WBS Chart Pro is an Add-in as well as an independent project management tool developed and published by Critical tools. With this tool, you can generate independent tree view charts on your project management or integrate the same with Microsoft Project application as a powerful Add-in. This tool works on the Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) principle, which can easily show the varying details of information about the project in scope. The major factor for success of this tool is that, it has all features of an independent tool, and at the same time, it is developed for seamless integration with MS Project applications.
This tool, as expected, is designed to run on any Microsoft OS and the good thing is that it does not require MS Project to be already installed on the system; though the tool is compatible with all versions of MS Projects available. The installation of the tool is a smooth affair and the only option to be taken care of during installation is the ‘Do Not Modify’ one, which decides how the tool needs to behave with respect to MS Project applications. Even if we skip the MS Project integration option, during installation, we can always change the settings parameter by selecting the proper options from the ‘tools’ menu. Though the tool is very powerful in its performance, it is a light weight tool occupying only 6 MB of hard disk space. Another interesting feature of this application is the selection of the task fields. This can be customized with the help of the ‘Task Information’ dialog box.
The tool allows the user to export the project charts as images or web pages. This becomes very handy when you want to have a quick report published. The options are innumerable, once we integrate this tool with MS Project. The WBS chart can be easily converted in to the Gantt chart. Though this comes with a price tag, there are discounts offered for multiple licenses and network license options. When it comes to performance, the price tag is justified; and we see that this tool is a forefront in project management, when it comes to WBS diagrams to any desired degree of complexity.