Friday, March 10, 2017

Troubleshooting MS Project import: shifted dates

This page describes possible reasons of task dates change after import from MS Project file.

While we do our best to import MS Project files as is, you may notice that after import some of the tasks change their dates. The reason is that Microsoft Project and GanttProject are different applications with different features and different behavior. If you see a warning saying that some of the tasks changed their dates, you may use the list below as a guide to fixing this issue. We recommend to start from the earliest task because it might turn out the cause of changes in the whole subsequent chain.

So, why a task may change the dates after import:

  1. In the original MS Project file it starts on weekend day and you import it into a project with non-working weekends. In this case you need to choose "replace existing calendar" option in the importer or import into project with working weekends
  2. In the original MS Project file tasks have dependency with a lag. GanttProject by default makes the project as short as possible and when it can remove the lag, it will. In this case you need to set default dependency hardness to "Rubber" in the Gantt chart settings before you import a project.
  3. In the original MS Project file tasks have duration less than 1 day and/or task starts on the same day when its predecessor ends. GanttProject's duration granularity is 1 day, and it assumes that task starts in the morning and finishes in the evening, so it is impossible for successor to start at the same day when predecessor finishes. You can set a negative lag in the dependency properties to fix it for the given pair of tasks, but GanttProject won't do it automatically during the import
  4. Microsoft Project is known to be somewhat forgiving with respect to dependencies, and it is possible that task with e.g. Finish-Start dependency on its predecessor actually starts earlier than predecessor finishes in the original file. GanttProject is more strict and enforces the constraint.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

GanttProject 2.8.3: how to get back ical import

Update: this bug is fixed in GanttProject 2.8.4

Due to a bug in the application configuration import from iCal is missing in GanttProject 2.8.2 and GanttProject 2.8.3. If you want to get it back, do the following (applies to 2.8.3):

  1. Open file  plugins-2.8.3/biz.ganttproject.impex.ical/plugin.xml
    from your GanttProject 2.8.3 installation in any text editor (you may need Administrator/root priveleges for that)
  2. At line 9 replace ganttproject-ical.jar with biz.ganttproject.impex.ical.jar  
  3. Save the file and restart GanttProject
On Mac OSX the file sits in /Applications/ provided that GanttProject is installed in Applications

Sorry for this issue! We'll fix the distributions in the next update.

Monday, March 6, 2017

GanttProject 2.8.3: severe bugfixes

We just've published a new maintenance update. This should solve annoying misaligned rows problem and a number of other severe issues.

Also, there is a new option for setting screen DPI density. The default value of 96 should be fine for most of the users, however, those who are suffering from tiny fonts on their shiny high-density screens may want to set the appropriate value (200-400), restart GanttProject and get fonts scaled. At the moment this option affects only fonts, not icons or chart graphics, sorry.

Setting dialog with the new DPI option

Download GanttProject 2.8.3 from the official web site.

Troubleshooting: how to get back iCal import
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