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.
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.
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 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:
- 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.
- 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.
- Non-Linear Time Axis: Stretch or hide one or more periods on the time axis to add or remove focus.
- Floating Time Axis: Insert one or more time axes in the middle of the chart, adding an important visual reference for larger reports.
- 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.
- Percent Complete Based on Working Time: More accurately represent project progress with an improved percent complete calculation based on working and non-working hours.
- Custom Date Formats: Create user-defined date formats for labeling the time axis, tasks/milestones, or text columns.
- New Shapes and Color Palettes: Modern colors, gradients, shapes, and borders add a fresh look to Gantt charts created in OnePager 6.1.
- 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
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