Benchmark Analysis Sept 12 2007
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SEAVUS PROJECT VIEWER – BENCHMARK TEST RESULTS PROJECT VIEWER Benchmark Analysis Summary This document was prepared by Seavus on September 12, 2007 for the expressed purpose of testing all known viewers ®of Microsoft Project plans (.mpp files) currently available in the marketplace. ®The goal of this testing was to compare each viewer’s viewing/printing functionality to Microsoft Project to determine whether or not a manufacturer’s viewer contained that functionality. It is our mission to fairly test all viewers and to accurately display the information in an unbiased way - we let the products speak for themselves. We encourage all users of this benchmark to check the veracity of the report by spot checking items in the report. Over time, this report will degrade in accuracy as some manufacturers release new versions of their viewer and make improvements/fixes to their product(s). This report is updated approximately every 12 weeks. Our testers purchased the latest published versions of each viewer (as of three weeks prior to the date of this document) and did a thorough comparison of all features available in each of these viewers. See page 15 for a list of the exact project viewer version levels tested. For a copy of the Project files used in this testing, please contact us at customercenter@seavusprojectviewer.com 1SEAVUS PROJECT VIEWER – BENCHMARK TEST RESULTS Table 1 GENERAL APPLICATION INFORMATION ...

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PEJORTCVIEWERBenchmark Analysis Summary
This document was prepared by Seavus on September 12, 2007 for the expressed purpose of testing all known viewers of Microsoft®Project plans (.mpp files) currently available in the marketplace. The goal of this testing was to compare each viewer’s viewing/printing functionality to Microsoft®Project to determine whether or not a manufacturer’s viewer contained that functionality. It is our mission to fairly test all viewers and to accurately display the information in an unbiased way - we let the products speak for themselves. We encourage all users of this benchmark to check the veracity of the report by spot checking items in the report. Over time, this report will degrade in accuracy as some manufacturers release new versions of their viewer and make improvements/fixes to their product(s). This report is updated approximately every 12 weeks. Our testers purchased the latest published versions of each viewer (as of three weeks prior to the date of this document) and did a thorough comparison of all features available in each of these viewers. See page 15 for a list of the exact project viewer version levels tested. For a copy of the Project files used in this testing, please contact us atmoc.erewvictjerospvutnres@aetsmoreeccu
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SEAVUSPROJECTVIEWERBENCHMARKTESTRESULTSTable 1 GENERAL APPLICATION INFORMATION Seavus Ade t Afinion K-SOL Pro ect Solo/PC Steelra Twiddlebit Pro ect Tracker ProPro ect Pro ect ect Planner Housatonic Plan Viewer ViewerReader ectReader Pro ViewerViewer IRnestaulilreedsoMnSthPeromeaccthine No No No No NoNo Yes No i"nMteSrfParco1 4 4 4 10 3ect-like" user 10 5 5 eApplication Help Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Live update Yes No No No No No Yes No TaskImkort/Exortfrom/toYesNo NoNo/Yes N No No No/Yes Outloo o tEoxOourttloeontkir(eAsrAotteaccthmlaennt)YesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoIEmxcoelrtroectlanfromYesNoNo No No No No No Ex ort to Microsoft Power Yes No No No No N Point o No No Open with ODBC Yes No Yes Yes No Yes No No Im ort from Eas Pro ect Yes N No No N No Noo No Plan o OenmoreufislleysinstancesYesNN No No Noo No No simultaneo o Copy/Paste feature Yes No No Limited No Yes Yes Yes Vista compatibility Yes Yes* No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Save User Profile option Yes No No Yes** No No No No 1"MS Project-like" user interface – gradation is from 1 to 10. This is a subjective analysis for this feature.  Tracker viewer needs installation of MS Project 2000 in the Vista platform *Adept  **K-SOL has a “Save Preferences” option which allows users to specify some view preferences (work units, date format, duration units, bar text) 2
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Table 2 SPEED OF FILE OPENINGSpoepeednoinfgfilenoinifAKPorSe-SLvOasuPeortecctViewerAdepttracker Project Viewer Reader 500Kb 2.2 2.40.93 8.8 1MB 1.5 2.20.95 9 3MB 6.4 4.12.8 26.3 5MB 16.3 17.42.0 54.3 10MB3.3freeze32 43.33 15MB5.0freeze53.8 01:03.08 20MB6.6freeze01:19:7 01:30:06 35MB13.36freeze01:03:8freeze 45MB11.52 freezefreeze freeze
Table 3 SPEED OF SWITCHING BETWEEN VIEWS S eed ofSeavus sbweittcwheienroPctjeKerOL-SRredkerAfinettraccetiVweoinrPjoPctjeroAd n viewsViewer ea 500Kb0.6 0.6 0.9 0.7 1MB0.63 0.51 0.8 0.7 3MB 1.8 1.40.8 0.60 5MB 7.30.8 4.2 8.7 10MB1freeze26.9 16.49 15MB4.6freeze51 21.8 20MB8.2freeze01:30:2 30.8 35MB10.66freeze freeze freeze 45MB12.1 freezefreeze freeze
Pro ect Planner Reader 8.7 3.7 18.5 freeze freeze freeze freeze freeze freeze
Project Planner Reader 0.8 0.8 3.2 freeze freeze freeze freeze freeze freeze
 Time in seconds  HPV Viewer does not switch to Task Usage and Resource Usage views *
Solo/PC Steelra Twiddlebit PHroouescattonicProectPlanViewer Viewer 1.33 2.63 0.89 1.75 3.74 0.63 2.69 8.74 8.63 3.76 13.08 51.48 7.54 28.40freeze 12.47 40.75eeze fr 17.79 54.18freeze 33.67 01:48:79freeze freeze freeze freeze
SHooluos/aPtConiSteelrayTwiddlebitPro ect c Project Plan Vi Viewer ewer 0.73 0.74 0.75 0.86 0.76 0.39 0.86 1.0 0.49 1.03* 0.95 0.49 2.21 1.49freeze 3.14 3.2freeze 5.02 4.02freeze 09.05 7.81freeze freeze freeze freeze
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Table 4 SUPPORTED FILE FORMATS (IMPORTING)  K-SOL Project Solo/PC SteelraySeavus Adept Afinion Twiddlebit Project Tracker Plan Project Planner HousatonicProject Project Viewer ViewerReaderReader Pro ect ViewerViewer MPP file formatYes Yes Yes Yes Yes YesYes Yes ppr Others formatst,xls,mdb,xmlzlcntavieif),lemlxpdmmd,pmbm,tm/bd,devitan(mx,ln,lsl,xomxNm format of xml Project mpd Planner) Support9f8orfilMesPPMSYesNoYes2Yes2Yes2Yes2Yes2Yes2 ProjectSupport for MPP MS Project 2000-2003 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes filesSPruopjpeoctrt2f0o0r7MPPMSYesYYesYesNoseoNeYsNo .MPP file format is a native Microsoft® Project file format 1This software is relatively unstable and does not open many .mpp files 2MS Project 98 .mpp files are not fully supported by any viewer (there are errors in certain views and functions).
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Table 5 SUPPORTED FILE FORMATS (EXPORTING)  K-SOL AfinionSeavus Adept Steelray Twiddle Project Solo/PC Pro ect Tracker ect PlannePro ect Pro Pro Housatonic bit ect Plan Viewer ViewerReaderr Pro ect Viewer Reader Viewer CSV file format Yes No No YesYes Yes No No XML file format Yes No No No No No Yes No HTML file format Yes Yes No No No No Yes No Table 6 PRINT FUNCTIONALITY  Afinion K-SOL Project Solo/PC SteelraySeavus Adept Twiddle Pro ect Tracker Planner Housatonic ect ect Pro ProPro ect Plan bitViewer ViewerReaderReader Pro ect Viewer Viewer pPrrionjteicntgoftheYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesPrint preview Yes Yes Yes YesYes Yes Yes Yes PHreiantdienrgaOnrdigFionoatlYesNoNoNoNo NoYes Noer PHreiantdienrgaCnudsFtomterYesNoNoYes2 No No Yes No  oo Printing legend Yes No No No No Yes No No tPirminetsicnaglewritahngeYesYesYesYesNoYesYesYes3ContextualPrinting Yes No No No No No No No 1The shown information is not as in MS Project 2The available options for custom header and footer are different than those in MS Project 3The timescale range is not shown on every page; it is not as in MS Project
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TABLE 7 SUPPORTED VIEWS Seavus Adept Afinion K-SOL Project Project TrackerProject Project Planner Viewer ViewerReaderReader Bar Rollup Yes No YesNo No Calendar Yes No No No YesDescri tiveNetwork Diagram Yes7No No No No Detail Gantt Yes No YesNo No Gantt Chart Yes YesYesYesYesLeveling Gantt Yes No YesNo No RMiollelsutponeDateYesNo YesNo No Milestone Rollup Yes No YesNo No Multi le BaselinesGantt YesNoBug16No No Network Diagram YesYesNo No YesRDielationshipYesNoNoNoNoagram Resource Graph Yes No No No Yes Resource Sheet Yes YesNo YesYes Resource Usage YesYes32 No Yes33 No Task Sheet ew) Yes No No No Yes37 (standard vi TaskUsaew)YesNoNYes40 No (standard vie o Tracking Gantt YesBugYes42No No User-defined “Descri tive Ye N No No No Network Dia ram” s o views User-defined “Detail Gantt” views
Yes No NoNo
No
Solo/PC Steelray Twiddlebit Housatonic Project Plan Pro ect ViewerViewer YesNo No YesYesNo No No No YesNo No YesYesYesYesNo No Yes2No No Yes2 No No Bug17No No YesYesNo No No No YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNo Yes Yes38Yes27 1 Yes4 Yes41No Yes42Bug49No No No No
Yes9
No
No
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User-defined “Gantt Chart” Yes views User-defined “Milestone Date Yes Rollup” views User-defined “Milestone Rollu ” Yes views User-defined “Network Diagram” Yes views User-defined “Resource Gra h” Yes views User-defined “Resource Sheet” Yes views User-defined “Resource Usage” Yesviews User-defined “Task Sheet” views Yes User-defined “Task Usage” views Yes
No NoNo NoNo NoNo No No No No No No No No No No No
NoCrashes No No No No NoCrashes No No NoCrashes No No NoCrashes No No
1Split tasks are not shown; incorrect task progress is presented 2Split tasks are not shown or wrong information is presented; task progress is incorrect 3Shown information is not as in MS Project and the interface is not like MS Project 4In Calendar View, the split tasks are not shown 5Information is not shown as in MS Project; split tasks are not shown 6Task split is not shown; bars order is not as in MS Project and milestones are not shown 7The boxes are not located as in MS Project
Yes1 Yes1Yes1No No Yes Yes34Yes Yes34
No No No No No No No No No
No No No No No No No No No
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Split task is not shown, slack is incorrect, timescale is not as in MS Project 8 9Incorrect slack info, task progress is incorrect and all split tasks are not shown 10Complex files can not be opened, in simple files the view is different and the timescale is not as in MS project 11MS Project, so the user is not able to view the information as it is in the original project plan; task progress is incorrect; split tasksTimescale is not as in are not shown as split 12Leveling Delay column is not supported, split tasks are not shown; incorrect task progress 13Split tasks are not shown or incorrect split is presented; incorrect task progress is shown 14Incorrect task progress 15 task progress; Afinion Project Viewer does not support Layout option which is the most important for this view. Actually, the milestones Incorrect couldn’t be rolled up Start Variance and Finish Variance columns are not supported; incorrect information is shown in right pane; split tasks are not shown as split 16 17Not as in MS Project; totally wrong information is shown 18Not as found in MS Project; some task information is not shown information and critical tasks are not in red boxes.This view is not as in MS Project. It doesn’t show all 19 20shows wrong information; this view is not as in MS ProjectThere is Resource Usage graph and it 21There is no information about the peak units of the material resources; In MS Project Resource Graph view is not available for cost resources but HPV shows some incorrect information about them 22Wrong information in the graph is shown 23This view is not as in MS Project and the wrong information is shown 24This view is not as in MS Project; wrong information is shown; over-allocated bars are not red colored 252Many columns are not supported. The user is not able to see the type of the appropriate resource because Type column is not shown 26Base Calendar column is not shown; Cost resources are shown as material and Std Rate, Ovt Rate and Cost/Use values are presented in (/h) instead in $ ($/h) 27This view is not the appropriate one in MS Project. It does not contain the same information as in MS Project Std. Rate and Cost/Use columns in MS Project are not available for cost resources but HPV shows information about them. If 2007 .mpp file is opened 28 the Cost resources are presented as Material type instead of Cost type. 29The Type column is missed, therefore the user is not able to see the type of resource; over-allocated resources are not red colored 8
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30Max Units, Ovt Rate and Base Calendar columns shouldn’t be available for material resources as it is in MS Project but I-LOG shows some information about them 31SPV shows some information about cost resources even though it is not displayed in MS Project 32Shown information is not correct and the interface is totally different as that of MS Project 33This view is not as in MS Project (right and left panes are totally different then the appropriate in MS Project); wrong information is shown about cost resources 34In MS Project, in the right pane are no information about the cost resources (2007 .mpp files) but HPV shows some incorrect values there 35shown; over-allocated resources are not red colored; Actual Work column is not shown; there is shown information about costWrong information is resources even in MS Project there is not 36The information is incorrect. Actually the right pane is not shown as table (it is chart) and the Work column shows wrong information. The information is not as in MS Project; there are some columns that doesn’t exist in MS Project 37 38Scrolling is enabled and user is not able to see the information; Date format is different as in MS Project 40The information is correct, but the both panes (right and left) are not as in MS project. They contain different information as that one in MS Project 41The Work Details column is missed; there is information about cost resources even though it is not in MS Project 42Task progress is incorrect; split tasks are not shown as split
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Table 8 READING PROJECT PLANS AND DISPLAYING INFORMATION  K-SOL ProjectSeavus Adept Afinion Pro ect Tracker ProPro ect Planner ect Viewer ViewerReaderReader
Password rotected files Layout settings (Link types, rollups, date formatting)Bar Styles (Shapes, Colors and Bar Texts)Text StylesFonts and colors (on tasks, on columns, on cells)Gridline settingsRecurring TasksCritical TasksExpanded/Collapsed Tasks (as the are originally saved)Task calendarTask notesTask Information Resource notesResource Information Task linksDeadlinesEstimated durationDuration units
Yes
Yes
Yes Yes Yes YesYes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes YesYes Yes
No No No
No No Limited
No No Limited No No No No No Limited No Limited No Yes Yes Yes YesNo No No No Yes No No No No No Yes Yes No Yes No No Yes Yes12 No Yes12No YesYesNo Yes No No YesYesYesYesYes
No
No
No No No NoNoYes Yes No Yes Yes No Yes12YesNo NoYes
Solo/PC Steelray Twiddlebit Housato Pro ect Plan nic ViewerPro ect Viewer No No No
YesNo No
Yes Limited Limited Yes Limited No YesYes No Yes No No YesYes Yes Yes YesYesYes No No Yes No No Yes YesCrashes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes12 No Yes YesYesYesNo No Yes Yes No Yes Yes No
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Summar d unitsuration Yes Yes22Yes22Yes22 Yes22Yes Yes22No Work No Yes YesYes NoYes Yes Yes Work units YesYes NoYes No Yes YesNo External tasksYes YesYesYesNo Yes NoCrashes LPirnokjescBtsetweenYesNoNoNoNoYesNoNo Inserted projectsYes No Yes No Yes NoYesNo Empty rows No Yes No YesYes NoYesNo Row height Yes No No No No Yes No No Project Properties Yes No No Yes31YesYes31 Yes No2Some gridlines are not the same color as MS Project (the others are shown correctly) 3Any file can not be opened 4HPV supports Gridlines option inside the application only for Gantt views. Gridlines that are set in MS Project are not supported 5 The task progress is not shown Recurring indicator is not shown 6 7Task progress is incorrect; recurring indicator is not shown 8Task progress is incorrect 9Does not show all critical tasks (some critical tasks are shown colored in red, others are not It shows critical tasks not same as in MS Project ; incorrect information is shown 10 11there are links in the Notes tab, the user is unable to open themIf 12The information dialog does not contain the same type of information compared with the appropriate window in MS Project 13The task window does not contain Advanced tab with its information as it is in MS Project 14Predecessors and Resources tabs are not supported 15Costs’ tab is not supported 16It shows the links, but not as chosen in MS Project 7 1Any file cannot be opened and the tasks are linked but not as in MS Project 18In some .mpp files deadlines are not shown in the chart pane of the Gantt view
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