Comparison of the Best 3 Microsoft Project Viewers

If you’re a project planner, scheduler, manager or individual who is looking for comprehensive viewer for Microsoft Project, you’ve come to the right place.

Today, I’m going to make a comparison of three Microsoft Project Viewers so you can make an easy decision for the viewer that suit your needs.

To make it short, a project viewer is simple application to open Microsoft Project .mpp files without the edit.

So with viewer for Microsoft Project, you can open and read Project plans exported from Microsoft Project, and without even have MS Project installed on your computer.

It’s a software that companies and organizations prefer over Microsoft Project because of its cost-effectiveness. Not everyone from the project team would need Microsoft Project, but rather a viewer, just to open and view project plans. It’s where companies could save on MS Project licenses by getting a viewer that costs 10 times less than a standard Project license.

Now, let’s take a look at three best Microsoft Project Viewers.

1. Seavus Project Viewer

In my opinion, Seavus Project Viewer is the most complete Microsoft Project Viewer.

More than a decade since its first release, the Project Viewer by Seavus became more than a simple viewer, because it added collaboration and storage features, unlike any other viewer out there.

Seavus Project Viewer is the only of its kind that opens .mpp files from Microsoft Project 2016, and all previous versions of MS Project.

With the introduction of Skype for Business feature, users can communicate and collaborate without leaving the application

The Price for a single license is $39, while the company offers volume discounts for companies and organizations.

2. Steelray

Steelray is not only a viewer for .mpp, but also a reader for .xer files.

It supports all standard views from Microsoft Project and allows Gantt exporting to HTML and CSV files.

People within the project team can easily send task updates to the manager in just a few clicks.

A good feature is the “Search” facility that allows you to search through a task info, dates, and names.

Steelray is supported on all versions of Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X, and open .mpp files from Project 98 through 2013.

Steelray project viewer costs $35, $33, and $30 for 1–9, 10–49, and 50–99 users respectively.

3. LiveProject

LiveProject is a software by KaDonk, and it represents one of the major tools for viewing .mpp files.

It’s an introduction to a more complex solution by KaDonk, which is the Project Collaboration suite.

The free version supports 100 tasks, while the commercial version adds more features including Calendar View, Project Dashboards, SharePoint access, Project File Encryption, and custom colors based on task information.

The more advanced software by KaDonk, LiveProject Collaboration allow users to make edits in the plans.

LiveProject can be installed on Win2000, Win7 x32, Win7 x64, WinServer, WinVista, WinVista x64, and WinXP.

LiveProject costs $9.99 per user per month or $49.95 per user per year.