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Online Task Management Software

Published 05/08/2012 and rated Ratingstars4 4 out of 5 stars
by Adam Brown
What can you use the app for?

Intervals is a time and project tracker for small businesses. Professionals such as web developers, creative agencies, consultants, IT firms, and communication companies often find it difficult to manage time and monitor hours spent on a project. Intervals gives them a detailed way to monitor progress and keep track of time spent. The system helps those who bill on an hourly basis per project. There is no software installation needed, the entire application is web based. Users can make sure they stay within scope and project budget with task management, milestones and workflow features. Intervals includes visual reporting and the ability to export time data to QuickBooks. There are multiple web based timers and weekly time sheet options as well. Users can easily organize schedules with the drag and drop calendar view option as well. Other Intervals features include detailed tasks, work history, real time budget versus actual budget, client contact organization and an API to build custom add ons.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

Intervals was created in June 2006 by a group called Pelago. Pelago was founded in August of 2000. Based out of Santa Barbara, California, Pelago includes John Reeve (co-founder and senior developer/designer), Michael Payne (co-founder/chief architect), Jaime Prado (senior web developer), Cameron Brooks (senior web developer), and Braden Jones (co-founder, business director).

What are the differences to other apps?

Intervals provides small businesses with numerous options to get their hourly paid projects done within budget and scope and on time. What makes Intervals a great choice is the many tools that comes with it. There are numerous items that can help professionals work efficiently and effectively. By staying within budget and meeting deadlines, professionals can make clients happy without spending time unpaid to get the project done due to poor scheduling or unsuccessful time keeping.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

Intervals is developed for professionals. The well organized website uses a primarily white background which matches much of the application’s tools. Everything is neat and clean with minimal fluff. Hints of color help make reports and charts readable, but beyond that the application takes a no nonsense approach to helping professionals and small firms get their hourly projects completed on time and within budget.

How does the registration process work?

New visitors can click on the green “See Plans and Pricing” button at the top, right hand corner of the homepage to get started. The user must select one of four membership plans by clicking on the corresponding green “Try Me” button at the bottom of the column for that plan. The account creation form requires a company name (which will also be the Intervals domain name), time zone, location, first and last name of administrator, administrator email, username, password and terms of service agreement.

What does it cost to use the application?

Every new Intervals account includes a free 30 day trial regardless of which membership is chosen. After that, the user will begin paying a monthly subscription. The least expensive is the Basic which costs around $20 and includes up to 15 active projects, 2 GBs of document storage, unlimited users, unlimited clients and contacts, unlimited invoices, unlimited tasks and milestones, personalization features, and work request queues. The Not So Basic plan runs about $50 per month and upgrades to include up to 40 active projects, SSL 256 bit encryption and 5GBs of document storage. The Premium membership costs around $100 and includes up to 100 active projects and 15 GBs of document storage space. The most expensive plan is the Top Shelf which costs around $175 and upgrades to unlimited active projects and 50 GBs of document storage.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Intervals was created for small businesses, such as web development firms, consultants and others, who work on a by project basis and charge hourly rates. There are tools included with Intervals that can assist professionals in staying within budget and without expanding the scope and adding time that might not be paid for (or may anger a client when they receive the bill for excess hours).

  • Compare actual budgets with real time current budgets.
  • Build tasks and milestones.
  • Review visual reports depicting current progress.
  • Maintain client contact lists.
  • Create invoices and personalization features.

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Intervals pricing

Cheapest plan (per month) : $20.00
Most expensive plan (per month) : $175.00




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