CS Odessa ConceptDraw Project Adds Strong Communication Capability

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[prMac.com] Odessa, Ukraine - CS Odessa today announced the upcoming planned release of ConceptDraw Project 4 for Macintosh and Windows, scheduled for general availability on October 11, 2007. Release 4.1 of ConceptDraw Project focuses on the need for accurate and timely communication with stakeholders and team members, making the task of keeping all interested parties informed on status much easier. New to Project 4 is the expanded ability to export critical project information to MS PowerPoint for project review sessions and updates. By using the new export wizard in version 4.1, project managers can readily export vital project summary information, specified Gantt chart project timelines, as well as a visual overview the effectiveness of a project's resource usage.

During the wizard driven export process it is easy to pick a specific data range which is then exported as a chart into MS PowerPoint; it is also possible to select what projects will included in the diagrams that are exported. Project reviews and stakeholder updates are much easier and faster with the ability to export a visual representation of a project's status. Now communication tasks are much less arduous for product managers, keeping the focus where it belongs "project management".

ConceptDraw Project is a sophisticated project management software solution that supports either the Macintosh or the PC with a native look-and-feel. Project 4 is designed for the planning and tracking of any number of projects and the associated tasks. Task management is a necessary component in a comprehensive project management tool. Resource management is another key component included in Project 4 that permits project managers to manage project resources and control how they are distributed across active projects. ConceptDraw Project has the ability to track resources used in each project and report their status in a single view, allowing product managers to focus on resolving issues not dealing with process.

"Reporting project status to stakeholders is an important part of successful project management. We researched our project management customer base and found that the most cited new functionality request was the ability to visually present project status at the push of a button. Project managers wanted the tools to display important project attributes such as measuring adherence to planned schedules and utilization effectiveness of project resources. Our customers felt these were key pieces of information needed by management. Because of the identified need for this clear communication to occur, we felt it was necessary to build an easy-to-use and comprehensive presentation tool into Project 4," comments Olesya Gileva, Product Manager of ConceptDraw Project at CS Odessa.

ConceptDraw Project 4.1 is free for registered users of ConceptDraw Project 4. Owners of previous versions can upgrade for only $119 USD.

ABOUT CONCEPTDRAW PRODUCTIVITY LINE
The ConceptDraw product line for Macintosh and Windows is comprised of ConceptDraw 7 diagramming and drawing software; ConceptDraw MINDMAP, a brainstorming tool using standard mind mapping techniques to organize ideas and tasks; ConceptDraw Project, professional project management software; ConceptDraw WebWave, software for creating professional diagrams and drawings for website or application prototyping and design, page mock-up and site-mapping; and ConceptDraw NetDiagrammer for network and system design.

Founded in 1993, Computer Systems Odessa supplies cross-platform productivity tools and graphics technologies to professional and corporate users. With headquarters in Odessa, Ukraine, and an office in California, USA, CS Odessa sells products internationally through resellers in more than 25 countries. The ConceptDraw Productivity Line of products has won numerous awards and is now used by hundreds of thousands of people all over the world.

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