Posts Tagged ‘Project Administrator’

What’s new in Version 6 of Project Administrator?

Monday, November 8th, 2010

Version 6 was released in October 2010.  It is a major step forward and includes:

  • New security process. PA no longer relies on native Access security.  Security can be set up for each user to access screens and reports
  • Help on each screen.  Help is available at screen level, and field level
  • Ability to update help. In addition, you can add your own comments to the help screens.
  • Option to turn off updates to help screen.  Each installation can be set up by the system administrator to either be able to modify the help screens, or restricted from modifying the screens.
  • Gantt chart. If your needs for scheduling are basic, you can create your own Gantt chart in PA.  If you want, you can still use Microsoft Project for your Gantt chart.
  • Able to track changes to the program. You can now track each change that occurs in PA.  History tracking can be turned off or on.
  • Automatic update of latest version. PA now checks online for a new version.  If it finds a new release, it will ask you if you want to download.
  • One button linking of database. No more having to delete old links and create new ones.  It is all done with one button.
  • Show the total number and completed actions for issues, risks etc.
  • This facility was available on meetings but is now on all action item screens.  If you have an issue, you can immediately see how many actions there are for the issue, and how many still outstanding.
  • Rearranged admin to centralise configuration at rollout. This will make rollout much easier.  When you install PA on a desktop, the system administrator only had to ensure two tabs of the admin screen are completed for the user to be ready to go.
  • Easier management of project access. Setting up project was another tedious task we have simplified.  It is now much more straight forward to manage who can see which project.
  • New Logon on process. There is now a simple logon screen that does not rely on Access.
  • Click magnifying glass to open expanded screen. Previously the magnifying glass indicated that you could right click the adjacent field to open an expanded window.  You can still do that, but now you can also click the icon to open the window.

We have also produced a 10 minute video to show you some of the features.  Click here to see the video.  If you like that video, we also have a range of other videos available to demonstrate features in Project Administrator.

Project Administrator Videos

Monday, November 8th, 2010

We have just launched a series of videos to take you through the main functions in Project Administrator. They range from setting up a project, to our new Gantt chart to managing issues and risks.  It is an opportunity for new users to understand how to use the software, and for potential purchasers to see the product in action.

For more information click here

New Project Management Software

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Project Perfect has just released Version 6 of their project management software, Project Administrator.  This is a major update to the product which has evolved over the last 15 years.  Version 6 has the following new features:

New security process. PA no longer relies on native Access security.  Security can be set up for each user to access screens and reports.

  • Help on each screen.  Help is available at screen level, and field level
  • Ability to update help. In addition, you can add your own comments to the help screens.
  • Option to turn off updates to help screen.  Each installation can be set up by the system administrator to either be able to modify the help screens, or restricted from modifying the screens.
  • Gantt chart. If your needs for scheduling are basic, you can create your own Gantt chart in PA.  If you want, you can still use Microsoft Project for your Gantt chart.
  • Able to track changes to the program. You can now track each change that occurs in PA.  History tracking can be turned off or on.
  • Automatic update of latest version. PA now checks online for a new version.  If it finds a new release, it will ask you if you want to download.
  • One button linking of database. No more having to delete old links and create new ones.  It is all done with one button.
  • Show the total number and completed actions for issues, risks etc. This facility was available on meetings but is now on all action item screens.  If you have an issue, you can immediately see how many actions there are for the issue, and how many still outstanding.
  • Rearranged admin to centralise configuration at rollout. This will make rollout much easier.  When you install PA on a desktop, the system administrator only had to ensure two tabs of the admin screen are completed for the user to be ready to go.
  • Easier management of project access. Setting up project was another tedious task we have simplified.  It is now much more straight forward to manage who can see which project.
  • New Logon on process. There is now a simple logon screen that does not rely on Access.
  • Click magnifying glass to open expanded screen. Previously the magnifying glass indicated that you could right click the adjacent field to open an expanded window.  You can still do that, but now you can also click the icon to open the window.

You can download a 30 day trial version or read more about Project Administrator.

Free Software

Monday, March 16th, 2009

Being a self confessed free software junkie, I try all sorts of bits and pieces from the Internet. One new one I found was a program called Fences. http://www.stardock.com/products/fences/ It allows you to organise your icons into named blocks that sit on your desktop. For example I have one block for Most Used, one for Comms, one for Project Administrator, one for documents etc. Makes a much cleaner appearance.

One warning. You can hide all the desktop by either double clicking the desktop or hitting escape. It is a bit disconcerting to see only a blank desktop. You get it back by double clicking again.

Setting up a shortcut for Project Administrator

Friday, February 27th, 2009

After a request today from a client to assist with the setting up of a desktop shortcut, it is worth another reminder that we can make the whole process very easy for you.

Just to go back to the problem, in order to use Project Administrator Project Management Software, you need to put a command line in the desktop shortcut. This is located by right clicking the shortcut, selecting properties, and entering the line in the target section. The line looks complicated as it contains three paths.

  • Path to MSACCESS.exe
  • Path to PA5.mde
  • “/wrkgrp” and the path to PA.mdw

It might look something like this:

“C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\OFFICE11\MSACCESS.EXE” “C:\Users\Program Files\Project Administrator\PA5.mdb”  /wrkgrp “C:\Program Files\Project Administrator\Workgroups\PA.mdw”

The whole process can be simplified if you download our Shortcut Generator from http://www.projectperfect.com.au/downloads/Utilities/ShortCutGenerator.zip This wizard takes you through three browse actions to locate the files.  You then generate the command line (similar to the one above) and paste it into the shortcut.

Also remember that the PA icon is loaded in the installation so you can set the PA icon by right clicking the desktop shortcut, selecting properties, change icon and browsing to the Project Administrator folder.