[anchor]Fields[/anchor] such as descriptions, dates, and float values, also known as data elements, can be repositioned on the canvas to eliminate clashing or simply better coincide with the geometry of the network. Supported objects include activities, delays, milestones, benchmarks, links, data dates, and hammocks. If any fields end up being more than 3″ away from their host objects, they will be reset to default the next time the schedule is opened. Repositioning can be done individually for a single object or for the entire schedule using the [anchor]Global Edit Mode[/anchor], or GEM.
Upon entering GEM, most toolbar icons as well as the menu bar will be disabled (except for select actions within the menu). In addition, most actions via right-click will be disabled, except for actualizing, fading, or hiding/showing, for example. GEM also includes a tool for aligning text boxes.
NOTE: GEM is a mode distinct from (and behaves as a toggle with) the traditional “build mode” of NetPoint, where objects and relationships are added to the canvas. Upon entering GEM, all dates become fixed, and no object property boxes are accessible. However, object descriptions can still be modified by double-clicking them on the canvas. In addition, objects can still move between grids by using the up and down arrows on the keyboard or in the Gestural Window. No canvas objects can be selected, modified, or moved, except for text objects (including annotations).
Upon entering GEM, an auxiliary toolbar will also open, offering the following options:
|When selected, this icon will tie an activity’s start and finish dates together so that any changes to positions mirror each other symmetrically.|
|When selected, this icon will lock data elements to the vertical axis, preventing them from being moved horizontally.|
|When selected, this icon will lock data elements to the horizontal axis, preventing them from being moved vertically.|
|When expanded, this menu allows all selected text objects (excluding descriptions) to be aligned to their tops, centers, or bottoms. Text objects will align to whichever object was first selected. If they were selected using the rectangular drag box, they will align to whichever object was placed on the canvas first.|
|When expanded, this menu allows all selected text objects (excluding descriptions) to be aligned to their lefts, centers, or rights. Text objects will align to whichever object was first selected. If they were selected using the rectangular drag box, they will align to whichever object was placed on the canvas first.|