viewing Microsoft Project files on a Mac?

9 Feb 2007 - 10:01am
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ldebett
2004

One of the struggles I have in this cross-platform world is that there a few
key Microsoft applications that simply don't have native Mac support. One of
those is Project. Since our product development schedules are all managed
with Project and I work on a Mac, it's very difficult to view and make
changes to them. Are there applications out there that can handle viewing
.mpp files on OSX?

Thanks,
Lisa

*************************
Lisa deBettencourt
Sr. Interaction Designer
Bose Corporation

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9 Feb 2007 - 10:04am
Kiesel, Jeffrey...
2007

I've worked in a similar scenario, so what we did was take screenshots
of the project and send jpgs to our mac counterparts. That would handle
the viewing aspect, but I don't know of any native editing programs...

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Subject: [IxDA Discuss] viewing Microsoft Project files on a Mac?

One of the struggles I have in this cross-platform world is that there a
few
key Microsoft applications that simply don't have native Mac support.
One of
those is Project. Since our product development schedules are all
managed
with Project and I work on a Mac, it's very difficult to view and make
changes to them. Are there applications out there that can handle
viewing
.mpp files on OSX?

Thanks,
Lisa

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Sr. Interaction Designer
Bose Corporation
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9 Feb 2007 - 10:10am
Adrian Howard
2005

On 9 Feb 2007, at 15:01, Lisa deBettencourt wrote:

> One of the struggles I have in this cross-platform world is that
> there a few
> key Microsoft applications that simply don't have native Mac
> support. One of
> those is Project. Since our product development schedules are all
> managed
> with Project and I work on a Mac, it's very difficult to view and make
> changes to them. Are there applications out there that can handle
> viewing
> .mpp files on OSX?

There's the Steelray Project Viewer <http://www.steelray.com/
spvmpp.html?prod=spv>, which has worked the few times I've used it.

Fortunately I now seem to work in places where folk ignore MS Project
like the plague :-)

Cheers,

Adrian

9 Feb 2007 - 10:11am
Becubed
2004

> ... a few key Microsoft applications that simply don't have
> native Mac support. One of those is Project.

You may have explored this already, but I recommend using the "virtual
machine" available from Parallels (www.parallels.com), then running Windows
and Project directly on your Mac. This assumes you have an Intel-based Mac.

I'm running this setup on my new MacBook Pro, and it's *great*. Performance
is outstanding -- even faster than on many of my colleague's Dell laptops.

It's quite impressive to run OS X full screen on the laptop, and Windows XP
or Vista full screen on an external monitor... And you simply move the
cursor from one to the other. Lovely.

Well, as lovely as Windows can get, of course. <grin>

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9 Feb 2007 - 10:15am
AlokJain
2006

Lisa,

If you only want to view , you can always save it as HTML. Sequence is
something like following (Depending on the version of MS Project might
change ofcourse) - File > Save As (choose htm in the file formats) > Save >
(Export wizard appears) Click Next > Choose "Use Existing Map" > Choose the
correct map , if you want it to look the way it does by default in MS
Project without Gantt Charts, choose "Default task Informaiton"> Hit finish
and you are done

To be able to edit and manage.. MS Project allows saving as XML and CSV
which you could import into Excel or another software.

(BTW, I love Bose products :-) )

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On 2/9/07, Lisa deBettencourt <ldebett at gmail.com> wrote:
>
> Are there applications out there that can handle viewing
> .mpp files on OSX?
>
>

9 Feb 2007 - 10:17am
Jack L. Moffett
2005

OmniPlan: http://www.omnigroup.com/applications/omniplan/
FastTrack Schedule: http://www.aecsoftware.com/products/fasttrack/
default.asp

It is also possible to export from Project to HTML.

> Are there applications out there that can handle viewing
> .mpp files on OSX?

Jack L. Moffett
Interaction Designer
inmedius
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are in principle unknowable by users, customers
and designers at the start.

Devise the design process, and the formal
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to be sensitive to what is learnt by any of the
parties as the design evolves.

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9 Feb 2007 - 10:22am
Ari
2006

there's a program on the Mac called 'Steelray Project Viewer' - it will open
most versions of MS Project through 2003. it's PPC only but will run on
Intel Macs.

On 2/9/07, Lisa deBettencourt <ldebett at gmail.com> wrote:
>
> One of the struggles I have in this cross-platform world is that there a
> few
> key Microsoft applications that simply don't have native Mac support. One
> of
> those is Project. Since our product development schedules are all managed
> with Project and I work on a Mac, it's very difficult to view and make
> changes to them. Are there applications out there that can handle viewing
> .mpp files on OSX?
>
> Thanks,
> Lisa
>
> *************************
> Lisa deBettencourt
> Sr. Interaction Designer
> Bose Corporation
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9 Feb 2007 - 10:26am
jarango
2004

Hi Lisa,

On 2/9/07, Lisa deBettencourt <ldebett at gmail.com> wrote:
>
> Are there applications out there that can handle viewing
> .mpp files on OSX?

We've had good results with Merlin:

http://www.merlin2.net/

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9 Feb 2007 - 10:44am
Cinnamon Melchor
2006

> On 2/9/07, Lisa deBettencourt <ldebett at gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > Are there applications out there that can handle viewing
> > .mpp files on OSX?

I like FastTrack Schedule 9.
<http://www.aecsoftware.com/products/fasttrack/default.asp>

Cheers,
Cinnamon Melchor
AKQA

9 Feb 2007 - 10:59am
Ari
2006

Merlin and FastTrack are full-featured Project apps for the Mac. The poster
of the original question asked for an app that allows one to view project
files.

Steelray will do exactly that. It's basically the functional equivalent to
the MS Project Viewer on Windows. That's all it does.

On 2/9/07, Cinnamon Melchor <cinnamon.melchor at gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > On 2/9/07, Lisa deBettencourt <ldebett at gmail.com> wrote:
> > >
> > > Are there applications out there that can handle viewing
> > > .mpp files on OSX?
>
>
> I like FastTrack Schedule 9.
> <http://www.aecsoftware.com/products/fasttrack/default.asp>
>
> Cheers,
> Cinnamon Melchor
> AKQA
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9 Feb 2007 - 11:10am
ldebett
2004

And that's why I love this list. A quick question and 13 great answers
within an hour. I appreciate everyone's feedback and time for helping me
out. Lots of great suggestions, I'll have a look at each and see what works
best in my situation.

Thanks!

~Lisa

*************************
Lisa deBettencourt
Sr. Interaction Designer
Bose Corporation

9 Feb 2007 - 10:11am
Jeff Stevenson
2007

I've never used it myself, but OmniProject from The Omni Group claims to be
able to open and export Microsoft Project files.

<http://www.omnigroup.com/applications/omniplan/>

Jeff

On 2/9/07, Lisa deBettencourt <ldebett at gmail.com> wrote:
>
> One of the struggles I have in this cross-platform world is that there a
> few
> key Microsoft applications that simply don't have native Mac support. One
> of
> those is Project. Since our product development schedules are all managed
> with Project and I work on a Mac, it's very difficult to view and make
> changes to them. Are there applications out there that can handle viewing
> .mpp files on OSX?
>
> Thanks,
> Lisa
>
> *************************
> Lisa deBettencourt
> Sr. Interaction Designer
> Bose Corporation
> ________________________________________________________________
> Welcome to the Interaction Design Association (IxDA)!
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12 Feb 2007 - 9:45am
Wunderlich, Judith
2006

Hi Lisa,

I work on a Mac too, but one of my company's important functions requires a
PC.

So I am using Parallels virtual desktop on my OSX machine, and so far it
works beautifully! Check it out at: http://www.parallels.com/

Regards,

Judi Wunderlich
Director of Recruiting
A Q U E N T
8410 W. Bryn Mawr, Suite 600, Chicago, IL 60631
Phone: 773 695 9564

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> One of the struggles I have in this cross-platform world is that there a few
> key Microsoft applications that simply don't have native Mac support. One of
> those is Project. Since our product development schedules are all managed
> with Project and I work on a Mac, it's very difficult to view and make
> changes to them. Are there applications out there that can handle viewing
> .mpp files on OSX?
>
> Thanks,
> Lisa
>
> *************************
> Lisa deBettencourt
> Sr. Interaction Designer
> Bose Corporation

12 Feb 2007 - 9:53am
Wunderlich, Judith
2006

Hi Lisa,

I work on a Mac too, but one of my company's important functions requires a
PC.

So I am using Parallels virtual desktop on my OSX machine, and so far it
works beautifully! Check it out at: http://www.parallels.com/

Regards,

Judi Wunderlich
Director of Recruiting
A Q U E N T
8410 W. Bryn Mawr, Suite 600, Chicago, IL 60631
Phone: 773 695 9564

on 2/9/07 4:27 PM, discuss-request at lists.interactiondesigners.com at
discuss-request at lists.interactiondesigners.com wrote:

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> Date: Fri, 9 Feb 2007 10:01:49 -0500
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> Subject: [IxDA Discuss] viewing Microsoft Project files on a Mac?
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> One of the struggles I have in this cross-platform world is that there a few
> key Microsoft applications that simply don't have native Mac support. One of
> those is Project. Since our product development schedules are all managed
> with Project and I work on a Mac, it's very difficult to view and make
> changes to them. Are there applications out there that can handle viewing
> .mpp files on OSX?
>
> Thanks,
> Lisa
>
> *************************
> Lisa deBettencourt
> Sr. Interaction Designer
> Bose Corporation

12 Feb 2007 - 11:47am
Patrick Hunt
2005

I haven't used it yet, but you may want to try OmniPlan from Omni
Software. They make great Mac OS X applications, and OmniPlan is
supposed to work well with Project. I do know that OmniGraffle works
well with Visio XML files...

Patrick

> >
> > One of the struggles I have in this cross-platform world is that there a few
> > key Microsoft applications that simply don't have native Mac support. One of
> > those is Project. Since our product development schedules are all managed
> > with Project and I work on a Mac, it's very difficult to view and make
> > changes to them. Are there applications out there that can handle viewing
> > .mpp files on OSX?
> >
> > Thanks,
> > Lisa
> >
> > *************************
> > Lisa deBettencourt
> > Sr. Interaction Designer
> > Bose Corporation
>
> ________________________________________________________________
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1 Jul 2013 - 1:21pm
rstevens
2013

I use a MAC and I use these guys:

http://www.steelray.com/steelray_project_viewer_overview.php

The only thing, is that it's  for  Max OS X 10.6.4 and up.

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