Project KickStart v6.1 Has Arrived!
Plans can be complex, but the planning process shouldn't be. This has been our philiosphy through six versions of Project KickStart, and 40K+ customers seem to agree. In fact, we designed Project KickStart to guide people through the planning process like a coach - helping them identify goals, risks, phases, and collaborators, so that they can better build a comprehensive task list. With the task list built, Project KickStart then generates a full Gantt schedule, including task dependencies, that helps get things done - on time and on budget, and for less than half the cost of the leading project management software. 
Project KickStart has always included these project management features
  • Easy Project Wizard
  • Gantt Charts & Reports
  • Create a project outline showing Phases, Tasks, SubTasks, Goals, Notes, and more.
  • Teams of Assignees
  • Identify Obstacles & Risks
  • Waterfall Methodology
  • Project Templates
  • Use "drag & drop" Project Libraries
  • Task Dependencies
  • Cost & Complete Rate Tracking
  • Comment Logging & Attachments
  • Act! & Outlook Integration
  • Task & Calendar Reporting
New Features
While not an exhaustive list of all the changes introduced with Project KickStart with versions 6 and 6.1, the following are some of the marque new features we think have made this release worth waiting for.
Project Dashboard

Project Dashboard

We've introduced a new project dashboard that will change how you manage your projects. The new Dashboard, which can also be configured as your welcome page, provides a quick overview of ALL your projects so you can preview your upcoming tasks, regardless of which project they're part of. We've also allowed you to filter by project, date range, and assignee for easier task management, as well as a handy new "Timeline" column that aggregates all upcoming tasks from all projects.

"Ground to Cloud" Webplanner Integration

Once you build a project in Project KickStart, you can easily take it to the Cloud by importing that file into Webplanner.com, and collaborate with anyone, anywhere, and on any platform or device because they can work with each other's data files seamlessly. To help give your project wings, we've even included three months free Webplanner with each PKS purchase. Add "Upgrade Assurance" to Project KickStart, and each subscriber gets a free $60 Webplanner upgrade for even more savings.
New Comment logging within tasks

New Comment logging within tasks

The new comment logging feature within tasks was improved to be more intuitive and accountable. Previously it was a simple memo field that was edited manually each time, whereas now you click a button to add or edit a comment that is properly time/date/author stamped each time. This delivers better auditing with less effort. We've even given it it's own tab so you can preview more data with less scrolling.
Enhanced Gantt Charts (with Dependencies)

Enhanced Gantt Charts (with Dependencies)

To make scheduling easy and quick, the Gantt chart still opens in a starter schedule for new projects by setting today as the start date and assigning a one-day duration to each task. Now, you have the flexibility of setting task dependencies task by task, instead of having them auto-assigned. (You can still auto-assign task dependencies, if you want to, with the new Options Dialog.)
New Backup and Restore Utility

New Backup and Restore Utility

Protecting your projects has never been easier with our new Backup and Restore utility. You can now backup all your projects, including attachments, in one password protected step that safeguards your work. You can back up to an external device, or to a shared online storage resource like OneDrive or DropBox. And should you ever need to restore from backup, all the attachments are restored with the project, regardless of where they had previously been located.
User Interface

User Interface

One of the primary objectives of Project KickStart has always been ease-of-use, and we've continued that tradition with this release. For PKS 6 we've revamped the user interface to give it a more contemporary look and feel, while implementing features like the Dashboard, Task Columns that auto-widen, and more intuitive Toolbars and Navbars. We've even built in options that allow the users to select different size toolbar icons based on visual comfort.
Preferences

Preferences

We've expanded the preference options substantially from the last version. In addition to setting program font size and color, users can now can set default directories for projects, templates, exported files, and attachments, as well auto-linking tasks by default. You can also configure the preferences to open either in Project or Dashboard view, load the last project, and further select which section of the project will first be displayed - like "Tasks" for instance. By popular demand, we've also enhanced attachment management.
Import Contacts

Import Contacts

Project KickStart 6 has added flexibility in getting your contacts and resources into the application. The ability to import your coworkers, partners, or other resources from a comma separated value (CSV) means less time copy and pasting or inputting those resources manually and more time accomplishing your project goals. We've also added the ability to import contacts from Act! and Outlook, where most of your project contacts are likely to reside.
Budget and Cost Track Projects

Budget and Cost Track Projects

Keep the project on track with basic budget and cost tracking. Then compare your estimates to actual budget spends and time consumption. Project KickStart 6 even displays a running "Total Cost" calculator at the top of the Task List, and at the bottom of the cost column.
Calendar integration

Calendar integration

Keep everyone notified about what and when things need to be done or any changes in schedule. Plan your activities in Project KickStart, and then "push" those tasks directly to Act! or Outlook, while choosing the contacts & users on the fly! You can even link tasks to existing activities in Act!.
Program Updater

Program Updater

New to Project KickStart v6 is our "Updater" utility that checks to see if you have the latest build, and updates your program in one simple step if a newer version is available. Since the October 23rd release of Project KickStart v6 we've added numerous features and fixes that are now easily detected and delivered with our Updater. The updater is useful for in-version updates only, and not full version upgrades (ie. from v6 to v7).
Enhanced Task List

Enhanced Task List

New to Project KickStart v6 is the enhanced task list, that allows you to clear a task with one click, and remove the completed item from view when done. We've also improved cost tracking, added the ability to hide/display task columns in list view, auto-fit column widths, as well as added dynamic "status" and "priority" for tasks. We've also added easier Task filtering by Assignee, Dates, and completed tasks to help you narrow your focus on what's important.
New Import Task List from Excel

New Import Task List from Excel

New to Project KickStart v6 is the ability to import projects in Excel format. Whether you built the task list from scratch in Excel, or exported it from another application, Project KickStart v6 now supports importing that list directly into a new or existing project.
One product with improved compatibility

One product with improved compatibility

Project KickStart v6 combines the features of the old Standard and Pro versions into one, and updates the programming to be compatible with your newer software. And with support for the latest version of Windows, Microsoft Office, and Act!, you can plan with confidence knowing that your projects will leverage today's technology, rather than be limited by it.
See How Simple it is to Plan Well

Project KickStart is an easy-to-use project planning software for small to medium sized projects. From planning a project to creating a project schedule, Project KickStart's award winning project management software makes it easy to manage. Let Project KickStart help you plan your next project in just 30 minutes

  • Brainstorm project details quickly.
  • Preview all your projects at once with our new Dashboard
  • Use "drag & drop" Project Libraries for fast planning.
  • Import Contacts and Users from Outlook and ACT! addressbooks.
  • Create a project outline showing Phases, Tasks, SubTasks, Notes, and more.
  • Print variety of reports for all stakeholders.
  • Free 2-week trial
  • Ground-to-Cloud planning with PKS6 Webplanner.com
  • Sample reports for various projects (Tasks, Gantt Chart)
System requirements:
  • Windows 7  / 8 / 10
  • 128 MB RAM
  • 230MB free disk space
  • Project KickStart may be installed on a network
  • PKS v6 can open project files made by legacy PKS versions, but legacy versions cannot open PKS v6 files.
  • Compatible with Microsoft Office 2016
  • Compatible with Act! v18 - v21
    (Prior versions of Act! work with PKS6, but are no longer supported by Swiftpage, and therefore not listed here)
Other documented features for PKS6: Act! & Outlook | Gantt Charts | Reports and Exports | FAQs

Additional Resources: Project Management 101 | Project Templates | Trainers and Consultants | Video Demos
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Project KickStart v6 Pricing

1 - 4 Users

$249.95/user
  • 3 Months Free Webplanner Subscription
  • No volume discount
  • Unlimited Projects
  • Works with Act! CRM
  • Gantt charts
  • Develop reports
  • 30-minute plan
  • Templates with sample phases & tasks

5 - 9 Users

$237.45/user
  • 3 Months Free Webplanner Subscription
  • 5% Volume Discount
  • Unlimited Projects
  • Works with Act! CRM
  • Gantt charts
  • Develop reports
  • 30-minute plan
  • Templates with sample phases & tasks

10+ Users

$224.95/user
  • 3 Months Free Webplanner Subscription
  • 10% Volume Discount
  • Unlimited Projects
  • Works with Act! CRM
  • Gantt Charts
  • Develop Reports
  • 30-minute plan
  • Templates with sample phases & tasks