What sets Joint Contact apart from other project management tools, according to its creators, is its focus on the present, whereas most other programs are more concerned with planning for the future. It provides users with a place to store all the documents and other pieces of information relevant to current projects, so that the project team can centralize all information in a single place that all members can access.
Joint Contact revolves around "Workspaces," groups of different kinds of files, such as documents, images, and contact lists, all linked together to make the organization of complex projects a relatively simple and intuitive affair. The program also offers tools that help members of a project communicate with one another.
Joint Contact is a web-based program that can be used on any common operating system on one of the 3 supported web browsers: Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, or Apple Safari. No additional software is required. This makes Joint Contact easy to set up and begin using. It also means that users can access it from any computer with an internet connection.
Joint Contact's makers claim that it is used by "small and large groups alike." Very small groups might be able to satisfy their needs with the free service, which allows there to be 2 users and 1 megabyte of storage space, but the vast majority of potential customers will need to pay the monthly subscription fees required for more users and space. The most expensive plan costs $100 a month and permits an unlimited number of users and 35 gigabytes of storage space, but many companies or organizations will find that one of the other, cheaper plans suffices to meet their needs. Aside from space and number of users, all plans offer the same features.
An online demonstration, requiring Adobe Flash 7.0, is available on the company's website. Those interested should take a look at the demo to learn more about Joint Contact and decide if it is what they are looking for. A live demonstration can also be arranged by contacting the company. A free trial is also available.
*Prices updated on June 9, 2011.