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The schedule properties include settings and formatting options for the entire plan, including dates, colors, and timeline configuration. Instructions for a subset of functionality are provided below.

NOTE: At this time, pasting objects from one schedule to another such that one or more of the object’s dates falls outside the calendar range of destination schedule is unsupported. The calendar range of the destination must be adjusted. Otherwise, an error message will appear and the paste will be cancelled.

Steps

Changing the Criticality Thresholds

  1. Click Schedule > Modify Schedule Properties in the menu bar.
  2. Increase or decrease the number next to Criticality Threshold or Near-criticality Threshold.
  3. If desired, click the dropdown next to Criticality Factor and choose accordingly.
  4. When finished, click OK  to save and close the window.

NOTE: By default, critical activities are automatically turned red, but their original color may be preserved by choosing Objects > Use Outlines for Critical Objects (non-actualized only).

Changing the Grid Spacing

  1. Click Schedule > Modify Schedule Properties from the menu bar and choose the Formatting tab.
  2. Next to Grid Spacing, click the up or down arrows to increase or decrease the value accordingly.
  3. When finished, click OK to save and close the window.

NOTE: The maximum allowed value is determined by the current size of the page and the positions of existing objects within the canvas. The grid spacing can only be increased if the bottom grid is unoccupied. If objects already reside on the bottom grid, they must be moved higher in order to increase grid spacing.

Adjusting the Calendar Start/End Dates

  1. Click Schedule > Modify Schedule Properties from the menu bar and choose the Dates tab.
  2. Next to Start Date, click the down arrow to open the visual calendar picker, or type in a desired date manually.
  3. Repeat step 2 for End Date.
  4. Double check that the Project Dates are still within the new Calendar Dates. If no objects have yet been added to the canvas, ths may be done automatically by clicking Autofill next to Use Calendar Dates.
  5. When finished, click OK to save and close the window.

NOTE: The dates may also be modified graphically by moving objects on the canvas until the calendar warning is triggered. However, NetPoint will always enforce a minimum of at least 2 time units between the start of the network and the start of the calendar and a minimum of at least 4 time units between the end of the network and the end of the calendar. If there is a zero-gap link between the project start and any activities or milestones, pulling the project start earlier will also trigger the automatic calendar adjustment. The calendar will not adjust automatically, however, if moving it earlier would place a zero-gap successor on a non-working day according to its calendar. These effects will become particularly noticeable with larger time units such a months and years.

Using an Ordinal Calendar

  1. Click Schedule > Modify Schedule Properties from the menu bar and choose the Dates tab.
  2. Check the box next to Ordinal Start.
  3. Click the down arrow to open the visual calendar picker, or type in a desired date manually.
  4. When finished, click OK to save and close the window.

Notes

Properties Tab

The Properties tab is where the general settings are changed.

Field Definition
Project Title A text object for describing the project. By default, it is positioned at the top center of the canvas (when displayed) but can be subsequently repositioned.
Project Start A field for customizing the text of the project start box on the canvas.
Project Completion A field for customizing the text of the project completion box on the canvas.
Criticality Threshold Determines at what point (e.g. days) an activity will be displayed as critical. % is calculated as the percent of remaining duration from the data date onwards. As a result, as the data date approaches the project finish date, the threshold will approach 0. If the data date equals to the project finish date and percent is chosen, the threshold will equal 0. For more info, see Criticality.
Near-criticality Threshold Determines at what point (e.g. days) an activity will be displayed as near-critical (excludes critical activities). % is calculated as the percent of remaining duration from the data date onwards. As a result, as the data date approaches the project finish date, the threshold will approach 0. If the data date equals to the project finish date and percent is chosen, the threshold will equal 0. For more info, see Criticality.
Criticality Factor Determines how criticality and near-criticality will be calculated. Float is defined as the amount of time an activity can be delayed before delaying the completion of the project. Drift is defined as the amount of time an activity can gain before advancing the start of the project. Total Float is defined as float + drift and is equal to the CPM value of Total Float. NOTE: Choosing Float will discount drift values. Choose Drift will discount float values. For more info, see Criticality.

Dates Tab

The Dates tab contains all date related fields.

Field Definition
Time Unit Intervals on which activities and other objects are based. If PolyTime is enabled, the user will have the option of scheduling in time units other than days. Changing the time unit may have a significant impact on the schedule. See PolyTime/Variable Time Units for more details.
Project Completion Type Determines the behavior of the project completion box. If Fixed, the project completion will remain at whichever date it is entered or placed graphically. If Calculated, it will track automatically with the last activity in the network; it will not track along with milestones or benchmarks.
Fiscal/Ordinal Start An option for shifting the quarter and year sightlines to correspond to a custom date, most often used to align to a fiscal year or ordinal scheme.
Show Calendar as Ordinal An option for displaying the timeline, or calendar strips, by sequence instead of by time. The date chosen above becomes 0; to the right, increments of 1, and to the left, negative decrements of 1. Only available when the Fiscal/Ordinal Start is checked.
Start Date (Calendar) The date that corresponds with the left edge of the canvas. By default, this will be set to 6 months prior to the current date and cannot be earlier than 1/1/1971 (if activities are near the project start, the recommended limit is 1/1/1974). Together with the End Date, this determines the maximum possible range in which the project itself may take place. Changing the calendar dates can affect the resolution of the schedule.
End Date (Calendar) The date that corresponds with the right edge of the canvas. By default, this will be set to 12 months after the current date and cannot be any later than 12/31/2100 (if activities are near the project completion, the recommended limit is 12/31/2096). Together with the Start Date, this determines the maximum possible range in which the project itself may take place. Changing the calendar dates can affect the resolution of the schedule.
Use Calendar Dates A shortcut for aligning the project dates 1 time unit within the calendar dates. This button will be disabled once any objects have been added to the canvas to prevent unintentional modification to the network.
Start Date (Project) The actual start of the project. Displays as a yellow box on the canvas. To view the entire box, set the calendar’s start well outside the project’s start.
Completion Date (Project) The actual finish of the project. Displays as a yellow box on the canvas. To view the entire box, set the calendar’s end well outside the project’s completion.

Displays Tab

The Displays tab contains checkboxes for hiding or showing different fields or elements on the canvas.

displays

Field Definition
Project Title A text object for describing the project. By default, it is positioned at the top center of the canvas (when displayed) but can be subsequently repositioned.
Holiday Line A line at the top of the canvas for displaying non-working days. Holidays, weekends, and non-working periods will be displayed as red notches or rectangles; weather days will show up as blue notches or rectangles. The name of the holiday is also displayed, in blue, by hovering over it with the mouse cursor. The holiday line is based on whatever calendar is set as the default calendar for new activities. The holiday line cannot be displayed when working with time units larger than days and will be disabled accordingly. For more info, see Displaying Holidays.
Grid Numbers Faded numbers for identifying gridlines. For more info, see Grid Options.
Project Completion The actual finish of the project. Displays as a yellow box on the canvas. Can also be shown/hidden by right-clicking on the canvas, or on the yellow box itself.
Project Start The actual beginning of the project. Displays as a yellow box on the canvas. Can also be shown/hidden by right-clicking on the canvas, or on the yellow box itself.
Current Data Date An object on the canvas used to represent the date to which the project has been statused. For more info, see Data Date.
Old Data Dates An object on the canvas used to represent the date to which the project has been statused. For more info, see Data Date.
Calendar Strips Horizontal rows at the top of the canvas for displaying the timeline or time units.
Calendar Sightlines Vertical lines corresponding to the calendar strips for lining up dates on the canvas.

Formatting Tab

The Formatting tab contains controls for changing the look of the canvas.

formatting

Field Definition
Canvas Color The background color of the plan.
Calendar Strip Color The color of the timelines at the top of the canvas.
Strip Text Color The color of the timeline text at the top of the canvas.
Strip Text Size The size of the timeline text at the top of the canvas.
Grid Spacing Determines how much vertical space there is between adjacent horizontal grid lines. For more info, see Grid Options.
Layout Spacing The number of inactive (empty) grids between active grids. An active grid is one that contains an object. An inactive grid is a grid that does NOT contain an object. Choosing Single will result in only active grids with no inactive grids; choosing Double will result in one inactive grid placed between every active grid; and choosing Triple will result in two inactive grids placed between every active grid. After choosing, click Apply for the changes to take effect.