Keep Your Projects On Track, On Time &
Whether you're managing your own day to day activities, or an entire project
team, you want flexibility in planning a project and the power to bring
it to completion -- ahead of budget, ahead of schedule. NEW
TurboProject Professional v4 combines power and versatility with a truly
comprehensive set of new scheduling, activities, and resource management
features for both single and multiple projects. A unique combination of
Top-Down and Loose Layout planning, coupled with unlimited undo and redo
capability allow project managers greater flexibility when it comes to planning
and tracking. Plus, NEW TurboProject Professional v4 makes sharing
information simple with new Microsoft Project®. .MPD File
Compatibility and new Publish To the WEB feature.
Practical Planning Software that Delivers Unbeatable
TurboProject Professional takes into account that you
may not have all of the information you need up front -- and lets you lay
out your project anyway. Now that's real power! This incredible software
"thinks" the way you do, letting you create detailed plans that
reflect real-world projects. Its unique Top-Down planning methodology lets
you start with what you know, while the Loose Layout capability allows you
to organize activities and events independent of one another for a realistic
project plan. Then, TurboProject's practical design background structure
lets you fill in the details later, giving you maximum flexibility.
Communicating Project Plans Has Never Been Easier
(NEW) SUPPORT FOR SAVING AND OPENING PROJECT
FILES IN THE MICROSOFT PROJECT® DATABASE FORMAT .MPD
TurboProject offers unrivalled compatibility for sharing project information
with users of Microsoft Project 98. Many users and surprisingly many vendors
are not aware that Microsoft no longer offers file compatibility using the
.MPX format. In addition, due to significant enhancements in the way resource
usage information is handled in Microsoft Project 98, saving to .MPX will
result in the loss of this type of information. For example, accurate distribution
of resource work hours (both actual and planned) and splits in activities
will all be lost when an .MPX file is opened in Microsoft Project or another
Project Management application a user is attempting to share the data with.
However, with TurboProject 4.0, all this detailed
information can be viewed directly when the file is saved to Microsoft
Project using the Project database format .MPD. This Microsoft Project
compatibility is a tremendous benefit to an organization and its users
-- anyone working on a project (project managers, vendors, customers,
etc.) is able to choose which product they would prefer to use, and know
that their work is compatible in either TurboProject or Microsoft Project.
Saving information into TurboProject from Microsoft Project is easy, and
when a user wants to hand a project file back to a Microsoft Project user,
they simply save it in the .MPD format and email it.
TO THE WEB
Now with TurboProject Professional, any table can be instantly published
to the Web in HTML format by simply choosing from one of a number of preformatted
templates. You can even publish tabular reports, export them in HTML, and
then view them in a browser. For example, a weekly to-do list could be exported
as an HTML file and sent directly to team members assigned to the project.
This would enable a larger organization to publish tabular reports on a
Superior Functions Reduce the Time You Spend Creating
and Maintaining Project Plans
(NEW) RESOURCE USAGE SPREADSHEET VIEW
The Resource Usage View is an excellent tool for resolving overallocation
problems. This feature summarizes, by resource, all activities to which
the resource is assigned on a given project. When an activity is selected
in the Gantt or table pane, the spreadsheet pane will refresh to display
a list of the resources assigned to that activity, as well as details for
each activity to which the resources have been assigned. This allows users
to review the allocation of a resource to see if they are overallocated
or underallocated. Values displayed in the spreadsheet pane can be selected
from a list of 51 curves, offering the user a multitude of ways to display
resource and expense information. In comparison, Microsoft Project 98 and
2000 offer only offer 24 curves. This means that TurboProject Professional
v4 provides the user with more tailored information suited to their individual
needs. To make management and selection of these curves easy, curve templates
can be defined and selected from a dropdown list in the Property Templates
toolbar. This flexible and intuitive feature will save users a lot of time,
more so than any other product in this segment of the market.
(NEW) ACTIVITY USAGE SPREADSHEET
This view shows a list of all resources assigned to any activity chosen
in the Gantt table pane of the view. In the above example, the timescale
has been adjusted to days, and the daily assignment values for each resource
assigned to this activity are displayed. The daily values can be modified
to create a profile allowing a resource's work to be distributed in a
way that reflects the manner in which the resources will carry out the
work. For example, the resource "Labor" might need to work for
a longer period than the standard working day for the first two days of
the activity. Because the spreadsheet is interactive, the user can enter
the value for the "Original Resource" hours directly into the
Plus, you'll have the ability to instantly change the scale of display
of data in the spreadsheet pane from Days to Weeks, Months, Quarters or
Years by clicking on the scale buttons above the spreadsheet grid.
(NEW) HIERARCHICAL RESOURCE STRUCTURE
View Resources By Hierarchy -- This is a unique feature that allows for
the creation of resource hierarchy in which project resources can be grouped
relative to such criteria as Department, Category, Skill and Job Description.
The hierarchy is created in much the same way as you would create subprojects
to summarize a project phase.
The hierarchy can be collapsed and expanded or displayed as a standard
resource list without the hierarchy. A major benefit of this feature is
the ability for a manager to assign a resource type to an activity, and
then, later, when the individual who will do the work is available, switch
the assignment to a specific individual who has the corresponding skill
for the work. This is a very helpful feature, as quite often when assigning
resources to projects it is not possible to determine which individual
will ultimately do the work, especially if the work is being planned for
several months in the future. This Hierarchical resource feature is not
normally found in desktop Project Management products, including Microsoft
AUTOMATIC OVERALLOCATION WARNING
Another helpful new resource scheduling feature in TurboProject Professional
v4 is an automatic warning. This is sent to the manager when he or she attempts
to allocate a resource that, if allocated, would result in an overallocation.
This feature is enabled by default, but can be turned off if the overallocation
warning is not required.
(NEW) EFFORT-DRIVEN ACTIVITIES
You can use the new Effort-Driven activity scheduling feature when you
want to make an activity effort driven or resource driven. If you want
the same duration to be scheduled regardless of the number of resources
assigned to the task, select "No" in the Effort Driven field.
If you want the duration to be dependent on the availability and effort
of the assigned resources, choose "Yes" in this field. For example,
you have an activity to create a set of architectural drawings, with a
duration of 4 weeks, which is how long the task would take one drafter
to complete. Because the task is effort driven, you assign four drafters
to the task and Microsoft Project will schedule the task to be completed
in 1 week. In this case, you choose "Yes" in the Effort-Driven
field. Later on, you schedule 1 week for client review of the drawings.
Because you want 1 week scheduled regardless of how many clients review
the drawings, you choose "No" in the Effort Driven field.
SPLIT AND RECURRING ACTIVITIES
You now have more power than before with regard to these types of activities.
With TurboProject Professional 4, you can divide an activity that must
occur in segments and you can schedule activities that happen on a recurring
basis (such as that Monday morning weekly meeting).
Presentation-Quality Output and Ability to Define
Views, Shapes and Formats of All You See
(NEW) PROPERTY TEMPLATES
With version 4.0 the user is now able to customize any aspect of the view
including the contents of each pane of the active window. The aim has been
to provide users at any level with a feature set normally only found in
products that are designed with presentations in mind. Having created plans,
how does a user get their message across if they can't set up views in a
way that they feel works for the intended audience?
To answer this question, TurboProject Professional v 4.0 now includes charting-like
features to allow unlimited possibilities for tailoring of tables (row and
cell colors, highlights, font sizes and colors), bars (shapes colors, end
points, labels), profiles and spreadsheet (curve styles, row styles, fonts,
backgrounds and shading). Formatting like this can be done globally, or
for specific objects. For example, users may display a special bar shape,
color, or shading for the activities assigned to a particular team member.
Users can create templates and add special "Accessories and Period"
bars that are conveniently accessible from a special "Property Templates"
toolbar. Thus, with a few clicks, the user can select the table and bar
styles that work for an upper management presentation or instead use styles
that are more suitable for a project team.
Features In TurboProject Professional v4
|* Information Column
||* Select Headers/Footers in Print
|* Export Directly to MS Excel
||* Import/Export Enhancements
|* Copy Picture (Insert in Word/Excel/PowerPoint)
||* Display of Connections When Subprojects
|* Filtering to Allow Subprojects
to be Hidden
||* AutoFit to Size Columns in Tables
Professional Competitive Chart
|Save to Microsoft Project 98 .MPD
|Open Microsoft Project 98 .MPD file
|Resource Overallocation auto warning
|Hierarchical resource structure
|Instant layout changes using templates:
Gantt pane, spreadsheet, profile views
|Combined printing of Gantt view
items by cell or row
|Critical Path Logic tracing
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266 MHz (166 Min), 64MB of RAM (32 Min), 22 MB free hard disk space,
CD-ROM, mouse; Internet Connection and MAPI-compliant mail systems
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