Changes in Phoenix 4

New Features

A massive amount of new data is available to the user with the addition of over 100 new columns in a new easy to search interface. We’ve added a large variety of variance columns so users can easily track and quantify differences between schedule updates. We’ve also added an assortment of ordinal date columns (both working day ordinals and actual calendar day ordinals).

Sorting options have been expanded so that users can now sort by almost any column. Users can also now specify an unlimited number of sub-sorts. Column headers can now be double-clicked to quickly sort by that column.

Unsaved files are now auto-saved to a temporary location every 10 minutes to mitigate work lost due to unexpected shutdowns. Auto-save files can be found by selecting Auto-Saves in the Help menu.

Longest Path criticality has been redesigned by the new concept of Path Float. With Path Float users can now see not only the longest path but also paths that are near but shorter than the length of the longest path. Users can also make activities critical that are near the longest path or sort by how near the longest path an activity is. What is on the Longest Path hasn’t changed but the amount of information available is now much greater enabling users to analyze their schedules with greater efficiency.

We’ve enabled unicode throughout Phoenix so international users can make use of the nearly limitless character set available through unicode.

Configuration of fonts, colors, and whether to show ID nodes in Network Diagram is now available in the new Format Network dialog.

Phoenix Project Manager’s XML based file format has switched to uncompressed by default to allow for easier interoperability with other software. Users can enable compression to keep their project files smaller in the Project Info dialog found in the File menu.

The resource graph supports weeks, months, and years and can automatically switch between them as space dictates or be set by the user to specifically.

Physical Percent Complete added for percent complete that is independent of durations.



  • Path Float and Current Dates added to the fields that can be used by filters
  • Total and Free Float columns added to Predecessor and Successor docking windows
  • Driving relationship determination now also uses the successor’s calendar so driving is still recognized even over calendar transitions
  • Status on Current is now the default scheduling method for new schedules
  • Code Rollup is now much faster
  • Significantly sped up scheduling
  • Significantly sped up calendar calculations
  • Significantly sped up reorganization of Barchart layouts
  • MPX imports sometimes have invalid activities listed in relationships which we now skip over
  • MPX export now uses double percent signs to match behavior of some third party software
  • MPX export no longer escapes quotes to help third party software that does not allow escaped quotes in fields
  • MPX task priority now uses “Highest” instead of “500”
  • MPX exports task outline number matches exported activity ID
  • MPX exports use fixed duration task types now
  • Use “YES”/”NO” instead of “true”/”false” for milestones in MPX export
  • Handle when an XER import has no actual start but has an actual finish
  • StartToFinish relationships are converted to FinishToStart upon SDEF export so they aren’t lost (SDEF does not support StartToFinish relationships)
  • SDEF export dialog remembers the values entered and the code mappings between export runs
  • Material resources no longer show hourly monetary costs
  • SDEF exports subsorts by successor ID in precedence records
  • Users can set percent complete based on either At Completion Duration or Original Duration



  • Command multi-selection now works on Mac OS X
  • Activity calendar assignment is retained after ID changes
  • Removing the only activity could cause the program to shutdown unexpectedly
  • Creating a storepoint now marks the document as modified
  • Constraints no longer inappropriately override relationships in some cases
  • Simultaneously deleting and renaming activity code values could cause the software to shutdown unexpectedly
  • Page Setup and Printing could cause the software to shutdown unexpectedly in certain situations
  • Find Activity result field is now visible on Mac OS X
  • Scheduling prior to exporting option is now executed for every export type