November 3, 2010

Gantto – Presentable Gantt Charts

What’s the point of making a Gantt chart if it doesn’t look polished and professional enough to present in front of a room full of executives? Gantto is an application that aims to solve that problem for freelancers and business people, by giving users an easy way to create beautiful and informative charts that can be easily disseminated and shared without first needing to be exported and reformatted using any stuffy presentation software.

Import your data files directly from MS Project to get started using Gantto, or start from scratching building your chart and entering in all the necessary information. Once your data has been loaded into the site, you can quickly navigate through project plans—zooming in or out on certain sections to get a clearer view of the most important parts of any given task. Once you’ve got the data formatted on the screen, you can manipulate it in any way you see fit—Gantto allows you to change the view, alignment, task details, start and end dates, layouts, and colors of any graph. You can even use one of Gantto’s templates to quickly create a catchy Gantt chart with complimentary colors and shapes.

Once you chart has been formatted in just the way you like, you can present the chart to your colleagues directly from the Gantto application, which lets users interact with the charts and make updates in real time. Or, if you prefer, you can export it as a PNG file and share it using whichever presentation tool you like most. For people who love using Gantt charts, Gantto is an ever-evolving application that just might make life a little easier.

Practical Uses:

  • Zoom in or out on important parts of your chart
  • Impress clients by showing them professional-looking Gantt charts
  • Let your coworkers know what’s needed from them by leaving notes next to each task
  • Strategically place certain colors on your chart to highlight your main points

Insider Tips:

  • Import your chart data from MS Project
  • When you save a file, your current zoom-level and view will be saved as well
  • Export any chart as a PNG file
  • Sticky notes disappear when the associated tasks have been completed

What we liked:

  • The crew behind Gantto is rapidly adding updates to improve the user experience
  • People who use the app can create Gantt charts that look very professional
  • Zooming features make it easy to draw people’s eyes to certain areas of the chart
  • Easy to import and export files to other applications

What we didn’t like:

  • For people who don’t already use Gantt charts, learning to use Gantto could be somewhat difficult


Company Info:

  • Launched: August 2010
  • Privately Held
  • Headquarters: San Francisco, California
  • Founded by: Fed Barbagli and Chris Carlson
  • Web site:


  • Free

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