Automated layouts are generated by running a schedule through the layout engine. Each time the layout engine is run, a new layout is automatically created and stored in the Layouts view of the Layout Manager, alongside any other manual or automated layouts.
Running the layout engine can be as complex or as simple as needed. If you use the default or most recently saved settings, it can be run with just the click of a button. This may be useful for a novice user or for an already-optimized schedule, where, over the course of the schedule life-cycle, a particular strategy has proven to yield a consistently desirable layout. Alternatively, a variety of settings can be adjusted in the Layout Manager, isolating the effects of the minutest of changes and giving advanced users even greater control over the resulting layouts.
Any settings that are saved using the Save button will be shared across schedules and across sessions of NetPoint.
NOTE: The time it takes to run an automated layout depends on the number of objects (activities, links, milestones, etc.), the computer’s processor/clock speed, how much RAM it has, and the settings in the Layout Manager. Once a schedule reaches 250 objects, we suggest tweaking some of these settings to reduce the time required. An “Out of Memory” error may occur on schedules with over 2100 objects (700 activities + 1400 links). This should be considered an approximate upper limit. For more details, see Running On Large Schedules.
This section details instructions for the following:
- Running the engine
- Locking objects on grids
- Setting up swimlanes