Modernized User Interface
In this post, we’ll focus on OnePager Pro 5.0’s new intuitive controls that let you harness the power of some of the new features. Specifically, we’re going to talk about the new OnePager Pro 5.0 ribbon interface and refreshed dialog boxes.
We’ve reorganized the toolbar on the OnePager Pro editor, to feel more like Microsoft Office. All controls are now accessible from four ribbon tabs. These are the File, Home, View, and Insert tabs.
Putting the File tab aside momentarily, let’s look at the Home tab shown below:
While we’re not going to talk about each and every button and control on this ribbon tab, we would like to say that this ribbon tab is organized into six sections:
- Editing: This section of the Home ribbon tab gives you control over the entire project view with respect to selecting all objects in the view, copying the graph to your computer’s clipboard, cropping empty rows, showing or hiding selective elements, and how task/milestone markers are all represented.
- Settings: This section has two buttons. The first gives you direct access to the dialog boxes that change detailed settings for the entire project view and the second allows you to store a template for future use from the project view you’ve just created.
- Font: As the title implies, these controls allow you to control the characteristics of text selected (highlighted) in the project view like task names and text in comment boxes.
- Format: This section has two control buttons. The Format button lets you change properties of selected (highlighted) task/milestone markers. The second button, the paint bucket, lets you immediately change the color of a selected marker or set of markers.
- Alignment: This set of six controls lets you position selected text within any other object.
- Position: This set of nine buttons allows you to position selected task/milestone marker text around the selected markers.
All these Home ribbon tab controls are well documented in the OnePager Pro 5.0 User’s Guide.
Moving on to the View ribbon tab, we have again grouped controls together that relate to how the Project View will be displayed as shown here:
There are four sections on the View ribbon tab:
- Snapshots: The two adjacent buttons titled Previous and Next provide the controls for you to move from the current snapshot being displayed to the previous or next snapshot in the series. Since OnePager Pro has the capability to create, store, and retrieve snapshots of your projects based on the dates that your Microsoft Project Plan data was presented to OnePager Pro, these controls provide the access to these historical snapshots. Additionally, this section has a button which displays all available snapshots.
- Layout: The controls here allow you to zoom project view content in and out. Controls are also provided to give flexible zoom options and to fit the project view horizontally or vertically in available screen space.
- Graphic elements: The four check boxes allow you to turn on and off various features available to you in the project view.
- Redraw: This button gives you the opportunity to tell OnePager Pro to redraw the screen should it become cluttered.
The Insert ribbon tab shown below is very powerful. It gives you the ability to further decorate task/milestone markers or the project view itself with comment boxes, links, curtains, and comment boxes.
Clicking on any of these buttons will bring up an appropriate dialog box that gives you complete control over the insertion that you are going to make. For the comment button, it is necessary to select a marker to which the comment box is going to be attached. Similarly, you must select (highlight) two markers in order to establish an event link between them and configure the link with the options available in the dialog box.
Last but certainly not least is the File ribbon tab. As with many Windows applications, the File ribbon tab has a multitude of uses and, therefore, depending on the use, additional controls are provided as appropriate for that use. The OnePager Pro 5.0 File ribbon tab has twelve sub-functions as shown in the Import/Export function example below:
Most of the twelve left-side tab functions shown are self-explanatory and typical of most Windows applications. Again, the details of each button, function, and ribbon tab are well documented in the OnePager Pro 5.0 User’s Guide.
Refreshed Dialog Boxes
The redesigned dialog boxes in OnePager Pro 5.0 give you access to the default settings for everything specific to your project view. We won’t discuss each tab in detail, but we would like to show an example of the dialog box that is accessible from the Home ribbon tab and the Project View Properties dialog box: