Two popular project management tools for software developers, Assembla and Unfuddle, both made major releases of new services this week. Unfuddle announced an extensive API yesterday, as well as a Mac Dashboard Widget based on that API. The widget will let users monitor project activity, create tickets, time entries and more from their desktop.
Assembla, a developers' project management service that reports 30k registered users, has announced that it will release a new premium subscription service that includes recruiting and staffing, portfolio management and 2 hours per month of consulting time. The first 30 days of the premium service are free. The company offers an extensive free service already and has put up a page comparing its offerings to competitors.
That page alone is a good read - while some competitors are described in warm and generous terms, that's not always the case. oDesk, for example, is described as a primitive, intrusive and nasty piece of spyware. (I'll add creepy to that list, myself.) Assembla says it regularly sees oDesk customers do their software dev management using Assembla instead.