FAQ Project Plan 365 MAC

​​​Compat​ibility

Is Project Plan 365 for Mac compatible with Microsoft Project 2016 & 2013 files?

Yes, PP365 works with projects saved in Microsoft Project 2016 & 2013 (as well 98, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2010!).

What OS X are supported by Project Plan 365 for Mac?

Project Plan 365 for Mac supports Yosemite 10.10, El Capitan

What versions of Microsoft© Project are supported by Project Plan 365 for Mac?

The following versions of Microsoft Project files are supported Microsoft Project 2016 & 2013, 2010, Microsoft Project 2007 and Microsoft Project 2003 (as well as 98, 2000, 2002).

Licensing, Maintenance & Support

How long is the free trial period for Project Plan 365 for Mac?

Project Plan 365 for Mac offers a fully functional, 30 days trial period.

What are the terms of the Project Plan 365 for Mac license. Are licenses perpetual or is this a subscription service?

The license is perpetual, with no expiration. There is a 1 year term for free updates and support, but the license does not expire. A subscription service is also available.

I received a "renewal reminder" - is this mandatory? Will my software continue to work if I choose not to renew?

Nothing happens on the renewal date other than the expiration of your term for free updates and support. The Project Plan 365 for Mac will continue to function properly. The advantage of renewing is access to all updates and discounts on future releases.

What are the benefits to "renewing" the maintenance and support agreement?

The primary main benefits of renewing are:

Technical Support: Continued 24/7 access to the online help desk support team.

Access to latest releases: Renewing your maintenance and support agreement entitles you to interim releases and update. In order to match Microsoft's updates and service packs, we typically release several service packs per year which typically offer additional enhancements and performance improvements.

Locked-in pricing: Purchasing an extended-term maintenance and support plan offer shelter from future price increases and help make budgeting/planning more predictable.

Installation

Where does Project Plan 365 for Mac get installed?

Project Plan 365 for Mac can be installed on a Mac workstation You can check the Project Plan 365 for Mac product manual for details on install instructions, minimum system requirements and other technical and functional information.

Functionality

How do I open an MPP Project file?

Once Housatonic Project Plan 365 for Mac is installed, you simply double click on the file, either on your system or an email attachment.

Can I modify my MS Project File with Project Plan 365 for Mac?

Yes, Project Plan 365 for Mac has write capabilities.

Can I create MS Project File with Project Plan 365 for Mac?

Yes, Project Plan 365 for Mac can create, modify and open MS Project MPP files.

I have used MS Project before. How much re-learning is involved with Project Plan 365 for Mac?

Project Plan 365 for Mac looks and "feels" like MS Project. You'll barely notice the difference. With the remarkably intuitive interface, for most users, no training is necessary.

How Do I Change a Task’s Start and Finish Dates in Project Plan 365 for Mac?

All Task is Auto Scheduled, you leave Project Plan 365 for Mac to calculate Start and Finish dates.  If you attempt to override these calculated dates, Project Plan 365 for Mac applies a Task Constraint based on the dates you enter.

Can I Change the Background Color of a Project Plan 365 for Mac Gantt Chart?

You can’t change the color of a Gantt Chart background, only non-working time and gridlines.

Filtering

Does Project Plan 365 for Mac have a Filter option?

Yes, Filter is as easy to use as in MS Project. Just select a Filter criteria from the Project/Filter menu or with the toolbar button.

How can I view the tasks allocated to a particular resource in Gantt Chart?

Click the Filter button (or select Filter from Project / Filter menu), chose Using resource. From available filters, click "Apply", type or select the resource name in the combo box and then click ok. Gantt Chart View will display only the tasks allocated to the selected resource.

How Can I View Incomplete Tasks?

An Incomplete Task is where Percentage Completion is less than 100%.  You can filter Incomplete Tasks from the View tab and the Filter dropdown.

How Can I View Critical Tasks?

Make sure you’re in Gantt Chart view and move to the Project menu select Critical Path options. You can also view Slack by checking the Schedule table.

Is there any way to save Filter and Sort states when exit the startup cycle?

No. Filter and Sort states are reset every time a new file is opened.

Reports

Does Project Plan 365 for Mac generate MS Project reports?

Yes. In order to view the reports select Reports menu. Reports are split into 5 categories: Overview, Current Activities, Costs, Assignments and Custom Reports.

Does Project Plan 365 for Mac have "drill down" capabilities?

Yes. You double-click on the task to display detailed task information.

Display/Layout

Can I insert and view other columns like WBS, cost, duration, etc.?

Yes. You can insert/hide any of the standard MS project columns

Can I change the format of the labels for the timescale in Gantt Chart?

Yes, you can modify the labels for timescale in Gantt Chart and any other view by double clicking on the timescale or selecting Format / Timescale from the Main Menu and then selecting a different value in the Label combo box.

How Can I Schedule Tasks By the Hour Rather than By the Day?

Change the default duration to hours. To do this, go to the File tab, select Options and then the Schedule category. Also, it helps to change the Timescale Units of the Gantt Chart so the Middle Tier shows days and the Bottom Tier shows hours. Double click on the Timescale at the top of the Gantt Chart to do this.

How Project Plan 365 for Mac calculate the Duration of Summary Tasks?

Project Plan 365 for Mac will calculate the duration of Summary Tasks based on subtasks duration and properties. 

Opening Projects and Subprojects

Can Project Plan 365 for Mac read password protected files?

When loading a password protected file, you'll be prompted to enter the password. The file will only open when the correct password has been entered.

Can Housatonic Project Plan 365 for Mac open master MS Projects with multiple subprojects files?

Yes.

My mpp file contains subprojects. Do I need to select them?

Housatonic Project Plan 365 automatically searches for subprojects files in the main project file path and its subfolders.

Multi Language Support

Does Project Plan 365 for Mac support European date formats (i.e. dd/mm/yyyy)?

Yes. Housatonic Project Plan 365 for Mac will automatically pick the date formats from your regional settings. Also you can change the date formats on the fly from the "File/Options" menu option (General Settings tab).

My mpp files are in Chinese, German or French. Can I view them?

Yes. Project Plan 365 for Mac has multi-language display capabilities.

Does Project Plan 365 for Mac support East Asian languages (Chinese, Japanese, Korean, etc.)?

Yes, all you have to do is to install the files for East Asian language in Control Panel/Regional and Language Options/Language tab in order to correctly view the files.

Does Housatonic Project Plan 365 for Mac support complex scripts and right-to-left languages?

Yes, but you have to install the files for complex script and right-to-left languages in Control Panel/Regional and Language Options/Language tab in order to correctly view the files.

Printing

Can I print my Project mpp files

Yes. In File menu select "Print".

Can I print just parts of my project plan based on dates or task selections?

Yes. Housatonic Project Plan 365 for Mac provides an advanced printing capability that allows you to select date or task ranges for printing.

Can I fit my project plan to just one or two pages?

Yes. In order to do that, use the "fit to one or two pages" option in the advanced printing.

How can I print just the task list in Project Plan 365 for Mac, not the entire Gantt?

You can access the task list by opening Tasks Sheet view from view bar. After the view is opened, you can access the print options to print the view.

Is there any way to print the notes associated to the tasks?

Yes. You can print the notes by checking Print Notes option in the Page Setup. The notes will be printed at the end of the document.

Can I resize the columns and print them with the width I have chosen?

Yes, you can resize the columns in the view; when printing the columns width will be maintained. You can confirm this by using print preview button.

Accessibility

Is Housatonic Project Plan 365 for Mac 508 compliant?

Yes​​

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