A downloadable tool for Windows, macOS, and Linux
What is it?
MasterPlan is a easy-to-use, beginner-friendly, entry-level, free-flow project management and idea board. You can complete tasks, place images, sounds, and notes, and set deadlines for yourself.
Why is it?
I started working on this tool because I needed a tool to plan projects, but found existing tools to be unsatisfactory. While usually high-quality and well-designed, I found existing tools to:
- Be cloud-based, and generally web-focused. This being the case, they usually require using a web browser to view, and so can be relatively heavy applications.
- Not offer a downloadable copy of their software. Even if they do, they might require hosting a server that serves you the management pages, or might require owning an account to use the application.
- Be more complex than necessary to use by offering features that, while useful for larger organizations, are unnecessary for small teams or individual developers (for example, permissions, users, issue assignment, etc). This increases bloat and friction when it comes to learning and using the software.
- Not be version control-friendly, as the data for your project management lies elsewhere from your source code.
And so, I created MasterPlan to resolve these issues. It stores your project plan as a plain human-readable JSON file, meaning it's trivial to push to version control systems. It runs fully offline. As optimization is a major concern, MasterPlan is a compiled, native application that does not rely on a (relatively slow and heavy) web browser. It's also relatively cheap!
There is no underlying philosophy to completion of tasks like with a Kanban board or a Gantt chart - it's up to you how you wish to position your images, sounds, and tasks to design your board to be both visually-pleasing and easy to grok.
How is it?
Good. HOWEVER, NOTICE! MasterPlan is currently in its early access phase, and will receive updates regularly over time. As it stands, MasterPlan is fully equipped for task planning, but there is also still quite a bit to add before I would consider it complete. In the meantime, I would recommend using it with a version control system to make it possible to roll back your plan in case of mistakes.
Also note that only 64-bit builds are available; if there is a demand for 32-bit builds, please let me know and I'll see about building and maintaining them.
ALSO also note that I will be uploading MasterPlan to Steam later on, as well, and if you purchase it here, you will be entitled to a free Steam key for it from here then.
If you're feeling hacky or frugal, the complete source code for MasterPlan is available for perusal, building, and contribution on its GitHub repository here.
Recommended system requirements
Recent versions of Windows (>= 7), Mac (>= 10.12), Linux (>= Ubuntu 18.04)
OpenGL 3.3-capable graphics card
A sound card
In order to download this tool you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $15 USD. You will get access to the following files: