What's new in GanttProject 2.7?

GanttProject 2.7 has reached its end of life. You can still download it, but we recommend using GanttProject 2.8

Summary

GanttProject 2.7, code name "Ostrava" (which is the third largest city in Czech Republic), is an evolution of GanttProject 2.5 and 2.6. It adds a few major features, fixes usability problems and bugs. A short overview of the major changes is given below.

Maintenance updates

GanttProject 2.7.2 which was published on Feb 07, 2016 fixes a few bugs and updates translations (Hoş Geldiniz, Turkish language!) and holiday calendars. Read the details in our blog

GanttProject 2.7.1 which was published on July 23, 2015 includes a few bugfixes and translation updates. See the details in our blog

Task cost calculation

This is one of the most requested features in our bugtracker. What is implemented in GP 2.7 is really simple, but we hope that many of you will find it useful. We've added Cost property to our tasks model and user interface. It sits in the Resources tab of task properties dialog:

Resources tab of task properties dialog

Cost can be calculated automatically, which is the default setting, or typed manually. When calculated automatically, it is a sum of payment rates of assigned resources, each multiplied by their utilization and task duration. Naturally, in the resource properties dialog one can specify payment rate for each resource. At the moment we support standard rate only, with no specific currency, per our default time unit which is day. So, if you assign 1 resource with standard rate 50 to a task with duration 5 days, its calculated cost will be 250. If you assign one more resource with standard rate 100 but 50% utilization, the total cost will be 250 + 250 = 500

The cost of a summary task is the sum of subtask costs, but can also be set manually.

Cost and standard rate can be shown as columns in task/resource tables, can be exported to PDF, HTML, CSV, and hopefully MS Project import/export is also aware of them.

Import holiday calendars in iCalendar format

GanttProject has been using holiday calendars in its own simple format for years, but we understand that it is impossible to find calendars in this format. However, there are many calendars in iCalendar format published on Mozilla Holiday Calendars or iCalShare web sites. Now you can import holiday calendars into GanttProject with our new import tool. It can import .ics files, so you'll need to download them or export from other tools. The tool is quite simple and will just import all events as holidays into current project's calendar. Find it in Project▶Import menu

Weekend exceptions

One more highly requested calendar-related feature is ability to make working some particular weekend day. For instance, in some countries if a holiday happens on Tuesday, it will be "merged" with the closest weekend, and Monday will be non-working too (thus we get 4 days looong weekend), but one of the next weekends will have one working day.

Such use case could not be represented in GanttProject previously. In GP 2.7 it is possible to add "exceptions" and make particular weekends working. This feature sits in Project Calendar options page which is available via Project▶Properties menu item. Project Calendar options page

Installation requirements

GanttProject 2.7 requires Java Runtime version 7 or higher. Provided that Java Runtime is installed, you can install GanttProject from package built for your OS, or from ZIP archive which runs on any Java-enabled platform (please refer to installation instructions for ZIP archive)

Compatibility

We expect that files created in the previous versions of GanttProject should work fine in GP 2.7, and that GanttProject 2.6 can read files created in GP 2.7, skipping data related to newly added features of course. Please let us know if you notice any compatibility problems.


See more details and screenshots in our blog by label Ostrava