A new version of the Visual Production Scheduler, our add-in for production planning with Dynamics NAV, has been released. The interactive planning board for visualizing production orders, production order lines and operations in connection with the capacity utilization of work and machine centers offers some new features. For the sake of brevity I can't give a detailed description of each so that I picked two to present in this blog post. Read below what we've come up with.
Here comes #3 of my best practice blogs on the VJS, our Gantt chart add-in for easy project planning in the Microsoft Dynamics NAV jobs module. This time I want to show you how you can bypass a severe NAV shortfall of not being able to assign Job Planning Lines to Resource Groups. In essence, this does not allow to make a rough project planning when working with the standard jobs module.
Once again, you could wonder whether a small feature like described below is worth a whole post. But see for yourself how much your planning will be made easier by just a string of characters and by then being able to combine rough and fine planning within one planning board.
As you might already know or have already read in my corresponding blogposts about the revised VPS user manual and VSS user manual, we did a profound and complete overhaul of our manuals for the VPS and the VSS.
Perhaps you have already missed the new manual of the VJS, our Gantt chart add-in for visual project planning with NAV's Job Planning Module? But not to worry - I'm glad to announce that a new manual for the VJS has been published today.
While reworking the VJS manual, I once again came across some features that at first glance seemed to be small and perhaps a bit trifling, but upon closer inspection showed great effect and this is why I'd like to share them with you today. To some of you they might be new - others might be glad to be reminded of them again.
As user of and/or partner reselling our VPS Gantt add-in for production planning with Dynamics NAV you most likely already know its visual alerts indicating impending collisions of planned orders with operational processes: The capacity curve, for instance, turns red in case of an impending overload and delivery date exceeding will be hatched.
There are cases, however, when more, individual visual signals are called for in order to highlight conflicts with individual business rules at operational level. So let me show you today how you can use the indicators available in the VPS to set certain visual signals individually.
A few weeks ago I started a loose series of best practice blogs on the VJS, our Gantt chart add-in for easy project planning in the Microsoft Dynamics NAV jobs module by writing about how to move a complete project in the VJS by just one mouse interaction.
Today I'd like to continue this series by introducing yet another small but powerful visual project planning feature helping the planner to keep the overview of his project at all times: See the impact of showing or hiding items in a project plan, a feature a partner asked us to include in the VJS so that I'm sure it will be of great interest also for other partners and users.
Some weeks ago, I informed you about our having revised the user guide for our visual service planning add-in, the VSS.
Of course, we have also been busy working on our other Gantt chart add-ins for visual scheduling. Next in line for a comprehensive overhaul and updating was the manual of the VPS, our Gantt chart add-in for visual production planning in the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Manufacturing Module.
So, let me inform you today about what is new in the VPS manual that can be downloaded from our website as of now. At the same time, I'd like to take the opportunity to recall for you some perhaps small but nevertheless useful features of the VPS.
Over the past year, a great deal of work went into optimization and enhancement of our Gantt chart add-in for visual service planning in the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Service Module, the Visual Service Scheduler (VSS).
Of course, these comprehensive modifications and enhancements also have to be reflected in the add-in's documentation. This is why we have done a profound overhaul of the entire VSS manual, formerly known as "Quick Start Guide". Naturally, with the modifications being so comprehensive, the guide also became more and more extensive, stopped being a mere start-up aid and instead became a "full-grown" manual.
This blogpost wants to inform you about the new manual being available for download on our website as of now while at the same time give you a short review of some of the most important features having been added to the VSS.
As profound expert of Microsoft Dynamics NAV you are well aware of the fact that the proven tool for (not only) simplifying the management of projects, jobs, and resources can sometimes be a bit awkward to handle. You also know our Visual Jobs Scheduler (VJS) add-in and have already disocvered some of its handy functions for reducing or even bypassing this awkward behavior in NAV.
This blogpost wants to draw your attention to a slightly unnoticed but nevertheless powerful visual project planning feature helping the planner to save much time: See how a complete project can be postponed or brought forward with just one mouse interaction.