NetPoint User Guide

RELEASE NOTES
VERSION 5.3.1.5

Fixes/Improvements

NetPoint

  • Improvement when copying codes between files to maintain assignment behavior (NPTC-3777)
  • Improvement for displaying month abbreviations in calendar strips (NPTC-3684)
  • Fix for images/shades/text not moving or resizing while the header/footer was displayed (NPTC-3759, NPTC-3715)
  • Fix for resource key not opening after turning off plots (NPTC-3760)
  • Fix for activities not deleting after pasting to new file (NPTC-3778)
  • Fix for error in total cost calculation in WBS rollup view
  • Fix for crash after opening file from shared drive (NPTC-3706)
  • Fix for crash after exporting resource report (NPTC-3702)
  • Fix for crash after filtering for links (NPTC-3690)

Schedule MD

A change to Inadequate Float and consequently Schedule IQ scores is to be expected due to a fix for the calculation of Merge Risk Index. For more info or any questions, contact support@pmatechnologies.com

  • 122 new data metrics added, including: Critical Milestones, Near-critical Milestones, Start Milestones with No Predecessors, Finish Milestones with No Successors (MD-3)
  • Fix for no internet connection error when getting NOAA weather data (MD-181)
  • Fix for bug when multiplying percentiles for Merge Risk Index
  • Fix for crash when reading XER file with planned end date earlier than start date (NR-434)


Known Issues

AreaIssueSuggested Workaround
Window SizeAfter maximizing NetPoint, the right side of the window is cut off (NPTC-3937)Delete the file called "NetPointSkin.cjstyles" in your installation directory (e.g. C:\Program Files (x86)\NetPoint 5)
P6 ImportThe number of fields in the row do not match those for the table (NPTC-3397)Update to NetPoint version 5.3 or later. This is a known issue with sharing XER files among P6 databases. There are a handful of XER cleaners on the market to fix this. The issue is typically in the RISKTYPE data table. If you cannot update to 5.3 or later, you can delete this table from the XER and try again. Alternatively, you can send XER file to support@pmaconsultants.com for assistance. Either way, it is not recommended to update your P6 project with the cleansed file without involving your database administrator. 
Embedded NodesCrash after adding embedded node anywhere to schedule (NPTC-4024)Click Schedule > Modify Schedule Properties. Click the dropdown next to Show as Red and choose All Critical Activities or Longest Path
Opening FilesSchedules saved in version 5.3 crash when opening in version 5.2 or earlier due to inability to read header/footer propertiesIn version 5.3, click File > Export to Native XML and then click File > Import from Native XML in version 5.2 or earlier
Inserting GridsInserting grids above milestones/benchmarks with diamonds fails to bump them down to next grid with tight grid spacing (NPTC-4029)Convert the milestones/benchmarks to shapes other than diamonds OR increase grid spacing
FiltersBenchmark colors do not appear for selection in the Edit > Search and Filter Objects... window (NPTC-4045)Use the desired benchmark color for at least one activity in the schedule as well
Activity descriptionsActivity description positions reset unnecessarily when positioned close to the edge of the canvas (NPTC-4046)Use a Text Object instead and hide the Activity description 
Grids/ZoomingCertain Milestone/Benchmark shapes like the Flag cause Milestones/Benchmarks to jump grids when zooming due to tight grid spacing (NPTC-4037)Do not use these shapes if you encounter this issue, or use a higher grid spacing
AnnotationsWhen moving activities with annotations by keyboard or the gestural window, the annotations get separated from their activities (NPTC-4033)First deselect the annotations before initiating the movement with the keyboard or gestural window
Header/FooterHeader text not printing with page size over 38 inches wide (NPTC-4025)Choose a new paper source in print setup whose width is 38 inches or smaller.
Milestones FlagMilestone scrolls down on canvas after changing shape to a flag (NPTC-4024)Click Schedule > Modify Schedule Properties Formatting tab. Set the Grid Spacing to .109 or higher, depending on other canvas settings.
Early Dates ModeSwitching from GPM to Early Dates causes incorrect dates if negative lags presentDo not switch to Early Dates mode if negative lags are present
Automated LayoutsAutomated layout using WBS hangs if project node has ID of -1 with activities underneath it (NPTC-4021)Click Tools > Codes Manager > WBS > Roll-up View and assign any "unassigned activities" to a WBS level
P6 ExportXER file generated from NetPoint doesn't import into P6 (NPTC-4014)During export from NetPoint, set the version to 6.2.1
Header/FooterText not printing from footer (NPTC-3762)None
Header/FooterCrash after adding column to header in some files (NPTC-3975)None
Updating from ExcelModifying assignment behavior in Excel and updating NetPoint incorrectly changing value name (NPTC-3775)Modify assignment behavior in NetPoint before exporting to Excel
Calendar Strip/Text ObjectText object not moving down when calendar strip size is increased (NPTC-3634)Re-position manually

 VERSION 5.3.0.36
New Features

Schedule MD

  • New metrics added
    Average Activity Duration, Critical Lags, Critical Leads, Project Completion, Project Start, Current Data Date, Near-Criticality Threshold, and Criticality Threshold
  • New Raw Metrics Report
    Displays every metric on a single sheet for maximum customization

NetPoint

  • Header/Footer
    Add images, text, tables, and legends to a designated header and/or footer outside the canvas. Click View > Header or > Footer accordingly
  • Saved Filters
    Save and transfer filters between project files. Click Edit > Search and Filter objects
  • Highlight Longest Path
    Click Schedule > Modify Schedule Properties > Show as Red
  • Use WBS Names when Running Layouts
    Automatically toggle between showing the WBS Code or the WBS name as the swim lane title
  • Make the Calendar Strips/Timescale Larger
    Click Schedule > Modify Schedule Properties > Formatting tab > Strip Text Size
  • Maintain Zoom across Split Screens
    View > Link Zoom Factor when Split
  • Maintain Cursor Text Size as Zoom Factor Changes
    Click the Zoom/Stretch icon


Known Issues
AreaIssueSuggested Workaround
Opening FilesSchedules saved in version 5.3 crash when opening in version 5.2 or earlier due to inability to read header/footer propertiesIn version 5.3, click File > Export to Native XML and then click File > Import from Native XML in version 5.2 or earlier 
Early Dates ModeSwitching from GPM to Early Dates causes incorrect dates if negative lags presentDo not switch to Early Dates mode if negative lags are present