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: 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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Endpoints: How to not lose track of dates on a timeline

Endpoints are a little-known feature of OnePager that allow you to assign special symbols to different dates in your schedule and have those symbols appear near your main task bar. Endpoints are especially useful if you have several tasks left-to-right in a timeline layout and are worried that the overlap between those tasks will mask the true start and finish dates.

Let’s start with this simple project, which is initially in a Gantt chart layout. You can see that some of the tasks are scheduled back-to-back, but that other tasks are at least partially concurrent:

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Working from home? We’ve made spare license keys easy.

Photo Credit: Doreen Salcher, Dreamstime.com

We’ve gotten a lot of questions over the last week about how OnePager plans to accommodate licenses for users that need to work remotely due to COVID-19.

If you are using the same computer that you use at work, then you should not experience any interruption as most users’ licenses do not require network connectivity or a VPN to remain active. If your company has an enterprise license that was activated on a server behind your firewall, it should also continue to remain active on that device.

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Changing Tasks to Milestones for Birds on a Wire

Many of our OnePager users like “birds on a wire” charts, which place a summary task in the background and then layer related milestones on top of the bar so that everything is in one line.

If the “birds” that are going to sit atop the “wire” are truly milestones, it’s easy. But what if the “birds” are actually tasks, and you want OnePager to display them as milestones? In other words, what if your birds on a wire chart is nothing but wires? How do you create birds when all you have are wires?

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Which Version of Project Online/Project Server Do You Use?

If your company currently uses Microsoft Project Server or Project Online, we’d like a minute of your time to understand which version of these EPPM tools you are using today, and what your plans are for the next twelve months. This helps us ensure that we place the right support resources in the right places.

We’d appreciate a minute of your time for this quick, two-question survey, which basically asks you which version of Project Server/Online you’re using now, and which version you think you’ll be using a year from now.

Take the Survey

If you only use desktop Microsoft Project, you can skip the survey, since we will be sending out something similar for you in the near future.