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Improved scheduling and document management and two new views are some of the news in Antura Projects 5.9

Improved scheduling

Antura Projects’ scheduling features have been improved in several ways to enable a more efficient workflow and better overview for project managers and project members.

Task filter in the schedule

It is now possible to filter on tasks in the schedule. The task filter has the following options: WBS-level Responsible Status Priority User-defined task properties

Filter settings can be saved in the same way as for the project filter control to easily return to previously saved settings.

In-schedule editing

In-schedule editing

Properties of a deliverable, task or milestone can now be edited directly in the schedule. When the cursor is held over a row in the schedule, a border is displayed around the cells that can be edited. By clicking the icon to the right in the frame, or double-clicking in the cell, the cursor ends up in the cell and the property can be directly edited.

Mass update of tasks

Multiple tasks, deliveries, milestones or decision points can now be easily updated at the same time using the new feature for mass update. By selecting the desired tasks and click the “Mass Update” button in the toolbar, the following properties can be changed:

  • Name

  • Comment

  • Start date

  • Finish date

  • Duration

  • Move start date (+/- number of days)

  • Progress- and Time reporting settings

  • Color

  • Responsible

  • Status

  • Priority

  • Progress

  • User-defined task properties

Clearer in-schedule issue progression

It is now easier to do issue follow-up right in the schedule using the column "Issues". The column shows the total amount of connected issues for a task and how many of them that are closed.

A progress bar shows, with green and red color, the proportion of issues connected to the task that are completed. When the cursor is over the numbers next to the progress bar, a tooltip is displayed with the issues related to the task and status for each issue.

Visual progress on tasks.

Visual progress on tasks

It is now possible to see the progress of a task directly in the schedule. The progress is shown on each task as a meter that corresponds to the percentage of the progression of the tasks’ total duration.

Visual WBS editor

Decision points, milestones, deliverables and tasks are illustrated as nodes in different colors in the tree structure. The view supports drag and drop, making it easy to simply move the nodes to another position in the tree. A toolbar with options (new, edit, delete, etc.) is displayed when the cursor is held over node. Quick name editing of a node is done by double-clicking and pressing [Enter] when the change is complete.

Project place – Schedule – WBS is a new view that displays the project plan in a tree structure independent of time.

Right click for quick edit.

Right click for quick edit

In the view Project place – Schedule – Gantt (Silverlight) quick editing is now possible. Right clicking a row in the view, the following choices are presented:

  • Edit

  • Create a new task directly above

  • Create a new task directly below

  • Indent task (moving it into a deliverable)

  • Outdent task (moving it from a deliverable)

  • Move one row up

  • Move one row down

  • Cut

  • Copy

  • Paste

  • Paste special

  • Delete

Drag and drop for progress in Gantt (Silverlight)

It is now possible to edit progress on a task using drag and drop in the same way that a task duration can be changed.

Drag and drop for progress in Gantt (Silverlight).

Charts on project level.

Charts on project level

Project place – Charts is a new view for creating charts and chart templates for the individual Project.

The view is divided into two sections where the left shows the default graphics settings and the right shows the generated graph that can be automatically updated when changing settings. Data such as plan, budget, forecast and outcome can be illustrated using the following six types of graphs:

  • Line

  • Stack

  • Stacked bars

  • Area

  • Pie charts

  • EVM-graph (based on Earned Value Management)

The charts can easily be exported as PDF or image for sharing or other use.

Improved document management

The document management in Antura Projects has also been improved in terms of usability.

Drop files directly in your web browser

In web browsers with HTML5 support (Internet Explorer 10 or Chrome, latest version of Firefox and Safari), it is possible to drop documents directly into the web browser window to upload them to the active folder in the documents view.

When files are dragged into the web browser window, the text “Drop your files here” is shown. Next to each file, a progress bar that shows its current upload progress is displayed. If a file with the same name already exists in the directory, three choices are shown: upload the file as a new version, replace the existing version or not upload the file at all. It is also possible to apply one of the choices to all remaining conflicts.

Drop files directly in your web browser.

Drag and drop to move files and folders.

Drag and drop to move files and folders

It is now possible to drag and drop files and folders in addition to cut and paste when moving them in the document archive. When a file or folder is moved from its original location an icon is displayed next to the cursor, which indicates if the move is possible or not.

Make a comment to a version directly in the file dialogs

It is now possible to make a comment to a version directly when the new version is uploaded. If a file is uploaded with the same name as an existing file three choices will be presented, if the file should be uploaded as a new version, replace the current version, or not be uploaded. If the file is chosen to be uploaded as a new version a comment can be added in the Comments field that will appear in the dialog.

Improved report generation

The report generation in Antura Projects has been developed with focus on project level.

Improved report generation on project level

Reports that previously only been possible to create on portfolio level can now also be created on project level. This brings major advantages for project managers who do not always have access to portfolio reports. Reports now available at project level are:

  • Extended performance report

  • Overview (existed in the view earlier)

  • Resource- and time report

  • Financial report

Possibility to create scheduled reports

It is now possible to schedule exports of saved reports. A scheduled report can be sent by email to specific users and system groups, and on project level to project members and groups. It is also possible to save a report directly to the file archive in Antura Projects.

Unified/Gathered risk management.

Unified/Gathered risk management

To simplify the risk management, all risks are now aggregated into a new view in My place. In addition to all the risks from several projects being displayed in one single location, it is also possible to edit each risk in the same manner as within a project. The filtered view shows “My” risks by default. This makes the view valuable for non-frequent users as well as for project members that handle several risks in multiple projects at once.

New features regarding issues

The view for issues has been enhanced with functionality to for instance manage receiving issues via email.

Issue inbox

Antura Projects can now be configured to receive issues through email. To activate the feature, some configuration is needed on the web server. In each project, the feature can be activated and can optionally be managed so that the permission to submit issues to the project is limited to project members.

Issue inbox.

Share issues.

Share issues

There is now a feature that makes it possible to share issues through email. By selecting one or two issues and clicking “Share”, the user is able to send a message to the receivers with all the issue information. The feature can be used to send out reminders concerning one or multiple issues.