New features and fixes to Milestones Professional 2008

 
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List of new features and fixes:
The most recent new features and fixes are at the top of the list.
 
April 30, 2013
  • Fixed issue with MPX import.
May 24, 2011
  • In the MS Project interface, made a change to correct issue with certain Project files which present variance fields as strings.
March 8, 2011
  • Corrected error in starting point for outgoing vertical connection in case where starting symbol is also the target of an off-page vertical connection.
October 21, 2010
  • Added option in Tools | Program Options | Edit that enables you to suppress automatic line thickness adjustments when creating PDF files.
August 11, 2010
  • Corrected problem that would sometimes cause an error 13 message when Refreshing from MS Project.
August 9, 2010
  • Added "SymbolName", "LinkedToSymbolName", and "LinkedToFileName" properties to the OLE Automation GetSymbolProperty method.
June 11, 2010
  • Corrections to how a single line legend gets displayed in a meta file or PDF file.
January 20, 2010
  • Corrections made to improve how current date line and vertical connector lines are drawn in a PDF file.
January 5, 2010
  • Updated to correct problem with MS Project import template BaselinePlusActualsWithStatus.
January 4, 2010
  • Updated to correct error with MS Project import.
December 29, 2009
  • Updated to correct problem with Project import.
December 17, 2009
  • Updated to correct problem with the Clear Current Date Override button in the Dates menu not working.
December 3, 2009
  • Updated to correct problem in displying multiple rows of freeform text where the rows have more than 200 characters.
October 10, 2009
  • Updated to include Compatible with Windows 7 logo.
October 5, 2009
  • Allows Refresh Flag column to be selected, rather always defaulting to Flag17.
  • "NoSaveQuit" optional parameter added to .Close automation method.
September 19, 2009
  • Fixes bug in Project Refresh where times were not always being refreshed properly.
September 18, 2009
  • Fixes bug in Project Refresh dialog box. Sometimes option not being checked or un-checked can causing errors to result in refresh selections.
August 21, 2009
  • Corrected a problem with how program settings get saved in the registry under Windows 7.
August 17, 2009
  • Corrected a problem where symbol movement tooltips would not appear on a secondary monitor configured to be logically to the left of the primary.
August 13, 2009
  • Corrected a problem where schedule-local holidays were not being subtracted from task duration when work both weekend days was also set.
August 5, 2009
  • A new option was added to File | Printing Options, which enables you to cause Symbol Note indicators to also show up on prints, metafiles, and PDFs.
July 31, 2009
  • Corrects a problem with Symbol Mark font color settings being ignored.
July 29, 2009
  • Corrects a problem where Automation Tagged date SmartColumns were being altered after a MS Project Refresh.
  • Fixes error with ReReg not always reregistering Milestones file types completely on Vista 64.
July 24, 2009
  • Corrects a problem where Automation Tagged date SmartColumns could not be used in calculations.
  • Fixes error with Export to Project causing error when no percent complete column existed on the schedule being exported.
July 8, 2009
  • Corrects a problem with after status gradient filled connectors not displaying the after status fill properly when the start date is also after the status date and the end date is off-screen.
  • This update also includes the latest PDF writer software which seems to correct some issues with truncated PDF files when the chart contains lots of gradient filled areas..
June 18, 2009
  • Corrects a problem with MS Project import concerning an issue with custom templates not retaining toolbox settings for schedules originally created with the Gantt step-by-step template.
June 1, 2009
  • Corrects another Error 438 error message.
  • Adds a feature to "refresh from Microsoft Project Server" which will allow selection of schedules residing on Project Server when refreshing.
  • Corrects run-time errors identified associated with refreshing when no schedule tags were assigned to the file.
May 26, 2009
  • Corrects an Error 438 error message displayed when Microsoft Office Project Refresh updates projects imported from Project Server.
May 22, 2009
  • Microsoft Office Project Refresh updated to correct a problem with an Error 13 message being displayed.
  • In the Microsoft Office Project interface a finish variance schedule format / stoplight issue was fixed.
May 20, 2009
  • Microsoft Office Project Refresh updated to correct a problem with the wrong file being opened for refresh in some cases.
May 4, 2009
  • Microsoft Office Project Refresh updated to correct a problem with double open file dialogs being displayed.
April 22, 2009
  • Microsoft Office Project Refresh updated to also refresh projects imported from Project Server.
April 17, 2009
  • Added option to Tools | Program Options under Files and Automation to enable creation of UTF-8 encoded HTML files. By default all HTML files created by Milestones are UTF-16 encoded. UTF-8 encoded files may be more appropriate for non-IIS web servers.
March 31, 2009
  • Fixed problem with Outlook Import/Export program not running peoperly on Vista 64.
  • Fixed problem with pasting column text to a SmartColumn which would sometimes cause a crash.
March 24, 2009
  • Fixed problem with Date control and other dialogs not appearing in the correct location on a multi-monitor system when the secondary monitor is configured left of the primary.
  • In the Microsoft Office Project import wizard, in Gantt Step-By-Step ValueSets, some timescaled valuesets were not being created.
March 10, 2009
  • Problem in Internet Publish of Tiered Hierarchy format where the last used line (under certain conditions) appears unexpectedly in the output has been corrected.
March 6, 2009
  • In the Microsoft Office Project import wizard, fixes a problem with summary-scatter chart symbols being tagged with "alltasks" instead of symbol text field.
March 5, 2009
  • In the Microsoft Office Project import wizard, fixed error in Summary - scatter chart.
February 25, 2009
  • Fixed problem with Copy All Pages to Powerpoint when the regional setting is Norwegian.
February 18, 2009
  • In the Microsoft Office Project import wizard fixed problem with the Earned Value Dashboard template.
  • In the Microsoft Office Project import wizard for custom templates, it's now possible to select a flag with which to filter the Microsoft Project schedule.
  • In the Microsoft Office Project import wizard in Gantt/ Step-by-Step, 1 day milestones were not colored red when the "Color Critical Tasks Red" option was selected.
  • In the Microsoft Office Project import wizardPrevious resource limitation of 300 eliminated.
  • In the Microsoft Office Project import wizard fixed problem with Summary - Scatterchart symbol text.
  • Various problems with how the Rereg function operates on Vista 64 bit and Windows 7 64 bit corrected.
  • Individually rolled up symbols to summary bar limit increased from 200 to 500.
  • Crash when doing symbol link report on very large schedules fixed.
November 23, 2008
  • In the Microsoft Office Project import wizard fixed problem with handling of date orders other than MM/DD/YYYY.
November 10, 2008
  • In the Microsoft Office Project import wizard fixed problem with Milestones Refresh handling of date orders other than MM/DD/YYYY.
November 7, 2008
  • In the Microsoft Office Project import wizard fixed problem with symbol text not appearing on milestones (zero duration tasks).
October 28, 2008
  • Fixes the issues related to dynamic rollup in the Microsoft Office Project import wizard (minor problem), plus a minor problem in the Microsoft Office Project import help file.
October 13, 2008
  • In the Microsoft Office Project import (Refresh) feature, an Error 9 message was corrected.
  • In the Microsoft Office Project import feature, a Filter issue, and a problem with Gantt-Roadmap/Custom Import were corrected.
September 30, 2008
  • In the Microsoft Office Project import feature, some valuesets were not displaying on Earned Value Graphs.
  • Problem associated with having automatic symbol link updating turned on in a master schedule was corrected.
September 15, 2008
  • In the Microsoft Office Project import feature, some baseline dates were not appearing on some import formats.
September 3, 2008
  • Print Preview screen corrected to appear on correct monitor if started on a multi-monitor system.
August 29, 2008
  • Resize-after-edit issues with embedded Milestones objects in PowerPoint have been corrected. This option is on by default but can be turned off in the Tools | Program Options | general screen.
  • If the Graphics properties dialog is displayed, on exiting the dialog, the Edit menu appears, instead of leaving a non-active Graphic selection menu in place.
  • Display of imported bitmaps has been improved.
August 4, 2008
  • Symbol hover time may now be set as high as 30 seconds. Before, the limit was 15 seconds. If the option to display expanded information is set, then the hyperlinked file name full path is displayed.
July 22, 2008
  • Four new code page settings were added to Tools | Program Options | Files and Automation to better support reading in older version (prior to 2004U) non-Unicode Milestones files.
July 15, 2008
  • In the Copy All Pages to PowerPoint feature, there was a problem that when slides added to the current presentation, slides were added incorrectly. Problem has been corrected.
  • In the Microsoft Project Refresh feature there is a new enhancement: It is now possible to select a Microsoft Project Text field and have the text field populate the Milestones constraint field. This can be selected on the refresh options dialog box. Documentation for this feature can be found by selecting Microsoft Office Project Importing on the Help menu.
  • On the format menu on the Enhanced Toolbar, there is now a menu next to the Shadows/Highlights button that enables you to selectively remove all symbol highlighting or all shadows.
July 2, 2008
  • A new horizontal connector was added. This new connector is a Null connector, i.e. it is always invisible. It will appear only if View | Highlight Invisible Symbols is checked. This connector, when paired with the Null symbol, Symbol 28, can be used to temporarily hide tasks from view. It could be useful in a "declutter" template which could be used to hide some less important task bars temporarily without having to delete them.
  • A correction was made to the display position of symbol text set to display below the symbol at an angle of 120, 135, or 150 degrees.
June 26, 2008
  • A new Create Vertical Link section has been added to the Symbol Selection menu under the Vertical Links tab. This is a third way to insert vertical links which was done to make it easier to insert links on dense schedules with overlapping or hard to select symbols. This option lets you select the parent and target symbols using any combination of mouse or keyboard. The currently selected Vertical Connector from the Toolbox is used to insert the connection when the Connect Now button is pressed.
June 16, 2008
  • The Symbol Size menus that drop down from the Enhanced Toolbar now have the current global symbol size checked.
June 13, 2008
  • When importing from Microsoft Office Project, it is now possible to tag symbols with WBS number. It is also possible to refresh with the WBS number.
  • In the Microsoft Office Project interface, the performance for refresh using non-UniqueID (text field or WBS) has been significantly improved.
  • Under Tools | Program Options | Edit it is now possible to select an option that, in most cases, speeds up screen redraws for charts that have a lot of 3D-look highlighted symbols.
June 4, 2008
  • The decimal value of a color is now displayed in the dialog that appears when a color box is clicked in any dialog box. Before, only the RGB values and color name, if defined were displayed.
May 19, 2008
  • In the Microsoft Project Interface, a slowness issue with Milestones Refresh was corrected.
April 29, 2008
  • Milestones Project Interface, Added abbreviations for symbol automation fields, to be used for Milestones Project Refresh:
 

Actual Start = as

 

Baseline 1 Start=b1s (through Baseline 10 Start=b10s)

 

Early Finish=ef

 


Late Finish=lf

 

Actual Finish = af

 

Constraint Date = csd

 

Early Start=es

 

Resume

 

Baseline Finish = bf

 

Created = cr

 

Finish=fn

 

Start = st

 

Baseline Start = bs

 

Deadline = dl

 

Finish 1=fn1 (through Finish 10=fn10)

 

Start 1 = st1 (through Start 10=st10)

 

Baseline 1 Finish=b1f (through Baseline 10 Finish=b10f)

  dt1 = Date1 (through Date 10 = dt10)  

Late Start=ls

 

Stop

 
April 28, 2008
  • Fixed background color issue with Milestones Project Interface Dynamic Rollup coded summary import format.

  • Fixed an issue with the Milestones Project Interface Coded Summary - Coded Symbols.
  • In Milestones Project Interface, Milestones Refresh, added an option to Create Report when refreshing a Milestones schedule from Microsoft Project. The report is placed both on the clipboard and in the user's My Documents folder. The name of the report is milesrefreshfile.txt.
  • In Milestones Project Interface, Milestones Refresh, added an option Ignore Times When Refreshing
April 2, 2008
  • An option to enable extra highlighting of the currently selected menu tab when using the Enhanced Toolbar is now available under Tools | Program Options | General. This option is most useful if you are using the enhanced toolbar on the side or are not using gradient fills on the toolbar.
April 1, 2008
  • Any user defined menus are now also displayed in the Enhanced Toolbar rendition of the Help menu.

  • In the Microsoft Project Interface, Finish Dates plus Status Milestones template in Microsoft Project template is now refreshable.
March 31, 2008
  • The registry flag that sets the default for whether or not embedded metafiles in a schedule are converted to bitmaps before the schedule gets saved as a metafile was still looking at the version 2006 section of the registry. This has been corrected.
March 18, 2008
  • In the Microsoft Project Interface, Refresh option, in list of drop down text fields, Text 22 field was listed as "Test 22". This typo has been corrected.

  • In the Microsoft Project Interface the Project Interface help file has been updated.

  • In the Microsoft Project Interface extra cr/lf at end of tags are removed.

  • When cell text is edited, either in the Enhanced Toolbar, or in the Column Text and Task Row Properties dialog, the situation where numerical values are backspced out in Values columns is now better handled.
March 5, 2008
  • In the Microsoft Project Interface, updated Baseline Plus Actual with Status template. Updated accompanying code to yield more aesthetically pleasing results.
February 21, 2008
  • In the Microsoft Project Interface, fixed ?? on refresh error occurring when using text field to update.

  • In the Microsoft Project Interface, added option to highlight refreshed dates. Also added option to toggle highlight off/on (on connections tab).

  • In the Microsoft Project Interface, added option to reset dates range to refresh option (previously, no choice. Date range was set).

  • Fixed another problem in copy all pages to PowerPoint feature.

February 7, 2008
  • In the Microsoft Project Interface, added option to reset dates (or not).

  • Fixed problem to copy all pages to Powerpoint.

  • Added current symbol color to status bar display for selected symbol.

February 6, 2008
  • In the Microsoft Project Interface, fixed Earned Value - SPI Percentage Bar option.

  • Added an option to SPI Percentage Bar option to use a Date field for status.

  • In the Microsoft Project Refresh - option for using Text field was not working in all cases.

  • Corrected several standard templates, including earned value templates.

November 30, 2007
  • Added an Increase/Decrease size by percent control to Enhanced Graphic Toolbar.
November 29, 2007
  • Corrects issue with in the Coded Summary/Coded Symbols MS Project import format.

  • Corrects issue that sometimes would cause an unwanted white rectangle near angled freeform text.

  • Corrects issue that sometimes would cause the wrong file to be specified for an MS Project Refresh.

November 13, 2007
  • Added size settings to the Enhanced Toolbar that can be used to adjust the size of the currently selected graphic.
  • Corrected problem with wrong default filename extension being preselected when the file is saved as a non-MLB file.
November 12, 2007
  • Corrects issue with some summary line and other computed values not displaying properly in text placed on clipboard when using the Copy Schedule to Clipboard option.
November 8, 2007
  • Adds baseline dates to the export to project option in the MS Project Interface.

  • Corrects an error 13 in the MS Project Interface on non-English systems.
November 6, 2007
  • Corrections to several of the earned value and dashboard templates in the MS Project Interface.
November 1, 2007
  • Correction to error encountered in MS Project Interface concerning Earned Value data import.
October 31, 2007
  • Cost Account Plan template updated to use time-scaled BCWP and BCWS from MS Project.

  • Correction to error encountered in MS Project Interface when empty tasks are encountered.
October 26, 2007
  • Correction to error that prevented some MS Project import choices from being available.
October 25, 2007
  • Updates to three MS Project import templates.
October 10, 2007
  • Corrections made to Enhanced Toolbar when a symbol is selected. The font size and text color override controls now update if a different symbol is selected.