Trello - A Sound Designer's Best Friend


Having worked on and completed a few projects this year, I have to wax lyrical about my favourite project management software - Trello. Having made extensive use of this wonderful, FREE app, specifically while working on Teyze and Mandagon, I felt obliged to express my absolute love and adoration for it, especially with respect to how I've been using it for sound design version control. I'll be talking exclusively about the 'free to use' versions and options that are available. Incidentally this is not a paid-for advert for Trello and I’m in no way connected to them or gaining financially; I think they provide a great product which solves a huge number of issues for sound designers and want to share my appreciation for it.

 

Trello's design is essentially that of nicely organised post-it notes. These can be arranged into an entirely customisable number of columns, spread across different boards, and moved around with utterly intuitive ease. These boards can be private, public or shared between other members. User permissions can be set for read/write/comment etc… and that’s it, and that’s all it has to do.

What makes this SO wonderful for a sound designer is that these post-it notes can have audio files attached to them. These audio files can even be streamed in-browser, and Trello provides an impressive amount of file compatibility, even tackling .OGG files to my personal wonder and adoration. The only limit is 10MB per upload, with no limit on total upload volume. Since the boards can be shared between team members this allows for anyone to listen to any drafts of any sounds you’ve uploaded.

Having been introduced to Trello through a video game project, it’s become my defacto method of project management for the fiddly business that is making sound effects for games, where 100s of small unique audio files can be required. To be able to clearly plan out each and every required file, and then upload each draft ready for easy play and feedback from the rest of the development team is an absolute dream and gives a degree of reliability that a system such as emailing just can’t compete with.

As I’ve said before, it’s totally free and I’d whole heartedly recommend everyone try it out. I’ve also heard there’s some fun integration with IFTT which I’ve yet to explore, yet even in it’s most basic form I’ve found Trello to have become my go-to organisational tool.


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