TaskAnt offers its own take on the task management application. The focus of this newcomer is to present a very simple way to manage project tasks. The application allows users to create new tasks and assign them to themselves or other users. Other project participants can view and edit each task so everyone can keep the TaskAnt task list up to date. Users receive new tasks in their TaskAnt inbox. Tasks can also be given a status, such as cancelled, done or merged. User can manage multiple projects on TaskAnt and mark previous projects as inactive to keep their list organized. The system is simple, but contains all the necessary elements to manage a team and get a project completed on time.
TaskAnt was founded in 2010 by XMind Ltd. XMind was founded in 2006. Based out of Hong Kong, the company offers software solutions geared towards team collaboration and brainstorming. The tools help expand the outcome of meetings, brainstorming sessions and professional presentations. The company’s other products include XMind 2008, XMind 3 and XMind Pro 3.
TaskAnt offers many of the same functions as other task related applications. These functions work relatively well when implemented the right way. The TaskAnt system really shines through its simplicity. It may seem a little watered down for a user looking for a lot of bells and whistles, but for someone who just wants a quick and easy tool to effectively manage a team, TaskAnt is there to help.
The appearance of TaskAnt helps enhance its simplicity. The website features an attractive green and blue color scheme, highlighted by the stylish leaf logo. The actual tool also utilizes these colors, but in a way that is very subtle. Overall, the user’s project page is well organized and easy to navigate which is a big part of what makes TaskAnt an attractive option for some users. A few of the functional elements, such as the inability to assign permissions once a group of people have been added to a task, could use some improvement but these are not really related directly to the design.
TaskAnt is still in beta, so there may be many changes that lie ahead for this application. For now, users must obtain an invitation to create an account. This can be done by clicking on the green “Get Invitation Now” button displayed prominently at the bottom, right hand side of the homepage. Users are advised they can receive an invitation from a friend or by submitting a request through the TaskAnt Twitter account. Choosing either option will provide the user with an invitation email that includes a link to the registration form. The homepage also includes an area for the user’s email address with an orange “keep me posted” submission button. A note is provided that advises users that adding their address will get them a TaskAnt invitation in seven days or less.
TaskAnt offers two membership options. Users can access a free TaskAnt membership or select a TaskAnt Pro paid membership. No information is provided as far as the cost or what the paid membership includes. Users can cancel either account at any time; however the site also states that refunds are not available on monthly or yearly payments.
TaskAnt can help users complete tasks quickly and effectively. The application is ideal for anyone who prefers simplicity over complex features and functions. There are a few items that could be improved upon, but over all the application is relatively well polished and offers many helpful basic features to users.