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Project Planner

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Use the Format tab to specify the organization and level of data
detail in a resource/cost graphic.

Quarterly sight lines
always start from the
beginning of the defined
year, for example, 01JAN.

Display sight lines Sight lines are vertical and horizontal lines
that help you trace a bar and/or curve to its position relative to the
timescale on the horizontal axis, and to values on the vertical axis.
P3 shows major sight lines as solid lines and minor sight lines as
solid, dashed, or dotted vertical lines placed between major sight
lines. You can specify the format for major sight lines in the Graphic
Report Options dialog box (choose Tools, Graphic Reports,
Options).

In the Major field, click and choose a time interval from the drop-
down list. Use the Intervals field to specify the number of time
intervals at which P3 places the sight lines. Enter 0 to suppress
sight lines. Specify an interval for minor vertical sight lines that is at
least one time interval less than the interval you choose for major
vertical sight lines.

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Summarize resources Instead of showing use or cost per time-
period, resource/cost graphics can summarize use or cost over a
specified timeperiod in one bar. Mark the Summarize By Resource
checkbox in the Histogram section. For example, when showing use
for three resources over a week, P3 generates one bar for each
resource and shows the total, peak, or average use for that week.
This format is effective for determining overall resource require-
ments or costs for a specific timeperiod.

To identify areas of
resource overload quickly,
click the Pen tab, then
specify a different pen
number and fill pen color
and pattern for the portions
of the resource bar that are
above the normal and
maximum limit lines.

Stack resources Instead of summarizing resources/cost accounts
in one bar, you can specify that P3 “stack” several bars above one
another. To stack resources, mark this checkbox in the Histogram
section. You can also stack resources/cost accounts using area
profiles. If you choose to show data values on bars, the values
indicate the total, peak, or average use or cost for all stacked
resources/cost accounts for that timeperiod.

Choose orientation In the Print section, choose Portrait or
Landscape orientation from the drop-down list. This setting
overrides the orientation set for your printer driver and controls the
overall appearance of your plot. Portrait orientation is often suitable
for projects with many activities relative to the project’s timespan.

For more information about
how to define the resource
or cost account for each
cell, refer to Displaying
Multiple Histograms and
Curves on the next page.

Display multiple graphs Use the Rows and Columns fields in the
Print section to show many graphs on one page by dividing it into
cells using rows and columns. Each cell can contain a graph
showing a different resource or cost account.

Specify sheets to print You may want to print selected sheets of a
multipage graphic. In the Print section, specify the beginning and
ending sheets. If you leave the End On Sheet field blank, P3 prints
all the pages in the graphic.

Confirm preparation P3 calculates the number of vertical sheets
the graphic contains based on the number of horizontal sheets and
the point sizes you choose. P3 also calculates the number of activ-
ities to include on the last sheet. Mark the Confirm Preparation
checkbox to display this information before producing the plot, then
click OK or Cancel when prompted. Clear this checkbox if you don’t
want P3 to wait for your confirmation before printing.

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Displaying Multiple Histograms and Curves

You can display multiple histograms and/or
curves on the same sheet by dividing the
graphic report into cells. Specify the
number of cells, in the Rows and Columns
fields in the Format tab. For example,
specify two rows and two columns to
divide the graphic into four cells.

Show multiple cells in one graphic

Specify each resource/cost account and
assign a group number in the Resource
Selection tab.

You can specify up to 24 groups. P3
places as many groups as possible from
left to right, based on the number of rows
and columns defined in the Format tab,
then

continues to the next row and places
groups from left to right again.

If you specify more group numbers than
the number of available cells, P3 prepares
additional pages.

Create a resource/cost graphic with
multiple stacked or summarized histo-
grams
Specify the same group number
for the resource/cost accounts in each cell.

If no criterion is assigned to a group
number, or if a group number is not
specified, P3 leaves the corresponding cell
blank.

These resources are
stacked in cell 1.

These resources are
stacked in cell 2.

Place multiple resources/cost accounts in a
single cell by assigning the same Group # to
the resource/cost accounts selected.

Use the Resource
Selection tab to specify
cell placement of each
resource/cost account
within the graphic.

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