Release 0.6
Factory 0.6 is now available for download. This release focuses on network security and bug fixes. In addition, it's worth mentioning that more than 50% of the application (100% for the user interface) has been rewritten using Factory itself. Those new capabilities (not documented at the moment) will speed up the development of forthcoming functionalities.
Release 0.5
Release 0.5 of Factory is now available for download. The major introduction of this release is networking. Users (defined as actors in the system) can share information across the network (local network, over the Internet) as easy as they can share music or folders. An actor can decide to share his data with others, others can access to different actors' data. Using the same application, actors are client and/or servers very easilly (no third party software is required). In addition, data can synchronized between actors (automatically) using a direct connection (via the network) or indirect (using emails). This release does not support any security (except the encryption of data over the network): this is scheduled for 0.6.
Please note Factory now requires Java 5 to run.
Thank you all who reported bugs.
Release 0.4
Release 0.4 is now available for download. This release introduces risk management and project tracking. It features also several additions (including phases and availability of actors on projects), calculation of totals on every page, cosmetic changes (including bug reporting and better printable documents) and fixes lot of issues. Performances and data storage are optimized, and management of errors is improved in addition. Thus, this release is much more stable and represents halfway, which is still a research project as of now. Next final steps will be essential in this proof of concept prototype. Next phase will 100% concentrate on networking and final phase will integrate everything.
Once again the home page has been moved, the whole project is now fully hosted by SourceForge. Please note sources are now managed on CVS repository, even the project plan for Factory is posted on the Web! You are welcome to test the application and enter bug reports on developers' site.
Release 0.3
Release 0.3 is released. As a major milestone, Factory is almost not a prototype anymore but not a product yet. The application contains now project definition, management of version-based plans, forecast generation and status in addition to definitions of actors, teams, location and holiday schedules. Forecast generation includes management of defined actors and anonymous, events, absences, holidays, multiple assignments and constraints on tasks. Forecasts are shown on a daily or weekly basis and as a summary. This release contains also full support of localization, backup and database restore, print capabilities (via a web document), export (from web document) to MS Project (copy and paste) and Gantt diagrams.
Release 0.2
Factory 0.2 is released. Including now real foundations for project management, you can have a look of what this application will look like in the future. In addition to actors and teams definitions, you can now create projects, version-based plans, generate forecasts and enter statuses. This is one important milestone for Factory, but there are many more to come. Today, the information is stored only locally on your computer, but the plan is to turn project tasks into actions and run into a collaborative tool. But the next step is to include an enhanced user interface, print capabilities and diagrams. 

Factory has joined the open source community, based on GPL license, and a project has been created on 

At the moment, the application can't be stressed too much. You can see it as a prototype, but you can play with it and give me your thoughts. 
Release 0.1
As you know, I'm working on a very minor personal project, trying to learn Java, UML and XML and doing things better than others together. Here is the web site where you can see what it looks like and find some information on what I'm doing :
Forget the web applications for a moment, have a look and please don't send me any issue report. But, stay tuned, it will take some time. Release 0.1 is available for you to play with, you won't be able to do anything, but you'll get the idea.