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.

Manual Resizing and Hiding

The time axis in OnePager supports drag-and-drop resizing. Simply left-click on any time axis cell, grab the handlebars, and stretch the width of the cell to the left or right to make it larger or smaller. If you want to stretch several cells at once, you can Shift+Left-Click or Ctrl+Left-Click to select and resize multiple adjacent or non-adjacent cells, respectively.

If you need to unstretch a cell, right-click on it, choose Format cell… and change the Zoom back to 100%:

If you find that you’ve made too many changes to the time axis and want to reset everything back to a standard, linear width all at once, right-click on the time axis and choose the option to Unstretch all cells.

In addition to stretching time axis cells to make them larger or smaller, you can also hide cells from the time axis. The process is similar: select the cell(s) you want to hide, right-click, and choose Hide cell:

If you need to unhide all of the time axis cells cells that have previously been hidden, go to Home > Show/Hide > Show All Time Axis Cells, and OnePager will restore all hidden time axis cells, eliminating all gaps. If you need to unhide a few time axis cells, but not all of them, read on to the next section, which will demonstrate that option.

Rules-Based Resizing and Hiding

Whenever you make a drag-and-drop change to your time axis, OnePager records it as a time axis rule. A list of all your time axis rules can be found under Home > Project View Properties > Time Axis > Format.

The time axis rules grid is a great way to inventory all of the changes that you’ve made to your time axis, but it’s also a great way to make very precise, repeatable time axis changes without having to rely to hand-editing. For example, if you want to double the month of October, it’s much easier to enter a rule in this screen and set the zoom to 200% than it is to try and drag the October time axis cell to be exactly double the width of everything else. Any rules in the time axis grid can be templatized for use in different reports.

The time axis rules grid is primarily used to track geometric changes to the time axis–namely, stretching or hiding different timespans. In the screenshot below, the first timespan rule stretches¬†the week of January 16th by setting the Zoom to 400%. The second timespan rule hides the entire month of March by unchecking the Show box:

If you need to unhide one or two timespans but not everything, the rules grid is the place to do it. Either re-check the Show box for the corresponding timespan, or delete the rule entirely.

In addition to timespan rules like the ones shown above, the time axis rules grid will also show you any curtains that are in your chart. Notice how the first two rules we covered have a Type of “Timespan” and the third rule is a “Curtain”. Click the image to zoom in:

So what happens if you want to stretch the month of October and color it purple? No problem. Just create a timespan rule for the stretch and a separate curtain rule for the color.

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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.

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