicing.
$8
per member/per month
Bolste
Score 9.1 out of 10
Small Businesses (1-50 employees)
Bolste™ is a complete business operating system, designed to simplify work-life and help businesses grow by streamlining communication and collaboration. The system brings together separate applications – email, chat, tasks, file-sharing, calendars, and more – into a single, simple platform. Available on the web and via iOS and Android apps, Bolste enables remote users to stay connected and productive from anywhere. The admin console shows employee activity, making it easy to…
$0
per user
Pricing
ActiveCollabBolste
Editions & Modules
ActiveCollab Project Management
$8
per member/per month
Self-Hosted Plan
$999.00
license
Basic
$0
per user
Pro
$9.99
per month
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
ActiveCollabBolste
Free Trial
YesYes
Free/Freemium Version
YesYes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesYes
Entry-level Setup Fee$6.25 per member, per month, annual billingNo setup fee
Additional DetailsBolste offers three (3) packages that meet the exact needs of any user. BASIC is a free version perfect for an army of one or for small group to try out the solution. PRO is a more robust version perfect for larger teams and SMB organizations. CORPORATE is a full-scale version perfect for enterprise solutions.
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Community Pulse
ActiveCollabBolste
Top Pros
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Features
ActiveCollabBolste
Project Management
Comparison of Project Management features of Product A and Product B
ActiveCollab
3.6
13 Ratings
71% below category average
Bolste
8.8
1 Ratings
11% above category average
Task Management5.512 Ratings9.11 Ratings
Resource Management1.08 Ratings00 Ratings
Gantt Charts3.07 Ratings8.21 Ratings
Scheduling1.011 Ratings8.21 Ratings
Workflow Automation7.01 Ratings9.11 Ratings
Team Collaboration6.313 Ratings00 Ratings
Support for Agile Methodology7.07 Ratings00 Ratings
Support for Waterfall Methodology7.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Document Management3.08 Ratings00 Ratings
Email integration4.09 Ratings00 Ratings
Mobile Access1.310 Ratings9.11 Ratings
Timesheet Tracking2.09 Ratings00 Ratings
Change request and Case Management1.08 Ratings00 Ratings
Budget and Expense Management2.07 Ratings00 Ratings
Search00 Ratings9.11 Ratings
Professional Services Automation
Comparison of Professional Services Automation features of Product A and Product B
ActiveCollab
5.7
8 Ratings
26% below category average
Bolste
-
Ratings
Quotes/estimates6.97 Ratings00 Ratings
Invoicing6.96 Ratings00 Ratings
Project & financial reporting1.07 Ratings00 Ratings
Integration with accounting software7.94 Ratings00 Ratings
Communication
Comparison of Communication features of Product A and Product B
ActiveCollab
-
Ratings
Bolste
8.7
1 Ratings
8% above category average
Chat00 Ratings9.11 Ratings
Notifications00 Ratings8.21 Ratings
Discussions00 Ratings8.21 Ratings
Internal knowledgebase00 Ratings8.21 Ratings
Integrates with GoToMeeting00 Ratings9.11 Ratings
Integrates with Gmail and Google Hangouts00 Ratings9.11 Ratings
Integrates with Outlook00 Ratings9.11 Ratings
File Sharing & Management
Comparison of File Sharing & Management features of Product A and Product B
ActiveCollab
-
Ratings
Bolste
8.9
1 Ratings
10% above category average
Versioning00 Ratings8.21 Ratings
Video files00 Ratings9.11 Ratings
Audio files00 Ratings9.11 Ratings
Document collaboration00 Ratings9.11 Ratings
Access control00 Ratings9.11 Ratings
Advanced security features00 Ratings8.21 Ratings
Integrates with Google Drive00 Ratings9.11 Ratings
Device sync00 Ratings9.11 Ratings
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User Ratings
ActiveCollabBolste
Likelihood to Recommend
3.1
(13 ratings)
9.1
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
7.1
(3 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
ActiveCollabBolste
Likelihood to Recommend
ActiveCollab
Scenarios where ActiveCollab works well 1) ActiveCollab works well for small teams specifically T&M teams.Its invoicing feature is unique & can make your life easy. 2) It is very easy to use & posses good range of filters like on the task list, we can drag/drop tasks, Filter by assignee's,
tasks lists, due dates, or completed tasks. 3) It has some simple but awesome features like when you're in
the middle of writing something i.e a comment on story and get interrupted,
it retains what you wrote. 4) It allows you to tag team members in threads of comments to grab their attention, its really needed when teams are distributed. Thus helping team members to collaborate easily & stay on same page. 5) It integrates pretty well with other web apps like quickbooks , Slack, Trello, HubSpot, Zapier etc Scenarios where ActiveCollab did not work well 1) Tasks can not have multiple assignee's here so if two members are working on same task it did not allow you to reflect that. 2) Sorting capability is not their under invoicing 3) It did not work well for larger teams 4) Search option is not very detailed & you may end up wasting lot of time searching one particular bug or issue.












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Bolste
Bolste is best suited for companies that rely on team work and e-mail communication within/between departments
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Pros
ActiveCollab
  • Great for project and task assignments, project workflow and communications.
  • Solid web-based platform that doesn't require software downloads, also includes great mobile platform.
  • Great reporting tools for managing billing, estimating, project workflow and other essential project details.
  • Allows for both the agency and its clients to interact on a single platform using role-specific permissions.
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Bolste
  • Keeps everybody on the same page.
  • Easy to access/use.
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Cons
ActiveCollab
  • It isn't possible to set members of staff as part time, so if someone is unavailable on certain days you must manually enter them as OOO every single day that they are not in, that other teammates work. Hours also can't be edited individually - everyone is treated as working the same hours in a day, rendering capacity planner useless for flexi working teams
  • Subtasks cannot be assigned their own hours and deadlines, meaning the To Do list view can't be seen in actual date order and capacity planner does not reflect all time allocated to an individual's schedule unless every task is set up as a separate task rather than subtask
  • There is no way to see all tasks of a certain type across multiple campaigns (e.g all copywriting tasks vs all technical tasks) - support team suggested exporting data and making spreadsheets
  • Kanban view isn't available for people's own task lists ('board' view here shows a list)
  • Not possible to have one task be assigned to more than one person
  • Notifications are not sent when tasks are updated, so you have to leave comments and tag people each time
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Bolste
  • There is only 7GB of storage in the Plus Pack.
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Support Rating
ActiveCollab
We have not required support for ActiveCollab as it works pretty seamlessly. We didn't have any issues with using the platform or with any billing issues. The self-service aspect of the platform is robust and easy to navigate so we have not encountered any errors that required assistance from the support team.
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Bolste
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Alternatives Considered
ActiveCollab
ActiveCollab is easier to use and simpler in its setup. It has the right mix of features and simplicity. It's also project-oriented which is important for our workflow. Other tools are often too task-oriented, making it hard to track projects. Overall, ActiveCollab has a great mix of simplicity with good features.
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Bolste
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Return on Investment
ActiveCollab
  • Allows our team to stay organized and keep conversations on tasks.
  • The To-Do List email every morning helps me mentally prepare and know exactly what I should be doing as soon as I start work.
  • Powerful and useful integrations save lots of time (Google Drive, Slack, Dropbox, Zapier and more!).
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Bolste
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ScreenShots

ActiveCollab Screenshots

Screenshot of the dashboard with an overview of projects.Screenshot of multiple task views currently showing a Kanban view of the tasklists and tasks.Screenshot of Overview of all recent activity.Screenshot of Calendar view with task dependencies.Screenshot of Permission settings (owner, member, client, client+).Screenshot of List of available Add-ons.

Bolste Screenshots

Screenshot of Activity Feed – displaying all activity across a your account, making it easy to see the latestScreenshot of Calendar – for scheduling meetings / events and tracking task due datesScreenshot of Tasks – for creating, assigning and managing tasks or "to-dos"Screenshot of Contacts – enabling you to easily connect with contacts from inside and out of your organizationScreenshot of Shared Files – allowing you to easily share and find filesScreenshot of Bolster Navigation – where you find your personal tools and files (under My Bolster), as well as your shared Bolsters for collaboration