Gantt Charts

Show your progress to clients!

DesignSmart Project StatusGantt charts are one of those things that most of us have heard of before, but if asked we'd be hard pressed to explain what it is.  Then when we see one, we have one of those, "Aha. That is what I thought it was" moments.

The easiest way to describe a Gantt is that it allows you to list all the tasks in a project and their duration. Then you can indicate which tasks are dependent on others. For example, the painting has to be completed before the wallpaper hanging can start. The end result is an effective graphic that helps one better understand the scope of a project.

For many people, one powerful feature of a Gantt is that if a task takes longer than planned, when you update i's new end date, any tasks that are linked to that task are automatically pushed out as well. 

You can enter the tasks in DesignSmart or online directly into the Gantt chart. You can set up user definable fields of information to be included on the Gantt. Once you have all the tasks and their dates entered, you can share with a web link with your client so they can view the Gantt chart as well. Clients can save the Gantt as a PDF, PNG, JPG or export to Excel.

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WebSmart - New and Improved!

Give your clients internet access to your design concepts

We are excited to release a new version of WebSmart. This add-on module allows your clients to use a web browser to:

  1. View images of your design concepts for their project(s)
  2. Post comments and questions
  3. Approve items for purchase

A lot of work has gone into making WebSmart so simple to use that many of your clients will be able to use it with no training. To see it for yourself, give us a call so we can walk you through it! 

Check out the new WebSmart video in the "Videos" section of this site.


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Announcing - SmartEmail!

Access all staff email in DesignSmart

For years principals have requested that they and their staff be able to view all email that their staff sends and receives in the Communications log in DesignSmart. We are very excited to announce that starting next month a new add-on module called SmartEmail will make this possible!

Regardless if you use Outlook, Gmail or another email service, this add-on will pull all relevant email that is sent to or received by your staff into DesignSmart. The key word here is "relevant" so here are the "out of the box" guidelines: 

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