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Changes in Phoenix 4.0.1

Posted by on Apr 9, 2013 in News | 0 comments

Phoenix 4.0.1 is a routine maintenance release to address a few issues that have been found following the Phoenix 4.0.0 release and to add a couple of minor features. Features You can now quickly filter the schedule to only show Critical (by Total Float or Longest Path) activities from the View menu.  You can also hide completed activities from the View menu (this replaces the Work Remaining Mode option found in Schedule Options). Changes Phoenix now installs for all users on Windows. When using the silent installer command line option (/S) Phoenix 3 is left installed.  For users who wish to remove Phoenix 3 when upgrading, a new installer command line option was added (/UNINSTALL3) which will automatically uninstall Phoenix 3 when you install Phoenix 4 in silent mode. Fixes A problem with the behavior of progress override and retained logic has been corrected. CSV exports would sometimes use odd characters for activity IDs. Phoenix would shut down unexpectedly if Renumber Activities was run while in Work Remaining Mode. Only the first column of a column type could have its display name and size changed. The user manual and license text was not being located for users that had upgraded from Phoenix 3. Footer logos were not saved with the schedule after reopening a schedule. Miscellaneous changes to printer handling to address program instability while printing or print...

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Phoenix Now Integrates with Acumen Fuse, Risk and 360

Posted by on Mar 19, 2013 in News | 0 comments

The integration of Phoenix Project Manager and the Acumen suite of schedule and risk tools offer a new dimension, simplifying the schedule and risk analysis and risk identification of a construction project plan. Acumen Fuse, Risk and 360 provide the most comprehensive schedule analysis to improve quality, mitigate risk and eliminate project failure. Phoenix CPM and Acumen share the driving principle of early delivery through easy to use innovative tools to help construction professionals control complex projects.

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Changes in Phoenix 4

Posted by on Mar 18, 2013 in News | 0 comments

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.   Changes 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...

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Changes in Phoenix 3.6.1

Posted by on Mar 13, 2013 in News | 0 comments

Phoenix Project Manager 3.6.1 is a minor update to Phoenix 3. A number of behavior and stability fixes are included. 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.

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Phoenix at Construction CPM Conference 2013

Posted by on Dec 11, 2012 in News | 0 comments

Phoenix will be at the Construction CPM Conference 2013, will you be there? Come visit us at Table #24 in the Napoleon Foyer, or attend one of the two Phoenix presentations taking place during the conference: Introduction to Phoenix Project Manager in Napoleon A3 at 9:45am on Monday, Jan 28.Phoenix Project Manager Project Example in Napoleon A1-2 at 2:00pm on Tuesday, Jan 29.   For more information about the conference, or to register, please visit www.constructioncpm.com....

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Constructech “Right on Schedule”

Posted by on Dec 10, 2012 in News | 0 comments

A november article by Constructech featured Phoenix Project Managers Workstream Process. The WorkStream process allows users to better communicate their plan and current status by utilizing the Network Diagram and the Status on Master feature. Visit the Constructech website to read the full article.

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Welcome to the New Phoenix Website

Posted by on Dec 7, 2012 in News | 0 comments

I am pleased to announce the launch of our new Phoenix Project Manager website.  This new site gives current and future Phoenix customers access to more information to help get the most out of Phoenix.  Some of the new features we are excited about include: Phoenix FAQs, with answers to common feature and usage questions about Phoenix, which will be continually updated with user questions. More accessible tutorial and feature videos, including more Phoenix hosted videos for users that may have limited access to Youtube. Quick contact and social media features, making it easier for us to connect with our users. More downloads, templates, and other content that will continue to grow. The new website allows our team to easily manage the information we are publishing to users, which means we are better able to respond to questions and requests for information and help with the software.  Along with the new website, we are launching our new, more informative newsletter, to keep you updated with the latest in Phoenix and project scheduling news. As the year draws to a close, I’d like to thank both our long-time, and brand-new customers that have recognized the value of Phoenix, and continue to provide invaluable feedback and guidance on how to make Phoenix the tool that schedulers and project teams need.  I look forward to seeing many of you at the Construction CPM Conference in New Orleans this January. And, as always, if you see something you don’t like, do like, or would like, either with the new website, or Phoenix Project Manager, we would love to hear your comments. Thanks, Jay PoulsenCo-FounderPhoenix Project...

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Workstream Management for Early Delivery

Posted by on Nov 7, 2012 in News | 0 comments

Why did my project’s end date move? Which tasks are behind schedule right now? Where are we ahead of schedule today? If you have asked yourself these questions about your project schedule, you’re not using Phoenix Project Manager and WorkStreams to manage your project. The Phoenix WorkStream process helps you to: See exactly how pieces of your schedule relate to one another See which tasks are ahead, behind, or on schedule Follow the critical path through the whole project See what the current status does to your end date, and which activities are affecting it Follow the relationship between different parts of the schedule through the project Communicate all of the above to your project team with a single schedule Until now, the schedule has more often than not been a liability, rather than a tool that everyone on the project can use and understand. Take back the Project Plan! A schedule that is difficult to use, understand, and communicate won’t help you meet your objectives. Download our white paper that discusses how the Phoenix WorkStream process can help facilitate early delivery of your project. Phoenix WorkStream White Paper Downloaded 3285 Times       You can also download an example WorkStream Network Diagram, to see how a Real Schedule looks. Example Network Diagram Downloaded 2815 Times Bar Chart and WorkStream Network Diagram Status-on-Current (P6) and Status-on-Master in...

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Video: Import and Export to Oracle Primavera P6

Posted by on Aug 21, 2012 in News | Comments Off on Video: Import and Export to Oracle Primavera P6

Import and Export to Oracle Primavera P6 This short video discusses Phoenix Project Manager’s import and export capabilities, and the ease with which you can import and export data to Oracle Primavera P6. Click Here to Watch in HD on Youtube Youtube blocked? Click here to watch on Phoenixcpm.com...

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Changes in Phoenix 3.6

Posted by on Jul 17, 2012 in News | Comments Off on Changes in Phoenix 3.6

Phoenix Project Manager 3.6 brings many new features and changes. New Features Prior to this version an activity’s Actual Duration reflected the number of working days between an activity’s start and finish. For unstarted activities the name Actual Duration can be confusing. To resolve this we’ve added a new column: Duration At Completion. This column has the same meaning that Actual Duration previously had. Actual Duration has been redefined to mean Duration At Completion minus Remaining Duration which reflects how much work has actually been performed on an activity. Percent Complete in Phoenix 3.0 was calculated based on completion against Original Duration but that calculation can be unhelpful if an activity takes longer than was originally planned. For Phoenix 3.6 we’ve changed Percent Complete to base its calculation off of Duration At Completion. Many schedulers still prefer calculating Percent Complete using Original Duration so we’ve added a new column, Original Percent Complete, which does just that. You can use these to quickly see the progress against both the original plan and the current estimate. You can now display Today and Project Finish sightlines on your schedule and we’ve added more formatting options for all sightlines. You configure them in the Sightlines dialog found the Format menu. We’ve been busy making Phoenix faster than ever. Scheduling is faster (particularly with schedules which have calendars that make heavy use of holidays), importing XER files is nearly twice as fast, and both Gantt and Network Diagram views draw your schedule many times more quickly. This means the user interface is more responsive and updates with changes faster than ever. We’ve also made it easier for system administrators to do mass deployments of Phoenix in their organization by adding a command line option to the installer which lets them specify their organization’s Product Id for Phoenix Project Manager so they only have to provide this in their software deployment tool once rather than rely on sharing the product id with a multitude of users. They can also specify a silent installation using /S. These options can be used like this: Phoenix Setup 3.6.0.0.exe /S /PRODUCTID=Z4B3-1M0S-HJN2-03LT Changes Because not many people used the feature, we’ve removed the option to flag an activity’s start or finish as Estimated. This allowed us to simplify the interface for setting dates as Actual. Fixes Importing schedules from SureTrak is now tolerant of invalid relationships (no predecessor or successor specified) that SureTrak schedules sometimes have. Fields taking up multiple lines in MPX files are now imported. Project Start and Data Date from a P3 import is now correct. SDEF export more aggressively includes non-working calendar days for the schedule time frame. The float of Finish constrained Finish Milestones has been fixed (it was off by one day). Changing the ID of an activity which has been assigned to Activity Codes no longer causes the program to sometimes prematurely shut down. This update is available for free to all existing Phoenix Project Manager 3 users.   Hotfix Updates: We released 3.6.0.1 shortly after 3.6.0.0 to address a minor issue with creating relationships. We released 3.6.0.2 on July 24 to address a rare situation in which importing Activity Codes without descriptions from an XER are not handled. We released 3.6.0.3 on August 28 to handle a program shutdown that can occur with changing activity IDs (especially using the Renumber Activities...

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