Advanced Tab for OnePager Express for Version 6.1
- 1 About the Advanced Tab-OnePager Express
- 2 Display Options
- 3 Task/Milestone Threshold
- 4 Warn If Import Exceeds
- 5 Warn Of Merging Tasks
- 6 Merge Tasks On Snapshot Replacement:
- 7 Reset Unique Ids On Update
- 8 Task Representation
- 9 Default Snapshot Date
- 10 Row hiding options
- 11 Clipboard Format
- 12 Image file DPI
- 13 Related Links
About the Advanced Tab-OnePager Express
This tab controls various other properties of the project view and looks like this:
The Display Options group contains a number of checkboxes for making ON/OFF choices:
- a) Show hover boxes. This checkbox controls the display of detailed information about each task/milestone when the mouse cursor hovers over it. This information includes the start/finish dates, the task/milestone name, and the Task ID of the task from the Microsoft Excel source plan. An example is shown below.
- b) Format with times. When this checkbox is checked, the snapshot dates are displayed with a time of day component. Snapshot dates that differ by their time of day component are considered different snapshot dates.
- i) For example, June 5, 2019 becomes June 5, 2019 5:23 PM and is a different snapshot date than June 5, 2019 6:00 PM.
- ii) Note that this setting no longer controls the format of the dates on the tasks and milestones.
- iii) Below is an example of the Select Snapshot form displaying the date format with time:
- c) Show time cursor. When this checkbox is checked, the vertical time-cursor line is shown as shown here:
- i) Unchecking the Show time cursor hides the vertical time-cursor line.
- ii) There is also a checkbox in the OnePager Express 6.1 View ribbon in the Graphic Elements group called Time Cursor that causes the vertical time-cursor line to be shown when the checkbox is checked ON as shown below:
- d) Allow absorption. When this checkbox is checked, you can drag one task onto another task and be prompted to absorb the former into the latter. When the checkbox is unchecked, this process does not take place and one task dragged over another is displayed as two separate tasks superimposed. For more information on Absorbed Tasks please see the article at: Absorbing one task into another.
- e) Show absorbed dates. Checking this checkbox ON tells OnePager Express 6.1 to create a Comment Box associated with the absorbed task connected to the task absorbing the absorbed task and provides you the option of specifying the date displayed in the Comment Box as shown below:
- i) The illustration above show the result of absorbing the first task where a Comment Box is displayed connected to the absorbing task.
- ii) Also shown in the illustration above is a second task in the process of being absorbed where the Absorption Options form is shown. Making a selection from the radio buttons and clicking OK creates the second Comment Box.
- iii) You have the option to display the At end date, At start date, or At both start and end date.
- iv) For more information please see the article at this link: Absorbing one task into another.
- f) Copy edits to all snapshots (CTAS). The checkbox is a toggle switch that turns ON and OFF the propagation of Maverick changes to all snapshots (turned ON) or to keep Maverick changes to tasks/milestones in the current snapshot (turned OFF). This checkbox affects editing of the following task/milestone properties:
- i) Color
- ii) Shape
- iii) Fill Pattern
- iv) Border
- v) Text Font
- vi) Task/milestone height
- vii) Task Links
- For more information on how CTAS applies to the new Task Links feature in OnePager Express 6.1, pleas see the section at: Data-Driven Task Links for OnePager Express - Condition 2: The Copy Edits to All Snapshots (CTAS) Feature and Data-Driven Task Links.
- g) Clip task/milestone labels at graph edges. If this checkbox is checked ON, OnePager Express 6.1 clips all task/milestone labels that extend over the edge of the graph so that the labels no longer extend over the graph boundaries.
- i) The project view below shows how OnePager Express 6.1 handles task/milestone labels that extend into the displayed Row/Swimlane label area when the checkbox is checked ON:
- ii) Here is the same project view with the checkbox unchecked:
- g) Overlay VST elements. When this checkbox is checked ON, during the construction of a Virtual Summary Task (VST) with milestones, the milestones are displayed on top of the created VST bar.
- i) See the article at this link for more information: Creating and Managing Virtual Summary Tasks.
- ii) An example is provided below:
- h) Lock background. When this checkbox is checked ON, all background shapes are frozen.
- i) This includes images, swimlane titles, graph title, and time axis annotation.
- ii) Clicking any of them with the mouse no longer selects them, so it becomes easier to select tasks and milestones with the selection lasso.
1) This numeric window controls whether short duration tasks are displayed as task bars or as milestone symbols. The unit of measure is task bar duration in number of days.
2) With the setting shown in the PVP form at the top of this article of two (2) days, any task in the project view that is less than two (2) days duration is displayed as a milestone symbol. Therefore, one day tasks are displayed as milestones symbols with the default settings of two (2) days. Since no duration can be less than zero (0), setting the parameter to zero (0) turns off all conversion of tasks into milestones symbols, which means that you can see Gantt bars with very small width, which makes them very hard to see and to select.
Warn If Import Exceeds
1) This checkbox tells OnePager to provide a warning message if the number of task/milestones imported exceeds the quantity set in the adjacent window.
2) Recall that OnePager has the capability to make multiple pages of output both vertically and horizontally. The warning message example below is configured so that it can issue the warning if more than 10 tasks were imported.
Warn Of Merging Tasks
1) The checkbox shown in the Advanced tab at the beginning of this article is accompanied by a Warning options button.
2) When this checkbox is checked ON, the Warning options button is enabled. Clicking the Warning options button accesses the Set warning thresholds form shown below:
3) This form allows you to set your own parameters for when you wish to be warned if too many extra tasks are being merged or too many tasks are missing.
- a) Setting these percentages to 100% has the impact of turning the fixes and warning off.
- b) Setting the percentages to 0% provides an assurance that any extra or missing tasks triggers the fixes and warnings.
4) When this checkbox is checked ON, OnePager Express 6.1 looks to see if too many newly introduced task/milestones are being imported when updating a snapshot or if too many tasks are missing per the thresholds set in the form above.
5) After making the calculation, OnePager Express 6.1 provides a warning message asking if you want to proceed with the update of the snapshot or not.
6) Additionally, the warning message also give you access to the See Extra and Missing Tasks form so you can make a fix if desired. The warning message example below was configured so that it issues the warning if more than 45 percent of the tasks differ from those of the current project view.
7) For more information on how to make fixes to these situations please go to this article: Merging the Wrong Tasks into a Project View - OnePager Express.
Merge Tasks On Snapshot Replacement:
1) The Merge tasks on snapshot replacement checkbox supports the import of multiple Microsoft Excel source plans to form single project view.
2) A simple example shows how this checkbox works.
- a) Suppose that the first Microsoft Excel source plan contains Tasks A, B, and C and that the second plan contains Tasks D, E, and F.
- b) After making a new project view from the first source plan, you open the second Microsoft Excel source plan and update the project view in Replace Snapshot mode.
- c) If the checkbox is checked, the project view now contains Tasks A, B, C, D, E, and F.
- d) If the checkbox is unchecked, the project view now contains only Tasks D, E, and F.
Reset Unique Ids On Update
1) The Reset unique ids on update checkbox is disabled so that you see that it is there. This feature can be enabled as a last resort under the situation where you are attempting to merge Microsoft Excel source plans from different physical files into a single source plan where the Microsoft Excel Unique IDs do not match. Contact OnePager Support for information on how to use this rarely-used feature: Getting Support and Contacting Chronicle Graphics.
2) Please see the article at: Field Mappings Tab for OnePager Express for more details on selecting alternate Unique ID fields for this purpose.
3) For additional help please go to the following link to the OnePager Frequently Asked Questions page: Selecting a Custom Unique ID.
1) These radio buttons let you select how a task is represented: as a task by a Gantt bar or by a Milestone at the start or end date of the task.
2) Below is an example of a protion of a project view with tasks represented as Gantt bars:
3) If we click the Milestone at start radio button and the tab's OK or Apply button, the portion of the project view looks like this:
4) If we select the Milestones at end radio button option and click the tab's OK or Apply button, the portion of the project view in the above illustration changes to look like this:
5) Making the selection in the PVP form changes all tasks in the project view to the selected option. You can individually maverick a task/milestone shape by selecting it with a right-click and use the Format ... Command in the Context Menu to access the Change task/milestone properties form to change the shape at the Format tab.
Default Snapshot Date
1) OnePager establishes the default date of the snapshot based upon data imported from the Microsoft Project source plan.
2) You can, of course, change the snapshot date to a value different from the default date in the OnePager Choices form.
3) In this control group you have four (4) options for setting the basis for the default snapshot date that is used for all snapshots created for this project view:
- (1) Last-modified date. This is the date that the Microsoft Excel source plan was last modified.
- (2) Current date. This date is the date when you imported the data from your Microsoft Excel source plan into OnePager to create the snapshot.
- (3) Sheet name (then last modified). This is the date established in the Microsoft Excel source plan for the status date of the source plan found in the Sheet name tab. If there is no value for the status date in the Microsoft Excel source plan Sheet name tab, OnePager Express 6.1 uses the Last-Modified date.
- (4) Sheet name (then current). This is the date established in the Microsoft Excel source plan for the status date of the source plan found in the Sheet name tab. If there is no value for the status date in the Microsoft Excel source plan Sheet name tab, OnePager Express 6.1 uses the current date.
2) The controls for the snapshot date selection feature are shown in the Advanced tab below:
Row hiding options
1) The controls in this group govern the operation of automatic hiding (cropping) of rows. Access to the Row Hiding Options form is by clicking the Row hiding options button in the PVP form's Advanced tab as shown below:
2) When the Row hiding options button is clicked, the Row Hiding Options form shown below appears providing you with four (4) options to select:
- (1) Look at current snapshot only. When this checkbox is checked ON, OnePager Express 6.1 only examines the current snapshot when deciding which rows are empty. When this checkbox is OFF, OnePager Express 6.1 considers a row empty only if it is unoccupied across all snapshots. In either case, the auto-row hiding action hides rows in all snapshots.
- (2) Hide newly-empty rows on import. When this checkbox is checked ON, OnePager Express 6.1 automatically hides any rows that becomes empty because tasks are missing when you UPDATE a project view. When this checkbox is OFF, OnePager Express 6.1 leaves any empty rows that became empty because of such missing tasks.
- (3) Unhide rows for flagged tasks/milestones. When this checkbox is checked ON, OnePager Express 6.1 automatically unhides hidden rows if they contain any of the tasks/milestones that are flagged for import on the current snapshot. If the checkbox is OFF, OnePager Express 6.1 continues to hide previously hidden rows.
- (4) Hide rows when tasks are outside date range. When this option is selected, OnePager Express 6.1 automatically hides any empty rows where tasks and/or milestones are outside the Start date and End date established for the project view. The Start date and End date settings are either generated by OnePager Express 6.1 based upon the range of dates provided from the source packet, set in the PVP form Time Axis tab's Calendar sub-tab, or set in the OnePager Express 6.1 View ribbon tab in the Dates control group.
3) When tasks and their respective rows are hidden and subsequently cropped, the Where’s My Stuff?! form can be accessed from the OnePager Express 6.1 ribbon’s Home tab in the Editing group and shown here:
4) For more information on the Where's My Stuff?! feature pleas see the article at: Managing Hidden Tasks and Milestones Using "Where's My Stuff?!".
1) The default clipboard format is Vector EMF (Enhanced Meta File).
2) Essentially, this format is vector output with capabilities to retain high quality resolution when moving from the project view snapshot to Microsoft PowerPoint, Word, Excel, or email messages.
3) Although the default option is EMF format, you can change the default to the alternative option of Image PNG as shown below:
Image file DPI
1) This control provides the capability for you to select between three DPI settings when outputting images from OnePager Express 6.1 to other media.
2) The selection options are 96 DPI, 200 DPI, and 300 DPI as shown below: