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Anybody who’s tried to lead a team to work on one or several projects knows how much of a nightmare it can be to get everything under control – Who does what? When? Who helps who? Who makes decisions and how can significant progress be made?

There are various programs and online tools out there that attempt to make the job of organization and collaboration less daunting. While the majority of these tools are complicated and have tons of features and capabilities, &! (pronounced andbang) goes the opposite direction. Let’s take a look and see if its reduced feature set is what your team needs.

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Project management can be the hardest part of executing on your goals. Sometimes it’s easy to dream up the next big idea, but without the discipline to get things done, you are going to be left sitting around telling everyone that you meet about how you could have created the internet. For many, project management is at once personal (pick up flowers, take out the trash, etc.) and professional (file that invoice, draft new ideas).

Asana, the next big project from one of the team members at Facebook, is a free solution to managing your tasks as a team. Is it worth using, or is it a dud? Read on to find out.

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The world of web apps is over-saturated with project management apps. It often seems like the only new apps you hear about are new project management, time tracking, or invoicing apps. There’s only so many ways you can design an app for the same purpose, and so many project managers look like they were copied right from 37signals playbook. Then, the features different project management tools include vary widely, and they’re often designed more for large teams than freelancers.

Solo is a fresh new entry into the project management field that uses a drastically different approach. It’s a fully unique design, with modern, beautiful typography and charts that make the important parts of your work stand out. Plus, it’s designed from the ground-up for freelancers, so you won’t feel out of place working without other employees. Keep reading to see our review of Solo, and get a chance to win one of 5 year subscriptions for Solo!

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How many games have you bought based on good reviews and recommendations? One of my favourite games of all time, Portal 2, was bought following a recommendation from a friend, and I’ve bought countless apps on my devices based on reviews I’ve read across the internet. Reviews are a great way of discovering and judging apps and games you’re interested in buying.

However, they are even more important to developers where bad reviews can make or break there game. Reviews play such an important role in a game’s reputation and marketing that a PR firm contracted for the game Duke Nukem Forever threatened to blacklist publications for giving bad reviews to the game. (However, the publisher soon parted ways with the firm due to the scandal.)

Promoter is a web app that can help developers, publishers and PR firms by aggregating mentions and reviews from a wide range of mainstream blogs and sites for a game. This means a user can be left with a timeline of their game’s activity on the web, as well as presenting select reviews with a public page on Promoter.

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Over the past few years the way we work has changed drastically – most companies now implement intranets or web apps to communicate within their organizations, invoices and accounting are managed in the cloud and teams share ideas and work together without being in the same office or even the same country. We have the internet to thank for this, as web apps have cropped up to suit every need for every kind of task or group. Of all the work-related functions we can carry out using apps, the most important would probably be project management – after all, it’s what helps teams and clients stay on the same page throughout a partnership, communicating, solving problems and building together.

There are several project management apps available including Project Bubble, Pivotal Tracker, Subernova, Apollo and Basecamp. These are all great options but what if you need to keep costs down? Freedcamp may be your answer – it’s a free app that aims to rival the major players in this segment, and is suitable for smaller teams and their clients. But does it have what it takes to become the app of choice for project managers? Let’s find out.

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It’s no secret that I’m somewhat of a productivity junkie, and I’m often looking for the latest and greatest way to keep track of my to-do’s and deadlines. In the more recent months of working with these apps, a particularly explosive niche that I’ve noticed has been web apps and services dedicated to organizing a team. Collaborative to-do lists, group calendars, and even direct communication platforms are examples of core features that are finding their way into these apps.

Today I’m going to take a look at the web service Orchestra, one of the more lightweight solutions to collaborative productivity. Orchestra has both a web app interface as well as a companion iPhone app that was just reviewed earlier today on iPhone.AppStorm. Hit the jump to find out more about how this web app can coordinate efforts between you and your coworkers.

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When it comes to web-based task and project management apps, the Web is literally overflowing with them. You’ve got the choice between a huge range of different ones all designed to promote greater integration within businesses and generally help towards a more productive workflow. I recently looked at yaM and Podio, which both boast a wide range of features and are pretty impressive tools to help businesses collaborate.

The only problem with these kinds of project managers is that they tend to be geared towards high-end business users and tend to over-complicate themselves with features that are wasted on the average Joe such as your author here. I’m a techie, so the more complicated things are the better they will stand out with me but for most people, these advanced features can be a bit overwhelming. Think of startup companies, who don’t want to blow their IT budget on one program and who want simple collaboration tools that lets everyone in the office know exactly what they are working on.

Enter cohuman. It is, like many others in its category, a web-based task management app but there’s a spark of insight woven into the program that makes it easy to use yet still retaining some mighty features. Cohuman has recently being bought out by Mindjet, a company that develops visualisation solutions such as mind-mapping software for both Windows and Mac. You’d think that this is a marriage made in heaven, wouldn’t you?

Well, let’s take a look at cohuman to see whether this marriage is eternal, or if it is already on the rocks…

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Bugs and programming go hand in hand. You can probably measure a developer based on how much attention he/she pays to finding bugs, fixing them and tracking them to see if they ever show up again. Bug tracking is not the glamorous part of being a developer, but is the most critical one.

Bug tracking system of various shapes and sizes have existed for decades. Since the workforce is getting more and more distributed, bug tracking apps have moved to the cloud- either they are self hosted or cloud based third party solutions are employed. Self hosting is cheap, but becomes one more system that needs to be maintained internally.

Sifter is a bug tracking app that strives to simplify the cumbersome process of tracking bugs and issues. How different is it from the rest of the apps from a crowded vertical?

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Bugs in a project or software can prove to be a developer’s nightmare. If they’re not correctly handled, they can be forgotten about and cause problems in the long-run. This is why bug management systems were created. However, most of these can completely miss the point and bombard their users with features they really don’t need just for the sake of being able to boast the amount of features offered.

Bugrocket is different.

Focusing only on the tools that you need and eliminating the ones you don’t, it provides a nice environment to manage bugs within a development team. Read on to find out more about Bugrocket.

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I wouldn’t be wrong if I claim that project management web apps have broken down the myth that it takes a seasoned veteran to get a project done. It doesn’t take too much time to learn and adopt an online project management app. Web apps have done decent job of breaking down the entire project management grunt work into manageable pieces – just like the way projects meant to be executed.

Project Management apps for sure improves communication and enhances the productivity of the team. If in doubt, you should ask our AppStorm editors; project management helps us keep working with a team that’s never even beenin an office together. The increased productivity and collaboration is so infectious. Binfire is one among the many project management and collaboration apps around. How unique is it actually?

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