An imported plan will vary slightly depending on whether or not the schedule was originally created in NetPoint or MS Project. If the schedule was originally created in NetPoint, subsequently exported, and is now being imported back, the look and layout of the schedule will be the same. If the schedule was created in MS Project, or if it was created in NetPoint using a version prior to 4.1, release 25 Feb 2013, NetPoint will layout the network avoiding clashes, but the user should run the automated layout engine. For more information, see Running the Engine. If further manual repositioning of data elements is desired, see Repositioning Fields (GEM). Instructions are provided below.
In MS Project
- While viewing the desired schedule, click from the menu bar.
- Click next to XML Format (*.xml). and choose
- If desired, change the File name and click Save.
- Click File > Import/Export from the menu bar and choose .
- Browse for the desired XML file and click Open. A report will open showing a summary of any incompatibilities that were found.
- When ready, click Finalize Import. The schedule will then open in NetPoint.
NOTE: A non-MS Project-based xml file can technically be chosen but will not properly import.
Import Report – MS Project
|Type||Type of notification. Info notifications include confirmations and minor incompatibilities, such as when items are converted to be compatible with NetPoint. Warning notifications include major incompatibilities, such as items that are changed, which affect logic, or items not being imported altogether.|
|Issue||A general category for the notification, such as calendars, resources, data dates, etc.|
|Item Id (NetPoint)||The identifier as found in NetPoint.|
|Item ID (Source)||The identifier as found in MS Project.|
|Item Description||The name or description of the item in question.|
|Message||The notification itself.|
|Resolution||How (if possible) the issue has been resolved.|
MS Project Objects and Fields
The following MS Project objects and fields are brought into NetPoint. If a field is not listed, then it does NOT transfer. Some examples of fields that do not transfer are identified where relevant
|This field in MSP||Becomes this field in NetPoint||Notes|
|Task (with 0 duration)||Start/Finish Milestone||If the task has no predecessor or starts before noon, it becomes a start milestone. Otherwise, it becomes a finish milestone.|
|Summary Task||Hammock||Only one level (the lowest) is brought in.|
|Lag||Embedded node or link lag||If positive, the lag will be captured in the embed unless it is larger than the duration of the activity, in which case it will be captured in the link lag. If negative, it will be captured in the link lag for FS relationships, otherwise ignored.|
|NetPoint Activity ID (custom field)||ID||If the NetPoint Activity ID field isn’t available, then the information in the ID field will transfer over.|
|Actual Start||Start Date|
|Actual Finish||Finish Date|
|Remaining Duration||Remaining Duration|
|Calendar||Calendar||Repeating holidays that do not occur within the entire range of the project will transfer as individual holidays to NetPoint.|
|Must Start On||Start benchmark||On activities, ignored.|
|Must Finish On||Finish benchmark||On activities, ignored.|
|Start No Earlier Than||Start No Earlier Than|
|Start No Later Than||Ignored|
|Finish No Earlier Than||Ignored|
|Finish No Later Than||Finish No Later Than|
|Resources||Resources||MS Project only supports units/day; any schedule that was exported from NetPoint and then brought in should be have its resource assignment distributions reviewed. Furthermore, assignments will only be brought in for activities.|
|Work (also Units)||Rate/Day||MS Project only supports units/day.|
|Codes||Codes||Codes that have been entered in the Custom Fields tab of a task will become project codes in NetPoint. The following fields are imported.|
|Custom Field Name||Name|
If the schedule was exported from NetPoint already, everything will be brought in EXCEPT for the following:
|Link Geometries||Become default|
|Embed Behaviors||Become constant|
|Custom Positioning||Becomes default|
|Resource Formatting||Become default (color, histogram patterns, color intensities)|
|Page Size||Becomes letter|
|Page Tiling||Becomes 1×1|
|Grid Spacing||Becomes default|
|Canvas Color||Becomes default|
|Calendar Strips||Become default|
|Calendar Sightlines||Become default|
|Text Size||Becomes default|