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Text against Time/Location bars

The text shown against bars can be the activity description, text entered to override the description or it can be a code such as the User code.

In this example, the activity description has been specified as the default text (see Options later) but is overridden by any text that is entered in the “Location text” column.

If there is limited space, or activities clash, the text can be suppressed by entering a hyphen in the Location text column.

Para conseguir mejor resultado, coloque la descripción únicamente en una barra, de una serie de barras continuas (ver abajo las barras rosas)

El cursor de ‘arrastre’ aparece cuando el puntero del ratón se coloca sobre una descripción. El texto aplicado a la barra puede reposicionarse, arrastrando la descripción a la posición deseada.

Generalmente, hay cinco posiciones a cada lado de la barra y dentro, donde puede posicionarse el texto.

Colouring the bars

The bars on a Time/Location chart can be coloured by float or by the colour of codes attached to the activities. Here the User code has been allocated to activities and the bars adopt the colour of the User code.

The barchart report shown here has been setup to reflect the colours of the User codes.

Stretching a bar

When the cursor crosses the end of a bar, the “stretch” cursor appears. If it is green, the bar can be stretched – this simply changes its duration. If the cursor is red, it means that that activity may not be changed – it is probably a T type bar.

Stretch positions are always the end of the bar – that is the latest end. If the activity has a production code assigned, the next recalculate will restore the production derived duration.

the Chart control

The Options dialog is used to control the activities displayed on the chart. This tab of the dialog controls the look and feel of the document.

Orientation

Note: the “Calendar on vertical axis” checkbox is important. If this is set incorrectly, fitting the bit map on the wrong axis will probably be impossible and an error message will be issued.

Scale and fitting

Change the text size, calendar scale and fitting of the screen Time Location chart.

Bar options

Adjust the colour, bar reference and bar widths as required. .

Background grid

Adjust the grid lines displayed on the chart.

the Time Axis

This tab provides selections of the calendar displayed on the time axis and the divisions to be used.

Calendar strip

Choose the options to display for the calendar strip. Note if you adjust the calendar scale some of the options selected might not be displayed. I.e. elapsed days will not display if the calendar scale is reduced to display weeks.

Calendar scale

Select the calendar lines to display on the screen Time Location chart.

Time indicators

Select the calendar lines to display on the screen Time Location chart.

the Location Axis

Location line

The location axis can be inverted – that is the route map can start on the right and progress to higher values on the left. The “normal” configuration is from left to right – leave the box unchecked for this.

Note the lowest value and highest value defined in the Time Location definitions, will be used to plot the location line.

Location image

Browse and select a scaled image to display with the chart. The scale image used should have a ration less than 1/3 of the chart orientation used to ensure a sensible chart.

To make more space available vertically, allowing a bigger scale to be selected, the image can be hidden by double clicking on it and the “Show Locations” and “Show Codes” boxes can be unchecked.

Styles, Colours and Fonts

All the fonts used on the chart can be managed on this tab. In addition, the background colours and the colours used for the text can be changed. Using background colours (behind the route map and the calendar here) help to distinguish areas of the chart. Double click on the item to change.