Float Pricing, Features, Reviews & Comparison of Alternatives

Float

Resource planning for agencies, studios and firms.

4.5/5 (993 reviews)

Float overview

What is Float?

Float is the world's leading resource management software for agencies, studios, and firms. Since 2012, Float has helped the world’s best teams (including Metalab, Deloitte, and Buzzfeed) plan their projects, schedule their team’s time and deliver over 10million tasks in more than 150 countries.

With an easy-to-use and intuitive interface, drag-and-drop functionality, and powerful editing tools, Float makes planning your projects and scheduling your team's time visual and straightforward. Manage your team’s availability by setting individual work hours, scheduling time off, and assigning location-based public holidays. Search your schedule for practically anything and track your team's utilization with powerful reporting tools. Forecast your budget spend and plan ahead based on your team's real capacity and resources.

Add Time Tracking to your schedule and get the full picture of your project’s progress. Compare your estimated hours with actual time worked to see whether your projects are on, under, or over budget. Log hours in a single-click against scheduled tasks, or quickly adjust your estimates and submit your actual hours worked.

Integrate your Float schedule with other applications like Teamwork, Slack, Google Calendar, Outlook, and 1,000+ of your favorite apps via Zapier. Access and update your schedule from anywhere or log hours on the go with a mobile app for iOS and Android.

By providing a single view of your real resource capacity and a shared calendar of who's working on what, Float makes team resource scheduling across multiple projects faster, easier, and more efficient.
www.float.com

Pricing

Starting from
$5/month
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Devices

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Markets

United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, China and 5 other markets, India, Japan, Germany, Brazil, Mexico

Supported languages

English
Float screenshot: One shared schedule, always in sync. At a glance see who's working on what and click anywhere to start assigning tasks in seconds.How Creative Agency Social Chain Uses Float to Create Without LimitsFloat screenshot: Start assigning tasks in seconds by clicking anywhere on your schedule. Make changes quickly with powerful editing tools and scenario plan by assigning tentative tasks on your schedule.Float screenshot: Float time tracking integrates with your resource schedule to give you a clear picture of your team’s estimated time vs. actuals. Timesheets are pre-filled based on your team’s planned workload, and hours can be logged in a single-click.Float screenshot: Add team members and customize their availability based on working hours, scheduled time-off, public holidays and hourly rates.Float screenshot: Add a project budget and forecast your spend based on real capacity. Access powerful reporting tools to track your team utilization and plan ahead with accuracy.Float screenshot: With apps for iOS & Android, you can update your schedule any time, on the go. Integrate with Slack, Google Calendar, Outlook & 1,000+ apps via Zapier to streamline your workflow.

Float user reviews

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Aidan Dunphy

Beautifully simple and easy to use

Used daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed 2019-01-26
Review Source: Capterra

Float is a product I like using, and I wish some of its features and UX elements were in the other software that I use! We use Synergist for job and project management, but Float for scheduling because it UX is so much better than Synergist's scheduler tool.

Pros
Float's user interface and logic are inspirational. They have made the activity of coordinating multiple resources on multiple projects about as easy as it can be. They have paid a lot of attention to usability, efficient use of screen real estate and simple navigation. However the killer feature is the intuitive yet clever way that searching and data navigation work. All searching and filtering is done using a single search field, which offers indexed word search on pretty much everything including tags. There is also a well-worked out protocol for handling union and intersect searches.

Cons
The only real bugbear is that any user that can enter data into the system can define new values for any field. It isn't possible to centrally control lists such as task names, clients, job descriptions etc. This means that if you have more than one person using the system, very quickly you get different versions of the same thing being defined (e.g. job roles being slightly different) which makes it difficult to analyse across records. Not a dealbreaker, but I do think it should be possible to lock down lists of values. Also it would be good if you could zoom out the view a little more - if you're dealing with more than a dozen resources/projects.

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Likelihood to recommend: 8/10

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Colby Gallagher

A fantastic, easy to use software that gets the job done

Used daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed 2020-08-16
Review Source: Capterra

Pros
The simplicity of Float was what sold it for us. As a company with around 90 very busy engineers and designers, entering workload data needed to take less than 5 minutes. With Float we can do this. Once all the data is in Float, managers can easily see who needs more work and who is overloaded. Support is also fantastic. The instant message service on the website always gets a fast response.

Cons
No major issues. If I had to nitpick, I had to create a workaround to allow all employees to be able to automatically see every project in the system sithout assigning it to them. To do this I had to make every user an admin. But this works fine.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Nate Miller

Simple to use and manage resources

Used daily for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2020-10-06
Review Source: Capterra

Pros
Very easy to use and gives a very nice conceptual view of what employees have to do.

Cons
I really wish it would more calendar features.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Laura Pereda

Great value. Lots of potential

Used daily for less than 6 months
Reviewed 2019-09-05
Review Source: Capterra

I've been using CETA scheduling software for the last 4 years in big VFX companies and I must say that Float is not there yet but is actually getting broadly comparable. In the last 4 months that I introduced it into my new team it's proved to be quite useful to keep track of the progression of our projects. During these months I've seen that it has already improved in many areas that I'm excited to see what comes next. I can see it can become a really powerful software.

Pros
There aren't may softwares that let you schedule a team in such an easy and organised way. I think most softwares nowadays are too complex and make you spend more time organising tasks than actually working on them. Float is so clear and simple you can actually use it to manage big projects without spending too much time on it.

Cons
It's getting better, but it would be very useful if we could: - Right click on a pencil and be able to copy it over into a different person. - Book more than one person on the same project (for example if two workers are on the same project because one of them is doing a training but you don't want to charge twice for that time). - Lately when I try to schedule more than 1 project in one day on the same person I get a message saying I can't schedule anyone for more than 24 hours) even if I'm not exceeding the 8 normal working hours. It'd be great if that could be fixed. - It'd be good if milestones were more visible. - I think reports should be a bit less complicated and more visual. - It'd be really helpful if you could group projects up in folders when you go to the Projects tab as at the moment we have like... 45 different projects going on and although we color code them it's difficult to organise all of them. -I'd like to have more than only three types of view when looking at our schedules a part from 'Days, 'Weeks' and 'Months'. It'd be great if you could 'Archive' users as well as projects. So when a worker it's not working at the company anymore and you don't want to pay for it on Float you can kind of 'Archive' him (so you are not able to book him on anything but still you can see him on the boards so you don't loose what it's been scheduled on him.)

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Likelihood to recommend: 8/10

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Roger Barnett

Development company taking next steps in project management

Used daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed 2020-08-14
Review Source: Capterra

A very positive experience allowing the company I work for to get better more accurate project plans and financial reports.

Pros
The ease of use as a one stop shop, browser based to allow all the development team (and subsiduary but linked teams) to see important dates like dev complete, bug fix windows, cert windows and release dates. The ability to quickly block out time for features and projects. The ability to add notes and details to tasks. Fully fleshed out holiday and time off structure. Robust financial reports possible with very high degree of accuracy for budget per project, per quarter, per annum. We used to get by with using Excel, we invested in Float and it has taken the companies' project planning to the next step. I would recommend Float for small to mid sized companies definitely, it is a great product boost and good way of reporting and seeing issues early.

Cons
it does not allow you to easily move a bunch of small tasks along in the timeline, that's my only main gripe, you can't band box select you have to shift select. Everything else is intuitive and easy.

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Likelihood to recommend: 8/10

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Float pricing

Starting from
$5/month
Pricing options
Subscription
Free trial
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Only $5 per active user. Guest, archived users and projects are all unlimited!

Float features

API
Activity Dashboard
Activity Tracking
Drag & Drop Interface
Project Time Tracking
Projections

Automatic Notifications (140 other apps)
Collaboration Tools (187 other apps)
Gantt Charts (139 other apps)
Prioritizing (146 other apps)
Progress Tracking (146 other apps)
Project Management (197 other apps)
Project Planning (147 other apps)
Project Tracking (147 other apps)
Reporting & Statistics (134 other apps)
Task Management (177 other apps)
Task Planning (129 other apps)
Task Scheduling (124 other apps)
Task Tracking (168 other apps)
Third Party Integration (154 other apps)

Security and privacy

Encryption

Encryption of sensitive data at rest
HTTPS for all pages

Access control

Multi-factor authentication options
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Additional information for Float

Key features of Float

  • Admin and Super Admin rights
  • Drag n drop n duplicate task allocation
  • Free 30 day trial on all accounts
  • Fully hosted, safe and secure
  • Holiday and personal time off tracking
  • Overtime tracking
  • Personal schedules delivered to your team's inbox
  • Plans to suit your team size
  • Project tags to track your project types
  • Reporting on team utlization
  • Schedule your team from one screen
  • Skill tags to track your team capabilities
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Benefits

One shared resource schedule, always in sync - Visualize your team’s workload in one place. Drag and drop to assign tasks with ease and edit tasks on the fly with handy shortcuts. Add unassigned roles to plan ahead for future hires, and store tasks while you’re waiting to confirm resources.

Multi-project Planning - With a single view of all your resources, you can plan your team’s time across multiple projects on the go. Set budgets and target milestones to keep your projects on track and reallocate resources before it’s too late!

Team Availability - Manage your team’s availability with set work hours, public holidays, and scheduled time off. See who’s free, who’s overbooked, and who’s kicking back on vacation—all at a glance.

Forecasting & reports - Powerful reporting features so you can monitor your team’s utilization. Set project budgets based on hours or dollars and forecast your capacity to plan ahead accurately.

Time Tracking - Add time tracking to your schedule so your team can log hours in a single-click against scheduled tasks, or quickly adjust their estimates and submit their actual hours worked. It’s the fastest way to compare your estimates vs. actuals and monitor whether your projects are on, under, or over budget

Apps and integrations - Float has a mobile app for iOS and Android and integrates with Slack, Google Calendar, Outlook, Zapier, and more.