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Milestones Professional 2012 compared to OnePager Pro

OnePager Pro is a project reporting app for Microsoft Project that creates timeline reports, presentations, and Gantt charts. Previous users of KIDASA Milestones Professional 2012 find that OnePager Pro creates better-looking project reports, is much easier to use, and gives them a lot more flexibility.

"Our PMO had been struggling with Milestones Professional for a number of years when we were introduced to OnePager Pro. My team immediately found that OnePager Pro was a more intuitive tool, but we also found that the technical support and tutorials offered by the Chronicle Graphics team were world-class. OnePager Pro is now our go-to project reporting solution."

- Matt B., Director of Project Management


The example project reports below compare a colorful OnePager Pro timeline to a typical Milestones Professional Gantt chart. For a more detailed comparison, please review the table below, which compares the key features of Milestones Professional and OnePager Pro one at a time.


Overview

 

OnePager Pro

Milestones Professional

Description

OnePager Pro, by Chronicle Graphics, is a Microsoft Project add-in that creates summary-level project presentations for use with executives, clients, team members, investors, and regulators.

Milestones Professional, by KIDASA Software, is a project scheduling and reporting tool. Users can create project plans by hand or import them from Microsoft Project.

Type of application

Microsoft Project add-in

Standalone application

Integrates with Microsoft Project

Supported by OnePager Pro Yes

  • Launches from Microsoft Project add-ins tab or toolbar.

Supported by Milestones Professional Yes - Optional

  • Optional import from Microsoft Project after launching application and creating chart.


Basic features

 

OnePager Pro

Milestones Professional

Summarize Microsoft Project schedules

Supported by OnePager Pro Yes

Supported by Milestones Professional Yes

Graphics style

Preferred PowerPoint

Non-Preferred Visio/CAD

Export to PowerPoint, E-mail, PDF, etc.

Supported by OnePager Pro Yes

Supported by Milestones Professional Yes

Ease of creating a chart from Microsoft Project

Preferred Fewer steps

  • 1 screen, 2 clicks

Non-Preferred More steps

  • 4 screens, at least 6 clicks

Refresh from Microsoft Project

Preferred Fewer steps

  • 1 screen, 3 clicks
  • Saves time and frustration if you make regular project presentations.

Non-Preferred More steps

  • 2 screens, at least 5 clicks

Schedule versioning and historical tracking

Supported by OnePager Pro Yes

  • Create snapshots of your project at different points in time
  • Browse past snapshots to see how a project has changed

Not Supported by Milestones Professional No

Filter a Microsoft Project schedule

Preferred Yes

  • 20 Flag columns
  • 20 Number columns
  • 9 additional filters (milestones, critical path, etc.)

Non-Preferred Yes - Limited

  • 20 Flag columns

Chart templates

Supported by OnePager Pro Yes

  • Standard templates
  • Custom templates

Supported by Milestones Professional Yes

  • Standard templates
  • Custom templates

Fit schedule on a single page

Supported by OnePager Pro Yes

  • Intelligent task positioning helps summarize project schedules in a single page

Not Supported by Milestones Professional No

  • Lengthy schedules require multi-page presentations and cannot be easily compressed into a single-page view.

Display additional Microsoft Project data

Supported by OnePager Pro Yes

  • Additional data columns can be displayed on the chart.
  • Group, sort, label and color-code tasks dynamically by any Microsoft Project columnn.

Supported by Milestones Professional Yes

  • Additional data columns can be displayed on the chart.

Undo and redo changes

Supported by OnePager Pro Yes

  • Undo up to 99 consecutive edits.
  • Redo up to 99 consecutive edits.

Non-Preferred Limited

  • Undo only 1 edit.
  • Redo not supported.

Easily resize tasks and milestones

Supported by OnePager Pro Yes

  • Tasks and milestones can be easily dragged and resized.
  • Heights of tasks and milestones can be uniform or varied.
  • Task and milestone height can be controlled dynamically with conditional formatting rules.

Not Supported by Milestones Professional No

  • Not supported.

Multi-page project reports

Supported by OnePager Pro Yes

  • Automatically separate complex project plans into multiple pages.
  • Fine-tune position of page breaks as necessary.
  • Freeze panes and swimlanes for easier editing.
  • Supports multiple vertical pages for lots of tasks.
  • Supports multiple horiontal pages for long-range planning.

Supported by Milestones Professional Yes

  • Supports multi-page Gantt charts.


Dynamic Graphics

 

OnePager Pro

Milestones Professional

Dynamic color-coding of tasks and milestones

Supported by OnePager Pro Yes

  • Color-code tasks dynamically based on any Microsoft Project columns (e.g. color-code by phase, resource, subproject, etc.)

Not Supported by Milestones Professional No

  • Color-coding is primarily done by hand, unless pre-coded custom columns are set up ahead of time.

Dynamic legend of symbols and colors

Supported by OnePager Pro Yes

  • Generated dynamically based on Microsoft Project columns.
  • Can be modified by hand.

Not Supported by Milestones Professional No

  • Color-coding done by hand. Not tied to Microsoft Project data.

Group projects and tasks into rows and swimlanes

Supported by OnePager Pro Yes

  • Group tasks and milestones into rows and swimlanes based on Microsoft Project data (phase, subproject, resources, etc.)
  • Group tasks and milestones into rows and swimlanes by hand
  • Fine-tune swimlane and row layout with drag and drop, merge, and split capabilities

Non-Preferred Limited

  • Multiple tasks can be positioned into a single row.
  • Swimlanes are only supported if the Microsoft Project schedule has been pre-coded, and rules are configured by hand in Milestones Professional.
  • Once created, swimlanes cannot easily be modified or repositioned on the page.

Conditional formatting for tasks and milestones

Supported by OnePager Pro Yes

  • Define the color, shape, height, border and font of any task or milestone dynamically based on a set of rules.
  • Use any five Microsoft Project columns to define conditional formatting rules
  • Define as many conditional formatting rules as necessary (no limit)
  • When your Microsoft Project plan changes, the conditional formatting rules will automatically be reapplied. Tasks and milestones that have changed will be updated in your new snapshot, while previous snapshots will retain the old formatting for historical purposes.
  • Can be fine-tuned by hand as necessary.

Not Supported by Milestones Professional No

  • Color-coding is primarily done by hand, unless pre-coded custom columns are set up ahead of time.

Manage complex resource assignments

Supported by OnePager Pro Yes

  • When multiple resources are assigned to a single task in Microsoft Project, there is an option to replicate that task for each unique resource in the OnePager chart, and create several individual resource assignments for each task or milestone.
  • This prevents resources from having to locate tasks for both their individual assignments and their group assignments, which can lead to confusion.

Not Supported by Milestones Professional No

  • Not supported.


Data Integrity

 

OnePager Pro

Milestones Professional

Prevents modification of task/milestone dates outside of Microsoft Project

Supported by OnePager Pro Yes

  • Microsoft Project treated as the primary data source and cannot be corrupted.
  • Task/milestone dates will always be based on Microsoft Project dates.

Not Supported by Milestones Professional No

  • Task/milestone dates can get out of sync with Microsoft Project.
  • Microsoft Project data can be modified from Milestones Professional, creating the potential for corruption of important project data.

Only reports on Microsoft Project tasks and milestones

Supported by OnePager Pro Yes

  • Microsoft Project treated as the primary data source and cannot be corrupted with the addition of extra tasks or milestones.
  • Task/milestones will always be based on Microsoft Project

Not Supported by Milestones Professional No

  • Task/milestones can be added by hand, creating data integrity issues with Microsoft Project.
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Microsoft is a registered service mark of Microsoft Corporation. KIDASA is a registered service mark of Kidasa Software, Inc. Milestones Professional is a registered trademark of Kidasa Software, Inc. Product comparison made in March, 2014 between Milestones Professional 2012 and OnePager Pro v5.1. Feature comparison subject to change in future versions.

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