SharpCloud’s multiple values can be used on Grid, Timeline and Compare views.

The Multiple Values capability can be used if you have multiple sets of values for each item.

For example, you may have multiple dates associated with your projects; for example, Phase 1 start and end date, Phase 2 start and end date and so on. 

Multiple values create a ‘shadow’ of the source item that is shown in its alternative positions. 

Example 1: Multiple values on a timeline

The data grid shows that there are three pairs of dates.

The source items are Grey and are plotted showing their Phase 1 Project start and end dates.

The Yellow bars show the Phase 2 start and end dates for the items and the Green bars, Phase 3.

How do you do it?

Multiple values can be added/configured in the Layout tab of the View Set-up as shown below:

The Manage Multiple Values screen initially shows the ‘primary’ settings that you have defined in the main View Setup screens. For example, in this case, the primary values have been selected as Project Start and Project End date.

The Add Value button allows you to add additional ‘instances. For the item and define the dates and other properties that they should use.

To create or delete a multiple value, you can use the “Add Value” or “Delete Value(s)” in the bottom left hand corner of the dialog box.

  • Name: This is where you can name the Multiple Value. This will not influence the appearance of the extension or the story.
  • Start/X Axis: This can appear not only as start but also X/Y Axis (Instead of Start and End) depending on the view. This is what value you wish to use as your starting point for the multiple value extension or X axis attribute
  • End/Y Axis: The value you wish to use for the end point/Y Axis for the multiple value.
  • Offset: This value will move the multiple value extension below the original item by the chosen number of rows. For example, if offset is selected at 3, then the multiple value extension will appear 3 rows below the item it is associated with.
  • Connected To –
    • Value: This is where you can choose if your multiple value is connected to another value that’s available. In the above example, “Phase 3” is connected to “Phase 2”. The original item’s value will always remain “Primary”. Connecting the values will create a visible link.
    • Direction: This will add a directional arrow on the link shown between the two values, “To” will point from the new extension to the previous extension/source item, and “From will go from the source/previous extension to the new multiple value.
    • Thickness: Adjust the thickness of the connected line between the two points.
    • Color by: Choose Background or Border colour to colour the connecting line.
  • Item Text: Choose what to have displayed in the extension, you can use attributes/calculated values just like in the “Item Appearance” tab by using [ATTRIBUTE] or {CALCULATED VALUE]. HTML coding can also be used to make text appear bold, italicised or underlined by using standard HTML functions.
  • Border Color: Choose an attribute or custom colour to border the extension by.
  • Background Color: Choose an attribute or custom colour to colour the extension by.
  • Image: Choose an image associated with either the item, category or an attribute to display the image on the extension.