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 Business Solutions, Senior Manager of Business Development 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 7.0: Text Element Ordering

In our last post, we discussed the improvements to text editing that OnePager 7.0 makes available. Along those same lines, OnePager version 7.0.6 and later offers additional flexibility to customize the order in which text elements appear relative to each other.

Some users prefer to display not only the name of their tasks, but also dates and percent complete as text next to the task names. While not everyone places a lot of weight on which of these pieces of text comes first, it does matter to some people, so we’ve made it configurable.

For example, if you display both the task name and the dates, perhaps you always want the task name closest to the bar, and the date farther out:

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What’s New in OnePager 7.0: Easier Text Editing

Another advancement that is available in OnePager 7.0 is more flexibility when it comes to hand-editing the text in your chart. While we recommend customizing text globally through Chart Properties, there are always situations that require a nudge here and there, and we aim to make that easier.

In OnePager 7.0, you can now select individual text elements with your mouse, or hold down the Ctrl key to select several elements at once:

This makes it quick and easy to relocate or reformat individual pieces of text without needing to go into the Format form, as was the case in earlier versions.

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What’s New in OnePager 7.0: Refreshed User Interface

One of the most noticeable changes in OnePager 7.0 is the brand-new user interface. We wanted the newest version of OnePager to look clean and modern, but at the same time, we didn’t want to rearrange all of the settings just for the sake of doing it. So, while you’ll find that OnePager 7.0 looks fresh and new, the buttons that you’re accustomed to are still in the same places:

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What’s New in OnePager 7.0: Smart Text Optimization

Continuing our series on the new features now available with OnePager 7.0, we’ll turn our attention to smart text optimization. In an ideal world, there is always enough space to cleanly label every task and milestone legibly. In practice, though, especially for larger charts, it can be hard to figure out where to place text without it getting in the way of something else.

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What’s New in OnePager 7.0: Multiple Swimlane Levels

In this blog series, we’ll be highlighting some of the new features that are now available with OnePager 7.0. One of the most exciting upgrades is the new support for multiple swimlane levels. In prior versions of OnePager, we supported a single level of swimlane grouping, but have had numerous requests over the years to support grouping by multiple fields at once, in a hierarchical format.

Here’s an example of a OnePager chart with three levels of swimlanes, that are grouped first by Program, then by Project, and finally by Phase:

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OnePager 7.0 is Here!

We are pleased to announce that OnePager 7.0 is now available to the general public. We would also like to extend a heartfelt thanks to our many beta testers who have provided us with feedback since April.

Here’s what’s new in OnePager 7.0:

  • Multiple Swimlane Levels – Group and sort into up to three levels of nested swimlanes to better illustrate the hierarchy of your projects and programs.
  • Smart Text Optimization – Optimize the whitespace in your chart so that text is easier to read and less likely to overlap.
  • Refreshed User Interface – All screens, forms, and buttons have been beautifully redesigned for a clean, modern look.
  • Easier Timeline and Gantt Chart Layouts – Quickly switch between timeline and Gantt chart layouts, and decide whether you want overlapping tasks to align or stagger.
  • Easier Text Editing – New point-and-click editing lets you more easily fine-tune the formatting of individual text elements in the chart.
  • Advanced Swimlane & Text Column Formatting – New striping and background options make it easier to add color where you need it.
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Color-Coding by a Custom Status field in Microsoft Project

Many of you already use OnePager’s conditional formatting to automatically assign colors to your charts based on Microsoft Project’s Status field. But what if you need status calculated differently than how Microsoft Project does it out of the box?

In this article, I’ll show you how to create your own custom status field in Microsoft Project, and then bring that into OnePager to drive the color-coding of your timeline.

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