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Fix a bug in GanttProject, free project management software Apps
GanttProject seems to be a good replacement for Microsoft Project. It is in active development, and it's supposed to run on different platforms since it is written 100% in Java. There is a bug that shows up in both Jaguar and Panther that prevents any of the text and icons in the window and its menu from displaying. The bugfix is to replace a line in the preference file. However, it doesn't describe how to do it.

Read on if you would like to take another step to free yourself from Microsoft.

The problem is that the preference file where you have to change the line doesn't exist until you quit the program. So in order for the program to create the file, you have to fumble through the window's messed up menu to find the Quit menu item. (Do not quit from the menu at the top of the screen; you have to do it from within the window.) Afterwards, you can follow the directions in the bugfix to change a line in the .ganttproject file in your home directory from (shown as two lines for space reasons):

<looknfeel name="Kunststoff"
 class="com.incors.plaf.kunststoff.KunststoffLookAndFeel"/>
to
<looknfeel name="Mac OS X" class="apple.laf.AquaLookAndFeel"/>

Alternatively, you can create a new .ganttproject file in your home directory with the following text. This assumes that you are using version 1.9.10, and you put the .jar file in your main Applications directory. (You can then just doubleclick on the .jar file to run the program.)


<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE ganttproject.sourceforge.net>
<ganttproject-options>
    <language selection="en"/>
    <task-color red="140" green="182" blue="206"/>
    <geometry x="315" y="157" width="810" height="608"/>
    <looknfeel name="Mac OS X" class="apple.laf.AquaLookAndFeel"/>
    <automatic-launch value="false"/>
    <dragTime value="true"/>
    <tips-on-startup value="true"/>
    <redline value="true"/>
    <xsl-dir dir="jar:file:/Applications/ganttproject-1.9.10.
     jar!/xslt"/>
    <xsl-fo file="jar:file:/Applications/ganttproject-1.9.10.jar!/xslfo/
     ganttproject.xsl"/>
    <working-dir dir="/Users/louie"/>
    <files>
    </files>
</ganttproject-options>
IMPORTANT NOTE: The xsl-dir and xsl-fo lines above are split for a narrower story display. When entering the code, remove the line break but do not add a space!
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Works as advertised!
Authored by: bonzo2000 on Jan 22, '04 01:26:19PM

Looks like an interesting piece of software. Thanks for pointing it out, and for the fix!



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Works as advertised!
Authored by: LouieNet on Jan 26, '04 03:39:21AM

You're very welcomed!

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G4 cube, 1152M RAM, OS X Server 10.2.8
17" Powerbook G4, 1G RAM, OS X 10.2.8



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Fix a bug in GanttProject, free project management software
Authored by: LC on Jan 22, '04 01:37:22PM

Anyone seen mrproject (from codefactory) ported to OS X? Larry.



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GNOME Office - MrProject
Authored by: LouieNet on Jan 26, '04 03:53:26AM
I wouldn't hold my breath for an OS X port of MrProject. But I'd imagine that you can install the GNOME Desktop, and then install MrProject relatively easily.

Since I don't have any GNOME software on my Mac, I can't really advise much further than pointing you at fink for installing the GNOME Desktop from the fink distribution.

http://fink.sourceforge.net

Good luck!
Louie

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G4 cube, 1152M RAM, OS X Server 10.2.8
17" Powerbook G4, 1G RAM, OS X 10.2.8

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Great product, but...
Authored by: bettonn on Jan 23, '04 02:19:50AM

Off-Topic slightly...

I have been looking for something to free me of my Microsoft Project fixation and this seems to be the one.

I have a question though, how do you alter the resources type in the settings dialog?



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Another option FastTrack
Authored by: jason mark on Jan 23, '04 08:51:36PM

You might want to also look at Fast Track, published by AEC software ( http://www.aecsoft.com/ ).

In the past it was fairly unstable, but it's latest version has proven fairly solid. Easy to set up, and easy to use (esp. if you know project). Lot's of features, although a few little niggly things will piss you off if you use it often... (esp. the way resources are assigned to tasks and tracked. It's so cumbersome to be useless).



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Another option FastTrack
Authored by: LouieNet on Jan 26, '04 04:04:18AM

FastTrack looks very interesting. But being the lone Mac user who dares to replace his office PC in a Windows-only company, I would need some compelling reasons to come up with my own funds to buy FastTrack. However, I can see this product being perfect for the career project manager.

Thanks for the pointer!

Louie, network engineer

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G4 cube, 1152M RAM, OS X Server 10.2.8
17" Powerbook G4, 1G RAM, OS X 10.2.8



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working with resource roles
Authored by: LouieNet on Jan 26, '04 03:57:52AM

I've found that while you can't edit the existing resource roles, you can add new ones under the Edit, Settings menu option.

Louie

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G4 cube, 1152M RAM, OS X Server 10.2.8
17" Powerbook G4, 1G RAM, OS X 10.2.8



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Fix a bug in GanttProject, free project management software
Authored by: achterberg on Jan 28, '04 12:58:35AM

I am using 10.2.8, wth the latest 1.4.1 Java update, and it runs extremely slow on my iBook Dual USB (granted, I need to upgrade). I downloaded this at work and it is rather snappy on Windows. Has anyone used this on OSX? Is there some optimization trick I'm missing?



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exporting to PDF
Authored by: LouieNet on Jan 29, '04 01:40:45PM
Reader Dipak Patel and I had been trying unsuccessfully to get PDF export to work until his question in the help forum prompted an answer to download the .zip file rather than just the .java file. The .zip file is larger because it includes the necessary libraries for this feature.

http://sourceforge.net/forum/message.php?msg_id=2400509

Woo hoo! Thanks Dipak!

Louie

P.S. If you have a large project, the chart might not be readable in the exported PDF format. You may still have to print to PDF directly (or from the HTML export to customize page size) to generate multiple sheets to get larger print.

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G4 cube, 1152M RAM, OS X Server 10.2.8
17" Powerbook G4, 1G RAM, OS X 10.2.8

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exporting to PDF
Authored by: LouieNet on Jan 29, '04 01:54:32PM

And if you've started by downloading the .zip file, and you're using the preference file I posted initially, you'll have to modify it slightly to accommodate for the slightly more complicated file structure.

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G4 cube, 1152M RAM, OS X Server 10.2.8
17" Powerbook G4, 1G RAM, OS X 10.2.8



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Better Mac OS X integration
Authored by: LouieNet on Jan 29, '04 01:48:47PM
Check out this article by Tony Piselli for a script that will launch GanttProject with all the necessary libraries from the .zip download. From the article:
The script provides the following benefits to the user:
  • names the application GanttProject in the application menu instead of net.sourceforge.ganttproject,
  • uses the projects gif file for its logo in the dock,
  • puts the applications menus where Mac users expect them: up top with the system menus instead of in the frame.
Check it out! It works great. Depending on which version you download and where you put your files, the script may require slight modifications.

Louie

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G4 cube, 1152M RAM, OS X Server 10.2.8
17" Powerbook G4, 1G RAM, OS X 10.2.8

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project management software alternative
Authored by: sbristo on Feb 17, '04 01:44:22PM
It's not free but one of the best project management software packages I have seen to date is Infowit Creative Manager's Project Management Software It's really designed specifically for the creatives and designers, and because of that they really focus on making it a great platform for all of us Mac users. It's all web-based and works great on Safari as well as Mozilla and IE. It's really a complete package that incorporates Estimating, Integrated Scheduling (with Gantt Charts), Time Cards, Tracking, Client Review and Approvals, Asset Management, Contact Management, Prospecting, Procurement, Purchasing, Financials. Enjoy!

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Fix a bug in GanttProject, free project management software
Authored by: malc on Feb 17, '04 03:48:12PM

Im a recent Wintel convert could somebody explain where the ganttproject file is ? I've loaded the zip files and put everything in the applications folder. I've run the jar file and the quit from the file menu. But I cant find the file to modify.

Thanks,

Malc



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Fix a bug in GanttProject, free project management software
Authored by: clutchcargo on Feb 22, '04 06:14:48AM
Hi,

While on the topic of os x based project management tools, you guys should check out www.copperproject.com

Probably the best PM tool I've come across.


Regards, Dave.

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Fix a bug in GanttProject, free project management software
Authored by: designjunky on Jan 07, '05 02:15:17PM
We're fond of Creative Manager Pro. It's doing what we need to do. Yes, it' also not free, but it's made our life MUCH easier. For the price, it's worth the look.

Check them out at http://www.Creative-Manager.com

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Fix a bug in GanttProject, free project management software
Authored by: ispeak on Feb 04, '11 07:20:40AM
Hi guys. Maybe you'd like to check out this post. It has a comparison of the many project management software.

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