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New Feature: Task Timing

This new feature - 'Timing by’ makes tasks more intuitive based on your needs. By providing a ‘Timing by’ rule, every time you move a task, your task’s length adheres to the rule that you set.

We are proud to announce some updates and new features to our task dialog. A task dialog is when you create a task and a dialog appears. It contains various settings for your task - task title, the project which the task belongs to, task timing, custom data fields, task dependencies and more.

In this new release, we beefed up our task timing to accommodate more advanced uses of Ganttic.

As you can see from the screenshot below, we also rearranged the task dialog's elements for a better flow. Before we dive into task timing’s new feature, task type is now changeable in the dropdown - where you can change it to a holiday task instead. Below task title, there is a dropdown to assign the task to any project. At the end of the task dialog, custom data fields are also rearranged for a smoother flow.



1) Timing by Feature

This new feature - 'Timing by’ makes tasks more intuitive based on your needs. By providing a ‘Timing by’ rule, every time you move a task, your task’s length adheres to the rule that you set. Upon clicking on the dropdown, there will be a list and this is what each selection means:
  • Timing by start and end: Your task starts and ends on the dates and timing that you set.
  • Timing by start and duration: Your task starts on the date and time that you set; your task ends at the end of the duration period that you set.
  • Timing by start and utilization: Your task starts on the date and time that you set; your task ends based on the busy time or utilization percentage that you set.
  • Timing by end and duration: Your task ends on the date and time that you set; your task starts backdating to match the duration period that you set.
  • Timing by end and utilization: Your task ends on the date and time that you set; your task starts backdating to match the busy time or utilization percentage that you set.

2)  Utilization and busy time

Utilization and busy time is an existing feature. In its dropdown, you will be able to set if you would like to set your utilisation by busy time or the busy time percentage.

3) Recurrence

Recurrence has been an existing feature of Ganttic, but is now moved to the bottom of the task dialog where you will have to click on the dropdown to display its settings.

4) Used time

Also an existing feature, but ‘Used Time' is quite often confused with ‘Busy Time’. To set the record straight, ‘Used time’ is often for recording how much time was actually spent on the task AFTER the task finishes. This is useful to include in Reports and for analyzing whether or not ‘Busy Time’s are usually met or to calculate the actual time spent on certain projects or tasks.

On the whole, this new feature makes Ganttic much more intuitive and powerful than it was, as it provides down to the minute task adjustments that is applied even in rescheduled tasks. To give this feature a try, sign up to Ganttic for a free full-featured 14-day trial.

Author: Patricia Goh