5pm is a team and project management tool intended for professionals and businesses. The application comes packaged with a number of popular features. Users can add projects and create individual tasks which are stored online. 5pm integrates with email so users can send alerts to their entire team and reply to messages and inquiries through their email using 5pm. Collaborative tools allow users to share files and notes to improve the speed of communication and overall team efficiency. Customized reports allow the user to generate a report to their specifications. Reports can be printed or exported to CSV. Time tracking tools are also included so the user can easily report billable hours. 5pm includes interactive timelines that utilize a drag and drop interface and Gantt style view design. The 5pm universal importer lets users import tasks and projects from Excel spreadsheets or their BaseCamp files. The application is currently available in 20 languages, including English, Swedish, Spanish, Russian, French, Polish, Italian, Croatian, German, Portuguese, Dutch, Serbian, Slovak, Korean, Turkish, Chinese, Finnish and Bulgarian with more on the way.
5pm was founded in September of 2003 by QG Software. The application was intended to provide a valuable team management solution to its professional users. The company is based out of Fairfield, Ohio and currently includes fewer than 10 individuals.
5PM offers many features found across other project management applications. There are two specific elements that make it stand out. The first being the many languages the application is available in. Users from all over the world can easily integrate 5pm into their daily operations thanks to its international versatility. The application also uses a very unique, colorful yet sleek design.
The look of 5pm is another aspect that makes it appealing to some users. The website seems to hint at the colorful, yet modern nature of the application. Big rounded red buttons and blue links set an upbeat tone that retains an air of professionalism. The user interface incorporates stylish icons, sleek side tabs and an overall sleek texture and design that works well. 5pm is clearly not intended to be another drab project management tool.
New visitors to the 5pm website can create an account by clicking the red and white “Sign Up” button in the upper, right hand corner. The following page asks the user to select a membership plan or choose the 14 day free trial button to continue. After doing so, the user is taken to the registration form. The form asks for a desired 5pm domain name, the user’s preferred plan (which can be changed using a drop down box), the user’s name, email address, password and billing address. The user must also successfully enter the code presented at the bottom of the form before clicking the “Create My Account” button found below it.
5pm users are given five membership plans to choose from. The first costs just under $20 per month and includes up to five users, 10 active projects, 1 GB of file storage, unlimited clients and SSL security features. The next plan up costs just under $30 per month and includes up to 10 users, 20 active projects and 3 GBs of storage space. The mid-range plan costs just under $50 and upgrades to allow up to 20 users, 40 projects and 6 GBs of storage space. The second highest plan costs around $90 per month and includes up to 40 users, 80 projects and 12 GBs of storage space. The most expensive 5pm plan costs around $175 per month and includes unlimited users, unlimited active projects and 30 GBs of storage space.
5pm is a great solution for teams and businesses. The application is colorful, yet professional and covers a lot of ground when it comes to managing projects and collaboration. Users can choose from five diverse membership plans, making the application appealing to very small companies as well as larger small companies.