What’s new in OnePager Pro 5.0 (Part 4/6)

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.

Ribbon Interface

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Alignment: This set of six controls lets you position selected text within any other object.
  6. 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:

    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. Graphic elements: The four check boxes allow you to turn on and off various features available to you in the project view.
    4. 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:

What’s new in OnePager Pro 5.0 (Part 3/6)

Deadlines and Endpoints

This post covers two new features that are closely related to each other: deadlines and endpoints.  Microsoft Project has a deadline date field that OnePager Pro 5.0 can import and display in your Project View. Think of it as a decoration on a task marker.

Just as tasks have start and finish dates of various kinds, OnePager Pro 5.0 can represent the single deadline date field from the Microsoft Project Plan with a variety of shapes, fills, and borders of your selection. Take a look at this simple example of a Deadline decoration on a task marker:

Here “Task A” is represented in yellow while the deadline marker is represented as a downward pointing arrow, with a solid fill, and in red to highlight its critical nature. With OnePager Pro 5.0, you can import a deadline date for each task marker and use the shape, fill, border, and color features of OnePager Pro to make your point. When deadlines are passed and the parent task is not 100% complete, the deadline marker automatically turns red.


In addition to incorporating the Microsoft Project deadline field representation, we’ve added another related concept – endpoints. As a user of Microsoft Project, you can associate a variety of other custom dates with a task in your Microsoft Project Plan.

For example, you may want to highlight several dates on a long duration task – perhaps to represent the dates for internal reviews. With the endpoint feature, you can do this. Here’s an example of a task marker showing several endpoints, representing three key dates that are mapped to custom date fields in Microsoft Project:

The endpoints above are connected with various colored dotted lines to the task marker. This is an additional feature associated with deadline and endpoint decorations. Again, as with deadline decorations, endpoints provide you with a variety of shapes, fills, borders, and connection line options.

What’s new in OnePager Pro 5.0 (Part 2/6)

Dragging, Dropping and Resizing

OnePager Pro 5.0 now gives you the capability to re-size tasks and milestones on the screen. In previous versions, all task and milestone markers were the same size.

To implement this we’ve changed the selection highlight from a green highlight to a highlight that includes handlebars where you can grab and re-size the marker. Here’s an example:

The selected task above has grab points (handlebars) that you may use to increase or decrease the height of the marker just using your mouse, just like you would in PowerPoint. Below is a graphic that shows this marker reduced in size after it was grabbed and its height reduced:

Other objects in the project view can be re-sized using this new technique as well. This includes the legend and comment boxes. Consider the example below:

In this graphic there, is a comment box attached to Task B. The comment box is selected as indicated by the highlight around the box and the eight grab points available to re-size the box. Re-sizing is proportional and looks like this after a re-sizing operation is performed:

That wraps up our discussion of OnePager Pro 5.0’s drag, drop and re-sizing capabilities. If you’re a frequent Microsoft Office user, you’ll find them very familiar.

In our next post, we’ll discuss deadlines and endpoints—two powerful new decorations that you can add to your OnePager Pro charts.

What’s new in OnePager Pro 5.0 (Part 1/6)

New Shapes, Fills, and Borders

Prior to OnePager Pro 5.0, users were limited to rectangular task markers (“Gantt bars”) and a very small number milestone symbols. All that’s changed with OnePager Pro 5.0! You now have six additional shapes with which to represent tasks, as shown here:

As a further enhancement, the way OnePager Pro 5.0 “fills” the task marker is also enhanced with additional fill patterns as show below:

Additionally, we’ve enhanced the border options that can surround a task or milestone marker to include the border’s line type, width, and color. Look at this example of an enhanced border:

See how the task “Engineering Team 2 Development” stands out with its green, three-pixel, dash-dot-dot border format. Granted, that’s a mouthful, but you do have a lot of new options when it comes to borders! These enhancements help you focus your audience’s attention to the issues and points you want to make. You can use differences in shape, color, and border to distinguish differences between tasks in your Microsoft Project Plan.

There’s still more. We’ve added more shapes for milestones too – a total of 51 milestone marker shapes as shown here:

As with task markers, you have new fill and border options for milestones as well.

Next week, we’ll discuss some of the “drag and drop” enhancements that we’ve made to OnePager Pro’s editor.

What’s new in OnePager Pro 5.0 – Introduction


Chronicle Graphics recently released the new OnePager Pro 5.0. This release represents a significant upgrade over the previous version, and provides users of Microsoft Project (2003 through 2013) with project schedule visualization capabilities beyond Microsoft Project’s timeline view.

In this series of postings, we will present and illustrate OnePager Pro’s new features and capabilities, how these capabilities can be used to improve your effectiveness in project schedule presentations, and how OnePager Pro 5.0 gives you unique capabilities to visualize project schedule issues and situations in artful ways.

There will be six postings included in this series.

  1. The first post will describe how OnePager Pro has improved Gantt chart views produced from Microsoft Project plans, and how these views can be customized with new shapes and fills.
  2. The second post will cover enhancements to OnePager Pro’s editor, specifically how to drag, drop and resize objects on the screen.
  3. The third post will explain two new types of decorations: deadlines and endpoints, and will give you examples of each.
  4. In the fourth post, we will examine OnePager Pro’s new ribbon interface and how this improvement makes using OnePager Pro easier and more intuitive.
  5. The fifth post of this series will dive exclusively into the new and exciting conditional formatting feature. Conditional formatting allows you to specify rules for visualizing tasks and milestones with respect to their color, shape, border, font, and size all driven by Microsoft Project data.
  6. For the final post, we will discuss how OnePager Pro 5.0 provides options for visualizing projects with complex resourcing.

Throughout the series, we welcome your comments and questions, and invite you to try the new features and capabilities for yourself.