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ActiveCollab

Scenarios where ActiveCollab works well1) 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 etcScenarios where ActiveCollab did not work well1) 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 invoicing3) It did not work well for larger teams4) Search option is not very detailed & you may end up wasting lot of time searching one particular bug or issue.












Sourav Singla ,Safe Agilist, CSP,  ICP-ACC, CSM, CSPO, SSM, LSSG profile photo

Project Bubble

For a smaller agency or freelancer, I think it's the perfect solution because it is very cost-effective and accessible.It's easy to use and offers a lot of useful interconnected information
like clients, projects and contacts. I also find its project reporting system to
be very useful.I think a larger agency might want to go with something a little more comprehensive.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Project Management

ActiveCollab
7.4
Project Bubble
9.5
Task Management
ActiveCollab
9.3
Project Bubble
10.0
Resource Management
ActiveCollab
7.5
Project Bubble
9.0
Gantt Charts
ActiveCollab
6.1
Project Bubble
9.0
Scheduling
ActiveCollab
6.5
Project Bubble
10.0
Workflow Automation
ActiveCollab
7.0
Project Bubble
9.0
Team Collaboration
ActiveCollab
8.6
Project Bubble
9.0
Support for Agile Methodology
ActiveCollab
6.7
Project Bubble
Support for Waterfall Methodology
ActiveCollab
7.0
Project Bubble
Document Management
ActiveCollab
9.0
Project Bubble
9.0
Email integration
ActiveCollab
8.0
Project Bubble
10.0
Mobile Access
ActiveCollab
6.8
Project Bubble
10.0
Timesheet Tracking
ActiveCollab
8.5
Project Bubble
10.0
Change request and Case Management
ActiveCollab
5.3
Project Bubble
Budget and Expense Management
ActiveCollab
7.0
Project Bubble

Professional Services Automation

ActiveCollab
6.2
Project Bubble
Quotes/estimates
ActiveCollab
5.7
Project Bubble
Invoicing
ActiveCollab
6.5
Project Bubble
Project & financial reporting
ActiveCollab
7.7
Project Bubble
Integration with accounting software
ActiveCollab
5.0
Project Bubble

Pros

  • Its billing & invoice feature worked pretty well for T&M teams. ActiveCollab version 5, the current version, allows you to directly track time to tasks using the Timer app and later create invoices based on those time entries. Their statuses will change through phases, as you are pending payment, or after they are set as paid.
  • Here cost can be easily assigned to each team member, Team members can start the timer after they start their work, then allows you to export the time records of team members making it easy to complete the billing.
  • File sharing feature is very useful for distributed teams as we can we can easily share files, screenshots.
  • Also ActiveCollab ability to connect to Google docs, attach images and link to web pages make it unique from other project management tools.
  • AC easily allows you to track your daily tasks & serves reminder if miss on the targets defined by giving daily / weekly reminders regarding tasks and any that have gone over due dates.
  • ActiveCollab is quite easy to use. With just a few clicks, you can create a new project.
  • The dashboard and options are easy to see and it is well laid out.
  • Here user have an opportunity to select the number of emails they receive from ActiveCollab and for some email providers, such as Gmail grouping is enabled. So rather than getting multiple mails, it send you a summary of all the daily notifications in one mail.
  • It allows users to upload several files at once on task comments, and if you are set with the owner role, or have the member role but are a project leader, you have a Batch Edit option available on project level. This allows you to edit multiple tasks at once and change all the details on them, such as assignee, due dates, labels, importance, and more.
Sourav Singla ,Safe Agilist, CSP,  ICP-ACC, CSM, CSPO, SSM, LSSG profile photo
  • I needed a project management software that had client access, ability to comment, percent-complete tracking, and email integration.
  • The mobile app is a big part of what has improved in the last year and why I have decided to stick with it ultimately. Many others I've decided do not have apps on the marketplace, which is a big hindrance, in my opinion.
  • Invoicing and tracking expenses is a huge plus.
  • White Labeling - I can customize the system with my own logo
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Cons

  • Search functionality - The search functionality is not so promising and I'm unable to find the tasks/items that I need even though I use the keywords that are in the ticket/comments -- Definitely something that needs to be improved.
  • No snooze functionality for tasks - If you work on multiple projects and deal with large number of tasks/tickets then things can get messy in your "workspace." An easy feature that can resolve this is to add snooze functionality. That way users can snooze tasks and optimize their workspace until when they really need to work on the task.
  • No ability to color code tasks - I'm a visual person and deal with a large number of tasks on ActiveCollab. Seeing my huge pile of tasks in the same color makes me lose track of things and slows me down. It would be very helpful for me if task color coding was added to Active Collab -- I'm sure there are others out there who benefit from this feature, too!
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  • Not crazy about how the Javascript window opens up when I click on a project; I would rather it just go straight to the Project page.
  • I wish the Time Tracking app were a little more meaty, more like a standalone app.
  • I think the main project area's UI needs to be a bit more legible. Sometimes I find myself straining to see things.
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Alternatives Considered

Since we moved from fixed capacity project to T&M we need some tool who support our billing & invoicing.HP ALM did not provide good support for invoicing so we moved out from HP ALM to ActiveCollab.The features like Timer, reminders are not available in other project management tools like JIRA, Rally & ALM making AC the first choice since we have strict SLA's & AC helps in meeting that.
Sourav Singla ,Safe Agilist, CSP,  ICP-ACC, CSM, CSPO, SSM, LSSG profile photo
I think Project Bubble is way more streamlined than the others mentioned, as well as way more cost-effective! It is simple enough for my clients to access and keep track of their status, without having to explain or train them in the process. For value of money, customer support, and ease of use, I give it my highest recommendation.
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Return on Investment

  • ActiveCollab allowed me to get rid of spreadsheets and physical reports that always take away a lot of time.
  • The automation of the management processes of the company is fantastic thanks to ActiveCollab.
  • The whole team has focused more on the execution of its activities.
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  • Client communication
  • Contractor accountability
  • Time tracking and resource management
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Pricing Details

ActiveCollab

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional
$6.25*
1.  per member, per month, annual billing
ActiveCollab Editions & Modules
ActiveCollab
On-premise Edition
Self-Hosted Plan
$9991
1. license
SaaS Edition
Member annually
6.251
Addition - Get Paid Bundle Annually
$21
Addition - Get Paid Bundle Monthly
2.52
Member monthly
$72
1. per member, per month, annual billing
2. per member, per month, monthly billing
Additional Pricing Details

Project Bubble

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
Project Bubble Editions & Modules
Project Bubble
Additional Pricing Details