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Merlin Project: Create Project Handbook as PDF

Merlin Project Support

We received the following question just recently:

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I’m using the latest version of Merlin Project on a mac and have created a project file for a client. He has requested a project handbook to be printed or read in Preview or Acrobat Reader. The project handbook should list activities and attachments in a master–detail interface and export a set of predefined properties I am interested in. I don't mind if I need to use a script but I would like the action to do all works in one go; ie. iterate the items, extract the data and create the PDF. Is this possible?

One way to implement the customer's request would certainly be to use the File > Export > Image menu to export customized project views to PDFs or to call File > Print to print your documents.

However, to meet the requirement described above, an AppleScript solution developed by us comes in handy.

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Merlin Project: Focus on Current Activities

News from the Support team

Project management is not only a buzzword for you and you plan your projects on mac or iPad with Merlin Project? Then you probably already know that every project goes through different stages from start to finish. First you define your project. Then you determine the tasks required to plan it. After that you and your team start executing it and the project manager monitors its progress. Finally your project is completed, hopefully successfully.

Project Stages

So let's presume you are done with the first two phases. Now in project execution's phase you are interested in the actual timing and need to know what comes first, what happens next, what is in the current week or day. How can Merlin Project assist you?

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Merlin Project: Import Columns of Data as Activities

News from the Support team

You plan your projects with Merlin Project? Then you already know how easy it is to create new documents for new projects with the tasks you need for its planning. You can choose one of the build-in templates and check our website for more. You might want to import existing project files from supported formats of third-party applications.

You may also choose to start with a blank document and insert new activity items. And of course you can copy data from another Merlin Project file you have created and managed in the past.

Often enough you or your team may have listed activities for the tasks you need to adopt in your planing in a spreadsheet application like Excel or Numbers.

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iPadOS: Upgrade Your iPad With a Keyboard

iPad with keyboard and trackpad

Your Mac hardware came of age? The PC your company provided had to be returned and you would like a personal device on your premises? You have iOS devices and love their ease of use? Your printer supports AirPrint already?

This could be the day when you might consider not buying yet another PC or even a Mac and to go all-in for the mobile solution.

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Merlin Project: Highlight Dependencies

News from the Support team

You plan your projects with Merlin Project? Then you already know how to add, schedule and link activities by dependencies. When ever an activity requires another one before it can start or needs to run parallel to another, or even start after a buffer, planing by dependencies saves you time in getting your schedule done. If one activity drives one or more activities simply link them together. Less dates you enter, the more Merlin Project can help you by calculating the project timeline.

You need to overview the predecessors of a specific activity to understand why it cannot be planned earlier? Or do you want to identify successors benefiting from assigning more resources early on in a chain of activities?

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