Merlin Project 5 is Available

The team and ProjectWizards has been busy creating it's magic with Merlin Project 5. The beta is now over and the new version is available for download (external link to ProjectWizards download). Regular updates continue to be published.

We've been using the newest version for some time and are really enjoying the "Group By Status Field..." function which is what the Kanban view in Net Plan is based. There are countless views possible based on the project file and fields available. This works well with project teams to convey both progress and work remaining. 

There's the traditional Kanban and several other built in examples to choose from. Setting up additional views is straightforward. Since our current project teams are not Kanban, we've tailored the views to be meaningful to the team members and have received positive response. 

As a summary, the major new features are:

  • Kanban Board
  • The Resources Pool
  • Groupings
  • New Style Editor
  • New design

Drop us a note via the contact page with your thoughts about the new version.

Merlin Project 5 Beta Released

An updated version of our favorite Mac based project management software is now available for public beta...Merlin Project 5.

The upgrade brings many new features including a bridge into the Agile development realm with Kanban style boards. The new features include at a high level the following items:

  • Kanban Board - this is the view of the file utilizing Kanban Board. There are also several pre-defined arrangements available or custom arrangements can be built.
  • The Resources Pool - ever need to manage a group of resources across separate projects? In reality, this is very much the norm. The Resource Pool provides the capability to see the resource utilization across several projects that utilize the pool.
  • Groupings - this allows for various views of the project schedule so that PMs can get additional insight into the project. This is an analytics feature showing the tasks in a different light which could prove beneficial.
  • New Style Editor - Now both individual selections as well as groups or rule based styles can be edited and customized.
  • New design - A refresh of all aspects of the UI.

Since this is still in beta, PMs may want to keep this version separate from their production version of Merlin Project.  

For more information on the new version and to download the beta, please visit ProjectWizards website.  

As always, please contact DawsonReed with your Merlin Project questions.

Publish to HTML in Merlin Project

Merlin Project has many useful features. One of these is publishing. This is the ability to publish files automatically or on demand in a particular file format such as calendar, HTML, image (e.g, PDF, JPG, etc), mind map, MS Project, and more. 

Publishing files to HTML is a great way to share specific project views (read only) with colleagues or clients who might not have Merlin Project. This will work with PC, Mac, or other OS users as long as they have a browser. You could publish to an FTP server if you have one or save it to dropbox or a file share on your local network for colleagues.

HTML publishing is just one example that we've illustrated, but it will show you the basics of publishing which you can explore to find other publishing options. One way we use publishing is to have an automatic backup to an XML file in case we need to transfer the main data to another program, such as back to Merlin 2 as we did when we were testing Merlin Project. 

If you've used Merlin 2, be sure to check out the expanded publishing capabilities in Merlin Project including more file formats, methods, views and autosave options. 

This "how to" documentation is available on our Downloads page or by simply following this link to How to Publish HTML in Merlin Project.

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