OnePager 6.1: Hide or Shade Weekends, Weekdays, and Non-Working Hours

In our previous post, we discussed how to stretch and hide specific date ranges on the time axis. In OnePager 6.1, we also let you apply special formatting to repeated timespans in your schedule, namely days of the week and working/non-working time.

Days of the Week

When you create a project plan, it’s common for your tasks to span weekends. For tasks that are months or years in duration, weekends become roundoff error, but if you have a two-day task with a weekend in the middle, the task can look a lot bigger than it actually is.

With that in mind, OnePager 6.1 now supports special formatting for different days of the week. The most common way that people use this feature is to distinguish weeks from weekends.

To get started, go to Home > Project View Properties > Time Axis > Format. There are settings for each day of the week. If you want to make weekends more obvious, you can start by shading them in a different color:

After applying the change, Saturday and Sunday will still be on the time axis, but they’ll be highlighted in gray to make them stand out better:

Highlighting weekends is a good choice when you have a relatively short-term project without too many weekends. If you’re running a multi-year project, highlighting every weekend is going to make for a chart that is very busy and hard to read, since the background will keep alternating between white and gray in rapid succession.

For these longer project plans, it’s best to simply remove weekends from the time axis. You can do this by unchecking the corresponding box, as we’ve done here with Saturday and Sunday:

Once applied, OnePager will hide all Saturdays and Sundays from the time axis so that only Monday through Friday remain:

Working & Non-Working Time

We’ve found that most users are pretty happy with the ability to format weekends separately and leave it at that. But if you want to get technical, merely addressing Saturday and Sunday doesn’t give you a completely accurate view of when work is taking place, unless you plan on working 24-hours a day during the week.

For a more precise display of when work is taking place and when it isn’t, OnePager 6.1 lets you take things a step further and look at working time. By default, OnePager defines working time as Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. If that’s close enough, you don’t need to change it. But you could make the argument that lunch is not working time, so you might want to divide each day into a morning work schedule and an afternoon work schedule.

To re-define working hours, go to Home > Project View Properties > Time Axis > Format and then click the Define Working Hours button:

To add a lunch hour, change the first working time block to end at 12:00 noon instead of 5:00 p.m., and then click the Add button to add a second working time block in the afternoon from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. The hour in the middle becomes lunch, and is now considered non-working. You can add a lunch hour for all five workdays at once, assuming Monday through Friday are all highlighted on the left-hand side of the screen before you start changing the hours on the right.

Click OK to update your working hours. If you then want to hide non-working time, uncheck the box to Show Non-Working Hours, and OnePager will compress the time axis down so that only working hours remain:

Keep in mind that there are 24 hours in a day, and typically only eight working hours, so if you choose to hide non-working time, you can expect your OnePager chart to shrink in width by about 2/3.

Your other option is to shade non-working time, just like OnePager does with days of the week. Again, this can get a bit busy if you’re showing a long-range plan, but it does give you a good level of precision as to when work is scheduled to occur:

If you shrink the overall duration of your OnePager chart down to a single week with an hourly breakdown, you can see how it’s a useful way to get an in-depth view of your work week:

OnePager 6.1: Non-Linear Time Axis

OnePager 6.1 now supports a non-linear time axis, allowing you to show different sections of time at different scales in the same chart. For example, you might want to zoom in on a given week to give it added focus, while hiding another entire month when nothing important is taking place:

You can either make these adjustments by editing the time axis directly with your mouse, or you can set up a series of rules to do the work for you.

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OnePager 6.1: Upgrades to Task Link Formatting and Geometry

In our previous post, we talked about OnePager’s new ability to import and filter links directly from Project or Excel. This is a powerful capability, but it’s only useful if the links look good and don’t overpower the rest of your project timeline.

In this article, we are covering OnePager 6.1’s new improvements to how links actually look. These upgrades fall into two categories:

  • Link Formatting covers things like the line color, thickness, dash style, corner radius, and arrowhead shapes.
  • Link Geometry applies to the path that a link takes to get from the predecessor to the successor. Does the link attach to the top of bottom of the task? Does it go in a straight line, or does it have to zig and zag to get from A to B? All of this is now configurable.

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OnePager 6.1: Data-Driven Task Links

Over the next several weeks, we’re going to provide an overview of everything that is new in OnePager 6.1. This week, we’ll start with something that our users have been requesting for quite a while: Data-Driven Task Links.

OnePager has always supported the ability to show relationships between tasks, but we had always shied away from importing a whole pile of links from the project plan, because there was no good way to filter which links to show, and showing all links looks so cluttered.

With OnePager 6.1, we’ve designed a powerful filtering tool so that you can import your tasks directly from the project plan, but so that you also have control over which links should show, and which links shouldn’t. Continue reading

OnePager Pro & Express 6.1 are Here!

OnePager Pro 6.1 chart, featuring data-driven dependencies and a stretched time axis.

We’re pleased to announce that OnePager 6.1 is now available to the general public! OnePager 6.1 has been over a year in the making, but the sheer number of new and improved features make it well worth the wait. Here is an overview of some of the most important upgrades that are now available:

  1. Data-Driven Task Links (Dependencies): Import predecessors and successors directly from Microsoft Project, Project Online, or Primavera P6, if you’re a OnePager Express user.
  2. Upgrades to Task Link Formatting: Format predecessors and successors with a new palette of line styles, arrowheads, rounded corners. Smart link routing plus drag and drop editing helps show links without cluttering the chart.
  3. Non-Linear Time Axis: Stretch or hide one or more periods on the time axis to add or remove focus.
  4. Floating Time Axis: Insert one or more time axes in the middle of the chart, adding an important visual reference for larger reports.
  5. Hide or Shade Weekends, Weekdays, and Non-Working Hours: Define working and non-working hours, then automatically highlight or hide non-working time (or even entire days) from the time axis.
  6. Percent Complete Based on Working Time: More accurately represent project progress with an improved percent complete calculation based on working and non-working hours.
  7. Custom Date Formats: Create user-defined date formats for labeling the time axis, tasks/milestones, or text columns.
  8. New Shapes and Color Palettes: Modern colors, gradients, shapes, and borders add a fresh look to Gantt charts created in OnePager 6.1.
  9. Auto-Save: Automatically save a backup of the user’s project report to protect from data loss during power outages and unexpected Windows restarts.

Please see the below links to determine whether or not you qualify for this upgrade at no cost, to find out where to retrieve it, and to watch a video about the new changes. Continue reading

OnePager Version 6.1 Beta is Out – Sneak Peek!

We’re very excited to announce that we’ve released OnePager v6.1 in Beta to our select beta users, and testing is underway.

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Our GA (Generally Available) release date is TBD, but we’ll be working diligently until that point, to find and resolve any issues that pop up during the beta, as delivering quality software to our current and future users is of the utmost important to us.

Sign up on our release page to be informed via email when OnePager 6.1 is formally released!

Here’s a sneak peek at what’s coming in 6.1:

  1. Data-Driven Task Links (Dependencies)
  2. Upgrades to Task Link Formatting
  3. Non-Linear Time Axis (Stretch and Hide)
  4. Floating Time Axis
  5. Hide or Shade Weekends, Weekdays, and Non-Working Hours
  6. Custom Date Formats
  7. New Shapes and Color Palettes
  8. Auto-Save

Videos of these features will be posted at a later date.

Beta Testers Wanted for OnePager 6.1!

Each year, around now, we start to get excited about what’s coming in the new release, and this time around we are VERY EXCITED.

This means we’re also in need of existing users who are willing to help beta test the new release. Click here or send an email to beta@onepager.com to sign up!

To participate you must have your Maintenance & Support up to date, which you can check using this link.

While we’re not yet ready to start sharing the nitty-gritty details of 6.1, we can share that there are two very big features coming:

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