First Microsoft Project Viewer for iPad Receives Major Update

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Projects adlib, the first ever iPad app capable of viewing Microsoft Project files in native format gains XML reading capabilities. This update allows it to be used with other project management tools, such as OmniPlan or gantter.com.

The app aims to become the must have tool for Microsoft Project users who own iPad.

Apps adlib, Inc. announced today the release of version 1.1 of Projects adlib. This update adds much requested support for XML files in Microsoft Project format. 

Projects adlib was the first ever iPad application capable of opening Microsoft Project files in its native format, and now it can read XML files produced by third party project management tools compatible with Microsoft Project, for example OmniPlan for OS X, or browser-based gantter.com.

The app aims to become the must have tool for Microsoft Project users who own iPad. It closely reproduces nearly all of Project’s views, including of course the most important one for every project manager, Gantt chart. Task Usage and Resource Usage are also going to be instantly familiar to experienced Microsoft Project users. All views look very much like their desktop counterparts, removing the need for “mental shift” when switching between PC and iPad. In every view the user can pan, zoom in and out using standard iOS gestures. This direct manipulation arguably makes it even easier to navigate around big projects than on the PC.

Projects adlib can open .mpp/.xml files from mail attachments or from file management apps like Dropbox or GoodReader, but what really sets it apart from competition is built-in file syncing. If the user saves the project to his Dropbox folder or to a shared folder on a company’s server (must support WebDAV), the changes are picked up by Projects adlib automatically, removing the need to email yourself or use another app. 

Projects adlib is available on the App Store.

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