FastTrack Schedule 10 Getting Started Guide

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Get up and running quickly with FastTrack Schedule 10 project management software. This handy guide will introduce you to the program interface and provide an easy five-step tutorial to build a quick project schedule. Learn more about FastTrack Schedule 10 and download a free trial version at http://www.aecsoftware.com

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  • Contents About This Guide ........................................................................................2 Installing and Activating FastTrack Schedule 10 ...............................3 System Requirements ............................................................................3 Installing from a CD ...............................................................................3 Installing from a download .................................................................. 4 Activating the program ........................................................................ 4 Upgrading from a previous version ................................................... 4 Program Overview ......................................................................................5 The Schedule View .................................................................................5 The Calendar View ................................................................................ 6 The Resource View.................................................................................7 Two Windows Interfaces ......................................................................... 8 The Ribbon Bar ....................................................................................... 8 The Classic Menu Bar Interface ........................................................14 Switching Between Windows Interfaces ........................................15 Macintosh Interface .................................................................................16 The Tools .....................................................................................................17 Creating a Schedule ..................................................................................18 Create Unique Presentation Quality Schedules ............................... 23 Helpful Links ..............................................................................................24 Available Schedule View Columns ...................................................... 25 FastTrack Schedule 10 Getting Started Guide 1
  • About This Guide Installing and Activating FastTrack Schedule 10 This guide is designed to help you get up and running quickly with System Requirements FastTrack Schedule 10 by introducing you to the program interface, giving you a five step process to follow as you create a project Windows System Requirements: schedule and explaining the available program columns included in Microsoft Windows XP (SP3), Windows Vista (SP1), Windows 7 your schedule. 500 MHz processor or higher 256MB of RAM For additional information about the program, you can access 150MB of free hard disk space FastTrack Schedules built-in Help anytime FastTrack Schedule is 1024x768 or higher screen resolution running or visit www.aecsoftware.com for program support. Macintosh System Requirements: Mac OS X v10.5.8 Leopard or later, v10.6 Snow Leopard 867 MHz or faster Intel, PowerPC G5, or PowerPC G4 processor 512MB of RAM 150MB free hard disk space 1024x768 or higher screen resolution Installing from a CD Installing for Microsoft Windows XP (SP3), Windows Vista (SP1), Windows 7 from a CD: 1. Insert the FastTrack Schedule CD-ROM into the CD-ROM drive. 2. Wait for a dialog to appear. 3. Click the Install button. 4. Follow the instructions on screen. Installing for Macintosh from a CD: 1. Insert the FastTrack Schedule CD-ROM into the CD-ROM drive. 2. Double-click the FastTrack Schedule Installer icon. 3. Follow the instructions on screen. 2 About This Guide Installing and Activating FastTrack Schedule 10 3
  • Important: Program Overview If you have to reinstall, make sure all the FastTrack Schedule data files that you have created have been moved or copied to a dif- FastTrack Schedule is a project management solution that simplifies ferent folder before you erase the previously installed version of the planning, tracking and management of your projects. FastTrack FastTrack Schedule. Once you delete a file, it may not be possible Schedule is a powerful, easy to use, all-purpose tool for tracking all to restore the file. Consult your operating system documentation your projects activities, tasks, resources, to-do lists, and deadlines for more information about deleting and restoring files. and sharing and consolidating schedules with your team. There are three Views in which to manage your data in FastTrack Installing from a download Schedule. Installing for Microsoft Windows XP (SP3), Windows Vista (SP1), Windows 7 from a Download: The Schedule View This is the primary View of FastTrack Schedule; all other Views 1. Download the FastTrack Schedule 10 Installer. support the Schedule View. It is in this View that you enter activi- 2. Double click the downloaded file. ties; draw activity bars along a timeline; link bars; view critical paths; 3. Follow the instructions on screen. track the Scheduled, Revised and Actual dates and times of tasks in your schedule; insert pictures, text boxes, and legends; and create Installing For Macintosh from a Download: and view summary graphs. 1. Download the FastTrack Schedule 10 Install disk image, and mount it. Most browsers mount the disk image automatically at the end of the download. 2. Double-click the FastTrack Schedule Installer icon. 3. Follow the instructions on screen. Activating the program When you first launch FastTrack Schedule 10, you will be prompted to enter a license key to activate your product. Your license key will be provided in the purchase confirmation email, or with the material delivered to you with a physical box and CD version of the product. Upgrading from a previous version To upgrade from FastTrack Schedule 9 or FastTrack Schedule 8, please download the FastTrack Schedule 10 installer and follow the instructions above. 4 Installing and Activating FastTrack Schedule 10 Program Overview 5
  • The Calendar View The Resource View The Calendar View displays information from the Schedule View in In this View you track and manage the use of resources in your the traditional look of a wall calendar. This allows you to view time project. You can see exactly to which tasks your resources are vertically rather than horizontally, as you do in the Schedule and assigned, what percentage of their total available time is being used, Resource Views. You can view and print completely customizable and how many hours they are working in a given unit of time. calendars that can be filtered to display only those activities you want to see. You can also create a calendar of any number of contiguous In this View, you can create and edit resources, contact details, rates, weeks, not just a full month. and resource work calendars; you can also move bars in the timeline, and change the Scheduled, Revised and Actual dates of tasks. Until In the Calendar View you can draw bars; move bars; hide bars; filter you assign the resources you have created to a task in the Schedule activities to view only those bars you want to see; edit Scheduled, View, no bars will appear in the Resource View. Revised and Actual dates and times; apply ranges and FastSteps; and print the calendar in current, monthly, and custom configurations. 6 Program Overview Program Overview 7
  • Two Windows Interfaces 1. Application Button - displays the application menu which lists controls used to perform actions on the entire document. The Ribbon Bar 2. New - opens the Getting Started dialog. 3. Open - open an existing FastTrack Schedule file. The ribbon bar interface replaces menus with tabs. From each tab 4. Import - import data, iCalendar files and MindJet MindManager you can access grouped controls that allow you to perform all the files. program functions. In FastTrack Schedule the View group, from 5. Save - saves the file to its existing location. which you can switch between the three program views, is available 6. Save As - save the active file with a new name or to a new loca- on every tab. There is only one menu, the Application menu. tion or as a template. 7. Print - print the open View, open the Print Preview window, set Application Menu print and page options. 8. Prepare - open the Properties dialog and set password restric- 17 tions for the active file. 9. Send To - sends the active file as an attachment or as a picture 1 in an email. 2 10. Publish - publish a file to an iCalendar server, unpublish an 3 iCalendar file, view the publish log. 16 11. Export - export the active file as data, HTML, an mpx file, a 4 Microsoft Project XML file, an iCalendar file, a MindJet Mind- 5 Manager file or a picture. 12. Close - close the active file or close the Print Preview window. 6 13. Application Options - set options for FastTrack Schedule. 7 14. Document Options - set options for the active file. 8 15. Exit FastTrack Schedule - closes the program and all active FastTrack Schedule files. 9 16. Recent Documents - view a list of all recently opened files. 10 17. Quick Access Toolbar - always visible, click the icons in this toolbar to quickly save, undo, redo, open existing schedules, 11 open new schedules, and open the Print Preview window. 12 13 14 15 8 Two Windows Interfaces Two Windows Interfaces 9
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