Project Plan 365 was ranked our top project management software for Mac and one of the reasons for that was the highly customizable Gantt charts it makes.
Project Plan 365 has both a Mac desktop and Cloud interface so you can choose to work offline or online on macOS
It can also import and export to the Microsoft Project MPP file format better than any Microsoft Project alternative we’ve seen. You can also connect Project Plan 365 to Microsoft Project Server, Sharepoint and Basecamp.
Project Plan 365 makes it very easy to share your Gantt Charts and project timelines with anyone even if they don’t have Project Plan 365.
This means you can share instantly to team members, stakeholders and the public without the need for a Project Viewer on a Mac or additional software.
It allows you to produce highly customizable Gantt Charts that give you full control over the kind of variables you want displayed.
ClickUp is an easy to use project management software and productivity tool that makes it easy to create eye-catching Gantt charts on a Mac and all platforms.
ClickUp has some of the widest range of viewing options we’ve seen in any project management tool including Gantt, list, box, Board, Calendar view and even your own customizable views.
Some of the things we like most about ClickUp for project management are:
Customized views from Gantt charts to Scrum boards
Dynamic timelines to schedule tasks and manage project progress
Lots of color coordination options for Gantt charts
Ability to drag and drop, resources, tasks and people on Gantt charts
Apart from project management and making Gantt charts, ClickUp is also a highly effective organizational tool that also makes an excellent alternative to Microsoft OneNote on Mac for organizing clippings, notes and other tasks.
Although Teamwork (formerly known as Teamwork Projects) is a professional project management tool, it also allows you to use a version to make Gantt charts for free on macOS.
Teamwork is an incredibly powerful alternative to Microsoft Project and yet the Free Forever plan allows you to manage a maximum of 2 projects with 100MB of free storage.
It has a slick Mac app which allows you to launch Teamwork from your Mac desktop.
If you just need to manage a few projects at a time, or can delete projects once they are complete, you can easily keep using Teamwork for free for as long as you want.
Teamwork is tastefully designed with a clear, color coordinated dashboard that allows you to instantly switch between Gantt Charts and Kanban boards.
You can import and export Microsoft Project MPP files and you can even sync it with the Windows version of Microsoft Project (although this isn’t available in the free version).
Other great features include automatic Triggers and Webhooks to alert other stakeholders and team members when work is complete, useful mobile apps to track projects on the move and contact management.
You can even try the paid plans for free and after 30 days, it will automatically revert to the Free Forever Plan if you don’t want to subscribe.
When it comes to creating Gantt charts, or in fact diagrams of any kind, it doesn’t get much easier or quicker than with SmartDraw.
SmartDraw is an incredibly effective diagramming software that works on all platforms and has so many templates, much of the hard work is done for you before you even get started.
The great thing about SmartDraw is you’re not just getting an incredibly easy way of creating Gantt charts on a Mac – you also get an entire diagramming suite that useful for everything from creating organizational charts to creating flowcharts.
SmartDraw is packed with Gantt chart templates which get you up and running really quickly including for PERT charts.
It’s incredibly easy to add dependencies and insert tasks and you can track the progress of projects by entering a percentage of completion rate for each task.
Another really neat feature is the ability to switch from the Gantt chart view into a Mind Map View to get a greater overview of dependencies between departments and staff.
You can also connect your Gantt charts to Trello and assign tasks to team members. When a task is marked as complete in Trello, it will automatically be marked as complete in your SmartDraw Gantt chart.
One other nice thing about SmartDraw is the possibility to conduct a project status meeting via the mind map view with just one click.
During meetings, this clearly shows which team members are responsible for what and where their tasks overlap which helps keeps them engaged during meetings.
SmartDraw gives you far more than just Gantt charts and you can see a useful overview of how easy it is to use below.
Toggl Plan is a really slick Gantt chart software which works across all platforms and is used by major corporations such as Netflix, Amazon and The New York Times to get things done.
Toggl Plan is big on color coding everything to make Gantt chart timelines easy to spot which tasks go together, which team members are working on what and which tasks are getting behind.
You can easily drag and drop tasks into a timeline in Toggl Plan and then filter them by specific task. The color coding makes it very easy to identify which charts relate to which projects or line of business.
If you’re a non-profit organization, Toggl Plan is free to use with Premium plans just $9 per month when paid annually.
Team Gantt is a powerful, slick and incredibly effective at making Gantt charts in minutes on your Mac.
As the name suggests, Team Gantt is aimed at helping teams communicate and be more productive through the power of Gantt charts.
Team Gantt is for Project Managers with several projects on the go as it allows you to display multiple projects in one Gantt chart so you can see which resources are affected across multiple projects.
For meeting deadlines and streamlining team communication, it’s a superb tool for project management needs of all kinds.
Team Gantt is particularly popular with Digital Agencies, Event Planning, Construction Companies, Marketing Teams, Manufacturing, HR Teams and Software Developers.
You can try Team Gantt for free and team pricing starts at $19 per month.
Pricing: Free / Plans starting from $19/month.
Used by companies such as Amazon, Netflix and Intuit