In our last blog post, we explored the three views you can use for your Updatey project. But this was just a broad overview of the powerful features in each of the views so in this blog post, we're going to explore some of the things you'll see while using the Timeline.
Each milestone that you add to your timeline gets its own icon so you can see straight away where they fall chronologically within your project. But that icon does more than position the milestone in time; it also acts as a status marker.
A milestone that is yet to be marked as started is designated by an empty circle.
When you mark a milestone as started, it will change to include an arrow.
Overdue milestones update to show a red exclamation point.
And completed milestones become a satisfying green check mark.
This gives you an at-a-glance idea of important details beyond how many milestones you have to achieve and when they're due.
Beyond the overview that you get simply from glancing at your timeline, each milestone has more details easily available by just hovering over the timeline icon.
At the top of the box, you can see three icons. The first shows you the due date and will be highlighted in red if it is overdue. The second icon shows whether or not it has been started, and if it has, it will show the date. The third shows if the milestone is completed and if so, when.
Under the icons, you can also see the tasks associated with the milestone, easily add more, and check them off as they are completed.
And last but not least, in the top right of the milestone box, you can hit the settings button which will take you to some of the most important settings for that milestone.
There will be times when you have two or more milestones due simultaneously, or at least around the same time. So that your timeline doesn't begin to look too busy, overlapping milestones are automatically grouped.
Overlapping icons on the timeline will indicate where you have more than one milestone due in close succession. When you want to see details for any of those milestones, just hover over the icon, and head over to the tabs sitting on the top of the box. This will show the status of each milestone, just like on the timeline, and will let you easily switch between the different detail boxes. And just like the icons on the timeline, the tabs will indicate the status of those overlapping milestones.
Project milestones are often different parts of one larger sub-section of your project. For example, if you're working on the design for a website, you might have different milestones that fall within the Design element.
With Updatey, you can create Milestone Groups that help you keep the different elements of a project organised. So you might want a Design group, a Marketing group and/or a Customer Service group.
To do this, just head over to your Settings button and select Milestones, then Groups from the left-hand column. Here you can create new Groups and add your current milestones to new and old Groups.
The best thing about the Milestone Groups is that when you head back over to your Timeline view, you can filter which milestones are visible by group. The drop-down menu from which you can select your current project allows you to control which groups are visible, thus allowing you to filter out all the groups you aren't interested in at that moment.
There are many times when one task or milestone can't be started if a previous one is yet to be completed, and if this is the case, it's important to know that before spending time unnecessarily.
If this is the case for one or several of your own milestones, you can make sure Updatey know this. Just go to your project settings, click Milestones to the left and then click on the milestones you want to make dependent on another. You'll find an option called 'If this milestone is dependent on other milestones, please select them below'. Just click on the milestones that this one is dependent on and then repeat with other milestones to make those important links across your project.
Now, when you hover over that milestone on the timeline, you'll see the Dependency line appear beneath the milestones, linking all those which you've marked as dependent.
With these different features, we hope that the Updatey timeline strikes the right balance between clear overview and powerful detail to help you complete your projects as efficiently as possible.
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