I first saw Postlab in a YouTube video by iJustine and while it is interesting, there is something similar that already exists which works on any computer, and can be used to save anything. It’s called git.
Postlab for those not in the know, is a Mac OS program that allows multiple people to collaborate on Final Cut Pro X and Premier Pro libraries. A library is basically the saved movie project file, which then will allow you to view and edit the project as long as everyone has the same movie files. It allows for different teams, documents, tasks, and more but it is a subscription cost (starting from $9 per month, to $25 per month, and more).
Git can do all of this and more, first you will need a server to hold everything, the most popular ones are Github, Gitlab, and Bitbucket and while they do have good free plans you can pay to upgrade for more. You can also run git on your server using something like Gitea or Gogs if you don’t want to rely on another company.
In the team plan (and above) of Postlab you can bring your own S3 or dedicated server but since in Git you are using a server of your own choose you can use your own server or copy everything from the server for a backup copy (there are many people who suggest the 3-2-1 backup strategy).
With Postlab you are limited to a number of people based on the plan you choose (they call them seats), but with Git you can have as many people as the server allows. In Postlab you also have to pay extra per month for extra (or temporary) people to add, but with git it depends on the server or company you are using. Some allow you to add extra people for no extra cost, and some you may have to pay. For temporary people you can add them to whatever they are working on then remove them when they are no longer needed. If you are looking for a way to have someone on your git for a certain period of time you will need to find a server that has that feature.
Postlab also somewhat limits the number of files it tracks (once you get to their pro plan and above they have a + beside the number of files), git allows unlimited files as long as the storage / server can handle it.
Postlab has a document share that is limited in size, in git you can just add those files and are only restricted based on the storage / server. If your server has something like Git LFS that a server like Github has then you can use it to store the big files and lock them if needed (so someone can’t edit them).
Postlab allows you to “organize with folders” and you can easily do that with git, just add a new folder that you would to any folder you are in.
Postlabs allows for comments, which you can easily do with git when you send what you have worked on to the server (it’s known as pushing).
For tasks, in Postlab you can do it within the program, and for git you most likely will do it on the server that you are using, like setting it as a issue for an example (Github has a help page on task lists).
Status tracking, in Postlab you can see who is working on something. In git you don’t get this in real-time, so it’s best to use something like a chat to be able to tell others you are working on something. Git is smart enough to know that if multiple people are working on the same project but on different files then it can put it all together. Git does have this thing called remote tracking, that are just like bookmarks, they just remind you where the different projects were the last time you connected to them, see the git-book for details.
Postlab also has library locking, which by default git doesn’t have it and it depends on your server if they offer something similar.
In the team version (and above) of Postlab there is workflow architects which according to IBM tracks the tasks someone is currently doing (or things that need to be assigned). This is great so that everyone on a team (no matter the size) can see what task someone is doing (and where they currently are on that task) and if there are any tasks open for anyone to take, and managers can see an overview through performance dashboards and KPI’s. Git doesn’t directly have this, so it depends on what server you are using and the software they run, to know if they offer anything similar.
Support is something that Postlab does offer, it even offers priority support if you have their team plan (or higher). If you use a git server like Github then you can get support from them, but if you are running your own git server then you will either need to talk to your IT team, or pay someone to get your issue solved.
Ultimately, Postlab is easier for people who don’t want to figure out the whole git thing. It is just another alternative with subscriptions to something that already exists.
I’m posting this as part of 100 Days To Offload (post number 34).
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