About Safford

Safford is a versatile technology professional with a solid history of empowering emerging growth companies in a broad array of industries. His employment history includes energy industry consulting at Quorum Software, Senior Manager of Client Services and Technical Sales at telecom service aggregator GetConnected, and Vice President of Strategic Partner Management at electronic payment processor IP Commerce. Prior to his tenure as OnePager's COO, Safford was the company's Vice President of Marketing and Alliances. Safford holds a BA in Psychology and management from Rice University.

What’s New in OnePager 7.2: Presentation Mode

While many users save their charts to PowerPoint or PDF before sharing with their teams, we’ve found that a good number of users prefer to have their live OnePager chart open during meetings. This allows for real-time changes, including one-click updates if the underlying project plan also changes during those discussions.

With that in mind, OnePager 7.2 supports Presentation Mode, which is similar to launching a PowerPoint slideshow, except that you never have to leave OnePager.

To enter presentation mode, go to View > Present, or press F5 on your keyboard:

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What’s New in OnePager 7.2: Transparency

Beginning in OnePager 7.2, you have the ability to apply transparency to the fill color of task bars and dynamic milestones. This is useful if you need to indicate that a task isn’t completely set in stone, or if you have two tasks that are concurrently scheduled and you want to blend the colors in the overlapping portion:

Transparency is a sliding scale, with 0% meaning opaque, and 100% meaning invisible. We recommend a semi-transparent (translucent) value of 50% as a starting point.

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What’s New in OnePager 7.2: Time Cursor Shading

In our previous blog post, we looked at Time Cursor Pointers, as one of the upgrades available in OnePager 7.2. In this blog post, we’ll turn our attention to Time Cursor Shading, which is another way to delineate between past and future tasks.

If the idea sounds familiar, it’s because this type of shading is not a new concept in OnePager. With previous versions, you’ve been able to insert a Curtain to mark an important period of time in your project, or to automatically shade non-working days.

Time Cursor Shading is similar, in that it shades a portion of your project. What makes Time Cursor Shading unique is it follows the Time Cursor of your project, meaning that as your project advances, the shading will automatically move to keep pace.

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What’s New in OnePager 7.2: Time Cursor Pointers

The next set of upgrades that we’ll explore in OnePager 7.2 relate to the time cursor, the vertical line in your chart that is tied to your snapshot (status) date and acts as a “line of scrimmage” between those parts of your project that have already taken place, and those in the future:

OnePager 7.2 offers a number of upgrades to the time cursor, the first of which is the ability to add a pointer that better accentuates the snapshot date of your chart.

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What’s New in OnePager 7.2: Change Tracking with Virtual Baselines

In our previous blog post, we discussed OnePager 7.2’s new ability to visually track changes to your project using conditional formatting. In this article, we’ll explore a second way to track changes using a new virtual baseline capability.

Long-time OnePager users know that you can map your baseline markers to any date field from your PPM system; usually one of the standard baseline fields. Beginning with OnePager 7.2, we now give users the ability to generate virtual baselines that are based on the dates in earlier versions of the project, instead of the official baseline in the project plan. Virtual baselines come in two forms:

  • Previous Snapshot: Looks at the start and finish dates from the snapshot immediately preceding the current snapshot in your chart, giving you the ability to see what has changed since your more recent update.
  • First Snapshot: Looks at the start and finish dates from the first snapshot in your chart, letting you see what has changed cumulatively since the project first started.
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What’s new in OnePager 7.2: Change Tracking

Up next in our overview of the new features available in OnePager 7.2 is one that users have been requesting for a long time: change tracking.

OnePager’s patented snapshots have always given you the ability to quickly update your charts as your underlying project data has changed, and to navigate back and forth between the different versions of your timeline to visualize those changes.

Beginning in OnePager 7.2, you can now use conditional formatting to visually identify changes between snapshots without needing to navigate back in time.

In this example, we’ll assume that you already have a OnePager chart, and have made some changes to some of the dates in your project plan. To get started with change tracking, you need to bring those updated dates into OnePager by adding a snapshot. You can do this by going to the Data tab, clicking the Add Snapshot button, and picking a date for the second snapshot in your chart:

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What’s new in OnePager 7.2: Advanced Conditional Formatting

Conditional formatting of tasks and milestones is one of OnePager’s most powerful feature sets, both in terms of the time it saves you and the accuracy it ensures. With OnePager 7.2, we’ve drastically expanded the number of task and milestone properties that you can control with conditional formatting. These new properties include:

  • Percent Complete: Percent Complete Bar On/Off, Bar Color, Show Incomplete Milestones as Unfilled, Checkmark Percent Complete
  • Baselines: Baseline Symbol On/Off, Shapes, Colors
  • Critical Path Segments: Critical Path Segments On/Off, Color
  • Deadlines & Endpoints: Deadline and Four Endpoints On/Off, Shape, Color
  • Task Representation: Whether an event should be displayed as a task or a milestone
  • Date Labels: Start Date Position, Finish Date Position, Font
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What’s new in OnePager 7.2: Conditional Formatting of Swimlane and Text Column Colors

If you make use of OnePager’s swimlanes or text columns today, you know that you can use the paint bucket to manually adjust the background colors of individual cells, or to extend that striping horizontally across your entire chart.

Beginning in OnePager 7.2, you can now use conditional formatting to dynamically control the background colors in your chart, including:

  • An entire swimlane
  • Only the swimlane cell on the left
  • An entire row
  • Only the text column cell on the left
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What’s new in OnePager 7.2: Statistical Columns

Previously, we looked at how to use statistical functions with conditional formatting to determine which symbols should appear in a column when there is more than one task in a single row. Statistical functions aren’t limited to symbol columns, though. In fact, beginning in OnePager 7.2, you can use a similar set of statistical functions to drive the text that appears in a column as well. We call these Statistical Columns.

Let’s return to our earlier example where we have a project with multiple phases and several tasks in each phase:

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