Mavericks

Did you know that you can “maverick” tasks or milestone shapes in OnePager?

This is the term we use when one or many shapes in the body of the chart have had any of their properties manually modified.

If you happen to modify one or many shapes using the capabilities in the Home tab on the Ribbon (Font, Format, Alignment, Position), or right-clicked on a shape and chosen Format to reveal the Change Task/Milestone Properties to make a change there… you have “mavericked” your shapes.

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OnePager Tip: Virtual Summary Task (VST)

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.”

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OnePager 6.1: New Shapes and Color Palettes

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:

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OnePager 6.1: Auto-Save

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.

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OnePager 6.1: Custom Date Formats

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.

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OnePager 6.1: Percent Complete Based on Working Time

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:

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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.

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