Gantt charts are an incredibly effective way of managing time, teams and projects so we’ve taken a look at the best Gantt chart software for Mac to keep you on track.
Gantt charts are so effective at helping plan projects that they’re still going strong in 2020 since way back to 1910 when Henry Gantt invented them.
Gantt charts are still one of the best ways to help you meet deadlines on time, plan projects, manage them and generally have a better overview of who’s doing what and what’s going on.
There’s a lot of crossover between project management software and Gantt chart software so we’ve focused here on tools that are brilliant at the specific task of creating Gantt charts although most of them do much more than this.
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What To Look For In The Best Mac Gantt Chart Makers
Almost all Gantt chart creation tools make it easy to make Gantt charts on macOS nowadays including the latest versions of Mojave and Catalina.
Many PC users use Microsoft Project to create Gantt charts but of course MS Project isn’t available on Mac although there are ways to run Windows on a Mac.
The main things that Gantt charts should do well are representing Tasks, Resource/Activity Overlaps, Timelines and Budgets really fast and easily.
The apps featured here have been chosen because they fulfill some essential features that all the best Gantt chart creators have including the following:
- The ability to create timelines
- The possibility to import and export into multiple formats
- Syncing with online or Cloud apps (if needed)
- The ability to customize Gantt chart views
- The option to share and collaborate with team members
- Integration with mobile devices such as iPhone and iPad
- The ability to drag and drop tasks into timelines
- The ability to drag and drop schedules
- Milestone modifications to adjust Gantt charts according to progress
- Detailed report generation
With this in mind, here are the best Gantt chart software for Mac users in 2020.
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.
In fact Visio users find it a superb alternative to Visio on Mac because it covers so many different types of diagramming needs, so well.
SmartDraw is packed with Gantt chart templates which get you up and running really quickly including for PERT charts.
One really neat feature is the ability to switch from the Gantt chart view into a Mind Map View.
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.
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.
You can try SmartDraw for free and pricing starts at $5.95 for teams.
You can also check out our full review of SmartDraw for more.
If you’re looking for something that makes creating elegant Gantt charts an absolute breeze, take a look at Vizzlo.
Vizzlo specializes in creating charts of all kinds and produces results that really fit the macOS aesthetic.
Vizzlo isn’t a complete project management solution but if you’re just want to make eye catching Gantt charts that look great in presentations and on a Mac, it’s hard to beat.
Vizzlo is packed with templates that get you up and running immediately and is fully integrated with both Microsoft Powerpoint and Google slides for presentations.
It also allows you to easily embed Gantt charts into blogs, websites and share them easily on LInkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.
You can get started using Vizzlo for free now and that includes unlimited documents. Plans starts from a very reasonable $11 per month.
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 $8 per month when paid annually.
Team Gantt is 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 $7.90 per month.
Workzone is a powerful project management software that produces elegant and easy to use Gantt charts in no time.
Workzone claims to be more advanced that entry level tools like Basecamp but easier to use than Microsoft Project.
Gantt charts are only part of Workzone’s appeal as it produces many other useful types of chart including task dependencies, workload reports and time tracking.
You can try Workzone for free although it’s aimed strictly at teams and enterprises rather than individuals and demos are on request only.
Easy Projects is a straightforward to use interactive Gantt chart creator that allows you to create Gantt charts in minutes.
Easy Projects is extremely straight forward with lots of little tools and tips to help you optimize project planning.
In particular, there’s a very clear overview of the Critical Path helps you to identify and display all tasks and dependencies that affect your deadlines.
Easy Projects supports drag and drop scheduling, importing of Microsoft Project files, project milestones and many third party integrations including Gmail, Jira, Salesforce and other CRM software on Mac.
You can request a demo of Easy Projects but pricing is on quotation only.
If you need some serious power when creating Gantt charts, then look no further than GanttPRO.
GanttPRO claims some pretty impressive stats such as 45% time saved on team planning and 75% less missed deadlines as a result of companies switching to its software.
GanttPRO is very big on making Gantt charts as interactive as possible and is aimed at project managers with multiple projects running at once.
GanttPro mixes collaboration features with team progress management tools that make it easy for Project Managers to track who is doing what and when.
GanttPRO starts at $15 per user per month with team plans starting from $5.90 for teams of 15 or more. You can also try GattPRO for free.
This takes a little playing around to get right but it creates a basic Gantt chart and doesn’t cost you a cent.
We wouldn’t recommend using Numbers for Mac for professional presentations as it’s designed more for summarizing budgets, statistics and other numeric data. However, if you want to create a Gantt chart quick and easy on your Mac for free, Apple Numbers is a very quick and straightforward solution.
You can find full instructions on how to create a Gantt chart in Numbers for Mac here.
Celoxis takes complex project planning and attempts to simplify everything via Gantt charts that can be drilled down in great detail.
Celoxis uses a smart automatic scheduling tool and allows multiple resources per task to help keep a tight overview of your pending tasks.
We also like the fact that Celoxis uses plenty of keyboard shortcuts to edit and change your Gantt chart such as to move tasks up and down, edit tasks and save tasks.
Celoxis is also full of drill-down charts, allows as many dashboards as you like per user and project request tracking depending on your business KPIs.
Celoxis is available as a Cloud app for $25 per month or as an on premise solution for $450 per user. You can also try a 30 day free trial.
One of the big draws of Project Insight is that you can use it for free to create Gantt charts if you’re a small team, student or freelancer.
Project Insight is very easy to use and works just as well on iPad and iPhone as it does on macOS.
Project Insight uses a highly graphical way of tracking by creating useful summaries of things such as time spent on jobs, project financials and many different customizable reports.
Small teams, students and freelancers can use Project Insight for free and Enterprise versions start from $65 per month.
If you’re looking for something specifically for creating Gantt charts in Trello, then take a look at Good Gantt.
Good Gantt is designed specifically for Trello and plugs right into it so you can switch between Trello’s Kanban board and a Gantt chart overview in an instant.
Good Gantt turns Trello into a far more professional project management tool and makes it extremely clear to see what’s going on.
Good Gantt has a Chrome extension which you can try first for free before deciding whether to subscribe.
Good Gantt is free for one user but is limited to one board. Unlimited boards can be unlocked for just $2.99 per user although plans including time tracking cost extra.
SmartSheet is one of the most powerful project management tools around and one of the first to import Microsoft Project Gantt charts onto your Mac.
SmartSheet is very much an enterprise solution and so if you’re looking for something with extensive custom integration into your own software or platform via and API, SmartSheet pretty much covers it all.
You can try SmartSheet for free but plans are aimed at Enterprises only and available on request.
What we like about Merlin Project is that it’s designed specifically for macOS and iOS. It’s also got a desktop app that looks great on Macs, iPhones and iPads.
Merlin Project takes all of your vital project stats such as type, duration and dependencies and then creates a Gantt chart in front of your eyes within seconds.
One handy feature are the Libraries in Merlin Project which remembers projects that use common elements from previous projects and then allows you to place them into new ones.
Everything from Activities and Milestones to Resource Usage and costs are clearly visible in Merlin Project’s Gantt charts.
Merlin Project costs $149 per year per user and there’s an additional charge of $6.99 per month or $69.99 per year for the mobile app.