We’ve had several articles in recent months covering the changes in 6.1, but there are also several videos. The 3rd in the series is something we haven’t yet shared here, and covers many of the other upgrades delivered beyond the new time axis and task link features. Enjoy!
There is a little-known feature in OnePager that allows you to turn several tasks into a single task…this is called the Virtual Summary Task, or “VST.”
To create a VST, simply select as many tasks as you would like to combine using your CTRL key or using a mouse-lasso. Then right click on one of the items and choose “Make into virtual summary task.”Continue reading
Big things come in small packages, as they say, and this particular feature added in OnePager 6.1 fits that description perfectly.Continue reading
Sometimes, it’s the little things that make a big difference. As we wrap up our overview of OnePager 6.1, we don’t want to overlook some of the cosmetic changes that we made to our templates, including a freshened color palette and an expanded palette of task bar shapes.
While these upgrades may not be as significant as the sweeping changes that we made to the time axis and to task links, they do make a big difference in terms of how the average OnePager chart is going to look.
Here’s a OnePager chart created in 6.1:
We’ve spent the last few weeks covering all of the new enhancements to the time axis in OnePager 6.1. Now we can shift gears a bit to discuss upgrades in other areas, starting with Auto-Save.
If you’ve ever gotten the Blue Screen of Death, been interrupted by a Windows Update, power outage, or had Microsoft Project crash, you know how frustrating it can be to lose your work, especially if you haven’t saved recently. With OnePager 6.1, we’ll now save a backup copy of your open file every five minutes. Hopefully, you’ll never need it, but better safe than sorry.
This week, we’ll continue our review of the time axis upgrades now available in OnePager 6.1 with a look at custom date formats.
A OnePager chart can have dates displayed in a number of different places: along the time axis, in text columns, and even on tasks themselves. One of the more common enhancement requests we get from our customers is to add a new date format that we don’t currently support. While OnePager supports scores of date formats in lots of different languages and cultures, there is no way for us to anticipate all the date formats our customers might want to display in their reports.
This week, as we look at what’s new in OnePager 6.1, we’ll continue our focus on the time axis. OnePager 6.1 now supports a floating time axis, meaning that you can insert one or several time axes anywhere in your chart, instead of just at the top or bottom:
In our last post, we discussed OnePager’s new working time calendar. Defining working time is useful if you want to format working and non-working hours differently, but it’s also required if you want more precise reporting on percent complete.
Most project managers update percent complete in Microsoft Project on a task-by-task basis as work is completed. However, others like to “force fit” percent complete to a certain status date, essentially stating that their projects are current through a certain date, and asking Microsoft Project to back into whatever percent complete calculation makes that status date line up:
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.
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.