#31 Add feature to colour tasks and task groups

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2014-02-03
2012-10-17
Brendan Simon
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I'd like to add a feature request to be able to select colours for tasks, ranges of tasks, so it is easier to see groups or special tasks. The parent tasks should also be able to be coloured. Maybe a background colour highlight could work better, rather than a foreground colour ?? Having the option to set both would be good :) The colour should apply across the spreadsheet and the gantt chart (and/or selectable).

Discussion

  • The Gantt bars are configurable. Unfortunately there is no user interface to change that for now.
    If you want to change the shape and colors of the bars you can edit com/projity/configuration/views.xml in projeclibre.jar.
    For example for summary tasks:

        <format id="Bar.summary" row="1" layer="1" intervalGenerator="com.projity.pm.graphic.gantt.GanttBarIntervalGenerator"  from="Field.start" to="Field.finish">
            <start shapeName="PENTAGON_DOWN" colorName="BLACK" paintName="SOLID" />
            <middle shapeName="HALF_HEIGHT_TOP" colorName="BLACK" paintName="SOLID"/>
            <end shapeName="PENTAGON_DOWN" colorName="BLACK" paintName="SOLID"/>
        </format>
    
     
    • Géza
      Géza
      2012-12-03

      Does this define the format of all the bars?
      As I understand, the idea is that to set different colors (bold, italic etc.) for different tasks. First manually, later by some conditions (e.g. finished, milestones, resource, user flag, due, etc.)
      Then filter may have 2 options: a) only show the filtered rows, b) show the filtered rows in different color (i.e. marked, maybe also selected).
      I'm visual :-)

       
  • noel_d3
    noel_d3
    2013-08-27

    Because we never use priorities, colors is the one thing we miss the most about this program.

     
    Last edit: noel_d3 2013-08-27
  • blackorzar
    blackorzar
    2013-10-10

    I think that changing the color of the task name is good enough for our use cases.
    Another option would be to be able to add a column called color where we can pick the color. That column would save the string colo name (or rgb) so it doesn't make the file unusable in MS Project. This can be an icon if you want to polish it even more.

     
  • chuck
    chuck
    2013-12-16

    Color coding is also very useful for when you have a separate copy of a project and want to tag lines that need to be applied to the Master project, or discussed with the team. I have seen the color coding used quite frequently on various projects that used MS Project. Some of the other reasons discussed already are valid reasons too.

     
  • TobboT
    TobboT
    2014-02-03

    +1 Differently colored bars woulkd make complicated charts easier to read. Only changing font color wouldn't be quite enough I think.
    Many thanks for the great work!