CS Odessa Announces New ConceptDraw Project 4, Making It Easier To Manage Projects and Resources

September 01, 2007 (PRLEAP.COM) Technology News
Odessa, Ukraine, September 1, 2007 – CS Odessa today announced the upcoming planned release of ConceptDraw Project 4 for Macintosh and Windows, scheduled for general availability in mid-September 2007. The newest release of ConceptDraw Project 4 project management software is designed to plan and track a wide range of projects simultaneously and to accurately allocate and manage any shared resources between all managed projects. New to Project 4 is a “Resource Usage View”, enhanced Microsoft Project compatibility, a redesigned tabular project interface and a number of widely requested usability improvements.

The new “Resource Usage View” in Project 4 permits project managers to quickly have an accurate view of resource loading and task allocation for each available resource. Project 4 represents the project data in a clear, compelling visual presentation displaying a color-coded representation of resource usage; possible areas of potential resource misalignment are highlighted for clear viewing. “Resource Usage View” is an essential tool for quickly finding over and under allocated workers and then being able to precisely balance against the project requirements.

“Project success is dependent on an accurate assessment of how human and material resources are allocated and utilized. Because of this requirement there is a large demand today for a project management tool that organizes resource management. We are addressing this important project management requirement with our ‘Resource Usage View’ and ‘Common Resource Pool’ report contained in Project 4. Now project mangers can focus on the human relations side of resource management, while the software takes care of the technical side providing all necessary information to properly manage projects, people and materials,” notes Olesya Gileva, Product Manager of ConceptDraw Project.

The ConceptDraw Project user interface has undergone some important changes in version 4, providing even quicker navigation between projects and different status views; these changes dramatically speed up the task of project management. With Project 4 tasks and resources contained in all projects are clearly laid out making it easier to supervise each individual project as well as all the projects in the manager’s portfolio. These user interface changes have been introduced in Project 4 to make project operations easier and faster for both beginner and experienced users.

Gerhard Trimpin, a long-time ConceptDraw Project user and enthusiast shares his opinion, “Arranging materials and human resources for my projects, I find the resource usage view is the best invention I have noticed in the program. This view is brilliant! And so is the view selector in the toolbar. To open only one window and put every view inside it is one of the things I benefit the most. Sometimes I really had to look through all the open windows to find the one I worked with before. Now it's just the one window of Project and the inspector and you don't need more than that.”

“The interface looks very clean and is well arranged and structured. I like that a lot! The intuitivity of the interface is improved incredibly compared to Project 3”, says Franc Nigl, a Program Manager at Ordina Holding.

ConceptDraw Project 4 has a suggested retail price of $199; educational and nonprofit pricing is also available. All purchasers of ConceptDraw Project 3 from August 15, 2007 until Project 4 ship date will be eligible to receive a no cost upgrade to Project 4.

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Owners of earlier versions can upgrade to ConceptDraw Project 4 for only $119.

The ConceptDraw product line for Macintosh and Windows is comprised of ConceptDraw 7 diagramming and drawing software; ConceptDraw MINDMAP, a brainstorming tool using standard mind mapping techniques to organize ideas and tasks; ConceptDraw Project, professional project management software; ConceptDraw WebWave, software for creating professional diagrams and drawings for website or application prototyping and design, page mock-up and site-mapping; and ConceptDraw NetDiagrammer for network and system design.

Founded in 1993, Computer Systems Odessa supplies cross-platform productivity tools and graphics technologies to professional and corporate users. With headquarters in Odessa, Ukraine, and an office in California, USA, CS Odessa sells products internationally through resellers in more than 25 countries. The ConceptDraw Productivity Line of products has won numerous awards (http://www.conceptdraw.com/en/?utm_source=prj4announcement&utm_medium=press_release) and is now used by hundreds of thousands of people all over the world.