MS Project Viewer

By xerocube | September 13, 2007

A little while ago, I was presented a MS Project plan that I was supposed to review. I found that I didn’t have Project installed on my workstation, so I went in search of a Project viewer, like those freely available for Word or Excel. Well, apparently, Microsoft hasn’t provided such an easy solution. So I searched on… and found many commercial software packages that would do the job. But being frugal, some may say cheap, I didn’t want to spend money on such a tool.

Then I came across this gem: ILOG Project Viewer.
This application is incredible. It fit my needs exactly, allowing me to view the project plan without the pesky need of having Project installed. There are some catches. Since it is a viewer, you cannot edit the file. I can live with that for reviewing purposes. The second is that the project plan must be save in XML format from MS Project. A small hiccup, but forgivable, given the tool is free.

So with a little training on the project manager’s part (learning how to save the file as XML), we now have the ability to review his plans without need of having many copies of Project or needing to destroy many trees by passing out hard copies. This is a win for us.

I highly recommend checking out this .NET application. Plus, if you have need of embedding gantt charts in your application, ILOG has the .NET control for you.

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2 Responses to “MS Project Viewer”

Anders Heie Says:
September 25th, 2007 at 12:54 pm

Nice tip!

If you also want to be able to edit your projects, you may want to try out LiveProject. LiveProject is also a free MS project viewer, but it has some fancy add-on collaboration features for sharing, and editing projects in teams.


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May 21st, 2008 at 6:57 pm

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