OnePager Pro is timeline software for Microsoft Project that creates swimlanes in seconds instead of hours. To learn more, you can watch a video tutorial on this topic. Or, you can download a free trial and follow these step-by-step instructions, complete with examples of timelines made in OnePager Pro:15-Day
Here's how to create a Microsoft Project timeline with swimlanes in OnePager Pro:
- Start with your Microsoft Project plan. The plan below outlines the tasks by the different deployment sites, which we'll use for swimlanes in this example:
- If you want to show a sub-set of tasks, you can set up a filter column ("Flag 20" above) to specify the tasks and milestones that you want to include in your timeline. You can also set up custom rules (e.g. import anything assigned to Bob that is behind schedule).
- Next, double-click the OnePager Pro icon on your desktop. From the Start screen that appears, choose New.
- OnePager Pro will launch an easy import wizard. Let's give our example timeline a name decide how much information from Microsoft Project we want to import:
- Click on the Create new Chart to create a swimlane report:
Initially, we have more of a Gantt chart with swimlanes, but in the following steps, we'll show you how to convert each swimlane into a timeline instead.
- To change how your swimlanes are laid out, go to Home > Chart Properties and go to the Rows & Swimlanes tab. In this example, we'll collect multiple tasks into the same swimlane, by making the change shown below:
If you prefer, you can also turn on a legend in place of the individual task labels to make your timeline easier to read.
- When you click OK, your swimlanes will be redrawn in a completely different style without having to change anything in Microsoft Project:
OnePager Pro is the easiest way to create timelines with swimlanes that are ready for PowerPoint. Visio swimlanes are a thing of the past, as is creating timelines by hand in PowerPoint.15-Day