FAQ Project Viewer 365 PC/Server

​​Version and Compatibility

What is the current version of Housatonic Project Viewer? How frequently is the program updated?

The current version is Housatonic Project Viewer 365. It was released June, 2016.

Does Project Viewer 365 open Microsoft Project 2016 & 2013 files?

Yes, PV365 opens projects saved in Microsoft Project 2016 & 2013 (as well 98, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2010!).

What platforms are supported by Project Viewer 365 for desktop?

PV365 supports Windows XP, Windows7 , Windows 8 Pro and Windows 10​.

What versions of Microsoft© Project are supported by Project Viewer 365?

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 Viewer 365?

Housatonic PV365 offers a fully functional, 30 days trial period.

What are the terms of the PV365 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 Housatonic Project Viewer 365 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.


Where does Housatonic Project Viewer 365 get installed?

PV365 can be installed on a Windows workstation or may be installed on a network server depending on the license option chosen. You can check the Housatonic Project Viewer product manual for details on install instructions, minimum system requirements and other technical and functional information.

Do I need .Net Framework to run PV365 for PC?

Yes, Client .Net Framework 4 or higher is required, but it's simple to download and install. It is very likely that you already have .NET Framework installed on your PC. If you don't have .NET Framework already installed, you can download .Net 4 for free from Microsoft.

Is it possible to do a "silent" automated install?

Yes. After downloading and unzipping the install kit, open the Command Prompt Window, Locate the directory where you saved the ProjectViewer_365_xx_xx.msi file and use the command msiexec /i ProjectViewer_365_xx_xx.msi /q KEY="license-key".


How do I open an MPP Project file?

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

Can the user modify my MS Project File with PV365?

No, PV365 doesn't have write capabilities, only view.

I have used MS Project before. How much re-learning is involved with PV365 for PC?

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

Can I use Project Viewer 365 for PC over a Citrix/Terminal Services Windows Server platforms?

Yes. PV365 for PC can run on Citrix/Windows Terminal Services


Does PV365 have an AutoFilter option?

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

How can I filter through AutoFilter?

Option A: If the project was saved without AutoFilter activated, you may activate it either by the Project/Filter menu or by the AutoFilter toolbar button. Then click on the arrow for a desired column header to select the filter to apply to that column. You can also filter on multiple columns through the AutoFilter option.

Option B: If the project was saved without AutoFilter activated, you may activate it either by the Project/Filter menu or by the AutoFilter toolbar button. Then click the AutoFilter arrow next to each field heading for the field that contains information you want to display, and then click a value to filter the table. You can also filter on multiple columns through AutoFilter option.

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.

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.


Can PV365 display and update the external tasks?

Yes, the external tasks are displayed in specific colors and can be updated from linked projects through Team/Link Between Projects form.

Does PV365 generate MS Project reports?

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

Does Housatonic Project Viewer 365 for PC have "drill down" capabilities?

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


Can I view in split screen?

Yes, PV365 has a Split option under Window menu which allows you to review project information in two different ways simultaneously.

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 combobox.

Opening Projects and Subprojects

Can PV365 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 Viewer 365 for PC open master MS Projects with multiple subprojects files?


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

Housatonic Project Viewer 365 automatically searches for subprojects files in the main project file path and its subfolders. Only if any of the subprojects are not found, will you be prompted to select them. This will happen when you try to expand the task containing the subproject.

Can PV365 display the customized views I have created with Microsoft Project?

Yes, PV365 will display the customized views created, modified and saved in Microsoft Project including tables, bar & text styles, timescale settings, applied filter and sort, etc.; except for the combination type views.

Does Housatonic Project Viewer 365 for PC open MPP Files from Microsoft Project Server?

Yes, Project Viewer 365 is able to open any project saved in Microsoft Project Server. However, the users will have to authenticate themselves before accessing the projects list. The authentication is done the same as they do in Microsoft Project by selecting either NT Authentication or Project Server Authentication methods.

I cannot connect to Microsoft Project Server to see the list of projects. What should I do?

First of all, please check the collaboration options: make sure the Project Server URL is entered correctly and test the connection; then, make sure your identification for Project Server is correct. If you still cannot connect, contact your system administrator to make sure Microsoft Office Project Server is started.

Does Housatonic Project Viewer 365 for PC support loading MPP Files saved previously in Microsoft SQL Server or Oracle databases?

Yes, Housatonic Project Viewer 365 is able to open any project saved through Open via ODBC option in File menu. This includes SQL Server, Oracle, Access, etc.


Does PV365 work with .net 2.0?

Project Viewer 365 requires .Net 4.0+. Typically this will already be installed on the PC, but may also be downloaded (separately) for free. If your environment requires that you use .Net 2.0 please contact us sales@projectviewercentral.com.

Multi Language Support

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

Yes. Housatonic Project Viewer 365 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. PV365 has multi-language display capabilities.

Does PV365 for PC 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 Viewer 365 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.


Can I print my MS Project mpp files directly from Windows Explorer without opening the viewer?

Yes. Just install Housatonic Project Viewer 365, right click on your mpp file in Windows Explorer and select "Print" in the file Context Menu.

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

Yes. Housatonic Project Viewer 365 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 PV365, not the entire Gantt?

You can access the task list by clicking More Views button and selecting Tasks Sheet view from the pop-up that appears. 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.

How can I add a header or footer to my printed project?

Same way as in MS Project: Go to Page Setup/Header or Footer tab and you can choose the item to apply from a large variety of project information or simply write the text you want to appear.

Does the Housatonic Project Viewer 365 support silent printing?

Yes. See out tips section for step by step instructions for silent printing.


Is Housatonic Project Viewer 365 for PC 508 compliant?


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