News & Updates

This section keeps you updated on new updates and features of AceProject.

Date 03/04/2004 

AceProject V3.4

Message 2004's first update offers many new functions and improvements:
  • You can move a task to another project. Moving a task is a useful feature that lets you take a task from one project and transfer it to another project without loosing parameters, file attachments or comments.
  • You can receive an email notification when a new file is attached to a task or when a file attachment is deleted.
  • There is a color code in the calendar: tasks in green start on that day, tasks in red end on that day and tasks in black start and end on the same day.
  • Time report filters have been improved.
  • A new project type filter is available in the Administration section for task reports, Gantt charts and time approval.
  • It is now impossible to have 2 projects with the same name and/or number.
  • You can automatically generate a time report for a task by clicking on its actual hours.
  • You can now delete a completed task that has attached files.

Date 12/11/2003 

New Hosted GOLD Package Now Available

Message Our new Hosted GOLD package offers remote connection options:
  • Your hosted account has its own independent SQL Server 2000 database. You can connect remotely with Enterprise Manager or Query Analyser to query your data in real time.
  • You get an FTP account from which you can download your file attachments and *.bak files.

Date 11/13/2003 

AceProject V3.3

Message This version features a brand new functionality:
  • A new module is now available: the IN/OUT module. This module permits starting and stopping an automatic time counter for a task. Once stopped, this counter will automatically create a timesheet entry. This offers better control to the administrators, as well as simplifies the life of the users, who don't need to manually fill in their timesheet.
  • The new IN/OUT module also gave us the idea to create a new access right. Administrators can choose how each user enters his/her time: manually, automatically using the IN/OUT module or both.
  • AceProject's pages have been reorganised to make them more ergonomic. The information on the forms and tables has been regrouped by subject so they are easier to find. Moreover, AceProject's new colors have been implements in all system pages.

Date 09/14/2003 

AceProject V3.2

Message For this version, we improved AceProject's flexibility:
  • Tasks can be numbered with decimal numbers, which permits simulating task dependencies and regrouping sequentially linked tasks together.
  • Each user can set his/her default sort parameters for task reports. This saves time when producing the reports themselves.
  • A new access right now limits user access to a projet: they can see their tasks without seeing the project's other parameters, such as time sheets or calendars. By forbidding opening the project, the user only sees his/her tasks in the My Office tab, which is useful with clients and sub-contractors.
  • Users with normal access rights may receive the right to create a blank project or to copy it from a template. (Certain conditions apply).

Date 08/22/2003 

AceProject V3.1

Message A few improvements were implemented:
  • New date formats and time zone selection enhance user experience. Each user can now choose his/her own date format and time zone, or keep the account's default settings.
  • Opening a project is now easier, thanks to the drop-down list located to the right of the main navigation tabs.

Date 08/01/2003 

AceProject V3.0

Message For the official launch of AceProject's latest version, our team worked very hard to implement both aesthetic and functional improvements:
  • AceProject now sports its brand new colors and convenient animated menus.
  • The Administration section includes two new reports and 2 new tools:
    • Task reports by date and by user are now available in the Administration tab, which permits producing these reports for all projects at once.
    • Your account data is exportable in Microsoft Excel format. This is useful for backups and importing the data into another software.
    • A project deletion interface lets your erase a whole project or only parts of it.
  • The email notification functionality has been expanded to include the message centre and time approval:
    • When you send a message through the message centre, you can ask the system to send an email to the recipient.
    • When you approve a user's time, you can send him a time approval notification email with a custom message.
  • A tasks's actual hours now only includes time that is either approved or waiting to be approved. Time that has been rejected is not computed into the actual hours figure.

Date 06/18/2003 

New tools

Message Several functions have been added or redesigned:
  • A task calendar is now available under the Administration tab. Moreover, both calendars can display their task list right in the window, which saves you many clicks!
  • Our Gantt charts have been completely redesigned. The charts are available on a yearly or quarterly basis, which is better suited to the nature of these tools.
  • Wherever tasks are displayed, you will find a link to a printer-friendly version of the task list. On top of printing all tasks at once, this page lets you decide how many tasks to print on each page.
  • A new task report has been added to enable searches on the date fields of a task : creation, last update, start, and due dates.

Date 06/05/2003 

New statuses for time approval

Message 3 new features are now available to better your AceProject experience:
  • You can now create several task statuses corresponding to "completed," such as closed, cancelled, history, etc.
  • Time approval has been redefined to make a distinction between a time sheet that has not been submitted for approval and one for which an approval request has been sent.
  • A completed task now opens in read-only mode. If you have the required access rights, you can reopen it by changing its status on the completed task page.

Date 05/23/2003 
Subject New Time Report, New Gantt Chart, Better Ergonomy!
Message 3 new features are now available to better your AceProject experience:
  • The new report on time sheets helps you get an overview of the human resources required for one or all projects. Produce a weekly or monthly report, choose users, dates, and time sheet status. This convenient report pops up in a new window and is ready to be printed.
  • Administrators now have their own Gantt chart, where they can see all projects at once, or one project at a time.
  • In the My Tasks page under the My Office tab, we have added the Quick Task Creation Box: simply choose your assigned project and click a button to create a new task without having to open a project.

Date 05/09/2003 
Subject Details and Improvements
Message AceProject is constantly evolving. Once again, several improvements and details have appeared in the system:
  • On the Edit Task page, a Properties icon takes you directly to the project configuration page.
  • The system now checks that simultaneous changes do not cause data loss: when two users are making changes to a task simlutaneously, AceProject will stop the second user's update from overwriting the first user's modifications.
  • Daily and weekly totals are now displayed in the time approval page.
  • A drop-down list is available to choose the month and year in the project calendar.
  • Ergonomy has been improved in the Add a Week page: you can browse one or four weeks in time.
  • AceProject now validates your projects and tasks's dates. Hence, if you set a task's dates outside the project's scope, you will get an error message. Likewise, if you set the project's end date before a task's end date, you will get an error message.

Date 04/24/2003 
Subject Enhanced Ergonomy
Message Once again, our user's comments have led to several ergonomic enhancements:
  • Project configuration is now tab-based to make navigation easier.
  • User configuration is easier to use: you can now assign a project to a user directly from the edit user window - no need to click through to another page.
  • Time approval has been added to the Administration tab: it is now possible to approve time sheets for all projects at the same time.
  • Weekly time sheets now display daily totals for easier referencing.
  • Supplemental information has been added to the discussion forum: you can now see the number of messages in a topic, as well as the date and author of the last post.

Date 04/10/2003 
Subject Improved Time Approval
Message Time approval ergonomics have been enhanced to make them easier to use. You can now approve a whole week in one click, or browse through a user's work items to approve them individually. This added flexibility lets you approve globally or in detail: it's all up to you.

Date 04/04/2003 
Subject New Message Center
Message AceProject has come up with yet another way to improve communications: the Message Center. Send messages to a specific user or a whole project team, know when you have new messages waiting, know when others read your messages. It's like having a private mailbox just for AceProject!

Date 04/01/2003 
Subject My Tasks page focuses on each user's workload
Message You don't need to open each project to see your tasks anymore: the My Tasks page under the My Office tab shows all your tasks for all assigned projects. Of course, we have a search bar to help you sort the tasks by project, status or type of action required (assigned user or reviewer).

Date 03/26/2003 
Subject Discussion forum lets users record conversations in the project
Message You can now create and manage a discussion forum in each one of your projects. AceProject permits creating as many topics as you need in a project. This helps teams improve communications while leaving a record of those conversations.

Date 03/23/2003 
Subject New access rights structure
Message Keeping in mind our users' comments and our commitment to constant improvement, AceProject now has a brand new, flexible access right structure. While administrator access rights have been slightly modified, normal user access rights have been expanded to permit tailoring each user's access to their actual needs and permissions. Read our page about access rights

Date 03/01/2003 
Subject FreeTaskManager change its name and becomes AceProject
Message In the last year, FreeTaskManager has grown beyond simple task management to a more comprehensive project management system. Hence, FreeTaskManager was no longer a suitable name for it. Starting March 1st, you will find all the user-friendly features you used to know as FreeTaskManager under a new name: AceProject.

Don't worry about your account and login information: they will remain unaffected by the name change.
  • AceProject will let you log in to your account with your FreeTaskManager login name and password.
  • Free access wil remain available as the Hosted BASIC package.

Date 02/01/2003 
Subject FreeTaskManager's web site gets brand new look and features
Message The web site is now sporting the FreeTaskManager's new colors, and has more ergonomic browsing. We also took the opportunity to launch brand new packages. Our new Hosted ADVANCED package offers a solution that is midway between the limited free account and the powerfull PRO package. Our Source Code package now comes with both Access 2000 and SQL Server 2000 database formats.

Finally, FreeTaskManager now supports recurring monthly payments with the Hosted ADVANCED and Hosted PRO packages, with our new credit card provider, Paypal.

Date 12/11/2002 
Subject A convenient calendar helps users and managers plan their time
Message In the project tab you will notice a new item: the Project Calendar. It displays each task's start and end dates in a practical monthly format. Within a click, browse back and forward in time to see tasks begin and end. You can even apply filters to display only tasks that matter to you. 

Date 12/02/2002 
Subject Gantt chart now available
Message You can now see your project's completion levels at a glance using the popular Gantt chart model. This chart shows a monthly progress bar for each task.

Gantt charts are a project planning tool used to represent the timing of tasks required to complete a project. Because Gantt charts are simple to understand, they are used by most project managers to illustrate completion or progress.

Date 11/20/2002 
Subject More features make the FreeTaskManager more powerful
Message Three new features are now available on the FreeTaskManager: tab-based task editing, a complete statistics page for projects and new statistics and reports sections for administrators.

The Edit Task Information page is now divided in tabs to make browsing easier. With more and more information now available for each task, using tabs to go from basic information to file attachments is simpler. 

The project statistics page also displays more information, providing a more detailed summary of your project. You can even see the list of tasks assigned to a specific user or task status, for example.

In the administration section, you can now see statistics for all projects: get an overview of activity in your account, including file attachment sizes and total task numbers, so you can be up-to-date on how close to your limitations you are. Moreover, you can also produce a report on tasks assigned, created or reviewed by a specific user - regardless of project! Browse the list of all tasks assigned to a user in all projects, for example.

Date 10/29/2002 
Subject HTTPS secure access now safeguards your data
Message The 128-bit data encryption service ensures the complete confidentiality of your data. It keeps your data safe as it travels from your computer to our server. HTTPS is the same level of security your bank's Internet-access connection offers.  Click here for more information about HTTPS from our web host, Superb Internet.

Date 10/05/2002 
Subject Statistics show your progress at a glance
Message This new feature shows you, in one convenient page, the advancement of your project. From worked hours to percentage of completion, total tasks and even user statistics, you will find it all in one page.

Date 9/20/2002 
Subject New task distribution makes management easier
Message Completed tasks are now displayed in a separate page to make task management easier when working in big projects. Hence, you have now 2 task pages: Incomplete Tasks and Completed Tasks. The Incomplete tasks page contains all tasks that have a status other than completed, while the Completed tasks page has only those that are termed as completed. The search bar is available on both pages to help you find just the group of tasks you need to work on.

Date 9/5/2002 
Subject The FreeTaskManager gets a complete makeover!
Message Behind the FreeTaskManager's professional new look, you will find improved features, a more powerful database system and an integrated user-friendly help section.

The FreeTaskManager now sports a tab-based navigation system: the My Office tab is each user's personal place. It is now easier to browse between an open project and your preferences, simply click on the tabs and you're there! Even better, the project tab displays your project's name, so you always know what you're working on. Project navigation has been greatly improved, letting you jump from page to page effortlessly. Moreover, an integrated contextual help system is now available: you have a question? Simply click on HELP and get your answers!

We did not forget about the administrators in this great makeover: the administration section contains all items pertaining to managing projects and your FreeTaskManager account. The tab structure also allows for hiding this administration section, should a user not have the proper access rights. This avoids creating useless needs. 

Technically speaking, we are switching our online database to SQL Server 2000. This will improve the FreeTaskManager twofold: the system's speed will be greatly increased, as well as its stability. SQL server will eliminate the page reload issue caused by user saturation with MS Access. 

The free access is still there, granting 2 projects, 5 users, 50 tasks, 25 time sheets, and 2 Mb file attachment space, but now you are using a more powerful and user-friendly system than ever!

Date 7/27/2002 
Subject Improvements to Ergonomy!
Message Are you tired of scrolling and searching for your task? Now you can reach it easily! We have added a new feature to reach your task by number: below the task list table is a Quick Task Open box: simply type your task number and bingo! No more scrolling or surfing pages and pages of tasks!

Date 6/14/2002 
Subject FreeTaskManager is becoming printer-friendly!
Message This particular change idea came from you, our valued users. There is now a printer-friendly format for printing tasks. When in the Edit Task Information, simply click on the printer icon at the top of the table, and you will reach a new printer-friendly page!

Date 5/17/2002 
Subject Project creation improved!
Message The FreeTaskManager is now even simpler to use when creating projects! When adding a new project to your company, you can now import existing settings from another project. No need to re-assign users or re-configure task groups, types, statuses, and priorities, simply import them all from a previously created project.

Date 4/12/2002 
Subject Date selection improved!
Message It is now possibile to choose dates using a graphical pop-up calendar when editing tasks and projects. This makes finding a date easy and also eliminates typographical errors.

Date 3/19/2002 
Subject File attachments
Message FreeTaskManager is proud to introduce its latest improvement: attaching files to tasks, such as screen captures, images or documents. Each company may attach up to 2 Mb of files to its projects' tasks.

Date 2/10/2002 
Subject Time Sheet finally available! 
Message Management becomes easier with our Time Sheet module : users enter their hours and request approval, while project managers effortlessly approve time sheets. Easy automatic email notification makes communication easier. 

Date 12/04/2001 
Subject A Brand-New Task Report Section!
Message We have just added a new section to the FreeTaskManager, the Task Report section. It is accessible through the Task Reports button in the main menu. Please do not hesitate to comment on this new section as we are looking for your suggestions for new reports.  

Date 11/29/2001 
Subject Modifications 
Message Thank you all for your comments on the FreeTaskManager, they helps us improve the system to make it even better. We took your comments into account, and made the following changes:
  • You can now manually modify the number of any task in any of your projects. This eliminates an issue where two tasks added simultaneously in the same project would have the same task number.
  • You can also set the number of tasks to appear on each task page. This permits you to adjust your FreeTaskManager display to fit your screen size and resolution.

Date 10/3/2001 
Subject FreeTaskManager launching 
Message We are proud to launch the FreeTaskManager System. We are waiting for your comments and your questions. 

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