Teambox is a collaborative project manager application. Teams may use it for collaborating in a cloud on various projects.Show more screenshots »
Founded by Pablo Villalba in 2009, Teambox has been dubbed “Twitter for Teams” with its real time collaboration functionality. Teambox is open-source software.
Teambox is a collaborative tool that allows users to interact on a cloud. For larger accounts, data is kept within the company. Users can share tasks, pages, and uploads for others to work on and add to.
To create a project, users enter the project name, organization name, and invite people to the project. Time tracking may be enabled and the project may be made public. Users may link the Teambox account to Facebook, Twitter, and Github profiles. Users may also add a short bio, websites, and more personal information into the Teambox Profile.
The overview page contains information from all aspects of the project, summarized in a timeline format. The interface can be a bit confusing for those new to the interface. While it has been compared to Twitter, during testing, users had to refresh to see new messages, tasks, and content. This is somewhat unwieldy and would be much more useful if information streamed as it does on Twitter. One user found that using the app caused her FB wall to change the response colors to the Teambox colors even though she did not sign in through FB.
Overall, the app could be a useful collaborative tool, but the interface could use some simplifying and streaming to be more user friendly and useful in a company setting.
Users may sign in via Facebook, Twitter, or create a login for Teambox with first and last name, username, email address, telephone number, and password. Telephone is optional to be used for future SMS integration. Users also may set language and time zone. An email with confirmation link leads the user to a sample page with notations indicating what each page element does.
The free plan includes 3 projects and 50MB of storage. The Personal plan, at $12/month includes 6 projects and 200MB of storage. The Basic plan is $29/month for 20 projects, 10GB, and a search function. The Professional plan is $99/month and provides for 50 projects, 50GB, and searches. The Corporate plan, at $299/month, allows 2000 projects, 250GB of storage and the search function.
Any company that would like a collaborative online tool might like Teambox. It would be best to test-drive the free plan to see if the interface is appealing prior to committing to a monthly contract.