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Compare Office Timeline and OnePager

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"We upgraded from Office Timeline to OnePager, because our management team wanted us to take our project timelines to the next level. OnePager has given us a lot more options for our project reports, and we've been thrilled with their world-class support!"

- Tyler H., Project Manager


The sample reports below compare a typical OnePager Gantt chart to one created in Office Timeline. You can also read a side-by-side comparison of some of the most important features of OnePager and Office Timeline below.


Overview

OnePager

Office Timeline

Description

OnePager connects with Microsoft Project or Excel to create rich project timelines and Gantt charts that can be easily customized and standardized.

Office Timeline is a PowerPoint add-in that buids simple, high-level timelines.


Integrations & Import

OnePager

Office Timeline

Import from Microsoft Project (Desktop)

Supported by OnePager Yes

  • OnePager fully supports all versions of Microsoft Project Professional and Standard.

Partially Supported by Office Timeline Limited

  • Office Timeline requires that your version of Microsoft Project match your version of PowerPoint in most cases. This means that if you start out with PowerPoint 2013 and Project 2013, and then upgrade to PowerPoint 2016, Office Timeline will no longer import from Project unless you also pay for an upgrade to Project 2016. Many IT departments upgrade PowerPoint and Project separately, so an upgrade of one is not guaranteed to sync with an upgrade to the other.

Import from Microsoft Project Server

Supported by OnePager Yes

  • OnePager supports all versions of Microsoft Project Server, with or without MS Project installed on your desktop.
  • Import enterprise custom fields from Project Server

Not Supported by Office Timeline No

Import from Microsoft Project Online

Supported by OnePager Yes

  • OnePager fully supports Project Online, with or without MS Project installed on your desktop.
  • Import enterprise custom fields from Project Online

Not Supported by Office Timeline No

Import from Microsoft Excel

Supported by OnePager Yes

Supported by Office Timeline Yes

Import Multiple Files

Supported by OnePager Yes

  • OnePager can import multiple Microsoft Project or Excel documents into a single report.

Not Supported by Office Timeline No

Import an Integrated Master Schedule (IMS)

Supported by OnePager Yes

  • OnePager can import an integrated master schedule (IMS) to create a portfolio-level report

Not Supported by Office Timeline No


Basic features

OnePager

Office Timeline

Fit timeline on a single page

Supported by OnePager Yes

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

Limited Support by Office Timeline Limited

  • Lengthy schedules tend to fall off of the PowerPoint slide, requiring you to build several separate timelines one-by-one

Expand timelines to multiple pages

Supported by OnePager 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.

Not Supported by Office Timeline No

  • Each timeline is built on a single PowerPoint slide. There is no support for multi-page reports.

Filter Tasks/Milestones for Import

Supported by OnePager Yes

  • OnePager can look at one of many filter columns in your Project or Excel file to automatically decide which tasks and milestones should be included in your timeline.

Limited Support by Office Timeline Limited

  • Users need to select tasks line-by-line, or import categories of tasks (e.g. only show milestones).

Display additional project details

Supported by OnePager Yes

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

Not Supported by Office Timeline No

Easily resize tasks and project milestones

Supported by OnePager Yes

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

Limited Support by Office Timeline No

  • Users can edit one task at a time, or can reset the default style for all tasks. There is not the ability to select multiple tasks and reformat them as a group.

Easily reorder tasks vertically

Supported by OnePager Yes

  • Tasks and milestones can be dragged and dropped vertically.
  • Dragging a task will automatically take all of its details with it (e.g. percent complete, task name, etc.)

Limited Support by Office Timeline No

  • Users have to go into an advanced grid menu. There is no real-time drag and drop.
  • Attempts to drag a task around on the page will only take part of the task (e.g. the bar) but will leave other elements (e.g. task name) in their original spot.

Number of milestone shapes available

Supported by OnePager 200+

  • Ability to add custom milestone shapes, if desired

Limited Support by Office Timeline 16

In-line milestone layout

Supported by OnePager Yes

  • Position milestones anywhere on your timeline or Gantt chart.
  • Line up multiple milestones left-to-right, or fan them out top-to-bottom in waterfall format.

Not Supported by Office Timeline No

  • Milestones are crowded at the top or bottom of the screen with very little room to maneuver them for readability.

Display Critical Path

Supported by OnePager Yes

  • Fully supported for data imported from Microsoft Project.

Not Supported by Office Timeline No

Display Baselines

Supported by OnePager Yes

Not Supported by Office Timeline No

Display Deadlines

Supported by OnePager Yes

Not Supported by Office Timeline No

Display Resource Information

Supported by OnePager Yes

Not Supported by Office Timeline No

Display Status Information

Supported by OnePager Yes

Not Supported by Office Timeline No

Display WBS Information

Supported by OnePager Yes

Not Supported by Office Timeline No

Display Percent Complete for Summary Tasks

Supported by OnePager Yes

  • Proprietary calculation ensures accurate display of percent complete for summary tasks.

Not Supported by Office Timeline No

  • Percent complete is displayed incorrectly for summary tasks.


Premium Features

OnePager

Office Timeline

Group projects and tasks into rows and swimlanes

Supported by OnePager Yes - PATENTED

  • Group tasks and project milestones into rows and swimlanes based on project data (phase, subproject, resources, etc.)
  • Group tasks and project milestones into rows and swimlanes by hand

Not Supported by Office Timeline No

Conditional formatting for tasks and project milestones

Supported by OnePager Yes - PATENTED

  • Define the color, shape, height, border and font of any task or milestone dynamically based on a set of rules.
  • Use any data to define conditional formatting rules
  • Define as many conditional formatting rules as necessary (no limit)
  • When your 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 Office Timeline No

Timeline versioning and historical tracking

Supported by OnePager Yes - PATENTED

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

Not Supported by Office Timeline No

Create and Share Custom Templates

Supported by OnePager Yes

  • Allows for a team to standardize on a custom report format easily.
  • Templates can be hosted on a network site for easier access across and entire team.

Not Supported by Office Timeline No

Dynamic color-coding of tasks and project milestones

Supported by OnePager Yes

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

Not Supported by Office Timeline No

Dynamic legend of symbols and colors

Supported by OnePager Yes

  • Generated dynamically based on Project or Excel data.
  • Can be customized as needed.

Not Supported by Office Timeline No

Manage complex resource assignments

Supported by OnePager Yes

  • When multiple resources are assigned to a single task in your project plan, 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 Office Timeline No


Data Integrity & Security

OnePager

Office Timeline

Timeline always tied to the project plan

Supported by OnePager Yes

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

Not Supported by Office Timeline No

  • Because the output is PowerPoint, users can edit the timeline as much as they want to, often leading to inaccuracies or misinformation.
  • Task/milestone dates will often get out of sync with Project or Excel

Only reports real project data

Supported by OnePager Yes

  • Microsoft Project/Excel 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 your project plan. No room for error.

Not Supported by Office Timeline No

  • Users can fake additional task/milestone data by hand, even though it doesn't exist in the actual project plan.

Sends usage data

Supported by OnePager Never

  • OnePager never transmits desktop usage data from your computer back to our servers.

Not Supported by Office Timeline Yes

  • Office Timeline uploads usage data back to its servers for their own use.


Compatibility

OnePager

Office Timeline

64-bit Office Support

Supported by OnePager Yes

  • OnePager fully supports 64-bit Office.

Not Supported by Office Timeline No

  • Office Timeline neither tests nor supports 64-bit Office.

32-bit Office Support

Supported by OnePager Yes

Supported by Office Timeline Yes

Windows XP Support

Supported by OnePager Yes

  • OnePager fully supports 64-bit Office.

Not Supported by Office Timeline No

  • Office Timeline does not guarantee support with Windows XP.

Windows Vista, 7, 8, 10 Support

Supported by OnePager Yes

Supported by Office Timeline Yes


Technical Support

OnePager

Office Timeline

Phone Support

Supported by OnePager Yes

Not Supported by Office Timeline No

E-Mail Support

Supported by OnePager Yes

Not Supported by Office Timeline No

Web Self-Help Support

Supported by OnePager Yes

Supported by Office Timeline Yes


License Terms

OnePager

Office Timeline

License Type

Lifetime License

Annual License

Transfer license to another user?

Supported by OnePager Yes

  • Lifetime-transferrable licenses to account for changes to personnel or equipment.

Not Supported by Office Timeline No

  • Individual licenses may not be transferred to another user.
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Microsoft is a registered service mark of Microsoft Corporation. Product comparison made in August, 2016 between individual licenses Office Timeline Plus and OnePager Bundle v5.3. Feature comparison subject to change in future versions.