Opening and Unzipping

When working in NetPoint, projects are opened just like files, with only minor differences to the interface. On the left, both project folders and non-project folders will show up in the tree. On the right, only projects will be listed. Projects should always be chosen on the right, NOT on the left. The left is only for selecting the parent directory in which the project resides.

If you’ve selected a parent directory on the left, but the project is not showing up on the right, its schedule file may have been removed from it. To correct this, look for a file named “NetPointFile.np4” that no longer resides in a folder named after a project and move it back in to the proper folder. Until this is done, you will be unable to open the project from within NetPoint.

Likewise, if a folder which is certainly not a NetPoint project appears in the list on the right, such as “MyDocuments,” it likely contains an orphaned NetPointFile.np4. To correct this, determine which project folder is missing a schedule file, and return it to its proper location

NOTE: To open the schedule from Windows Explorer, search for the folder which contains the project name, open it, and then double-click the file called NetPointFile.np4.

Steps

Opening Projects

  1. Choose File > Open Project from the menu bar.
  2. On the left, browse for the directory in which the project resides, without yet choosing the project itself.
  3. On the right, choose the project itself and click OpenNOTE: At any time, a project may be deleted or renamed by right-clicking on it in the list.

 NOTE: If a message opens, see Troubleshooting Opening for more info.

Unzipping Projects (.nzp/.zip)

  1. Choose File > Unzip and Open Project from the menu bar. The Open window will default to the folder where the last project was zipped and saved.
  2. If a different project is desired, browse for the directory in which it resides on the left.
  3. On right right, select the zip file file from the list and click Open. NetPoint will automatically save the project to the same folder where the zip file is.

NOTE: A .nzp can also be opened by simply double-clicking it in an Explorer window.

Opening Projects from Emails (.nzp Files)

  1. Right-click on the file from your preferred email application.
  2. To view the schedule immediately, choose Open. The Opening Mail Attachment window will open..
    1. Click the Open button.
  3. To save the .nzp file first, choose Save As.
    1.  Browse for the desired location and click SaveNOTE: If you make a change to the file name, make sure that “nzp” still shows up next to Save as type. If it does notmake sure to append “.nzp” at the end of the filename to avoid losing the file type.
    2. To open the schedule, navigate to the location in an explorer window and double-click the .nzp file.

NOTE: If a message opens after opening, see Troubleshooting Opening for more info.

Opening Projects from Emails (.zip Files)

  1. Right-click on the file from your preferred email application..
  2. Choose Save As (recommended).
    1. Browse for the desired location and click Save. NOTE: If you make a change to the file name, make sure that “nzp” still shows up next to Save as type. If it does notmake sure to append “.nzp” at the end of the filename to avoid losing the file type.
    2. To open the schedule, see Unzipping Projects.
  3. To view the schedule without saving, choose Open (not recommended). The Opening Mail Attachment window will open.
    1.  Click Open. An explorer window will open. NOTE: The .zip file will be temporarily saved to “C:\Users\[your username]\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Content.Outlook[alphanumeric string]”.
    2.  Navigate up one level by clicking the name of the temporary location. WARNING:  If you just open the folder and launch the NetPointFile project file without navigating up and unzipping, the .zip file will not go through the proper extraction process and the project may be missing a number of supporting files.
    3. Right-click on the .nzp and choose Extract All.
    4. If a Windows Security window opens, click OK.
    5. To choose a new location, click Browse, select the desired location, and click OK.
    6. Otherwise, just click Extract. A new explorer window will open.
    7. Double-click the project folder.
    8. Double-click the filed called “NetPointFile.np4″.

NOTE: If a message opens after opening, see Troubleshooting Opening for more info.

Notes

Troubleshooting Opening

Message
Printer Unavailable If the printer that was used when the schedule was last saved is unavailable or not installed, a warning will open. Click OK. printer
  Choose a new printer next to Name andclick OK. The schedule will then open. For more info on printers, see Print Setup. printer-name
File Already Open If the project is open on another machine, a lock may have been placed to protect the file. In this case, the schedule can only be opened in read-only mode, and the File Already Open! warning will open. Click View as Read-only. The schedule will then open. 4720-5-read-only
File Recovered If an unexpected crash occurred, NetPoint® will automatically recover any schedules that may have been open and unsaved when the application terminated. For more info see Understanding File Recovery. 44
Bad Data Positions If any data elements are more than 3″ away from their host objects, a warning will open. Click Continue to Canvas. No further action is required. 4720-data1
Invalid Lags If a legacy schedule is opened where a non-finish-to-start link had a lag, a warning will open. Click Continue to Canvas. No further action is required. For more info on lags, see Adding Lags to Links. 4720-lags1
Duplicate Code/Value IDs If a schedule is opened where a code or value is found to have the same system ID as another code or value, a warning will open and any assignments will be lost. Click OK. To review code assignments, see step 1 of Exporting an Existing Template and choose “Defaults – Codes & Code Assignments”. 4720-id
Incomplete or Missing Data If a schedule is opened which cannot be read, a warning will open. This may be because it’s missing data, it’s been corrupted, or it contains a bad format. This is rare and should not occur under normal circumstances. Click OK and contact NetPoint support. 4720-error-message2
Resolution Violation If a legacy schedule is opened where one unit of time is less than the width of a pixel on the screen, the Resolution Violation Alert will open. Choose from the available options and click OK (we recommend choosing the second option to avoid additional steps). For more info on resolution, see Print Setup. 4270-resolution
   a. If increasing the page size, a printer window will open. Click the dropdown button next to Size and choose a page size that meets the recommended width from the Resolution Violation Alert window. 4720-page
   b. If increasing the number of tiles, no further action will be required.
   c. If reducing the length of the project, the Schedule Properties window will open. Click the Dates tab, and under Calendar Dates, choose a start date that is later in time or an end date that is earlier in time. This process may have to be repeated until satisfactory. 4720-date
   d. If increasing the resolution, open the Control Panel from the Windows Start menu, choose Adjust Screen Resolution, and choose one that’s higher. Go back to NetPoint and click OK. This process may have to be repeated until satisfactory. 4720-reso