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Published 02/16/2011 and rated Ratingstars3 3 out of 5 stars
by AppAppeal Editor
What can you use the app for? is a tremendously helpful application that helps professionals and businesses manage many common tasks. The application covers a lot of ground and is versatile enough to work for professionals in many industries. Skylight provides organizational tools for sales, document management, customer relationship management, resource scheduling, project management and more. Skylight is not only designed to do everything, it is designed to be convenient and easy to learn. Users can reorganize widgets simply by dragging and dropping them. Every widget includes a quick search feature and the user can toggle widgets on and off. The dashboard provides the user access to all vital tasks, including the ability to create projects, tasks, milestones and contacts. Project calendars help users stay on schedule along with activity feeds and task assignment capabilities. Contact lists can be organized using tags and users can create relationships between contacts for better organization and fast reference. The Skylight resource management features allow users to view availability of resources and watch for conflicts before committing to a schedule.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

Skylight was founded by Taimur Khan and Jamie Mill in January of 2009. Based out of London, Skylight provides users with an admirable list of capabilities. The application was intended to give professionals a better way to manage and control their daily tasks, commitments and anything else related to their business. Skylight is frequently updated, with recent changes including a task list widget and time zone support.

What are the differences to other apps?

There are more organizational applications for professionals out there than any one individual could ever use. What makes Skylight so unique is the vast number of tasks it can perform. There is a widget for almost anything that a professional could need to organize, from contact lists to project tasks, milestones and schedules.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

The look of the Skylight website compliments the enlightening name of the application. Users are greeted by a pleasantly blue color scheme, featuring a deep, almost murky dark blue at the top, a medium blue in the center and a light blue at the bottom of the page. Navigational links are lined up across the top of the page. The application itself uses a white background and hints of vibrant green, blue, pink and red to create a pleasing contrast that makes each schedule, list and contact detail easier to read.

How does the registration process work?

A new user can create a Skylight account by clicking the yellow “Login” link in the upper, right hand corner of the homepage. The application gives users many log in options, which is always a nice convenience. Users can choose from Google, Yahoo, AOL, OpenID, MyOpenID, WordPress, Blogger, LiveJournal, ClaimID, Verisign and ClickPass. Those who do not have an account they wish to link to Skylight can click the green “Sign Up free!” button in the lower right hand corner of the page. The user is asked to select a membership plan before continuing. The registration form requires a first and last name, email address, password, country location, time zone, business name, preferred currency and Captcha code entry.

What does it cost to use the application?

Skylight is currently in a beta testing stage. During this period, all packages are accessible for free. Users who select one of the paid memberships will be asked to provide billing information because the site will charge for access after the free period has ended. A price and end date have not yet been provided. The free membership includes one active project, up to two users, 100 MB of file storage space and SSL security. The Freelance account includes up to five active projects, three users and 1,000 MBs of storage space. The Small membership upgrades to include up to 20 active projects, seven users and 2.5 GBs of file storage space. The Medium membership includes up to 100 active projects, 15 users and 15 GBs of storage space. The most extensive membership is the Large account, which includes unlimited active projects, up to 25 users and 30 GBs of file storage space. Users are permitted to cancel or downgrade if they change their minds about their chosen membership.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Skylight is a great tool for any professional in need of serious organization. The application can handle almost any basic task and offers excellent customization and convenient features. Users can work more efficiently by scheduling, planning and managing through Skylight.

  • Manage projects and add milestones
  • Assign project tasks to other users
  • View available resources and avoid resource scheduling conflicts
  • Hold discussions and send messages to other users
  • Manage professional contacts and record contact relationships

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Skylightit pricing

FREE - Permanently free version
Cheapest plan (per month) : $25.00
(5 active projects, 3 team users, 1GB storage)
Most expensive plan (per month) : $170.00
(unlimited active projects, 25 team users, 30GB storage)
Free storage space (mb): 100




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