Gantt charts visualize tasks, resources or capacities along a timeline and so provide an optimum overview for planners. When designing them, one should keep in mind to directly show information that is essential for the planner so that he can quickly recognize planning conflicts and intervene. Showing too much information might jeopardize the clarity. That is why a tooltip is a good way of showing important data only if needed. What is true for Gantt charts also applies to tooltips: information has to be perceived quickly, meaning that it has to be presented in a clearly sorted and arranged way. This step-by-step guide shows users of our Gantt component VARCHART XGantt how to design a clearly arranged tooltip.
VARCHART XGantt is a powerful Gantt control (.NET and ActiveX edition) enabling you to create intelligent Gantt charts with little effort. Recently, one of our customers contacted us having a quite complex problem which our support could help to solve. As I’m sure that other developers working with VARCHART XGantt will also be interested in the approach we came up with I decided to give you a brief outline of the problem and its solution .
The approach involves interactively swapping tasks via the table and, as a consequence, adjusting the order in which they have to be processed.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 of how to achieve this, but also provides the required code.
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 planning board 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.