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BigPicture 8.7 is out!

We are thrilled to present the next batch of enhancements and improvements focused on ease of use and flattening the learning curve for new users. Check out the highlights!

Bettered UX & UI

Gantt: In-line editing of task duration

Conduct duration-based planning more easily

In most cases, telling how long a task will take is necessary to define the actual start and end date. That’s why duration-based planning in BigPicture is becoming more intuitive and time-efficient. You can edit the task duration field right on the Gantt chart (in the task-list columns).

Gantt: Greying out irrelevant dependencies

Navigate dependency networks with greater clarity

While working on projects with a vast dependency network you need to know how every single task is connected with other items. Thanks to this smart UI tweak, whenever you mark a specific task on Gantt, all dependencies that are irrelevant to that task get greyed out – giving you a neat and clear view of the situation.

Resources: In-line editing of the Assignee field

Reassign tasks directly in the Resources module

While managing resources, sometimes you may notice that some of them are overallocated and even see what particular tasks they are burdened with. Thanks to this UX improvement, you can reassign tasks right in the “workload details” window – without the risk of accidentally editing dates.

Overview and across modules: Handy period pickers

Set time ranges of your projects and other initiatives in just three clicks!

Why click five or more times when you can get the same result in just three clicks? When you create or edit a project or whatever other items you use for organizing work in the Overview module or in other modules without children items, you can set their time ranges by just marking them on the compact calendar grid – the period picker.

Across modules: Contextual access to scope definition

Access the Scope Definition screen in contextually relevant places

Scope Definition screen – the one where you specify what range of tasks is included in an initiative – is becoming more accessible. Now, you can open it in all those places where defining an initiative’s scope is necessary, like an empty project. Consequently, you can easily preview your Scope Definition settings and adjust them incrementally.

Easier first steps

Gantt: Allocation insights in the Resources panel

Monitor resource allocation on Gantt in a more knowledgeable way

Numbers on color-coded cells of the Gantt module’s Resources panel have always been  an enigma to new users. In fact, checking why a resource was overloaded required visiting the Resources panel. Now, you can display details such as effort mode, total workload and remaining capacity of a resource right in the Resources panel of the Gantt module.