You have several different possibilities for inserting resources into your project:
Whenever you would like to create or transfer a new resource in your project, simply drag it from its source into the resource well (on the bottom right of the Merlin main window). Alternatively, you can click on the plus symbol in the resource list or use the Resource view
When you select a resource in the Resource view or double-click on a resource in the resource list, the details of this specific resource are displayed in the Inspector.
When this icon or this icon is displayed next to the name of the resource, it is an indication that the resource has been inserted from either Mac OS X Address Book or MS Entourage. Clicking on the icon will start the relevant application and display the person in the address book. As the resources are linked to the relevant data record, all modifications you make in the source application can be reflected back in Merlin.
To refresh the contact information of inserted resources
Note: To disconnect inserted resources from the related contacts, call ‘Disconnect from Address’ out of the contextual menu shown.
Merlin supports many types of resources. They are:
It is possible to enter the resource costs. Entering an amount when a rate is expected will automatically change it into a rate/hour when you leave the relevant field. The currency type defined in the Project Settings is applied. If you would prefer to use a time unit other than hours, simply use the costs in the "Rate/Time" unit notation. The following abbreviations can be selected:
Whenever you assign a resource to an activity, the entered rates will be used as a basis for the cost calculations:
This is a the utilization that is given to a resource when assigned to an activity.
The automatic Status shows whether a resource is over or under utilized. If you manually select a flag, the automatic function of this feature is deactivated and the selected flag will always be displayed. Please see Utilization to discover the meaning of the flags colors.
Each resource has its own calendar. By default, the calendar is based on the project calendar. If you wish to make specific changes to a specific resource, such as marking their vacation time, you have to do it in the resource calendar.
When a resource calendar is specified, Merlin intersects the resource calendar with the Project calendar. This behavior can be overridden by specifying which "Precedence" the assignment calendar should take.