Hyper Plan Newsletter 17

Hyper Plan v2.6.0 is now available

Hyper Plan v2.6.0 is now available for Windows and Mac This release adds improvements and bug fixes to Hyper Plan v2.5.3, including:

  • Improved file locking on Windows, to better support collaborative working.
  • Select how a property will initially be displayed in a new plan using the Display as column.

  • new plan properties

  • Open a new Main window by selecting File>New Window.

  • new main window

  • Use logarithmic color interpolation to show small differences in value more clearly.

  • logarithmic color interpolation

  • Show the total for a property for selected cards in the Cards or Table panes.
  • Optionally show/hide the status bar.
  • Bug fixes.

Find out more and download the new release from the release page:

Download the update

This is a free release for everyone with a v2 license. If you don't have a Hyper Plan license yet, you can buy one here. If you have a v1 license you can buy a discounted upgrade here.

Thanks to everyone who sent us bug reports and suggestions for improvements. Please let us know if you have any problems with the new release.


Dependencies

A lot of customers have asked for the ability to show dependencies between cards in Hyper Plan. We have been doing some prototyping to check the feasibility of this and are really pleased with how it has turned out. Check out the animation below.

show dependencies

There is still a fair bit of work to do before we can add dependencies to Hyper Plan. Hopefully it will be available later this year in version 3.0. But, no promises.


Auto save vs Manual save

Having to click Save every time you want to commit your changes to your harddisk seems a bit primitive in 2017. So Hyper Plan automatically saves changes when it detects you haven't made any modifications for a few seconds. But some customers have told us they prefer 'old fashioned' manual save. If you are desperate for a manual save option, email us and let us know.


Daily vs Monthly goals

There is some empirical evidence that setting monthly goals, rather than daily goals, makes people more productive.

"The researchers assumed that the well-structured daily plans would work better than the rather amorphous monthly plans. But the researchers were wrong: the daily plans were catastrophically demotivating, while the monthly plans worked very nicely. The effect was still in evidence a year later."

So cut yourself some slack! You can read the article here.


Catch-22

Catch-22 is one of the great novels of the 20th century, so we were intrigued to see that the author, Joseph Heller, planned it out using the matrix shown below. If you look very carefully you can see that the characters are shown as columns and the dates are shown as rows.

plot planning matrix


Curse of the cloud

With the recent Cloudbleed vulnerability leaking user data and Amazon S3 outages taking out online tools such as Trello, it hasn't been a great few weeks for web-based software. However, as far as we are aware, the Hyper Plan application, website and payment processing have been completely unaffected.

Andy Brice
Oryx Digital Ltd
06-Mar-2017