Merlin 2 also includes a utilization map that provides you with an at-a-glance overview of what resources are being utilized where and whether or not those resources are being under or overused. This feature gives you the ability to move under-scheduled resources to over-scheduled aspects of your project.
What makes Merlin 2 a standout is the myriad ways in which the application allows you to share your projects. While this includes the export options discussed earlier, it also includes options for offering editable versions of your projects to people who have no project management tools at their disposal. Adding sharing features requires upgraded licenses, but the benefits are immense. A Merlin Server System Preference Pane ($1000) lets you set up a standalone project repository that can be accessed by anyone with a copy of Merlin 2, including any Merlin iOS app. Turn on web sharing ($130) for a project and anyone with a modern web browser can view and edit the project you've shared. If you want to limit the kind of access you want your users to have, Merlin 2 offers you the ability to manage the kinds of access each user has to view or edit specific aspects of the project.
Macworld's buying advice
Merlin 2 is a best-of-breed project management application that is capable, versatile, and powerful. It offers a compelling set of project management tools that give project managers who want to use a Mac an excellent reason to forgo Windows virtualization, drop MS Project, and manage everything they do using a Mac.
Jeffery Battersby is an Apple Certified Trainer, (very) smalltime actor, and regular contributor to Macworld. He writes about Macs and more at his blog. jeffbattersby.com.]