Back in March, I wrote a comparison of Asana and Do.com. At the time, there wasn’t much to differentiate the two services, and my conclusion was that for most people, it would come down to which interface you liked better. Since then, both services have added some new features, so I thought that now would be a good time to revisit the comparison and see how things have changed.
This is one of the big changes in Asana. Their paid plans, which they announced in April, offer more users in a workspace, and more flexibility with permissions. Paid plans start at US$100 a month for up to 30 users, and go up from there. This seems pretty steep, but if you’ve got a business with more than a couple of staff, then $100 a month is probably not such a huge investment. And of course, Asana still offer their free plan for up to 30 users.
Do.com haven’t announced any paid plans. Their service is completely free. Do.com does integrate with Salesforce, though (which makes sense, because Salesforce owns Do.com), and that is a paid product.
Both Do.com and Asana have iPhone apps. I’m saying iPhone rather than iOS, because neither of them really play nicely on the iPad. In fact, Do.com’s app didn’t even play nicely for me on the iPhone. In screenshots, it looks prettier than Asana’s app, but this is what I got the first time I logged in:
Things got smoother after that, but I haven’t managed to forgive them for that bad first impression. If you can get past that, though, you may find their mobile interface very pleasing. They use decent sized text, and descriptive icons, although I hate the big green “It’s done!” button that marks a task complete.
Asana’s app is a lot less blingy, and some of the text is probably be a little too small for comfort on the iPhone screen. On the plus side, the interface is pleasingly similar to the web interface, which makes for a less jarring transition between the two.
It’s worth noting that neither Asana nor Do.com have an Android app at the moment, although both say they are working on one.
This is all one way – Asana has released an API, and Do.com hasn’t. I haven’t exactly seen a huge torrent of things publicly released using the API (although my WordPress plugin and export tool are out there if you need them), but I’m sure that there will be some good stuff coming from the community.
Other new features in Asana
Asana has rolled out a couple of extra features I haven’t already mentioned. One feature I have been using is the ability to add guest users to a workspace. Guest users can be added to either a project or a task, and they can only view the tasks they have been added to (if you add a guest to a project, they can see all tasks in the project).
Their other big feature is Inbox, which I haven’t really used a lot. They’re touting it as “the first step to a post-email world”. Inbox is basically a feed within Asana that shows you all the activity on all the tasks you’re following. The idea is to cut back on all the emails you read and forget about and all the communication that slips through the cracks when you’re working on six things at once. It’s an intriguing idea, but like I say, I haven’t really used it much yet. You can read about it here, and if you have used it, please do comment and let everyone know what you think of it.
There are a couple of other minor tweaks that Asana has introduced, including the ability to search across all users and projects, and the ability to add a profile picture.
So really, quite a lot of new stuff out of Asana in the last four months.
Other new features in Do.com
Do.com has made a couple of feature announcements over the past few months (their Facebook page seems to be the place for such things). They’ve added twitter-style @ mentions to tasks, which they’re billing as the quickest way to add people to a task. At the same time, they added the ability to add comments to attachments at the time of upload.
Their other new feature, from back in May, was the ability to set a due time as well as a due date. Tasks with a due time will generate reminders 15 minutes before they’re due. This seems like a pretty practical feature, although one that most people are already getting from one of the many calendar apps and products out there. Still, it’s nice to have things in one place.
And that’s the big news from Do.com. Not revolutionary, but a couple of neat little tweaks. They promise more features to come over the summer, but they haven’t announced anything specific.
Do.com and Asana have both made some changes since I first looked at them. Both say that they have more changes coming, but neither has announced anything specific. It’s fair to say that Asana has made more and bigger changes than Do.com has, and so unless you use Salesforce and want the integration, I think Asana is the obvious choice for most people.
Do you use one of these services? Love it? Hate it? Got a killer feature that you’re still waiting for? (I do.) Tell that portion of the world that reads this blog about it in the comments.