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Likelihood to Recommend

ArchiOffice

Archioffice is only suitable for architect and interior design firms.
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LiquidPlanner

What happens to your plan the day after you create it? For other software, it's out of date. Because LiquidPlanner is priority based, the expected due dates are always valid.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Project Management

ArchiOffice
4.7
LiquidPlanner
7.9
Task Management
ArchiOffice
3.1
LiquidPlanner
9.0
Resource Management
ArchiOffice
3.0
LiquidPlanner
9.9
Gantt Charts
ArchiOffice
3.0
LiquidPlanner
7.1
Scheduling
ArchiOffice
3.0
LiquidPlanner
8.0
Workflow Automation
ArchiOffice
4.0
LiquidPlanner
6.5
Team Collaboration
ArchiOffice
3.0
LiquidPlanner
8.0
Support for Agile Methodology
ArchiOffice
4.0
LiquidPlanner
9.0
Support for Waterfall Methodology
ArchiOffice
4.0
LiquidPlanner
9.0
Document Management
ArchiOffice
5.8
LiquidPlanner
9.9
Email integration
ArchiOffice
3.0
LiquidPlanner
8.0
Mobile Access
ArchiOffice
4.0
LiquidPlanner
3.1
Timesheet Tracking
ArchiOffice
9.0
LiquidPlanner
8.0
Change request and Case Management
ArchiOffice
7.0
LiquidPlanner
Budget and Expense Management
ArchiOffice
9.9
LiquidPlanner
7.0

Professional Services Automation

ArchiOffice
8.6
LiquidPlanner
Quotes/estimates
ArchiOffice
5.0
LiquidPlanner
Invoicing
ArchiOffice
9.9
LiquidPlanner
Project & financial reporting
ArchiOffice
9.9
LiquidPlanner
Integration with accounting software
ArchiOffice
9.8
LiquidPlanner

Pros

  • Time tracking because you can account for almost every single minute of your day with detailed descriptions attached. The reporting of time came in very good use when clients questioned billing.
  • Robust billing portal that was pretty customizable.
  • Could track employee costs well once the correct numbers were placed into the system. Came in very handy for billing and company budgeting and projections.
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  • Resource management
  • Task allocation
  • Tracking deadlines
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Cons

  • The overall layout and physical design of the portals could be simplified greatly. The program is anything but intuitive to use.
  • I found myself clicking what felt like a 1,000 times just to complete one small task. Billing was very cumbersome and the program did not integrate smoothly with Quickbooks as was previously promised.
  • Saving and making templates for billing etc. was a tedious process that also cost extra!
  • The program is as good as what you put into it, but they designed the software for a more particular one-sided way to work and manage, so it made customizing a project to your companies methods tricky.
  • Overall a very cumbersome program that looks as if it was designed at the start of the millennium and note 16 years into it.
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  • Security/permissions could be more flexible. Users can be granted access to either the entire project workspace or specific projects. I'd prefer a middle option where you can grant a user access to all current and future projects that reside in a particular "package" (a LiquidPlanner construct for grouping similar tasks or projects).
  • LiquidPlanner has some unique scheduling concepts that may be unfamiliar to seasoned project managers who dream about Gantt charts and are MS Project experts. In fact, this is one of the reasons why some individuals at my company have struggled to embrace it. I think that LiquidPlanner could add some modules to their online support site to focus specifically on this type of individual and help to ease the transition to the LiquidPlanner way of thinking.
  • Their desktop web application is stellar. However, they've been lagging in updating their mobile app. I don't think that the mobile app needs all of the functionality of the desktop web application (it would make the smartphone app too complicated to use), but the basic UI hasn't evolved along with iOS and could use some sprucing up.
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Likelihood to Renew

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LiquidPlanner4.4
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I believe I'd see better results if mine was a larger organization. Scalability is the issue here, I'm not sure I'm getting as much out of it as I should.
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Usability

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LiquidPlanner10.0
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Easy to learn and utilize. Can export charts and reports for sharing with colleagues.
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Support

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LiquidPlanner3.0
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Support is the least impressive part of LiquidPlanner for me. Issues are resolved, but software bugs or suggested improvements are generally blown off or responded to condescendingly. This software updates more frequently than any other software we use, frequently during times we use the product (Saturday mornings). Often the updates result in aesthetic changes that seem pointless when there are bigger updates that would make using the product easier, which should be a higher priority.
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Alternatives Considered

I love Harvest, especially compared to Archioffice. It's very intuitive, simply designed and easy to use. Perhaps the billing isn't as robust or customizable as Archi, but I would take it over Archi any day.
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We ruled out Microsoft Project because of its complexity, cost, and perception that is is more of a project manager's tool rather than a collaborative solution that anyone could use. We evaluated Clarizen quite rigorously alongside LiquidPlanner, but we selected LiquidPlanner because it appeared to be easier to learn and use. Although Clarizen had more functionality, we found it somewhat more intimidating and complicated. We weren't sure we'd need all that extra functionality anyway.
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Return on Investment

  • It positively organized our time tracking and the reporting was robust enough to use for client meetings.
  • It negatively took up more time to do certain tasks that shouldn't be so time consuming.
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  • At the moment, we do not have enough individuals in the organization using LiquidPlanner to have any meaningful impact to ROI, but I still believe that it has great potential. I think once we reach the "tipping point" and start to manage more and more of our projects in it, we will eliminate or reduce much of the chaos and confusion we face currently by having myriad project management tools, templates, and methodologies practiced through the organization (if at all).
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Pricing Details

ArchiOffice

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional
ArchiOffice Editions & Modules
ArchiOffice
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LiquidPlanner

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional
LiquidPlanner Editions & Modules
LiquidPlanner
Edition
Professional
$451
Enterprise
$691
1. 5-user minimum
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