FastTrack Schedule

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FastTrack Schedule is an award winning[citation needed] project management software program that is used for planning, tracking, and reporting project goals. Available since 1987, it is made by AEC Software, Inc., a small business headquartered in the Washington, D.C. area.

FastTrack Schedule has a global customer base and has been localized into 6 languages (English, Japanese, French, German, Spanish, and Italian). Some of their high profile users include: NASA, Nike, Amazon.com, Honda, Pixar, MIT Lincoln Laboratory, and The Olympic Games. The application enables users to organize tasks into project plans, assign resources to tasks, use effort driven scheduling, and view project details in Gantt charts, monthly calendars, and resource histograms, and more.

FastTrack Schedule's capabilities are suited for project management beginners[1] as well as experienced project managers[2] working in small to mid-sized project teams. Versions are available for Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X [3] and files are cross-platform compatible,[4] enabling team members on PCs and Macs to collaborate on projects.

FastTrack Schedule also exchanges data with spreadsheets (including Microsoft Excel), databases, organizers such as Microsoft Outlook and Apple's iCal, Mindjet MindManager mind mapping software, and other project management software including Microsoft Project.[5]

On 5 September 2012, FastTrack Schedule Go for the iPad was released. A productivity app sold on Apple iTunes, it allows the user to analyze, present, and take their schedule with them. It works with FastTrack Schedule Mac/Win files, XML, and Microsoft Project files.

Some Features[edit]

Intuitive Interface[6]

The Mac product has a Format Bar that was modeled after the iWork suite, while the Windows product uses the Ribbon. The Format Bar and Ribbon are both context-sensitive and contain key scheduling tools. In addition, they can be customized by dragging and dropping features you use the most.

Base and Work Calendars

Choose Base Calendars such as standard, 24 hour, and night shift calendars, or customize your own. These calendars can be defined per task, so projects can have an unlimited number of Work Calendars.

Effort-Driven Scheduling

For tasks that can be completed faster by adding more resources, use Effort-Driven Scheduling for simple schedule compression. Automatically adjust task durations as resources are added or subtracted, while keeping the total work for a task constant.

Image Columns

Use Image Columns to add pictures of task items, staff, resources, designs, progress photos, etc, directly into column cells. Images automatically scale as thumbnails to match row heights and display as larger images when you hover over them.

Assignment Contouring

Choose from eight built-in work contours or customize your own for the ultimate ease and flexibility in resource scheduling. Assignment contouring enables you to quickly re-distribute your resources' efforts on a task for those special cases and must-meet deadlines.

Work Usage Inspector

Monitor resource workloads while making assignments in the Schedule View. The Work Usage Inspector displays Resource Usage Graphs at the base of the Gantt chart to provide a detailed snapshot of a resource's free and busy time, enabling you to make precise assignments and effectively manage resource costs.

Address Book Integration & Resource Information Form

Add address book contacts – including their photo and contact details – directly into your projects. The Resource Information Form organizes work schedules, rates, and all contact information into a single comprehensive form.

iMedia Browser

Use the iMedia Browser to add photos, logos, sketches, and other images to your schedule.

Etc.

Resource Management: Collect, organize, and track a resource's Details, Skill Sets, Materials/Supplies, Costs, Groups, by creating from scratch or importation.

Collaboration: Work with others using Team Calendars, Timeline, Issue Tracking, Email Integration, and Dashboard.

Project Management: Includes tools for Task Management, Mind Maps, Task Feedback, Scheduling, Calendars, Timelines, Ganntt Charts, Interactive Gantt Charts, Reporting, Statistics, Work Load, Financials, Document Management, Privacy Settings, Budgetting, Critical Path Method, Project Templates, Baseline, Custom Baseline, Milestones.

Help & Support: A robust and highly praised support system is provided. It includes: Training Courses, FAQ's, Tutorials, User Manual, Email Support, Online Form Support, Telephone Support, and an online forum.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pings & Packets from eWEEK Labs
  2. ^ The latest version of FastTrack makes it easy to see cause and effect
  3. ^ FastTrack Schedule 9.1- MacLife
  4. ^ Small Business Technology Magazine - FastTrack Schedule 9 - by Small Business Technology Magazine Labs 2006 Top 10 Products of the Year
  5. ^ PC World - FastTrack Schedule boosts Mindjet MindManager support
  6. ^ FastTrack Schedule 10 Specifications

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