All Features

GanttDiva has all the functionality needed to create a complete, labour loaded schedule for an individual project, a team or a larger project. View a full list of its features to help you get started with your project schedule. All Features are available during the 30 day trial period or with the premium version. The new features added in the latest release are highlighted below…

GanttDiva Customization Features GanttDiva – Premium  GanttDiva – Free  Comment
Customize colour and pattern of task bar

Y

Y

Set up the colours and interior patterns for all of the shapes used in the GanttDiva using the Excel colour palette to reflect your own preferences. Each type of shape can be customized to use its own colour and pattern
Override colour for a task bar and set custom colour for a specified resource, task owner or project

Y

 N
Customize colour and pattern of progress bar

Y

Y

Customize colour for a milestone

Y

Y

Customize colour for a goal post

Y

Y

Customize colour for a hammock task

Y

Y

Customize days per column in view

Y

Y

Adjust the scale for display of GanttDiva schedule information. Any value can be entered. Display your data with a scale of days, weeks, quarters, etc.
Customize # of columns for the gantt chart

Y

Y

Set up the overall size of the Gantt Chart by defining the maximum # of rows and columns in the view area. GanttDiva supports a workspace with up to 3000 rows for tasks
Customize # of rows of data for the gantt chart

Y

Y

Customize Gantt Chart view area start date

Y

Y

Specify the starting date to be used for the Gantt Chart view area
Customize Gantt Chart data date

Y

 N The data date is used in labour demand calculations. If today’s is specified, the date will be automatically updated each day.
Customize default duration for a new task

Y

Y

When a new task is created it will be initialized with the default duration in workdays. The GanttDiva will take into account weekends and holidays in calculating the task finish date
Customize default hours per day for a full time equivalent resource

Y

 N When calculating labour demand, specify the # of hour per workday. The GanttDiva will use this information when determining full time equivalent loading in a labour demand chart
Redraw Gantt chart after configuration change

Y

Y

If the configuration is changed, the GanttDiva will be redrawn to reflect the changes. There is no need to restart the program for the changes to take effect
Hide/unhide Gantt chart data fields

Y

Y

The GanttDiva has 27 different predefined fields. Customize your own view by displaying only the fields that you need to get the view that is relevant for your projects.
Customize Project, Task Owner and Resource lists on the detailed task information dialog

Y

Y

Define default values for the Project, Task Owner and Resource Group fields for your projects. These defaults will then be available via pulldown lists in the detailed task information dialog
Customize the size, reporting unit and appearance of the Labour Demand Chart. Customize whether to display baseline data

Y

 N Set up the default size of a labour demand chart as well as the unit used for reporting (in hours or full time equivalents). Set the colour for the data series to match your preferences
Customize the size, Chart type ( Burn Down, Burn Up) and appearance of the Burn Down/Burn Up Chart

Y

 N Set up the default size of a Burn down/Burn up chart. Set up whether progress information will be displayed as a Burn down or as a Burn up. Set the colour for the data series to match your preferences. Display other key project indicators in a table that will appear next to the chart
Customize the size, appearance of tasks, markers and colours for a Project Timeline Chart

Y

 N Set up the default size for a Project Timeline chart. Indicate whether task labels should include dates, whether task durations and reported progress should be shown. Customize colours and size for task markers and colour for progress bars
Select one of five different Timeline Chart Styles

Y

 N Select a default style for the Timeline: 1- Dateline in the middle of the chart and tasks distributed above and below the dateline, 2- Only Milestones displayed above the dateline and tasks displayed below, 3- Dateline at the top of the chart and tasks and milestones distributed below, 4 – Dateline at the bottom of the chart and tasks and milestones distributed above, 5 – Pert Chart view of tasks and milestones
Customize the size and appearance for a Project Cash Milestone Chart

Y

 N Set up the default size for a Project Cash Milestone chart. Set colours for the baseline and current cashflow data series and customize the colour for the chart area.
The following commands are supported      
Import a Project

Y

N

Import another project into the existing GanttDiva workspace after the cursor location. Use this feature to merge projects or quickly build a project from pre-defined schedule template blocks
Open a Project

Y

N

Load a new Project into the workspace, clearing any previous contents and initializing project parameters such as the Project Title and days per column from the project being loaded.
Clear All Projects

Y

Y

Clear the workspace of all data
Export a Project

Y

N

Export either the entire workspace or a selected block of code to an export file that can be shared with other excel users, regardless of whether they have the GanttDiva installed
Save GanttDiva Configuration Settings

Y

N

Save the current Gantt page workspace, all configuration parameters and calendar settings into a configuration file, which can be used to share configuration settings
Get GanttDiva Configuration Settings

Y

N

Load the configuration settings, including the current Gantt page workspace, all configuration parameters and calendar settings from a configuration file
Sort Gantt Chart contents

Y

Y

Sort the contents of the GanttDiva workspace by up to 3 different GanttDiva fields in ascending or descending order
Define the Project Calendar

Y

Y

Configure the GanttDiva by defining weekends, holidays and exception dates (work days on weekends or holidays) to meet your needs.  Your existing data in the GanttDiva workspace will be updated to reflect any change to the calendar
Configure GanttDiva Options

Y

Y

Access and easily update all GanttDiva parameters using the GanttDiva Options Dialog
Generate Labour Demand Chart

Y

 N Generate labour demand charts to reflect your current filtered view of the schedule in order to support your labour planning. There is no limit on the number of labour demand charts that can be generated. Each on will show the active filter and time created as part of its title. Do ‘what if’ scenarios by changing your schedule and generating a new chart to see the effects while comparing with other charts

Display Baseline labour demand data (if available)

Generate Burn down/Burn Up Chart

Y

 N Generate Burn down charts to reflect your current filtered view of the schedule. There is no limit on the number of Burn down charts that can be generated. Each on will show the active filter and time created as part of its title. Do ‘what if’ scenarios by changing your schedule, changing the reported progress and generating a new chart to see the effects while comparing with other charts
Generate Project Timeline Charts

Y

 N Generate Timelines to reflect your current filtered view of the schedule. There is no limit on the number of Timelines that can be generated. Make changes in the schedule and generate new Timelines to reflect the changes. Five different styles are supported. The Chart appearance is fully customizable
Generate CashMilestone Charts

Y

 N Generate Cashflow charts to reflect your current filtered view of the schedule. View both your current and baseline cashflow as separate data series. The is no limit on the number of charts that can be generated.
Set User Overrides

Y

 N Override default background style for the current chart type. If the Timeline Chart is active, save any modifications to the positioning of tasks and text boxes. When a chart of the selected type is created in future, the override information will be used to modify its appearance
Copy the Gantt Chart to the Clipboard for use by other applications

Y

Y

Copy your schedule to the clipboard for easy sharing with other applications like your word processor or presentation program
Print the Gantt Chart

Y

Y

Mark a selection of your Gantt Chart and print it
Display Detailed Task Information

Y

Y

Double-click anywhere on your task to open the Detailed Task Information dialog. Display or change the contents of any field regardless of whether it is visible or hidden. View the tasks predecessors and successors and navigate to any linked task directly from the dialog.
Insert a Task Row

Y

Y

Insert a new row and have the GanttDiva update all predecessor and successor links automatically and update any line references
Delete a Task

Y

Y

Delete a task and have the GanttDiva update all predecessor and successor links automatically and update any line references
Update a Task Date

Y

Y

Invoke the Date Picker dialog, without displaying the rest of the Detailed Task Information dialog in order to change a date
Set a Baseline for all tasks

Y

 N Capture the current start date, finish date and budget for all tasks in the Gantt chart as a baseline.
Clear a Baseline for all tasks

Y

 N Clear the baseline information for all tasks in the Gantt chart
Set a task Baseline

Y

 N Save the current start date, finish date and budget for the currently selected task as its baseline information
Show Baseline Information

Y

 N Show baseline information on the Gantt Chart for each task and milestone
Hide Baseline Information

Y

 N Show baseline information on the Gantt Chart
Copy a Range of Tasks

Y

Y

Copy a block of tasks to the GanttDiva copy/paste buffer
Insert a Range of Tasks

Y

Y

Insert a block of tasks from the GanttDiva copy/paste buffer starting at the current row. Existing tasks will be not be overwritten
Delete a Range of Tasks

Y

Y

Delete a block of tasks
Redraw the Gantt Page contents

Y

Y

Accidentally deleted or moved a shape? Redraw the contents of the Gantt Page to match the current schedule status
Undo GanttDiva actions (up to 8 previous actions)

Y

Y

Undo GanttDiva actions including sorting, import of a project or deletion of a block of tasks. The previous 8 GanttDiva actions are always saved in the GanttDiva “undo” buffer
Autofilter your Project using any GanttDiva field

Y

Y

GanttDiva is designed to work with Autofiltering. A labour demand chart or any other chart will have data series based on the current filter. If a currently visible task is updated, GanttDiva also updates hidden tasks which will be updated and then correctly displayed when the filter is changed
Autofilter your Project to show only predecessors and successor for the current task

Y

Y

GanttDiva is designed to work with Autofiltering. Only the current task and its immediate predecessors and successors will be visible when this filter is active
Change column width of any GanttDiva field via right-click command

Y

Y

 
Access comprehensive GanttDiva Help system

Y

Y

The GanttDiva comes with an extensive help file integrated with the application. Get help on all the commands, the concepts that underpin the behaviour and access an extensive list of “how to” topics to help get you started.
 The following Logical Relationships between tasks are supported      
Finish-Start (FS) logic

Y

Y

Set the task start date after its predecessor completion date
Finish-Finish (FF) logic

Y

Y

Set the task finish date equal to the predecessor finish date
Start-Start (SS) logic

Y

Y

Set the task start date equal to the predecessor start date
offset for logical relationships in workdays

Y

Y

Specify an offset in days that is added to the logic driven start date
Support for up to 50 predecessors for any task

Y

Y

Each task can be linked to up to 50 predecessors. All relationships are monitored to determine the correct start date
The following special task types are supported

 

 

 
Hammock tasks, where hammock duration is determined by dates of the start and finish tasks to which it is linked

Y

Y

The duration of the task will be automatically adjusted by any changes to durations of the task sequence to which it is linked
 ‘Goal Posts’ to show a vertical bar with text from the goal post activity title field on the date specified for the goal post

Y

Y

Provide added visibility for key dates by a vertical goal post bar that will be drawn on the Gantt chart. 3 different types of goal posts can be defined.
Milestones to provide markers for the start and finish of a sequence of activities

Y

Y

The start milestone will equal the start date of its successor and the finish milestone will equal the finish date of its predecessors
The following functionality is supported

 

 

 
Auto fill start, finish dates and duration for a new task

Y

Y

Create a new task by double-clicking on a new line, which opens the detailed task information dialog or by typing on a new row directly on the Gantt page. The start date will be set to today and the finish date will be determined by the default duration
Automatically update ETC to 0 when an activity is completed (Percent = 100) and update the EAC field by adding the previous ETC contents to its total

Y

Y

When a task is closed, automatically clear any remaining hours to complete the task. Avoid misleading labour demand from finished tasks. Add the previous ETC to the EAC field.
Automatically update EAC when either ETC or ACT is updated.

Y

Y

When the user inputs a change to the Actuals (ACT) or the Estimate to Complete, the EAC is updated to = ETC + ACT
Automatically update ETC when Budget is updated AND progress = 0 and ACT = 0

Y

Y

The ETC is updated to match Budget and EAC is updated to match ETC when Budget is updated and there is not reported progress. If the ETC has been manually updated, it will not be automatically overridden
Update task progress bar based on % complete

Y

Y

A progress bar proportional in length to the reported progress will be drawn superimposed on a task
Update task dates based on change to start, finish or duration

Y

Y

 
Update task successors based on change in start, finish or duration of task with defined logical relationships

Y

Y

 
Prevent  update to a successor task or any of its successors if a predecessor task changes and the current task is started

Y

Y

 
Schedule activity start and finish dates to complete on workdays only

Y

Y

Enter any date for a task start or finish date and the GanttDiva will automatically adjust it to the nearest workday
Calculate activity duration taking into account workdays only

Y

Y

Enter a duration for a task and the GanttDiva will count only workdays, excluding weekends and holidays to determine the task finish date
Automatically adjust Hammock task duration based on  SS and FF relationship to tasks to which it is linked

Y

Y

 
Double click anywhere on task row to invoke the detailed task dialog

Y

Y

 
Display or hide logical links to predecessors

Y

Y

All logical links are drawn on the Gantt Chart. All shapes are also copied into an export file which can be shared with other excel users. The visibility of logical links is user configurable via the Configuration parameters
Handle task deletion, including updates to logic for any other tasks that were linked to the task and updates to row #s for any tasks affected by the deletion. Access command via Ribbon/Menu or via right-click command

Y

Y

 
Handle deletion of a specified selection of rows, including updates to logic for any other tasks that were affected by the deletion of the selection

Y

Y

 
Handle insertion of a row, including updates to row #s for any other tasks affected by the insertion. Access the command via Ribbon/Menu or via right-click command

Y

Y

 
Change width of a GanttDiva field column. Access the command via right-click command

Y

Y

 
Handle sorting of all tasks by Project, Resource and Start date

Y

Y

 
Ganttsheet protection so that rows, columns can’t be inadvertently inserted or deleted using inactive excel functions

Y

Y

GanttDiva protects the contents of the Gantt Page from inadvertent changes.
Ganttsheet support for “safe copy and paste” for multiple visible cells for any GanttDiva field 

Y

  GanttDiva performs plausibility checking on every field change and automatically restores old values to any fields that are hidden or where the pasted value is not a plausible content for the field
Integration with Autofiltering, for all supported features

Y

Y

 
Calculation of  labour demand curve chart based on current active filter

Y

 N  
Calculation of labour demand in units of Full Time Equivalent staff or hours as per the configuration page

Y

 N  
Calculation of either a Burn Down or Burn Up (S-Curve) chart based on current active filter and calculation of current CPI and SPI. Calculation of the progress curve for the baseline plan if available. Show data series in hours or as percentage

Y

 N GanttDiva will generate either a Burn Down chart or a Burn Up based on user configuration settings. GanttDiva will display additional project metrics based on user configuration settings.
Calculation of Cash Flow based on the current active filter  Y  N  
Automatic update of any tasks that were previously hidden by a filter and required an update due to a date or duration change

Y

Y

Detailed task dialog fully implemented for task information, predecessors and successors and all other available fields

Y

Y

Navigation between between logically linked tasks via the “Jump to Task” button on the detailed Task Information dialog

Y

Y

Export a Project, either including all content of the Gantt Page or a user defined selection to a new excel file (saved in excel format accessible by all versions of excel)

Y

Y

The export includes a static snapshot of all Gantt chart shapes.

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