Merlin to Project 2013 – exchanging files

To exchange Merlin project files with MS Project users of contemporary versions, choose File > Export > MS Project > XML

Project 2013 users open the thus exported XML MS Project files as follows:

– Click the ‘File’ tab,
– Click ‘New’ on the left side of the Project window.
– Choose ‘New from existing project’
MS Project Import 1– Switch from ‘Projects’ to ‘XML Format’ Continue reading

Merlin 2.8.5 update available

Today we’ve released a new free update. The 2.8.5 update brings various improvements and more stability. It is recommended for all Merlin and Merlin Server users.

    How to update Merlin

    Resolved Issues in Merlin

  • Some mpp files could not be opened by Merlin.
  • MS Project could not open from Merlin generated XML files containing % in duration fields or some special character in a task’s title.

Merlin 2.7.9: Connecting to Things, better collaboration to MS Project

Merlin, the most successful project management software for the Mac, collaborates now even better with other applications. New workflows are introduced in the latest version 2.7.9 enabling it to connect to the popular personal task management mac software Things (by Cultured Code). Further enhancements are also implemented for the collaboration with the market leading project management software for Windows MS Project. And last but not least, several improvements under the hood ensure Merlin’s typical high software stability and robustness.

This is a  dream come true for Merlin and Things users: Merlin and Things can finally work together. With just a few clicks you can now export Merlin activities as todos to Things or import todos from Things as activities into Merlin. The two market-leading applications for project management and personal task management on Mac are finally not only complementary on paper but also in practice. An easy and self-explanatory data exchange workflow, implemented in AppleScript, makes this possible.

We use Things from Culture Code regularly for personal task management in our company. It was only logical to add the capability to connect Things to Merlin and of course just a question of time until we would be able to provide such a solution to our customers. We are very happy, that this is now the case. It will be a great help for many Merlin users, as they won’t need to transfer activities and todos anymore between the two applications by hand.

Frank Blome, ProjectWizards – CEO.

Merlin: MS Project MPX vs XML as exchange formats to Merlin (Mac)

Merlin’s compatibility to Windows and mainly MS Project is very important not only to us but also to our users.  What if you were practicing project management on windows and have lots of existing projects which you would like to use now on your Mac? Or what it you have to forward a project to a Windows user needing to edit it further in MS Project? That’s fine. With Merlin you can handle both situations just as well.

Merlin opens MS Project .mpx, .mpp, .xml file formats and exports in .xml, .mpx.

Are you wandering which file format should be preferred? The answer is easy:
We -and even Microsoft- recommend to use the XML format as it is open and reliable.

Only when trying to exchange files with MS Project users of older versions than MS Project 2000, you would need to choose a legacy format like mpx.

Simple, isn’t?