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Quick Start Guide
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Quick Start Guide
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ivan Quick Start Guide
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ivan Quick Start Guide
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Table of Contents
TABLE OF CONTENTS
I
CHAPTER 1
1
GETTING STARTED
1
About this material
What to read first
1
1
Conventions and Definitions
1
CHAPTER 2
3
ABOUT IVAN
3
Overview - What is ivan
3
The ivan Screen
Top
Middle
Bottom
3
4
4
5
Tools, Pen Options and Pallets
Tools
Pen Options
Palettes
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6
6
Communicating with ivan
The Mouse
The Keyboard
Dialogue Boxes
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Chapter 1
Getting Started
About this material
Welcome to the ivan Quick-Start manual. This manual is designed to
help you start working with ivan. See the ivan User Manual for a
comprehensive description of ivan functions.
What to read first
If you are new to computerised programming, you will find it most useful
to begin here and continue consecutively through the manual. If you have
some experience, you may decide to skip the general introductory
material, skim through the description of ivan’s tools and working
environment and go directly to Chapter 3 - “Tutorial”, for hands-on
experience. Chapter 4 - “ivan Style Guide” contains several examples of
ivan programmes for different work environments.
You can quickly find the relevant chapter in the contents and then flick
through to the page you want, using the chapter/page references at the top
and bottom of each page.
Conventions and Definitions
Throughout this manual, the following conventions will be observed:
•
General comments and tips, not necessarily directly related to the
ongoing discussion, are shown as follows:
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Click means press and quickly release the left-most mouse button.
•
ClickRight means press and quickly release the right-most mouse
button.
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ESC means press and release the keyboard’s escape key.
•
Select - means the selection of an object in the workspace using one
of the selection methods described in Chapter 3, page 14. An object
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is selected when it is grey. Selected objects are shown in the manual
as follows.
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Choose - means to move the mouse cursor over a tool, tool-option or
an item from a menu and click the left button of the mouse.
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Italics are used to denote text read from the ivan screen i.e. menu
items, button and field names in dialogue boxes and the names of
projects, programmes and activities e.g. Open Selected
Programmes.
•
Numbered lists indicate a step by step procedure you should carry
out e.g.
1)
Do this first
2)
Do this second.
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Anything you should type on the keyboard is denoted by a typeface
that looks like this.
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The names of tools and tool-options begin with a capital letter to
distinguish them from ordinary text e.g. the Pen, the Box.
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Menu, tool and tool-option icons are shown in the left margin of the
page, like the Pen icon shown here.
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Programme - means a network of activities, drawn as horizontal
lines on a time-scale grid, which are linked together by
dependencies in a manner which represents the sequence of the
activities. See example Chapter 3, page 12. (Represented in ivan
by the icon shown in the left margin).
•
Project - means a collection of Programmes associated with a
particular project. These programmes may be associated in a
hierarchical sub-programme group or be independent. (Represented
in ivan by the icon shown in the left margin).
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Overview - What is ivan
ivan is a computer software package which is used to design, draw,
analyse, monitor, plan, control, re-plan and present management
programmes for complex projects.
ivan allows the user to:
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Draw programmes or schedules
•
Create dependencies between activities and milestones on
programmes
•
Perform Critical Path Analysis
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Allocate resources to activities and view these graphically
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Monitor progress against schedules
•
Create hierarchies of linked programmes
ivan is easy to learn and yet allows very complex and sophisticated
programmes to be quickly and accurately created and updated.
ivan programmes are drawn on screen using computer tools that emulate
the natural drawing process with pen and paper.
The ivan Screen
The following page shows a sample of the ivan screen.
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Menu Bar
Scroll Bars
Pen with Box Option
Version Number
Tools Pallet
Pen Options Pallet
Colour Pallet
Line Style Pallet
The ivan screen is divided into three areas. Each of these areas has
clearly defined functions as explained below.
Top
The top of the ivan screen has:
•
The menu-bar - pull-down menu that allows the user to invoke all
functions not directly available via the tools (see below). This
includes exiting from ivan, plotting setting options and running
processes such as Critical Path analysis.
Middle
The middle section of the screen is referred to as the Workspace.
Depending on the current View (see page 8 in this chapter), this area
shows either:
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Projects stored within the ivan database.
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Programmes stored within a particular Project and the hierarchical
links between them.
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The contents of a particular Programme; a time-scaled network of
activities and dependencies, lines and text.
Bottom
At the bottom of the ivan screen, the tools, pen options and style pallets
are found with:
•
The date and duration display showing the current date position of
the tool. When drawing or stretching an activity the duration of the
activity is also displayed here.
Tools, Pen Options and Pallets
Tools
Magnifier
Pen
Hand
Eraser
Scissors
Copier
The tools act like their counterparts in the real world, allowing you to
create and manipulate objects simply. When you choose (click on) one of
the tools (pictured above), the cursor, moved by the mouse on screen,
changes to represent the active tool. These different cursors are pictured
next to the explanations below.
The Pen is for drawing objects, projects, programs,
activities, lines or text depending on the Pen option chosen.
(See below).
The Scissors are for moving and stretching objects. (See
Tutorial Chapter 3, page 24).
The Copier is for making copies of existing objects. (See
Tutorial Chapter 3, page 23).
The Eraser is for erasing objects. (See Tutorial Chapter 3,
page 26).
The Hand is for changing the attributes of objects. (See
Tutorial Chapter 3, page 19).
The Magnifier is for enlarging and shrinking the view of
areas of the Workspace. (See Tutorial Chapter 3, page 28).
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Pen Options
Activity
Line
Dependency
Box
Text
Resource
The Pen options are for use when the Pen tool is active. The option
selected defines the type of object that will be created when using the Pen
tool.
When an option is chosen it is represented by a template which follows
the Pen cursor. These are pictured next to the explanations below.
The Activity for drawing activities. (See Tutorial Chapter
3, page 17).
The Dependency for creating dependency links between
activities. (See Tutorial Chapter 3, page 27).
The Box is for creating projects or programs. (See Tutorial
Chapter 3, page 13).
The Text option for typing text, explanations and
headings. (See Tutorial Chapter 3, page 36).
The Line option for drawing lines on the Programme. (See
Tutorial Chapter 3, page 34).
Palettes
The colour and line style palettes allow the user to quickly and easily set
or change the colour, thickness or line style of objects. (See Tutorial
Chapter 3, page 20 & 21).
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Communicating with ivan
The Mouse
Most interaction with ivan is with the computer mouse. Used in
combination with the different tools the mouse allows you to draw directly
onto the computer screen. Its buttons are used consistently throughout
ivan:
•
The left button is ivan’s choose button. It initiates actions in ivan,
for example, choosing points on a programme, menus, tools, pallets
and options.
•
The right button is the select button, used to select objects for
subsequent processing or actions.
The Keyboard
The Keyboard is used for entering text and numbers in ivan and for some
functions using special key combinations.
•
The ESC key is used to cancel an action. Use it for any action you
wish to discontinue.
Dialogue Boxes
ivan presents the user with a variety of dialogue boxes. These are used
for the entry of text and numbers and to present the user with information
on different elements of the Programme. An example is presented below:
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Dialogue boxes require one or more of the following:
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Text or number entry into a dialogue box field.
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Choosing an option via a radio-button.
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Choosing an option via a check-box.
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Clicking on a button to perform an action.
If an error or some form of inappropriate user action occurs, an alert box
will appear with an explanation, for example:
The alert message will disappear when you click on
you press ESC.
or if
ivan Organisation
There are three levels of workspace hierarchy in ivan.
Project View
Hierarchy View
Programme View
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Project View
The Project View is where you can create and modify the Projects that are
stored in the ivan database. It is the workspace you first see when you
start ivan. Each Project contains all the programmes belonging to that
Project. The Project View may contain as many Projects as you like
(limited only by available disk space.)
When you open a Project, you enter the Hierarchy View.
Hierarchy View
This is where Programmes and their hierarchical relationships are seen.
The Hierarchy View may contain as many Programmes as you like
(limited only by available disk space) and shows the parent-child
relationships between programmes where these exist.
When you open a Programme, you enter the Programme View.
Programme View
This is where the actual Programme is created and displayed. The
programme is the time-scaled network of activities and dependencies.
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