Release notes

Powerproject Version 15.0.02

Powerproject version 15.0.02.323 release notes

This topic lists the issues that have been addressed in the Powerproject version 15.0.02.323 fast track release.

Issue 32140
Category Progress
Summary Transferring progress from one project to another results in negative lag being applied to links in the destination project.
Description Before this release, a customer reported that when they transferred progress from one project to another, negative lag was applied to some links in the destination project.
Resolution The issue that caused negative lag to be applied to links has now been resolved.
Issue 32153
Category Progress
Summary When entering values into the Actual Effort column, some negative Effort Remaining values result.
Description Before this release, a customer reported that when they entered values into the Actual Effort column, some allocations had negative Effort Remaining values. This happened if the Fill to progress line radio button was selected on the Progress tab of the Options dialog.
Resolution The progress period report date in the project in question was some way in the future, and Powerproject was attempting to apply a completed section to allocations that stretched off into the future, beyond the current finish date of the allocations. This resulted in negative Effort Remaining values. Powerprojectnow ensures that when completed sections are applied to allocations that have a calculated parameter of ‘Allocation’, they finish no later than the current finish date of the allocation. This means that allocations no longer end up with negative Effort Remaining values.
Issue 32163
Category Filters
Summary Powerproject will not open a project, reporting that ‘SOT already exists’.
Description Before this release, a customer reported that Powerproject was unable to open a project and that it reported ‘SOT already exists’ when attempting to do so.
Resolution Two summary tasks on the same bar contained tasks that passed the criteria of the active filter, which resulted in the bar being included in the filter results set twice. This caused problems when attempting to open the project. Powerproject is now able to cope with objects that pass filter criteria more than once when opening projects.
Issue 32181
Category Reschedule
Summary Task or milestone on the same bar as a summary task causes an error when rescheduling.
Description Before this release, if you rescheduled a project that contained a task or milestone on the same bar as a summary task, Powerproject reported an ‘An error occurred whilst rescheduling’ error.
Resolution This error was caused by Powerproject‘s logical path calculations attempting to calculate the float of the implied link between the summary task and the task or milestone, which resulted in the error. Powerproject no longer attempts to calculate the float of implied links between summary tasks and tasks or milestones on the same bar.
Issue 32185
Category Spreadsheet
Summary The Actual Quantity column allows only whole numbers to be entered when it refers to a specific progress period.
Description Before this release, a customer reported that if they configured the Actual Quantity column to refer to a specific progress period, any decimal numbers that they entered into the column were rounded up or down to the nearest whole number.
Resolution Numbers in the Actual Quantity column are no longer rounded to the nearest whole number if the column is configured to refer to a specific progress period.
Powerproject Version 15.0.02

Powerproject version 15.0.02 release notes

This topic lists the new features that have been introduced, and the issues that have been addressed, in the Powerproject version 15.0.02 release.

Issue N/A
Category General
Summary User interface improvements.
Description The Powerproject user interface has been improved so that it looks better when viewed on high-DPI monitors. In addition, some of Powerproject’s icons have been updated to improve their visibility. You will notice that the Backstage view now looks different, as do the Ribbon and view tabs.
Issue N/A
Category Powerproject Vision
Summary Use quality checks to determine whether Powerproject Vision programmes can be submitted.
Description

You can now upload quality check metrics to Powerproject Vision, apply these to programmes and use the results of the quality checks to determine whether programmes can be submitted.

If a quality check has been applied to a programme type in Powerproject Vision, the quality check is executed automatically on the programme when you attempt to submit it. If the programme passes the quality check, the Check-In Programme and Submit dialog appears. If the programme fails the quality check, one of the following things happens, depending on the way in which you configure Powerproject Vision:

  • You are warned that the programme has failed the quality check and asked if you want to continue with the submission.
  • You are warned that the programme has failed the quality check and that you cannot submit the programme, although you can check it in.
  • The submission goes ahead regardless.
Issue N/A
Category Powerproject Vision/Powerproject Enterprise
Summary Check out Powerproject Vision programmes to a Powerproject Enterprise server.
Description Before this release, you could only check out Powerproject Vision programmes as individual .PP files. Now, you can check them out to a Powerproject Enterprise server, for use in a multi-user environment. This enables you to view and edit a programme at the same time as other users who have access to the same Powerproject Enterprise server.
Issue 23894
Category RBS/CBS
Summary Filtered RBS views do not group together resource allocations by resource name.
Description Before this release, if you filtered the allocations in an RBS view, allocations were not correctly grouped together by resource name, resulting in resources appearing multiple times in the RBS view.
Resolution The default sort/group for filtered RBS views was incorrectly sorting/grouping resources by name, then by date. Resources are now sorted/grouped by name, then by skill, then by date, which prevents resources from appearing multiple times in filtered RBS views.
Issue 24736
Category Powerdraw
Summary The position of objects in a border alters slightly after each save in Powerdraw.
Description Before this release, each time you saved a border in Powerdraw then closed and reopened the border, the position of objects in the border changed by about 0.2mm. Multiple saves, closes and reopens would make the positioning of objects progressively worse.
Resolution It is now possible to save, close and reopen border files in Powerdraw without the positioning of border objects being altered.
Issue 25207
Category Progress
Summary Specify the measure of progress against relevant fields in formulae and when they are displayed in the bar chart.
Description Before this release, it was not possible to specify which measure of progress (duration, overall or cost) to use when displaying progress-related fields in formulae or the bar chart.
Resolution You can now specify which measure of progress to use when displaying progress-related fields in formulae, using the new Measure of progress field that has been added to the Select Object dialog; you can specify which measure of progress to use when displaying progress-related fields in the bar chart, using the new Measure of progress field that has been added to the Attributes dialog. In addition, you can now select “Live Project” in the Baseline field on this dialog when specifying the attributes of any fields that normally refer to baseline information but can also be used to refer to data in the live project.
Issue 25616
Category Import and export
Summary Implied links between tasks on the same bar included in exported projects when tasks can overlap on the bar.
Description Normally, if a bar contains more than one task, “implied” links exist between the tasks on the bar and these are treated as if they were real links when you export the project to a different file format. If a bar is configured to allow tasks to overlap, there are no such implied links between its tasks. Before this release, Powerproject incorrectly assumed that there were implied links between tasks on bars on which tasks can overlap and these links were included when you exported the project, resulting in the tasks in the exported project being linked incorrectly.
Resolution When you export a project, Powerproject no longer assumes that there are implied links between tasks on bars on which tasks can overlap, so these tasks are no longer linked incorrectly in the exported project.
Issue 25735
Category Calendars
Summary Alert does not appear when changing calendars.
Description Before this release, if you changed a task’s calendar, the alert that asks whether you want to maintain the dates and change the task’s duration did not appear.
Resolution Before this release, the alert appeared only if you changed a task’s calendar to a calendar that used a different work pattern. The alert now appears whenever you change a task’s calendar, regardless of which work pattern is used by the new calendar.
Issue 25943
Category Spreadsheet/Sorting
Summary Sorting columns that display the Project Manager field does not work.
Description Before this release, if you displayed the Project Manager field in a spreadsheet column and attempted to sort the column, bars would be sorted incorrectly: they would be sorted by the internal object IDs of the project manager permanent resources.
Resolution It is now possible to sort spreadsheet columns that display the Project Manager field alphabetically. In addition to this, you can now select “Project Manager” as a sort/group attribute when creating or editing sort/groups.
Issue 26178
Category Reschedule
Summary Reschedule takes much longer than expected.
Description Before this release, if you rescheduled a project that contained a large number of work patterns, the reschedule would take much longer than expected for the size of project.
Resolution Powerproject now determines whether calendars have changed before recalculating them during the reschedule, and if a calendar has not changed, it is no longer recalculated. This means that rescheduling projects that contain a large number of work patterns is now much quicker.
Issue 27302
Category Powerproject BIM
Summary Unable to open IFC model in Powerproject BIM.
Description A customer reported that when they attempted to open an IFC model in Powerproject BIM, they received a number of “The reference to entity # is invalid. No such entity in file” errors.
Resolution A number of IFC lines were missing from the IFC model in question. Powerproject BIM is now able to open IFC models from which IFC lines are missing.
Issue 28052
Category Histograms
Summary Histogram group scope excludes data from other charts.
Description Before this release, histograms that were configured to use “group scope” incorrectly excluded data from tasks in other charts.
Resolution Histogram group scope now includes data from all relevant tasks.
Issue 28145
Category Powerproject BIM
Summary IFC Model pane is not resized correctly when it displayed as a separate window after the Powerproject window is minimised.
Description Before this release, if you displayed the IFC Model pane – or any other BIM-specific pane – as a separate window, displayed outside the main Powerproject window, minimised the Powerproject window, then restored it to its previous size by clicking the Powerproject icon in the Windows task bar, the IFC Model pane would not be restored to its previous size.
Resolution BIM-specific panes now behave normally when displayed as separate windows, when they or the Powerproject window are maximised, minimised and restored.
Issue 28728
Category RBS/CBS
Summary Cost centre rollups in CBS views include data from allocations in task pools.
Description Before this release, cost centre rollups in CBS views included data from allocations in task pools, although such tasks were correctly excluded from the bar chart.
Resolution Cost centre rollups in CBS views no longer include data from allocations in task pools.
Issue 28801
Category General
Summary Possible to select the Not available for new assignments check box by clicking far to the right of it.
Description Before this release, it was possible to select the Not available for new assignments check box, on the Details tab of the Permanent Resource Properties dialog, by clicking far to the right of it. This could lead to customers selecting the check box accidentally.
Resolution To select the Not available for new assignments check box, you now have to click exactly on the check box itself.
Issue 28931
Category Import and export
Summary Cannot open projects with calendar names longer than 52 characters in Microsoft Project after export from Powerproject.
Description Before this release, if a project contained any calendars with names longer than 52 characters, it was not possible to open it in Microsoft Project after export from Powerproject. Microsoft Project has a calendar name limit of 52 characters.
Resolution If a project contains any calendars with names longer than 52 characters, their names are now truncated during the Microsoft Project export process.
Issue 28933
Category Import and export
Summary Cannot open projects with consumable resources with a measurement unit of “Days” in Microsoft Project after export from Powerproject.
Description Before this release, if a project contained any consumable resources with a measurement unit set to “Days”, it was not possible to open it in Microsoft Project after export from Powerproject. “Days” is not a valid measurement unit for consumable resources in Microsoft Project.
Resolution If a project contains any such invalid settings, a full-stop is added to the setting name during the Microsoft Project export process. For example, “Days” would become “Days.”. This enables you to open the project in Microsoft Project.
Issue 29014
Category Powerproject BIM
Summary IFC model not linking correctly.
Description A customer reported that items in the IFC Categories pane were not being displayed and hidden correctly when objects were selected and deselected in the IFC Model pane.
Resolution This issue was caused by the IFC model containing a number of invalid splits and merges, which Powerproject BIM was unable to handle. Powerproject BIM is now able to handle problems like this.
Issue 29129
Category Powerproject BIM
Summary Add an ‘IFC simulation profile’ control to the Object Edit toolbar.
Description A customer requested the ability to assign IFC simulation profiles to tasks using a control on the Object Edit toolbar, in the same way as you can assign IFC task types to tasks.
Resolution You can now add an IFC simulation profile control to the Object Edit toolbar. You can add this control to the Object Edit toolbar by customising the toolbar and selecting the control from either the ‘All Commands’ or ‘Object Edit’ command category. You may want to add this control to the Object Edit toolbar if you use IFC simulation profiles to specify the way in which objects are “built”: having this control available on the Object Edit toolbar gives you another way of assigning an IFC simulation profile to a task.
Issue 29203
Category Spreadsheet
Summary Not possible to move a column to the far left or right of the spreadsheet directly using the Table Definition Properties dialog.
Description Before this release, it was not possible to move a column to the far left or right of the spreadsheet by selecting it in the Table Definition Properties dialog and clicking Up or Down; to achieve this, you had to select the left-most or right-most column in the dialog and move this using the Up or Down buttons, thereby making another field the left-most or right-most field.
Resolution It is now possible to move a column to the far left or right of the spreadsheet by selecting it in the Table Definition Properties dialog and clicking Up or Down.
Issue 29227
Category Line of Balance
Summary Display labels to identify stages, gangs or trades in Line of Balance graphs.
Description A customer requested the ability to display labels in Line of Balance graphs that identify the different stages, gangs or trades that are represented in the graphs, and for these labels to be included in printouts.
Resolution You can now choose to display labels that identify stages, gangs or trades in Line of Balance graphs. You can choose to colour labels according to the fill colour of the corresponding ‘stages’ code library entry, or to apply the same colouring to all labels. If you choose to colour labels according to the fill colour of code library entries, the foreground fill colour is used unless this is set to white, in which case the background fill colour is used.
Issue 29400/31666
Category Powerproject Enterprise
Summary Poor performance when expanding the project hierarchy to all levels.
Description Before this release, when the Display hierarchy banding when not sorting check box, on the General tab of the Format Bar Chart dialog, was cleared, Powerproject took an unusually long amount of time to expand the project hierarchy to all levels. In addition, expanding the project hierarchy to all levels took an unusually long time when a sort/group was applied.
Resolution Powerproject no longer takes an unusually long amount of time to expand the project hierarchy when the Display hierarchy banding when not sorting check box is cleared, or when a sort/group is applied.
Issue 29411
Category Powerproject BIM
Summary Able to assign IFC products only once per session.
Description Before this release, it was possible to assign IFC products only once per session: if you wanted to assign IFC products again in a project, you had to first save, close and reopen the project.
Resolution It is now possible to assign IFC products more than once without having to save, close and reopen the project.
Issue 29527
Category Bar chart
Summary Problem copying and pasting multiple tasks on a bar.
Description Before this release, if you SHIFT-selected a number of tasks on the same bar, right-clicked them and selected Copy, then selected a task on a different bar, right-clicked it and selected Paste, the copied tasks would be pasted onto the second bar, but would appear in a different order and with the wrong dates.
Resolution It is now possible to copy and paste tasks in this way without the task ordering being changed.
Issue 29541
Category Resource usage view
Summary Problems displaying zeroes in the resource usage view.
Description Before this release, the Zero as blank check box, on the Appearance tab of the Resource Usage Properties dialog, had no effect. In addition, while zeroes were displayed in the resource usage view against tasks, they did not appear against summaries.
Resolution These problems were caused inadvertently by the introduction of other functionality. The Zero as blank check box now works as intended and zeroes now appear against summaries where appropriate.
Issue 29544
Category Powerproject BIM
Summary IFC product build ordering selection is not remembered.
Description Before this release, Powerproject BIM did not remember the IFC product build ordering type that you selected on the Set Product Build Orders dialog; if you clicked the Sequential build orders from radio button in this dialog when editing the build orders of split products, the Identical build orders equal to radio button was selected the next time you accessed the dialog.
Resolution Powerproject BIM now remembers which radio button you select on the Set Product Build Orders dialog, so the same radio button is selected the next time you access the dialog.
Issue 29549
Category Printing
Summary Print preview orientation controls not working.
Description A customer reported that when displaying a full print preview of their projects, the Portrait Orientation and Landscape Orientation controls on the Print Preview toolbar did not work properly; they changed the layout of the elements of the Powerproject screen without changing the orientation of the page.
Resolution This problem was caused by an issue with a particular printer driver and has now been resolved.
Issue 29622
Category Printing
Summary Background colour of priority indicator spreadsheet cells does not print.
Description Before this release, if you applied a background colour to spreadsheet cells displaying the priority indicator, this background colour was not included in printouts.
Resolution The background colour of priority indicator spreadsheet cells is now included in printouts.
Issue 29645/30518
Category Unique task IDs
Summary Prevent Powerproject from assigning unexpectedly high unique task IDs.
Description Two users reported that in certain circumstances, Powerproject was assigning unexpectedly high unique task IDs to tasks.
Resolution In some circumstances, for example if you are working with a project that has been created by copying a different project then deleting tasks from within it, Powerproject may assign unique task IDs with unexpectedly high values. This is because Powerproject stores the unique task IDs that have been assigned in a cache, which it refers to when necessary to ascertain what the next unique task ID should be. You can now resolve this problem if it happens by clicking Reset Cache on the Unique Task ID Numbering dialog. This clears the cache of unique task IDs.
Issue 29671
Category Sorting
Summary Chart boundaries ignore summaries displayed in sort/group subheadings.
Description Before this release, any closed summary tasks that were displayed in sort/group subheadings were ignored by the chart boundaries, meaning that they appeared outside the boundaries of the view.
Resolution Chart boundaries now respect closed summary tasks that appear in sort/group subheadings.
Issue 29705
Category Printing
Summary Printed legend incorrect when printing a view in “jagged progress” mode.
Description Before this release, if you printed a view when in “jagged progress” mode, the printed legend stated that the colour applied to live tasks was the baseline colour.
Resolution The printed legend now correctly identifies the colour that is applied to live tasks when you print a view in “jagged progress” mode.
Issue 29718
Category Keyboard shortcuts
Summary Keyboard shortcuts not working.
Description The following keyboard shortcuts did not work: F2 to edit spreadsheet data; and CTRL Z to undo.
Resolution These keyboard shortcuts now work.
Issue 29792
Category VBA
Summary “ProgressPeriodForStraightening” user property produces an “AOT object not found” exception when configured to use the progress entry period in VBA.
Description Before this release, if you configured the “ProgressPeriodForStraightening” user property to use the progress entry period in VBA, it would produce an “AOT object not found” exception.
Resolution If you configure the “ProgressPeriodForStraightening” user property to use the progress entry period in VBA, it now uses the correct progress period.
Issue 29808
Category Bar chart
Summary Bar chart shading disappears if you save a copy of a project over the original file.
Description Before this release, if you shaded the bar chart between two dates, the shading would disappear if you saved a copy of the project over the original file (File – Save As, then overwrite the original file).
Resolution Bar chart shading is now retained if you save a copy of a project over the original file.
Issue 29828
Category Import and export
Summary Problems with user-defined field names when exporting projects to Microsoft Project.
Description Before this release, if a project contained any user-defined fields with names that were disallowed in Microsoft Project (because these names were reserved for other items in Microsoft Project), the user-defined fields would not appear correctly when the project was opened in Microsoft Project.
Resolution If a project contains any user-defined fields with names that are reserved for other items in Microsoft Project, their names are now prefixed with an underscore during the Microsoft Project export process. For example, “Text1” would become “_Text1”.
Issue 29858
Category Spreadsheet
Summary Wrong start date displayed in spreadsheet for bars containing more than one task.
Description Before this release, if you configured a column in the spreadsheet to display the Start field, then configured the column to display information about tasks with a particular code library and selected the Rollup values where more than one task matches check box on the Specific Task Data dialog, the column would display the start date of the last task on the bar if the bar contained a number of tasks to which the specified code library was assigned.
Resolution Powerproject now displays the start date of the first task on the bar in these circumstances, rather than the start date of the last task on the bar.
Issue 29866
Category Powerproject BIM
Summary Non-English characters changed when entered into fields in the IFC Properties pane.
Description Before this release, if you entered certain non-English characters into fields in the IFC Properties pane, the characters changed when you next opened the project and accessed the pane. In one example, the word “Støttemur” changed to “StÃttemur”.
Resolution The fields in the IFC Properties pane now handle non-English characters correctly.
Issue 29885
Category Site Progress Mobile
Summary Disconnect exported jobs from projects.
Description A customer requested the ability to make a copy of a project from which jobs have already been exported to Site Progress Mobile, and to export jobs from the copy project. If you attempted to do this before this release, you were warned that the project already existed when you tried to export from the copy project. This is because when you make a copy of a project from which jobs have been exported, details of the Site Progress Mobile publish data are copied along with the project.
Resolution You can now disconnect exported jobs from a project, by opening the project in Powerproject and clicking the Reset Site Progress Publish Data button, on the Progress tab of the Options dialog. This enables you to make a copy of a project from which jobs have already been exported, disconnect the exported jobs from the copy project and export jobs from the copy project.
Issue 29952
Category Reschedule
Summary Configure Powerproject to reschedule the current branch automatically.
Description Before this release, you could configure Powerproject to reschedule either the current view or the whole project automatically. A customer requested the ability to configure Powerproject to reschedule the current branch automatically.
Resolution You can now configure Powerproject to reschedule the current branch of the project automatically. You may find this particularly useful if you are working in a multi-project Powerproject Enterprise environment: if you are the only person working in a particular branch of the programme, configuring Powerproject to reschedule the current branch automatically will reschedule the branch in which you are working without affecting the other branches of the programme.
Issue 29980
Category Spreadsheet
Summary Cannot select the Apply view filter check box for certain spreadsheet fields when they refer to a baseline.
Description Before this release, you could not select the Apply view filter check box, on the Table Definition Properties dialog, for the Start, Finish and Duration spreadsheet fields when they were configured to refer to a baseline. This led to the fields displaying information that did not match up with the filtered view of the bar chart.
Resolution You can now select the Apply view filter check box for the Start, Finish and Duration spreadsheet fields when they are configured to refer to a baseline. This means that the fields display information that matches the filtered view of the bar chart.
Issue 29988
Category Spreadsheet
Summary Start variance field displays a negative value if you configure the column to use an elapsed time unit.
Description Before this release, the Start variance field would display a negative value if you configured the spreadsheet column to use an elapsed time unit rather than a working time unit.
Resolution The Start variance field now displays the correct value regardless of whether its time unit is working or elapsed.
Issue 29997
Category Powerproject BIM
Summary Timeline simulation freezes then jumps straight to the end when the IFC Properties pane is displayed and the Track selection control is selected.
Description A customer reported that when they ran a timeline simulation on a large IFC model with the IFC Properties pane displayed and the Track selection control in the Tracking group on the BIM Ribbon tab selected, the timeline simulation froze, then jumped straight to the end.
Resolution The slowdown was caused by the timeline simulation recalculating quantities for display in the IFC Properties pane. Powerproject no longer displays quantities in the IFC Properties pane when timeline simulations are running, which resolves this problem.
Issue 30003/30488
Category Ribbon
Summary Thread error when using the Ribbon’s Close command.
Description Before this release, if you added the Close command to a tab of the Ribbon and clicked it, a thread error would result. In addition, icons were missing from a number of commands when they were added to the Ribbon.
Resolution A thread error no longer occurs if you add the Close command to a tab of the Ribbon and click it. Commands now appear correctly against commands when they are added to the Ribbon.
Issue 30026
Category Spreadsheet/Bar chart
Summary +/- controls that open and close certain summary tasks disappear when one-task-per-line mode is turned on or off.
Description A customer reported that if they clicked the +/- controls in the left-most column of the spreadsheet to turn one-task-per-line mode on or off, the +/- controls that can be used to open and close summary tasks disappeared from some, but not all, summary tasks.
Resolution The bar chart was configured to display only uncompleted tasks. The summaries in question contained only milestones and this confused the bar chart. This problem is now resolved.
Issue 30127
Category Hammocks
Summary Percentage progress and actual finish date are displayed incorrectly for hammocks if the latest task in a hammock is a milestone.
Description Before this release, if the latest task in a hammock was a milestone and all tasks in the hammock except the milestone were 100% complete, Powerproject showed the hammock to be 100% complete and to have an actual finish date.
Resolution Hammocks now work in the same way as summary and expanded tasks in this situation: they are shown to be 100% complete but they do not have an actual finish date until the final milestone is complete.
Issue 30130
Category Spreadsheet
Summary Date inconsistencies in the spreadsheet.
Description Before this release, if you configured Powerproject to display times with dates in the spreadsheet by selecting the Spreadsheet check box on the Format tab of the Options dialog, but configured a particular spreadsheet column to display dates only, selecting a date in that column using the date picker could result in a different date being displayed.
Resolution This inconsistency has been addressed, so selecting a date using the date picker now always results in the selected date appearing in the spreadsheet cell.
Issue 30244
Category General
Summary Project is slow to scroll in certain views and hangs occasionally.
Description A customer reported that the vertical scroll bar was very slow to use in certain views that contained a large number of links and that using the scroll bar caused the project to hang occasionally.
Resolution Powerproject’s horizontal and vertical scrolling has been optimised to increase the scrolling speed in projects that contain many links.
Issue 30295
Category Calendars
Summary Problems when constraining tasks to complete within a single time period, shift or work pattern.
Description Before this release, if you constrained a task to complete within a single time period, shift or work pattern – using the Must complete within check box on the Bar and Task Properties dialog – the task could be positioned incorrectly as the setting did not take exceptions or irregular work patterns into account.
Resolution The Must complete within setting now positions tasks correctly, as it now takes exceptions and irregular work patterns into account.
Issue 30306
Category Milestones
Summary Milestones displayed as critical when they are not.
Description Before this release, if you configured Powerproject to display tasks as critical if they appear on the longest path by clicking the On longest path radio button on the Schedule tab of the Format Bar Chart dialog, Powerproject incorrectly displayed some milestones as critical even though they were not located on the longest path.
Resolution Powerproject now treats milestones in the same way as other tasks when considering whether they are on the longest path, which has resolved this problem.
Issue 30309
Category Powerproject BIM
Summary Unable to disassociate IFC product searches or IFC product selections from tasks using the Bar and Task Properties dialog.
Description Before this release, selecting “None” in the IFC product field on the Task tab of the Bar and Task Properties dialog failed to disassociate the task from any IFC product searches or IFC product selections with which it has been associated.
Resolution Selecting “None” in the IFC product field on the Task tab of the Bar and Task Properties dialog now successfully disassociates the task from any IFC product searches or IFC product selections with which it has been associated.
Issue 30315
Category Resource usage view
Summary Resource usage view columns display the internal object IDs of code library entries rather than their names.
Description Before this release, if you displayed code library entries in resource usage view columns, the internal objects IDs of the codes were displayed rather than the code names.
Resolution Resource usage view columns now display the names of code library entries rather than their internal object IDs.
Issue 30327
Category Reschedule
Summary “Insufficient rights” error message when attempting to reschedule.
Description Before this release, if you constructed a project so that each “Is a project” summary task shares a bar with an interruptible task, with tasks allowed to overlap on the bar, Powerproject could report an “Insufficient rights” error message when you tried to reschedule, even if you had sufficient rights.
Resolution Powerproject no longer reports this error message in this situation.
Issue 30349/31135
Category Powerproject BIM
Summary Lines sticking out of an IFC model.
Description Before this release, two customers reported that Powerproject BIM was displaying IFC models with lines sticking out of the sides of the model.
Resolution This problem has been resolved and Powerproject BIM now displays the IFC models correctly.
Issue 30372
Category VBA
Summary “AmountandCurrency” object becomes invalid when changing the “Currency Unit” property in VBA.
Description Before this release, if you created an “AmountandCurrency” object in VBA then changed the “Currency Unit” property, the “AmountandCurrency” object would become invalid.
Resolution This problem was caused by Powerproject not knowing which project owned the currency unit in question. There is now a link between the project and the currency unit which resolves this problem.
Issue 30374
Category Baselines
Summary API function “GetCostFromCostCentre” returns zero when applied to a baseline task.
Description Before this release, the “GetCostFromCostCentre” API function returned the correct value when applied to a task in the live data, but returned zero when applied to a baseline task.
Resolution The “GetCostFromCostCentre” API function now returns the correct value when applied to a baseline task.
Issue 30386
Category Spreadsheet
Summary Korean text for “AM” and “PM” is invalid in a number of fields.
Description Before this release, if you entered the Korean text for “AM” or “PM” into a number of fields, Powerproject reported that you had entered invalid values.
Resolution It is now possible to enter the Korean text for “AM” and “PM” in all appropriate Powerproject fields.
Issue 30404
Category Copying between projects
Summary Permanent resources lose their foreground fill colour when copied from one project to another.
Description Before this release, if you copied a permanent resource from one project to another, its foreground fill colour would revert to “tan”, regardless of which colour it was set to.
Resolution The foreground fill colour of permanent resources is now retained when you copy them from one project to another.
Issue 30406
Category Filters
Summary TQL filter reports an error if it encounters a task that includes a single quotation mark in its name.
Description Before this release, if you created a filter by writing a TQL statement, an error would be reported if the filter encountered a task with a single quotation mark in its name.
Resolution TQL filters now handle tasks that have single quotation marks in their names.
Issue 30448
Category EVA Reporter
Summary EVA Reporter reports an error when a single quotation mark is used in the name of an object.
Description Before this release, EVA Reporter would report an “Unexpected error conversion from dtring “‘” to Type ‘Boolean’ is not valid” error if it encountered an object in a project with a single quotation mark in its name.
Resolution EVA Reporter no longer reports an error if it encounters an object with a single quotation mark in its name.
Issue 30597
Category Import and export
Summary Cannot open projects that contain tabs and line breaks in code library entry names in Microsoft Project after export from Powerproject.
Description Before this release, if a project contained any code library entries with names that included tabs or line breaks, it was not possible to open it in Microsoft Project after export from Powerproject.
Resolution If a project contains any code library entries with names that include tabs or line breaks, these characters are now removed during the Microsoft Project export process.
Issue 30610
Category Bar chart
Summary Predecessors field displays no information for progressed tasks when displayed in the bar chart.
Description Before this release, if you displayed the Predecessors field in the bar chart, it would display nothing for tasks against which progress had been entered; similarly, the Successors field would display nothing for tasks that were 100% complete when displayed in the bar chart.
Resolution The Predecessors and Successors fields now display information when displayed in the bar chart regardless of whether a task has been progressed.
Issue 30648
Category Reschedule
Summary Reschedule reports now give details of delivery dates.
Description Since the release of Powerproject version 15.0.01, you have been able to specify a delivery date for each project and use the delivery dates as deadlines when rescheduling. However, Powerproject’s reschedule reports did not include any information about delivery dates and whether they were being used as deadlines.
Resolution Powerproject’s reschedule reports now indicate whether you have configured the reschedule to use delivery dates as deadlines. If delivery dates are used as deadlines, details of the delivery dates that have been specified within the scope of the reschedule are given in the “Deadlines” section.
Issue 30689
Category Milestones/Overlapping tasks
Summary Milestone changes position on bars that allow overlapping tasks.
Description A customer reported that milestones could sometimes change position on bars that allow overlapping tasks.
Resolution Milestones and tasks that start on the same date are now ordered in a consistent way, so milestones no longer change position on bars that allow overlapping tasks.
Issue 30707
Category Powerproject BIM
Summary Powerproject BIM displays mirror images of some elements in an IFC model incorrectly.
Description Before this release, Powerproject BIM displayed mirror images of some elements of a specific IFC model. For example, a mirror image of one window pane appeared sticking out of the bottom of the model.
Resolution This problem has been resolved and Powerproject BIM now displays the IFC model correctly.
Issue 30761
Category Sorting
Summary Group tasks or allocations by day, week, month, quarter or year in duration-based sorts/groups.
Description Before this release, if you created a sort/group that sorted tasks or allocations according to a duration-based criteria – for example Duration, Slip, Free Float or Total Float – an unhelpfully large number of sort bands could be displayed, depending on the granularity of durations. For example, if you sorted tasks according to total float, hundreds of sort bands could be displayed because of variations in float of a few seconds or minutes.
Resolution You can now group tasks or allocations by day, week, month, quarter or year in duration-based sorts/groups. This enables you to reduce the number of sort bands that are displayed in the sorted/grouped view to a sensible number.
Issue 30762
Category Site Progress Mobile
Summary Site Progress Mobile Approve Progress dialog indicates when notes have been recorded against tasks.
Description A customer requested that progress approvers be able to see when notes had been recorded against tasks in Site Progress Mobile.
Resolution The Site Progress Mobile Approve Progress dialog now displays a notes indicator next to any tasks against which notes have been recorded in Site Progress Mobile.
Issue 30764
Category Bar chart
Summary Subheadings appear in the wrong position when copied and pasted.
Description Before this release, if you copied a selection of bars that included one or more subheadings then pasted them anywhere other than below the last bar in a view, the subheadings could be pasted into the wrong position.
Resolution It is now possible to copy and paste a selection of bars that include one or more subheadings without the subheadings being moved to the wrong position.
Issue 30789
Category Reschedule
Summary Check the integrity of the critical path when rescheduling.
Description Since the release of Powerproject version 15.0.01, you have been able to check the integrity of the critical path when checking the quality of a schedule, by including the “Critical path test” quality metric in a schedule quality check. A customer requested the ability to check the integrity of the critical path when rescheduling a project.
Resolution You can now check the integrity of the critical path when rescheduling, by selecting the new Critical path integrity check box on the Reschedule dialog. If you do this, you can identify any tasks that break the integrity of the critical path by displaying the new “Breaks critical path integrity” field in the spreadsheet, or by viewing the new Breaks critical path integrity field on the Task tab of the Bar and Task Properties dialog.
Issue 30808/31846
Category RBS/CBS
Summary View error when closing an RBS or CBS view.
Description Before this release, if you opened an RBS or CBS view by right-clicking a resource or cost centre and selecting Open RBS or Open CBS, a “View error – had to close” error, followed by a “Pane update error had to close view” error, appeared when you right-clicked an allocation in the RBS or CBS view and selected Close RBS or Close CBS to close the view.
Resolution These errors no longer appear when you close RBS or CBS views.
Issue 30813
Category Security groups
Summary Possible to create a mirrored clone of a security group when copying and pasting.
Description Before this release, if you right-clicked and dragged a security group then selected Copy here in Library Explorer, a mirrored clone of the security group would be created: any changes you made to one of the security groups were applied automatically to the other.
Resolution If you attempt to copy a security group using the above method, a simple copy of the security group is now created.
Issue 30819
Category Import and export
Summary “Object not found” error when importing an XML file using a template in which the default calendar does not have a dominant work pattern defined.
Description Before this release, if you attempted to import an XML file using a template in which the default calendar does not have a dominant work pattern defined, an “Object not found” error would result.
Resolution If you attempt to import an XML file using a template in which the default calendar does not have a dominant work pattern defined, the calendar’s first work pattern is now assumed to be the dominant one, so this error no longer occurs.
Issue 30847
Category Costs
Summary Upper limit on cost values.
Description Before this release, there was an upper limit on cost values of 596,523.
Resolution Costs are no longer limited to this amount.
Issue 30903
Category Quality checks
Summary Apply weighting to quality metrics that result in a ratio rather than a percentage.
Description Before this release, when checking the quality of a schedule, you could not change the impact that the ‘link logic density’, ‘critical path length index’ and ‘baseline execution index’ metrics had on the weighted total result of a quality check. A customer requested the ability to do this.
Resolution

You can now change the impact that these metrics have on the weighted total result of a quality check by applying a weighting factor to them. Unlike other quality metrics, the weighting factor for these three metrics defaults to zero, which means that by default they have no impact on the weighted total result. If you specify a weighting factor for these metrics, their resulting ratio values are turned into percentages for weighting purposes as follows:

  • The ‘link logic density’ metric is a pass or fail ratio: if the metric is passed, it is given a percentage of 100%; if the metric is failed, it is given a percentage of 0%.
  • The ‘critical path length index’ and ‘baseline execution index’ metrics result in a ratio whereby any ratio greater than 1 is a desirable result; the closer the ratio approaches zero, the worse the result. The ratio is multiplied by 100 to achieve a percentage; any resulting percentages greater than 100% are reduced to 100%.

The percentage values that result from these calculations are multiplied by the weighting factor you specify for each metric.

Issue 30981
Category Date zone
Summary Custom time units displayed incorrectly in the date zone.
Description Before this release, if you configured a line in the date zone to display custom time units, they would display incorrectly, with numbers missing.
Resolution Custom time units are now displayed correctly in the date zone.
Issue 30996
Category Spreadsheet
Summary Unable to edit resource effort in the spreadsheet.
Description Before this release, if you configured a permanent resource with “Effort on allocation” modelling, with a calculated parameter of “Duration” and a balancing parameter of “None”, although you could edit the resource’s effort using the Permanent Allocation Properties dialog it was not possible to edit the effort using the Effort field in the spreadsheet.
Resolution It is now possible to edit the Effort field in the spreadsheet for resources that are configured in this way.
Issue 31003
Category Quality checks
Summary New quality metric to check that no Finish to Start links have lead/lag; configure the link logic quality metric to allow for a single start and finish activity.
Description

The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) standard states that Finish to Start links must not have lead/lag. A customer requested that a new quality metric be added to check for this.

The ‘link logic’ quality metric checks the proportion of tasks that have at least one predecessor task and at least one successor task: a high proportion of poorly-linked tasks can indicate that a schedule’s link logic is faulty. A customer requested that this metric exclude the start and finish tasks in a project: the start task will have no predecessor tasks and the finish task will have no successor tasks, so it can make sense to exclude these tasks from this quality metric.

Resolution

You can now check your projects to ensure that no Finish to Start links have lead/lag, using the new ‘Finish to Start links lead / lag’ quality metric. By default, the pass and fail boundaries for this metric are set to 100%, so a project will pass this quality metric only if none of its Finish to Start links have lead/lag.

You can now choose to exclude the start and finish tasks from the ‘link logic’ quality metric, by selecting the Start / finish activities check box that has been added to this quality metric’s settings. If you select this check box, if there is a single task in the scope of the quality check that has no incoming links and if there is a single task in the scope that has no outgoing links, these tasks will be assumed to be the start and finish tasks and will pass the metric. If you select this check box and there are multiple tasks with only incoming or outgoing links, all such tasks will fail the metric, just as they will fail if you clear the check box.

Issue 31006
Category Task work
Summary Specify ‘None’ in the task work Work unit and Time unit fields when setting the amount of task work on a task to zero.
Description Before this release, if you wanted to set the amount of task work on a task to zero, although you could enter ‘0.00’ in the Task work and Task work rate fields, you could not specify ‘None’ in the related Work unit and Time unit fields. A customer requested the ability to do this, to indicate that there is no task work on a task, rather than – for example – zero m2 per hour task work.
Resolution You can now select ‘None’ in the task work Work unit and Time unit fields, to indicate that there is absolutely no task work on a task – and that there never has been and never will be task work. This is useful when analysing task work remaining because without being able to set the work unit to ‘None’, there is no difference in the spreadsheet between a task that has never had task work and one that Is 100% complete (the remaining task work would then be zero too). This applies to the fields on the Effort and Modelling section of the Task tab of the Bar and Task Properties dialog; the fields on the corresponding tab of the properties view; and the task work fields that you can display in the spreadsheet.
Issue 31015
Category Reschedule/Baselines
Summary Turn off critical marking for baseline tasks.
Description A customer requested the ability to turn off critical marking for baseline tasks, showing them as non-critical regardless of whether they appear on the critical path in the baseline.
Resolution You can now choose to turn off critical marking for all baseline tasks, using the new Show as non-critical check box that has been added to the Baselines tab of the Format Bar Chart dialog. If you select this check box, all baseline tasks are displayed without critical marking, regardless of whether they are on the critical path in the baseline. If you clear this check box, tasks that are on the critical path in the baseline are displayed as critical, provided that the Critical path check box has been selected on the Schedule tab of the Format Bar Chart dialog.
Issue 31017
Category Task work
Summary Adjust the task work rate automatically to ensure that task durations are in whole time units.
Description Before this release, changing the task work rate of a task could result in fractional task durations. For example, if a 10d task had 100 units of task work with a work rate of 10 units per day and you changed the work rate to 8 units per day, the task duration would change to 12d 4h. If you like to work in whole time units – for example, in whole days rather than in part days – this behaviour is undesirable. A customer requested the ability to adjust the task work rate automatically when it is changed to produce a non-fractional task duration.
Resolution You can now configure Powerproject to round down the task work rate automatically if necessary when it is changed to produce a non-fractional task duration – one with a whole number of time units. If you do this, changing the work rate of the task in the above example to 8 units per day would result in the task work rate being adjusted automatically to 7.69 units per day and a task duration of 13d. You specify whether you want Powerproject to round down the task work rate using the new Round work rate down to retain whole time units check box that has been added to the Edit tab of the Options dialog.
Issue 31045
Category Ribbon
Summary Changing the display order of a macro in the Ribbon replaces the macro’s name with “Macro”.
Description Before this release, if you customised the Ribbon and changed the display order of a macro by selecting it and clicking the Up and Down buttons in the Ribbon Customisation dialog, the name of the macro would be replaced with “Macro”.
Resolution You can now change the display order of a macro without its name being replaced with “Macro”.
Issue 31051
Category General
Summary Differences between saving using “This PC” and saving using the “Browse” method.
Description

Before this release, if you saved a project via File – Save As – This PC, as opposed to File – Save As – Browse, the following differences were apparent:

  • If you attempted to save using a file name that finished with a full-stop and any two characters and did not include a file extension, the last two characters would be replaced with the “pp” file extension. For example, “Project1.99” would be saved as “Project1.pp” rather than as “Project1.99.pp”.
  • Hidden folders were not visible, even if Windows Explorer was configured to display them.
Resolution The above differences no longer occur.
Issue 31064
Category Filters
Summary Include children check box on the RBS/CBS Scope dialog does not work for summary groups.
Description Before this release, if you edited the properties of an RBS/CBS filter and clicked View Scope on the Filter Properties dialog to display the RBS/CBS Scope dialog, the Include children check box on this dialog added any subordinate charts to the filter scope, but did not add any subordinate summary groups.
Resolution The Include children check box now adds charts and summary groups that are subordinate to those selected in the RBS/CBS Scope dialog, not just subordinate charts.
Issue 31125
Category Import and export
Summary The wrong calendar is assigned to summary tasks in projects that are exported to Primavera software then reimported back into Powerproject.
Description Before this release, if you exported a project to Primavera software then reimported it back into Powerproject, the wrong calendar was sometimes assigned to summary tasks.
Resolution A number of improvements have been made to the export and import routines to ensure that the correct calendars are always assigned to tasks when they are exported and imported.
Issue 31133
Category Import and export
Summary Improvements to import and export dialogs.
Description A customer requested that it be easier to specify the file type when importing and exporting.
Resolution

A number of improvements have been made to some of Powerproject‘s import and export dialogs.

  • On the Primavera XML & XER Import Options dialog, the three radio buttons that used to appear in an Import type group (XMLXER and STX/DIR) have been removed. You now specify the type of file that you want to import by specifying a file location, name and extension in the File field, which you can now type in directly, or by using the Files of type field in the dialog that appears when you click Browse.
  • On the Primavera XML & XER Export Options dialog, you can now specify the type of file that you want to create during an export by specifying a file location, name and extension in the File field, which you can now type in directly, by clicking the XML or XER radio button, or by using the Save as type field in the dialog that appears when you click Browse.
  • On the Microsoft Project Import Options dialog, you can now type directly into the File field to specify a file location, name and extension. Previously you had to click Browse to select the file you wanted to import.
  • On the Export to HTML dialog, you can now type directly into the File field to specify a file location, name and extension. Previously you had to click Browse to specify the file that you wanted to create during an export.
Issue 31140
Category Baselines
Summary Inappropriate error message displayed when attempting to import a project as a baseline.
Description Before this release, if you attempted to import a project as a baseline, mapping tasks using unique task IDs, an “Unable to save – due to disk is full” message appeared if there was a problem matching using unique task IDs.
Resolution This error message has been replaced with an “Error inserting object into the data source” error message. Before this release, this error could appear as the import routine incorrectly attempted to import items without unique task IDs twice. The import routine has been improved so that this no longer happens; instead, items with no unique task ID are now ignored.
Issue 31142
Category Baselines
Summary Open embedded baselines as projects without having to export them first.
Description Before this release, if you wanted to open an embedded baseline as a project you first had to export it to a separate file. A customer requested the ability to open embedded baselines as projects without having to do this.
Resolution You can now open any baseline as a separate project by right-clicking the baseline in the Baseline/What If Manager dialog and selecting Open as Project. You can use this right-click menu command for baselines that are stored as separate files, embedded baselines and baselines of Powerproject Enterprise projects. This makes it much easier to open baselines from any source.
Issue 31145
Category Keyboard shortcuts
Summary Pressing F12 as a shortcut for “Save As” defaults to the wrong file format.
Description Before this release, if you pressed F12 as a shortcut for “Save As”, Powerproject would default to saving projects in the Easyplan file format.
Resolution Powerproject now defaults to saving projects in the Powerproject file format when you press F12.
Issue 31147
Category Reschedule
Summary Unexpected float on a task constrained to complete within a single week.
Description A customer reported that a task that was constrained to complete within a single week – using the Must complete within check box on the Bar and Task Properties dialog – had float that could not be explained by the logic of the project.
Resolution The calendar of the task in question had a shift that finished at midnight and Powerproject incorrectly shifted the task backwards to the previous week rather than forwards to the following week. This error has now been fixed.
Issue 31161
Category Transfer progress
Summary Errors when transferring progress from one project to another.
Description A customer reported that they received “Internal error: STL AOT object not found” and “Internal error: TN duplicate link cancelled” errors when they attempted to transfer the progress from one project to another.
Resolution The project in question had two links between the same tasks, with one of the links finishing at the completed section of a task. The progress transfer routine removed the completed section of the task and thereby created a duplicate link. The routine no longer creates duplicate links in situations like this.
Issue 31171
Category Printing
Summary Sort/group subheading summaries do not print when printing a selection.
Description Before this release, if you printed a selection of data, sort/group subheading summaries did not print when printing from a full print preview.
Resolution Sort/group subheadings now print correctly regardless of the way in which you print.
Issue 31176
Category Powerproject Vision
Summary Filter Powerproject Vision programmes by their status when opening them.
Description A customer requested the ability to filter the Powerproject Vision programmes that appear on the Open tab of the Backstage view by status, which would make it possible to prevent programmes with specific statuses from appearing on the tab.
Resolution You can now filter the Powerproject Vision programmes that appear on the Open tab of the Backstage view by status, by clicking the new Status button. This enables you to reduce the number of programmes that appear on the tab by filtering out programmes with statuses in which you are not interested. For example, you may want to filter out all programmes with a status of ‘Archived’.
Issue 31179
Category Calendar view
Summary Use the calendar view’s date picker to move instantly to more dates.
Description A customer requested the ability to use the date picker in the calendar view to move instantly to dates such as the project start date, the report date of the progress entry period and the project finish date.
Resolution The Today button that used to appear at the bottom of the calendar view’s date picker has been replaced by a Go to button. If you click this button a menu appears, from which you can select from a wide variety of different dates, including the project start date, the report date of the progress entry period and the project finish date.
Issue 31185
Category Grid lines
Summary Date zero grid line appears on the imposed start date.
Description Before this release, if you configured a grid line to appear on the “date zero” date, if an imposed start date had been set for the project the grid line appeared on the imposed start date instead.
Resolution Grid lines that are configured to appear on the “date zero” date now appear on the correct date, regardless of whether a project has an imposed start date set.
Issue 31189
Category Quick Access toolbar
Summary “Mark for hiding” command displays as text rather than as an icon when added to the Quick Access toolbar.
Description Before this release, if you added the “Mark for hiding” command to the Quick Access toolbar, it appeared as text rather than as an icon.
Resolution The “Mark for hiding” command is now displayed as an icon when it is added to the Quick Access toolbar.
Issue 31191
Category Constraints
Summary Possible to specify start and finish constraint dates against tasks without a constraint flag being applied.
Description Before this release, it was possible to specify start and finish constraint dates against tasks – using the Start constraint date and Finish constraint date fields on the Bar and Task Properties dialog and properties view – without a constraint flag being applied. Without a constraint flag, these constraint dates had no purpose.
Resolution The Start constraint date and Finish constraint date fields are now available only when an appropriate constraint flag has been applied to a task.
Issue 31195
Category Progress
Summary User percent complete field can be set to an amount greater than 100%.
Description Before this release, it was possible specify a percentage value greater than 100% in the User percent complete field.
Resolution You can now only specify a percentage value between 0% and 100% in the User percent complete field.
Issue 31206
Category Spreadsheet
Summary Cannot change the number of decimal places for the Planned actual quantity and Planned quantity remaining fields.
Description Before this release, it was not possible to change the number of decimal places for the Planned actual quantity and Planned quantity remaining fields when they were displayed in the spreadsheet; these fields always displayed two decimal places regardless of your cell formatting selections.
Resolution It is now possible to change the number of decimal places for the Planned actual quantity and Planned quantity remaining fields.
Issue 31220
Category Powerdraw
Summary The Powerdraw  field displays information when used with Powerproject Enterprise projects.
Description Before this release, if the field was included in a border that was used to print a Powerproject standalone project, it would display the path and file name of the project, but would display nothing if the border was used to print a Powerproject Enterprise project. A customer requested that this field display information when used with Powerproject Enterprise projects.
Resolution Now, if you use a border that contains the field to print a Powerproject Enterprise project, the field displays the server name and project name.
Issue 31223
Category Transfer progress
Summary Lag added to the end of a link when transferring progress from one project to another.
Description A customer reported that when they transferred progress from one project to another, lag was added to the end of a particular link.
Resolution The progress transfer routine incorrectly added lag to a link when moving a link from the completed section of a task. The routine no longer adds lag to links in situations like this.
Issue 31229
Category Bar chart
Summary Improvements to the appearance of “necked” summary tasks and hammocks.
Description A customer requested that the appearance of “necked” summary tasks and hammocks be improved, to make it easier to identify precisely the date and time at which subordinate tasks start and finish. Before this release, the “necking” was shown using diagonal lines, which could make the start finish date and time of subordinate tasks difficult to identify.
Resolution The points at which the “necking” occurs are now shown using vertical lines, which makes the start and finish of subordinate tasks more apparent.
Issue 31231
Category Import and export
Summary Work patterns imported incorrectly from Primavera P6, resulting in incorrect task durations.
Description Before this release, some work patterns were imported incorrectly from Primavera P6 when using a template during the import process, resulting in incorrect task durations.
Resolution A fix to an earlier bug prevented time unit overrides in templates from being overwritten, which resulted in incorrect task durations. This problem has been resolved.
Issue 31256
Category Convert
Summary Powerproject closes when attempting to open version 14 projects in version 15.
Description A customer reported that Powerproject closed when they attempted to open two Powerproject version 14 projects in Powerproject version 15.
Resolution The project view was not displayed in these two projects, which caused problems during the conversion to version 15 format. Powerproject is now able to convert projects in which the project view is not displayed from version 14 to version 15.
Issue 31262
Category Powerproject Enterprise
Summary Poor Powerproject Enterprise performance when working in a project in which many progress lines are displayed.
Description Before this release, Powerproject displayed poor performance in a project in which a large number of progress lines were displayed in a view, as it refreshed each progress line each time a new task was created. This meant that if thirty tasks were copied and pasted, the progress lines were refreshed thirty times.
Resolution Powerproject now refreshes progress lines only once per transaction. In the example above, the progress lines would now be refreshed once rather than thirty times.
Issue 31269
Category Bar chart
Summary Display dated text notes in popups in the bar chart.
Description Before this release, although you could record dated text notes against tasks, it was not possible to display them in popups in the bar chart. A customer requested the ability to do this.
Resolution Provided a task has no standard text notes recorded against it, any dated text notes that have been recorded against a task now appear in popups in the bar chart when you hover over the task notes indicator. If a task has standard task notes recorded against it, these notes appear in the popup and any dated text notes do not.
Issue 31300
Category Resource usage view
Summary Resource usage view does not calculate resource availability correctly when rolling up the availability of more than one resource.
Description Before this release, the resource usage view displayed incorrect resource availability when rolling up the availability of more than one resource.
Resolution The resource usage view now calculates resource availability correctly when rolling up the availability of more than one resource.
Issue 31306
Category Import and export
Summary Problem when dragging and dropping HTML files into the Include header or Include footer fields in the Export to HTML dialog.
Description Before this release, if you dragged and dropped an HTML file into the Include header or Include footer fields on the Export to HTML dialog, either Chinese characters would appear or it would be impossible to export the project to HTML format.
Resolution It is now possible to drag and drop an HTML file into these fields when exporting a project to HTML format. You may want to do this if you have a pre-prepared HTML file for use as a header or footer.
Issue 31389
Category Sorting
Summary Sort/group subheadings displayed even when all of the tasks in the sort/group band are hidden.
Description Before this release, if you marked all of the tasks in a sort/group band for hiding and then hid the tasks, the sort/group subheading was still displayed, even though all its tasks were hidden.
Resolution Sort/group subheadings are no longer displayed if all the tasks in the sort/group band are hidden.
Issue 31463
Category Logical paths
Summary Changes to the way in which logical paths are calculated.
Description Before this release, a number of customers noted that there were some differences between the way in which Powerproject and Primavera software assigned logical paths to tasks.
Resolution Changes have been made to the way in which Powerproject calculates logical paths, to match more closely the way in which this is calculated in Primavera software. Note that some differences may still be apparent, due to links that are allowed in Powerproject but not in Primavera software; but these differences will be less than before.
Issue 31477
Category Import and export
Summary Truncate long names when exporting to Primavera software so that projects can be opened in Primavera P6.
Description The Primavera P6 file format imposes restrictions on the length of the names that are used within projects. The Powerproject file format allows much longer names to be used. Before this release, if you exported a Powerproject project that contained names that were too long for the Primavera P6 file format, it was not possible to open the project in Primavera P6. A customer requested that any over-long names in Powerproject be truncated during the export process to enable projects to be opened in Primavera P6.
Resolution If a project contains any names that are too long for the Primavera P6 file format, these names are truncated during the XML or XER export process, so you can now open the project in Primavera P6. If name truncation is necessary during the export process, details are given in the export log file.
Issue 31478
Category Powerproject BIM
Summary Make the start and end of timeline simulations match the selected timeline simulation scope.
Description Before this release, timeline simulations would run from the start date of the programme of projects to the finish date of the programme of projects, regardless of the simulation scope that was selected on the Timeline Settings dialog. A customer requested that the time period of timeline simulations match the selected simulation scope, rather than for them to always run from the start to the finish of the programme of projects.
Resolution

The time period of timeline simulations now matches the selected simulation scope:

  • If you specify a simulation scope of ‘All tasks’, a timeline simulation will run from the start date of the programme of projects to the finish date of the programme of projects.
  • If you specify a simulation scope of ‘Current project’, a timeline simulation will run from the start date of the earliest task in the project of which the current chart is a part to the finish date of the latest task in the project.
  • If you specify a simulation scope of ‘Current chart(s)’, a timeline simulation will run from the start date of the earliest task in the selected chart(s) to the finish date of the latest task in the selected chart(s).
  • If you specify a simulation scope of ‘Current view’, a timeline simulation will run from the start date of the earliest task in the view to the finish date of the latest task in the view.

Note that the timeline slider control always runs from the start date of the programme of projects to the finish date of the programme of projects, regardless of the selected scope.

Issue 31507
Category Filters
Summary “A” disappears from Start column for actual start dates when a filter is applied.
Description Before this release, the “A” that can be displayed in the Start column to denote actual start dates disappeared if you applied a filter to the view.
Resolution The “A” that can be displayed in the Start column to denote actual start dates no longer disappears if you apply a filter to the view.
Issue 31514
Category Spreadsheet
Summary Duration variance reported incorrectly.
Description Before this release, Powerproject reported duration variance for bars that included one or more tasks with completed sections incorrectly; when viewed in one-task-per-line mode, the duration variance was reported correctly.
Resolution Powerproject now reports duration variance for bars that include one or more tasks with completed sections correctly.
Issue 31515
Category Baselines
Summary Identify embedded baselines in the Baseline/What If Manager dialog.
Description A customer requested that embedded baselines be identified in the Baseline/What If Manager dialog: without right-clicking on a baseline to see what menu commands are available for it, there is no easy way to identify which baselines are embedded and which are not.
Resolution If a baseline is embedded, a graphical indicator is now displayed to the left of the baseline name in the Name column on the Baseline/What If Manager dialog. No indicator is displayed against baselines that are not embedded.
Issue 31522
Category Spreadsheet
Summary Thread error occurs when adding links to completed milestones by entering or pasting information into the Predecessor or Successor spreadsheet columns.
Description Before this release, if you attempted to add links to completed milestones by entering or pasting information into the Predecessor or Successor spreadsheet columns, a thread error occurred.
Resolution You are now able to add links to completed milestones by entering or pasting information into the Predecessor or Successor spreadsheet columns.
Issue 31526
Category Import and export
Summary Unable to export a project to XER format and create a WBS based on the natural order hierarchy.
Description A customer reported that they could not export a project to XER format and create a work breakdown structure in the exported project using the natural order hierarchy of charts and summary groups.
Resolution The project contained an invalid link from the main project into a task pool, which prevented the export from working. The export routine no longer attempts to follow such invalid links, so they do not prevent the export from taking place.
Issue 31527
Category Powerproject Enterprise
Summary Omit user names from view tabs.
Description A customer requested the ability to omit user names from the tabs that appear at the top of views: user names can be quite long, and the longer a user name, the less information about what the view displays can be displayed in the tab.
Resolution You can now choose to omit user names from view tabs, using the new Hide username in view titles check box on the View tab of the Options dialog. If you select this check box, your user name does not appear in the tabs that appear at the top of views and you can see more information about what each view displays.
Issue 31562
Category Interruptible tasks
Summary Interruptible task with ALAP placement is moved to an ASAP position due to a Start-to-Start link with an ASAP task.
Description A customer reported an issue in which an interruptible task with ALAP placement was moved into an ASAP position when the project was rescheduled, because of a Start-to-Start link with an ASAP task.
Resolution Configuring interruptible tasks to be ALAP does not make logical sense, as two conflicting constraints are applied to the same task. It is now therefore no longer possible to configure interruptible tasks to have ALAP placement; you can no longer change ALAP tasks into interruptible tasks using the Bar and Task Properties dialog or spreadsheet; if you change an ALAP task into an interruptible task by right-clicking and selecting Make Into – Interruptible, the task is set automatically to be ASAP.
Issue 31568
Category Import and export
Summary Work pattern time units not exported correctly to Primavera P6.
Description Before this release, if you worked with calendars with different numbers of hours in a working day, Powerproject did not always export work pattern time units correctly, resulting in tasks having different duration when the export file was opened in Primavera software.
Resolution Powerproject now exports work pattern time units correctly, so tasks have correct durations when you open the export file in Primavera software.
Issue 31569
Category Links
Summary Show the number of links in a project.
Description A customer requested that Powerproject display the number of links in a project, in addition to the number of tasks.
Resolution Number of links field has been added to the Properties tab of the Backstage view, and to the Properties tab of the Properties dialog, which you can access by clicking Advanced Properties on the Properties tab of the Backstage view.
Issue 31577
Category Links
Summary Specify how the Critical, Ghosted and Selected link categories override the appearance of links.
Description The Critical, Ghosted and Selected link categories are assigned to links automatically (and temporarily) in certain circumstances. When one of these categories is assigned to a link, it alters the appearance of the link from its normal link category to the appearance of the Critical, Ghosted or Selected link category. For example, if the Critical link category has a red appearance, links that become critical are displayed in red for as long as they are on the critical path. A customer requested the ability to specify whether the Critical, Ghosted and Selected link categories override both the colour and the line style of links, or the colour only.
Resolution You can now specify whether the Critical, Ghosted and Selected link categories override both the colour and the line style of links, or the colour only, using the Override just the display colour of a link’s category check box that has been added to the Link Category Properties dialog. If you select this check box, only the colour of links is overridden when they become critical, ghosted or selected; if you clear this check box, both the colour and line style of links are overridden. This new check box appears on the Link Category Properties dialog only when you edit the properties of the Critical, Ghosted or Selected link categories.
Issue 31585
Category Quality checks
Summary Create and delete schedule quality checks and import quality metric settings from within the Quality Checks pane.
Description Before this release, if you wanted to create a schedule quality check you had to open Library Explorer and create one within the Quality Check library. A customer requested the ability to create schedule quality checks from within the Quality Checks pane.
Resolution You can now create schedule quality checks and import quality metric settings by right-clicking a blank part of the Quality Checks pane and selecting the appropriate command from the menu that appears. You can also now delete schedule quality checks by right-clicking them in the Quality Checks pane and selecting Delete from the menu that appears.
Issue 31592
Category Import and export
Summary Exporting a project to Primavera software in XML format produces an “AOT object not found” exception when a baseline is specified.
Description Before this release, if you exported a project to Primavera software in XML format and specified a baseline, Powerproject would produce an “AOT object not found” exception.
Resolution Powerproject was incorrectly looking up baseline objects in the live data and could not locate them. Powerproject now looks for baseline objects in the baseline itself, which has resolved this problem.
Issue 31629
Category Quality checks
Summary “ASAP force critical” quality metric incorrectly considers milestones to have “ASAP force critical” placement.
Description Before this release, if you included the “ASAP force critical” quality metric in a quality check and selected the Include milestones check box on the Scope tab of the Quality Check Properties dialog, Powerproject would incorrectly consider milestones to have “ASAP force critical” placement, resulting in an inaccurate result.
Resolution The “ASAP force critical” quality metric now deals with milestone placement correctly.
Issue 31635
Category Quality checks
Summary New quality metric to check for Start to Start and Finish to Finish links; new quality metric to check for variance against the current baseline.
Description A customer requested the addition of a new quality metric to check for Start to Start and Finish to Finish links and a new quality metric to check for variance against the current baseline.
Resolution

You can now check your projects to ensure that they do not contain too high a proportion of Start to Start and Finish to Finish links, using the new ‘Logic type’ quality metric. By default, the pass and fail boundaries for this metric are set to 10%, so a project will pass this quality metric only if 10% or less of its links are Start to Start or Finish to Finish links.

You can now check your projects for variances between dates in the live data and dates in the current baseline, using the new ‘Baseline variance’ quality metric. With this metric, you specify a duration. The start and finish dates of tasks are compared against the dates of the corresponding tasks in the current baseline. If the difference between a task’s start or finish date in the live data and its start or finish date in the baseline is greater than or equal to the given duration, the task fails the metric. If a task is progressed, its actual start date is compared against the start date in the baseline. By default, the duration is set to 5d and the pass and fail boundaries are set to 100%, which means that a project will fail this metric if the start or finish date of any task differs from the corresponding date in the baseline by 5d or more.

Issue 31652
Category Library Explorer
Summary Best Fit right-click command does not work properly when used on Library Explorer data columns.
Description Before this release, right-clicking a column in Library Explorer and selecting Best Fit did not adjust the column width to the best possible fit; some text in the column was truncated.
Resolution The Best Fit right-click menu command now works properly when used on Library Explorer data columns.
Issue 31660
Category Spreadsheet
Summary Specify ‘from’ and ‘to’ dates for spreadsheet columns that display dated notes.
Description Since the release of Powerproject version 15.0.01, you have been able to enter three types of dated note against tasks: text notes, file notes and URL notes. These are notes against which a date and time is recorded. A customer requested the ability to specify ‘from’ and ‘to’ dates when displaying these dated notes in the spreadsheet, which would restrict the notes that are displayed to those that were recorded within a particular time frame.
Resolution

You can now use the Table Definition Properties dialog to specify ‘from’ and ‘to’ dates for spreadsheet columns that display the following fields:

  • Text notes.
  • Photo, file notes.
  • Attachments.

If you specify ‘from’ and ‘to’ dates, only notes from within the specified date range are displayed. As well as being able to enter specific ‘from’ and ‘to’ dates, you can specify variable dates. This might be particularly useful if you use Site Progress Mobile to record progress against tasks and build stages in Powerproject projects. For example, if remote progress is submitted weekly, you could use variable ‘from’ and ‘to’ dates to configure four spreadsheet columns to display dated notes from the past four weeks: one displaying notes from last week; another displaying notes from two weeks ago; and so on.

Issue 31668
Category Sorting
Summary Sort/group by logical path duration.
Description A customer requested the ability to sort/group tasks according to the duration of the logical path on which they are located.
Resolution You can now sort/group tasks and allocations by the duration of the logical path on which the tasks are located. Logical path duration can be seen as a measure of the importance of logical paths: longer logical paths have a broader scope of activities than shorter logical paths and therefore have much scope to affect the project finish date. In addition, if you sort/group tasks or allocations according to logical path, the logical path and logical path duration columns now display information in sort/group subheadings; before this release they displayed nothing.
Issue 31682
Category Import and export
Summary Produce a log file that details any changes that have been made to a project when exporting to Primavera software.
Description When you export a project to Primavera software in XML or XER format, it can be necessary to make changes to the project due to the file format differences. A customer requested that a log file be produced when you export a project to Primavera software, detailing any changes that have been made to the project.
Resolution If changes need to be made to a project when you export it to Primavera software, a log file that details any changes that have been made to the project is now produced and saved in the same location as the output file. If a log file is produced, a popup appears to inform you. If no changes need to be made to a project during the export, no log file is produced.
Issue 31696
Category Import and export
Summary Unable to open an XML file produced by Powerproject in Primavera P6.
Description A customer reported that when they exported a Powerproject project to Primavera P6 in XML format, they were unable to open the XML file in Primavera P6, even though it could be opened in Powerproject.
Resolution The export routine was unable to cope with multi-skilled resources that were located at the root of the permanent resource hierarchy. The export routine now skips any multi-skilled resources at the root of the hierarchy, as it did before the release of version 15.0.01.
Issue 31706
Category Import and export
Summary WBS levels in Primavera P6 with a name but no data are imported into Powerproject as summary tasks with no duration.
Description Before this release, WBS levels in Primavera P6 that have a name but no data were imported into Powerproject as summary tasks with no duration, with a start date matching either the project start date or the progress period report date. Higher-level summary tasks extended their duration to accommodate these unwanted summary tasks.
Resolution WBS levels in Primavera P6 that have a name but no data are no longer imported into Powerproject as summary tasks; an entry in the WBS hierarchy is still created for them.
Issue 31708
Category Formulae
Summary The “Current progress period date” variable date is not updated in formulae when the progress entry period is changed.
Description Before this release, the “Current progress period date” variable date was not updated in formulae when the progress entry period was changed.
Resolution The “Current progress period date” variable date is now updated in formulae when the progress entry period is changed.
Issue 31724
Category Printing
Summary Printing a specific number of lines per page not working properly.
Description A customer reported that their projects were not being printed correctly when they configured Powerproject version 15.0.01 to print a specific number of lines per page. For example, if they configured Powerproject to print 60 lines per page, the first two pages contained 60 lines but subsequent pages contained more than 60.
Resolution A maximum number of pages was applied to printouts in version 15.0.01 – 128 x 128. This was assumed to be sufficient for customers’ needs, but in this instance, the customer’s printout required more pages than this. The maximum number of pages has been increased to 128 x 256.
Issue 31730
Category Bar chart
Summary Problem moving tasks in the bar chart when Split progressed sections check box is selected.
Description Before this release, if a task was selected in the bar chart, clicking another task and dragging it to a different position would result in both tasks being moved if the Split progressed sections check box, on the Progress tab of the Format Bar Chart dialog, was selected.
Resolution The previously-selected task was incorrectly being added to the new selection of tasks if this check box was selected. This is no longer the case.
Issue 31768
Category Reschedule
Summary Setting an imposed finish date can cause incorrect float to be applied to tasks.
Description Before this release, if you set an imposed finish date in a project, rescheduling the project resulted in incorrect float being applied to tasks.
Resolution The reschedule routine calculated dates incorrectly when an imposed finish date was applied to a project; it no longer does this.
Issue 31785
Category Site Progress Mobile
Summary “Encountered an improper argument” error when importing data from Site Progress Mobile.
Description A customer reported that an “Encountered an improper argument” error occurred when they attempted to import data from Site Progress Mobile.
Resolution The error that caused this has been addressed.
Issue 31795
Category Reschedule
Summary Project not rescheduled automatically after the imposed start date is changed via the Properties dialog.
Description Before this release, if you changed the imposed start date of a project that was configured to reschedule automatically, using the Imposed start field on the Properties tab of the Properties dialog, the project was not rescheduled. If you changed the imposed start date using the Imposed start field on the Properties tab of the Backstage view, the project was rescheduled correctly.
Resolution Automatic rescheduling is now triggered correctly when this field is edited – and when the Imposed finish and Delivery date fields are edited.
Issue 31819
Category EVA Reporter
Summary EVA Reporter displays no ALAP curve for a particular project.
Description A customer reported that EVA Reporter did not display an ALAP curve when used with a particular project, despite the project having a baseline that included items with float.
Resolution If you used EVA Reporter more than once, the baseline selector on the Baselines screen failed to recognise the baseline that you had previously selected unless you specifically chose a baseline in the selector each time. EVA Reporter now recognises your baseline selections and remembers them each time you use EVA Reporter.
Issue 31824
Category Import and export
Summary Exported file contains no tasks when a project is exported to Primavera software in XML or XER format.
Description A customer reported that when they attempted to export a project to Primavera software in XML or XER format, the resulting file contained no tasks when opened in Primavera software.
Resolution The export process did not work for projects in which no summary or expanded tasks had been flagged as “Is a project”. The export process now copes with such projects and exports them correctly.
Issue 31847
Category Annotations
Summary Powerproject crashes when attempting to move tasks that have allocations with filtered annotations.
Description A customer reported that Powerproject would crash if they attempted to drag tasks in a particular project.
Resolution Investigation showed that the tasks in question had allocations with filtered annotations attached to them, and Powerproject was unable to drag such tasks. It is now possible to drag tasks that have allocations with filtered annotations attached to them.
Issue 31849
Category Filters
Summary Filter prompt dialog appears multiple times when a time slice filter is applied to an RBS view.
Description Before this release, if you applied a time slice filter that requires criteria to be specified to an RBS view, the filter prompt dialog appeared multiple times.
Resolution The filter prompt dialog now appears only once when you apply a time slice filter that requires criteria to be specified to an RBS view.
Issue 31854
Category Filters
Summary Error when executing a TQL query when applying a TQL filter to a view.
Description A customer reported that since the release of version 15.0.01, a warning appeared when they attempted to apply a TQL filter to a view, stating that there was an error executing the TQL query.
Resolution During the upgrade to version 15.0.01, the TQL query in the filter was converted incorrectly and was missing a bracket. The TQL query will now work in version 15.0.02.
Issue 31863
Category Powerproject Enterprise
Summary “ClientTracePath” Enterprise server command does not produce ETL logs.
Description Before this release, the “ClientTracePath” Enterprise server command did not produce ETL logs as it was supposed to; it reported insufficient disk space.
Resolution Powerproject was connecting to the Enterprise server using memory that it should not have used; the client trace path was then corrupted. This error has now been addressed.
Issue 31882
Category Baselines
Summary Cost allocations excluded when a baseline is imported; “Error inserting object into the data source” error when a baseline is imported.
Description A customer reported that if they imported baselines without choosing to embed them, cost allocations were missing from the imported files. In addition to this, an “Error inserting object into the data source” error occurred if they attempted to import and embed a baseline when matching according to unique task ID.
Resolution Powerproject‘s baseline importing routine now imports cost allocations correctly. In addition to this, its task matching has been improved when you choose to match according to unique task ID.
Issue 31898
Category Quality checks
Summary Trailing spaces and other special formatting characters, and capitalisation, in task names prevent the ‘Unique names’ quality metric from recognising that names are the same.
Description Before this release, trailing spaces and other special formatting characters that could be present at the start or end of task names (usually as a result of copying task names from another application and pasting them into Powerproject) could prevent the ‘Unique names’ quality metric from recognising that names are the same. The quality metric would also deem tasks to be different if their capitalisation differed. For example, “TASK 1” and “task 1 ” would be deemed to be different.
Resolution The ‘Unique names’ quality metric now disregards trailing spaces and other special formatting characters, and capitalisation, when examining task names. For example, “TASK 1” and “task 1 ” are now deemed to be the same.
Issue 31899
Category Quality checks
Summary Configure the ‘Unique names’ quality metric to ignore the path name of tasks.
Description Before this release, the ‘Unique names’ quality metric considered each task’s name and its path name when checking for uniqueness. This meant that the quality metric would not consider two tasks with identical names but in different charts or summary groups to be unique. For example, “Programme\Plot 1\Groundworks” would be considered different to “Programme\Plot 2\Groundworks” as the path name differed.
Resolution You can now configure the ‘Unique names’ quality metric to disregard the path name when checking for uniqueness, using the new Ignore path name check box that has been added to the metric. With this check box cleared, the metric works as it did previously; with the check box selected, the path name of tasks is disregarded when checking for uniqueness, so “Programme\Plot 1\Groundworks” would be considered to be identical to “Programme\Plot 2\Groundworks”.
Issue 31916
Category Powerproject Vision
Summary Delete Powerproject Vision users that are currently assigned to projects.
Description A customer requested the ability to delete Powerproject Vision users when they are assigned to one or more projects. Before this release, it was not possible to do this; if you wanted to delete such users, you had to first unassign them from all projects to which they were assigned. In some cases, where users were assigned to many projects, this could be difficult to do.
Resolution

You can now delete Powerproject Vision users that are assigned to one or more projects. If you attempt to delete a user that is assigned to a project, you are warned and asked if you want to continue. If you continue with the deletion, the user is unassigned automatically from any projects to which they are currently assigned, then deleted.

You can now view the projects to which a user is assigned by clicking Project Assignments on the Edit User page. You cannot delete a user if they are assigned to any programmes that are currently checked out.

You can now view the checked out programmes to which a user is assigned by clicking Checked Out Programmes on the Edit User page. This is useful as it shows you which programmes must be checked back in before you can delete a user.