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From Awful to Awesome Progress Visualization in Gantt Charts

Posted by Juergen Theis on Apr 27, 2017 2:25:00 PM

First of all, I have to clarify that this blog post is not(!) about progress bars as we all know well from installing software or from downloading files. But this post is about the visualization of progress as we are used to see for instance in production planning or project management software systems.

I want to demonstrate the difference between a "classic" progress bar and a forecast oriented visualizaton of progress. The second is a new approach that has been currently implemented in our latest Gantt chart application we developed with our NETRONIC Web Application Framework and the feedback from the users was enthusiastic.

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Topics: Windows Forms Gantt Control, Gantt Best Practice


Three Steps to Add a Comfortable Sorting Option to Grouped Gantt Charts

Posted by Alfred Göhlich on Jan 31, 2017 3:52:00 PM

Most people are used to a comfortable sorting option, like, e.g. in the Windows Explorer: Clicking the table header of a column will sort the files in in ascending or descending order, this being indicated by an arrowhead pointing upwards or downwards shown in the table header.

Wouldn't it be nice if you could use this functionality also in XGantt? In my blog post I'm going to show you how this is done in three easy steps and with little programming effort.

 

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Topics: Windows Forms Gantt Control


New in XGantt #2: Enhanced Snap Tools Ease Dragging in Gantt Control

Posted by Alfred Göhlich on Jan 26, 2017 10:55:21 AM

Two weeks ago, I started my series of blogs about the new version (5.1) of VARCHART XGantt by describing the new graphical features of our Gantt chart control. The release notes of this new version can be found here.

Here comes #2 of my series, where I'd like to give you some insights about what we've come up with concerning the snap tools making positioning objects easier.

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Topics: Windows Forms Gantt Control


New in XGantt #1: Striking Graphical Features for Vivid Gantt Charts

Posted by Alfred Göhlich on Jan 10, 2017 9:30:00 AM

A new version (5.1) of VARCHART XGantt, our Gantt control for creating powerful Gantt charts, has been released recently. You can find the complete release notes here

We’ve come up with so much new features that introducing them all at once would go beyond the scope of one blog post. So I decided to split my description of what's new in the Gantt chart control into a series of blog posts, the first dealing with some great new graphical features.

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Topics: Windows Forms Gantt Control


Developer Trick: Duration in Tooltip of .NET Gantt Chart Control

Posted by Alfred Göhlich on Mar 15, 2016 11:13:00 AM

This blog post addresses software developers building visual scheduling applications or considering to develop a graphical planning board with our .NET Gantt chart control VARCHART XGantt. It shows how you can use the recently introduced "InInteraction Events" functionality to customize the display of the duration in the tooltip (InfoWindow) during the drag & drop interaction. This post does not only give a step-by-step explanation how to achieve this, but also provides the required code. 

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Topics: Windows Forms Gantt Control, XGantt development tricks


Visual Production Scheduling with Multiple Resources

Posted by Kerstin Sieckmann on Feb 16, 2016 3:30:00 PM

Naturally, a the complexity of production planning increases with the number of resources used. If only one machine is needed for finishing off an order, planning will be easy: Bringing forward an urgent order will postpone all other orders accordingly. Changing pre-planned orders will become a bit more difficult, however, when planning e.g. the manufacturing of products requiring several resources such as machines, staff members and tools, since the different allocations have to be taken into account. In such cases, visual production scheduling will be helpful.

This blog post mainly addresses manufacturing companies who need to plan production orders, manage delivery time commitments and have to allocate multiple resources to one order or to dedicated operations of one job. Learn from this blog post how a graphical control panel helps visualizing the results of an automatic remote control with several resources and in addition supporting the manual control of orders by immediately showing conflicts when an order is moved.

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Topics: Production Scheduling, Windows Forms Gantt Control, Gantt Best Practice


10 Graphical Functions a Production Planning Table Should Offer

Posted by Ute Gillet on Dec 4, 2015 10:30:00 AM

When it comes to production planning, graphical planning tables provide valuable assistance as to visualizing complex contexts and bringing transparency to production planning data. However, developing, designing and definining a graphical planning table often is harder than many people initially expect. This blog post provides you with some functions that you should think of when starting to deveop your visual planning board.

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Topics: Production Scheduling, Windows Forms Gantt Control, Gantt Best Practice


New Tools For Gantt Chart Interactions: More Transparency And Speed

Posted by Ute Gillet on Nov 5, 2015 2:30:00 PM

Mouse interactions in a Gantt chart application are crucial for many planners as they make re-scheduling quite simple. However, these interactions can be a bit tricky at times, especially where large plans are concerned: When positioning a node at a certain point of the timeline or directly after another node, a certain spot in the Gantt has to be exactly hit by mouse. Also, dragging a node to a another, quite distant, group or subgroup, can sometimes be slightly tedious. Both challenges are adressed by the new tools provided with our .NET Gantt control VARCHART XGantt.

This blog post gives you an idea of how to create slick Gantt chart interactions using the the so called snap tool for easy positioning of nodes while moving them horizontally.

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Topics: Windows Forms Gantt Control, XGantt development tricks, Gantt Best Practice


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