Microsoft Project is one of the most robust project planning tools I've seen thus far. But, it's also fairly expensive. I've played with some free tools but none of the ones I've found include resource leveling. Are there any project planning tools on the market that include resource leveling and cost less than $500 USD?
The solution must have the following.
- Windows 7 support
- Costs less than $500 USD
- Has resource leveling
Resource Leveling is a scheduling tool. If a tool has it it will also have the following:
- Ability to create tasks with a start and end date and estimated work in hours.
- Ability to enter resources and their availability. This usually involves a calendar that shows hours worked per day and which days are worked.
- Ability to assign multiple resources to a task and set a resource's level of effort (usually expressed as a percentage of total work)
The resource leveling adjusts the start and end dates so that no resource is scheduled to work more hours than he is available.