MasterPlan – By SolarLune
MasterPlan is a easy-to-use, beginner-friendly, entry-level, free-flow project management and idea board. You can complete tasks, place images, sounds, and notes, and set deadlines for yourself.
I started working on this tool because I needed a tool to plan projects, but found existing tools to be unsatisfactory. While usually high-quality and well-designed, I found existing tools to:
- Be over-engineered for indie development.
- Store the plan apart from the code, and therefore be difficult or impossible to version control.
- Require separate accounts to access the plan.
- Run in web browsers or even require running servers to use offline.
- Enforce plan design processes that might be alien to your personal development workflow.
And so, I created MasterPlan to resolve these issues. It stores your project plan as a plain human-readable JSON file, meaning it’s trivial to push to version control systems. It runs fully offline. As optimization is a major concern, MasterPlan is a compiled, native application that does not rely on a (relatively slow and heavy) web browser. It’s also relatively cheap!
There is no underlying philosophy to completion of tasks like with a
Kanban board or a Gantt chart – it’s up to you how you wish to position
your images, sounds, and tasks to design your board to be both
visually-pleasing and easy to grok.
NOTICE! MasterPlan is currently in its early access phase, and will receive updates regularly over time. As it stands, MasterPlan is fully equipped for task planning, but there is also still quite a bit to add before I would consider it complete. In the meantime, I would recommend using it with a version control system to make it possible to roll back your plan in case of mistakes.
Also note that only 64-bit builds are available; if there is a demand
for 32-bit builds, please let me know and I’ll see about building and
ALSO also note that I will be uploading MasterPlan to Steam later on, as well, and if you purchase it here, you will be entitled to a free Steam key for it from here then.
If you’re feeling hacky or frugal, the complete source code for MasterPlan is available for perusal, building, and contribution on its GitHub repository here.