Focus to improve project maintenance EFFICIENCY
This enhancement is to use the Touch Bar of the new MacBook Pro, to improve project maintenance efficiency, by tapping on the context sensitive touch bar items, to replace the slow typing operations
QuickPlan Touch Bar items is not the simple clone of the app toolbar and menus – it’s a NEW design for productivity, by tapping on the buttons of frequent operations by slow typing operations.
(for example, when a task start cell in outline panel be selected, QuickPlan Touch Bar will show the buttons like “+ 1d”, “+ 5d” and etc. Normally the buttons will help to change the task start date very quickly compare to input task start date)
QuickPlan for macOS does not depend on Touch Bar features
Touch Bar is the extension of the keyboard. QuickPlan uses it for easy the work, Touch Bar feature of QuickPlan is not designed for cool (although it’s)
QuickPlan will continue to provide new Touch Bar features and to improve existing Touch Bar supports
Some skills also be included in following description to improve productivity, please check and try it.
QuickPlan for macOS Touch Bars
(Now Touch Bar is only available for the new MacBook Pro only)
Touch Bar items when no task be selected
Will be different when project locked or maintaining task links
Three common display styles are included (Tree, List, Today in List) – for other display styles, please operate as normal on the toolbar
(Touch Bar is not another toolbar or menu bar)
Panels visibility control is not same as on the toolbar – an additional way to change panels visibility
Task maintenance Touch Bar items
Following touch bar display when a task be selected – when no cell be selected or task no cell, task wbs cell be selected in outline panel
(if the selected task is a child project task)
This touch bar provides the common buttons to organize tasks in a tree structure (change sequence and change outline level), and the frequent buttons to complete task and change task bar color. When maintain task on Gantt Chart
Skill – how to select task
Task can be selected on outline panel and Gantt chart panel, by mouse click and keyboard shortcut. If we click a task row on the outline panel, the task and clicked cell will be selected; if we click a task bar on Gantt chart, only the task will be selected. This touch bar will display only when a task be selected (no cell be selected).
We found that some users were in trouble to select a task on Gantt Chart – spending time to scroll the gantt chart to make the task bar be visible, then to select the task. We’d like suggest the users to watch the quick start if not get chance before.
Click on the task bar in Gantt Chart to select the clicked task (of cause) – now no cell be selected
(strongly suggest) Double click on the empty space of a row in Gantt Chart, the task will be selected (if the task bar is not visible, QuickPlan will scroll to make it visible) – now no cell be selected
Click a task row in outline panel to select a task, if the task bar is not visible on Gantt Chart, QuickPlan will scroll to move the task bar be visible – now a task and a cell will be selected (and the touch bar will be different according to selected cell)
Keyboard shortcuts to change task selection
➢ “↑” key or “e” key to select task above current selected task
➢ “↓” key or “d” key to select task below current selected task
If a task cell has been selected before change selection by preceding shortcuts, the same cell of the new selected task will also be selected (and the touch bar items is based on the selected cell)
Skill – maintain task structure, completion and color on keyboard (with touch bar) quickly
Left hand to press “e” or “d” to change task selection (or Right hand to press “↑” or “↓”)
Another hand on touch bar
Touch Bar for task name cell
Touch Bar for task type cell
If task type cell be selected in the outline panel, the touch bar show buttons for converting task type.
Touch Bar for task start date cell
If task start date cell be selected in the outline panel, the touch bar show buttons for quickly change task start date (normally we change the task date to the date nearby, so the buttons will help to change quickly)
Skill – change task start date quickly
If the target date to change the task start to is not near the current start date, tapping on touch bar will be much more quickly than select a new date the common way. For example to change the task start date to be two days later, just tap the “+ 1d” two times, if to change the task start date to be 11 days later, just tap the “+ 10d” and “+ 1d”.
Touch Bar for task days and duration cells
If task start days or duration cell be selected in the outline panel, the touch bar show following buttons for quickly change task days/duration
Touch Bar for task “% complete” and “physical % complete” cells
If task start “% complete” or “physical % complete” cell be selected in the outline panel, the touch bar show following buttons for quickly change task % complete or physical % complete
Touch Bar for task icon cell
And more comments
It’s flexible for us to maintain tasks on outline, Gantt chart and updating panel, with using mouse (gesture), trackpad, keyboard shortcuts and now touch bar. There is no limitation for us how to maintain the tasks.
To be more efficient, we have following practices to get task maintenance be very quickly and easily. Please pay attention, there are more methods for the operations, please don’t limit our operations with following.
Input all task names together, then to construct the tree structure
“↑” key or “e” key to select task above current selected task, “↓” key or “d” key to select task below current selected task
Change task outline level and sequence on touch bar (or on updating panel)
Edit same column together
Select a task and the cell in outline panel, then keyboard shortcuts to change task selection, and on touch bar (or updating panel) to change task property
Try not to move hand/mouse frequently by doing same operation. For example to one hand to move task selection, another hand on touch bar to change property (or another hand to move mouse on updating panel)
And again, select a task in Gantt Chart by double click if the task bar is not visible.