Dbi-Tech Solutions Schedule .NET v8.0 - Visualizing Enterprise Resource Data

Dbi-Tech Solutions Schedule .NET v8.0

Dbi-Tech Solutions Schedule .NET v8.0
Dbi-Tech Solutions Schedule .NET v8.0

Potato chip production to your favourite Plumber's Schedule to Container Ship Logistics, visualizing enterprise resources across dynamic timelines leads to successful outcomes with the right resources in the right places at the right times.

Chosen by market leading commercial software companies and senior development teams as the number one drag and drop, Gantt style, interactive scheduling component software.

Welcome to Solutions Schedule .NET - the industry tested developer's choice of snap-in Enterprise Resource Planning and Scheduling component software.

There are five primary elements that comprise Solutions Schedule:

The Schedule Area, where time bars are created and interacted with and through which developers define the type of Gantt style end-user interaction, varying degrees of accuracy and supporting information that can be surfaced.

The multi column List View and Tree View area - where developers define either style of presentation - the direct edit List View or the Tree View and connect data for presenting and interacting with categorized lists of Resources.

The Ruler Area, which offers direct time line customization for creating plans and schedules based on time types and time lines of Seconds to Years.

List Items, which originate in the List View / Tree View area and carry through the Scheduling Area for contiguous representation of Resources and the tasks and roles assigned to them.

The Time Bars, which reside in the Schedule Area that complete DBI’s unique Gantt Style, intuitively interactive, Drag and Drop planning and scheduling surface.

Each of the primary elements that comprise Solutions Schedule are managed dynamically by the architecture and business rules applied through the construct of the control.

Further, via the Properties, Events and Methods (PEMs) developers are provided discrete programmability and full control of the control's presentation - including user (owner) drawn features built into the List / Tree View, Time Line Ruler, Time Bars and Schedule area. User Drawn features are found in the Enterprise license.

Schedule Object Details
The Schedule Area offers developers and end-users an intuitive Gantt style, drag and drop area for planning and scheduling multiple resources grouped and organized as required across various time lines and time-period presentations.

When managing resources across domains and with varying time tables there is a significant advantage offered by Solutions Schedule - being able to present multiple schedules each with differing time scales and schedule period spans (days, weeks etc.) - and all in one view that also allows dragging and dropping between the schedule objects for increased efficiency.

Within the Schedule Area there are a number of objects that offer fine grained interaction with schedule plans. For example:

Notes – Notes are stationary visual objects in the schedule. Tool tips with information about the note are displayed when the mouse hovers over the Note icon. Notes can be used to draw attention to important aspects of a schedule.

Line arrows are images placed at the start or end of a schedule item notifying the end-user that other tasks have been scheduled that are not within the viewable schedule area.

Guide Lines are vertical lines within the schedule area for representing a critical point in time and also to help align time bars accurately.

Current Time Line is a vertical line drawn in the schedule representing the current time of day. The Current Time Offset property can be used to display the line in different time zones.

Dead zones set specific areas of the schedule where activities cannot be set - mouse actions are not allowed to create or move time bars in a dead zone.

Edit modes extend or restrict the CRUD aspects of Solutions Schedule .NET. There are seven specific edits modes: Edit, Erase, Select, Link, Unlink, Split and Guideline, which can be presented via the Edit Modes Toolbar object.

We often encounter large schedule presentations having thousands of Resources with an exponential number of Time bars planned over an extended period of time. In these situations it's really nice having the List Guide feature available to assist interaction within the Schedule Area especially when the resource list / tree may not be in view.

Multi Column List / Tree View Object Details

Solutions Schedule .NET offers two operational modes for displaying Resources - a traditional multi - column List View, as well, a Tree View:

In addition to the multi column list and tree view options, there are many customization and intuitive end-user features that allow for unique ERP, MRP and other planning presentations, including:

In Cell Editing:
Built in edit box and combo box
Support for 3rd party edit controls
Standard edit modes: , , , and for navigation
Modify the Edit Controls default move and size settings
Direct access of text and combo boxes for:
• Addition of new navigation keys
• Overriding behavior of existing navigation keys
• Creating edit masks

List / Tree View Area Options
Change Line Item height by click and drag
Change Column widths by click and drag
Column Sorting built-in
Line Item Headers independent of columns
Click and drag line items within parent group*
Line Item sub text
Booleans – support for check boxes in a column
Set Resource List Horizontal Scroll Bar Visible

List / Tree View Area - User Drawn Features:
• Line Item – Override the default painting of a line item.
• Cells – Override the default painting of a single line item cell
• Column Headers – Override the default painting of a column header
• Title - Override the default painting of the list title
• Resource List UserDrawn Horizontal Scroll Bar

Time Line Ruler

The Schedule Ruler offers great flexibility for creating and managing activities, roles, appointments, etc. across any combination of time type and time value:

User Drawn Timeline Ruler Segments - ie. custom week presentation
Time types include divisions of hours, days, weeks, months and years.
Time Distance values allow for managing resources down to the second - an important aspect when scheduling robotics - and to years for planning conferences, equipment rentals and production cycles having long durations.
The Time Distance property allows developers to create zoom-in and zoom-out capabilities for their schedule presentations.
Ruler Selection – The start and end time of a selected time bar is highlighted in the time line ruler, allowing for more accurate alignment of resource time allocations.

Time Bar Features

Time bars represent the events, assigned roles and appointments attributed to each resource across the time line in a schedule object.

Time bar functionality offered in Solutions Schedule is extensive, offering developers the ability to provide and end-users the opportunity to consume a wealth of information in a single glance:

Regular text and sub-text – time bars support 2 text string display options
Text Into View – Make sure the data intended for display is always visible
Time Bar Dates – display the start / end days of the month within a time bar
Duplicate time bars quickly with keyboard and mouse actions
Customize time bar presentations with:

• Set TimeBars Visible by Attribute
• Milestone markers
• Stock and custom supplied images
• Percentage complete graphs in time bars
Set View - per Schedule Object, set the Schedule View
Overlap lines – extra thick lines drawn at the points where time bars overlap
Toggle Time Bars – place time bars behind or to the front
Alignment Lines – vertical lines appearing at either end of a time bar when a time bar is being created, moved or sized allowing for precision alignment
Links – Time bars can be linked with Gantt lines. Link time bars in any combination of Start to Start, Start to End, End to Start and End to End with standard, reciprocal or direct link.
Link Lines, Dash Patterns and Styles, User Drawn Link Lines

General Features

Set the number of Schedule Objects for One Instance of the Control (enterprise)
Set individual Time Distance Values per Schedule Object
Independently set Schedule Objects Visible
UserDrawn Custom Areas
Integrated ToolTip
Watermark and User Drawn Watermarks
Custom Areas, vertical offsets
Reporting - built in reporting, print preview, create image, mark items as page breaks
Custom reporting using Solutions Schedule .NET print document object
XML – write the contents of the control to an XML file and read it back at any time.
Selected time bar collection
Map Area – A visual representation of all active schedule objects placed along the top of the control for quick navigation
Scroll to Date - a time targeted method for programmatically navigating to specific points in a schedule
Hit test methods are provided allowing the developer to determine where the mouse is at any point in the control

Solutions Schedule .NET v8.0
Individual Time Distance Values per Schedule Object
Independently set Schedule Objects Visible
UserDrawn Custom Areas
Resource List UserDrawn Horizontal Scroll Bar
Set Resource List Horizontal Scroll Bar - Visible
Resource List (Grid) Selected Item Highlight
Time Bar Image into View
Set Time Bars Visible
Integrated ToolTip Text Enhancements

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