Gantt 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 it’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 it with clients by sending them a web link so they can view the Gantt chart as well. Clients can save the Gantt as a PDF, PNG, JPG or export to Excel.