Because of the different purposes of projects vs. opportunities, we need to have both as seperate functions within ACT. Not being a programmer, it seems to me that the Opportunities module (for lack of a better term) could be replicated but called projects. And yes, I know it is not that simple, but needs to be asked just the same.
Opportunities are great for building and managing the pipeline. Using Opportunities as a project, though, just muddies the water.
At one time, ACT had both projects and opportunities and the user just had to select which view he wanted. There were inherent problems with that, and maybe that is why it went away.
If you want to see projects added as a seperate module or function, PLEASE KUDO this post.