Milestones Tab (OnePager Pro)
This tab page, shown below, lets you control the style and decoration of milestones. Additionally, within this tab are the controls for creating and managing Conditional Formatting rules. Where forms differ from those of the “Task Bars” tab, illustrations will be shown in the sub-paragraphs below:
1) Milestone Symbol Properties: Collected in this group are all the controls associated with defining or changing the properties of milestone symbols. These controls include:
- a) Shape: The dozens and dozens of available milestone shapes are available by using the scroll up and down buttons associated with the “Shape” window. These same shapes are also available as anchors for connectors between comment boxes and task/milestones and elsewhere anchor shapes are provided in OnePager.
- b) Fill: This drop down menu shows the five (5) available for milestone symbol fill or texture options.
- c) Milestone Height: Allows you to set the bar height as an absolute quantity (inches or centimeters) or as a percentage of the row height, which is shown in parentheses for reference.
- d) Border Controls: Allows you to change the color of the milestone symbol border, the width of the border and the border’s style. Further, you have the capability to establish the border color to be the same as the milestone fill color.
- e) Gantt Bar/Milestone Fill Color: You may specify a single color for all milestone symbols via the “Color Chooser” form when this radio button is selected. Alternatively, selecting the “Color-code based on” radio button allows you to select a column from the Microsoft Project plan to control color for each milestone symbol’s color. In this option, clicking the drop down provides a list of Microsoft Project plan columns from which to select.
- i) As mentioned above the data-driven color assignment is sometimes referred to as “round-robin” because OnePager goes in sequence through the color palette and assigns a new color when it finds a new distinct value in the data. If it finds more distinct values than there are colors in the palette, it starts over at the beginning of the palette and uses each color for a second data value, and so on.
- ii) Also note that the “Color-code based on” selects a single data column that applies to both task bars and milestones. This is one of the few places where tasks and milestones are constrained to have the same default behavior.
- iii) Use of conditional formatting for color assignments allows you to distinguish the color assignments of tasks from those of milestones.
2) Milestone Decorations: There are five decorations for milestone. Each may be turned on by checking the associated check box. Each of these decoration’s controls may be accessed by clicking on the adjacent button. Following are brief descriptions of each decoration:
- a) Milestone Label Properties…: Clicking this button will display the “Set Label Properties” form wherein the milestone label font properties and label position may be set. See “Task Label Properties… above.
- b) %Complete Properties…: Clicking this button will show the “Set percent-complete properties” form for Milestones shown below which controls the display characteristics of the %Complete representation for milestone symbols. Since Milestone symbols can only be incomplete or complete, in OnePager complete Milestones are represented as filled with the color selected for the Milestone, or empty if incomplete displaying only the Milestone’s border.
- c) Baseline Properties: Clicking this button will show the “Set baseline properties” form which controls the shape, fill, and color of baseline bars, the connecting line properties, and how the baseline dates will be displays. This form differs from its corresponding “Set baseline properties” form for tasks in that Milestone symbols are show for “Shapes” and “Fills.” All other controls are the same.
- d) Date Label Properties…: This button, when selected, will display the “Set date label properties” form for Milestones shown below which allows you to control the properties of the date label for a milestone. There is only one date to controls for a Milestone. You can control the date label’s font properties, the position and display of the start and finish date, the format of the date label, how to separate the date from the milestone symbol’s label text.
- e) Deadline Properties…: Clicking this button will show the “Set deadline properties” form which controls the shape, fill, and position of the deadline maker with respect to the milestone. The form which is the same for Task related Deadlines also allows control over the Microsoft Project plan column that controls the color and delay color of the deadline decoration associated with the milestone. Additionally, as with “Baseline Properties” form described above, the form controls connecting lines for deadlines and the properties of deadline date display.
- f) Endpoint Properties…: Given the nature of Milestones which are intended to show “important” or “critical” events in a project, there are no Endpoints associated with Milestone symbols.
- g) Critical Path Properties: Given the constraints of the Milestone symbols available in OnePager we do not provide a means of displaying “Critical Path” bars.
3) Conditional Formatting: This group of the “Milestones” tab has one button, the “Manage Rules…” button. Clicking this button displays the “Conditional Formatting Rules” form permits you to define, change, and copy rules governing the display of milestone symbols based on data imported from your Microsoft Project plan. There are two ways to get to the same conditional-formatting form: (1) via the task bar tab or (2) via the milestone tab.