So as of today we are introducing plugins into Tom's Planner. A plugin is a part of Tom's Planner that you can turn on or off. If you want to keep Tom's Planner as simple as possible just keep them turned off. However if you need some more advanced functionalities be sure to check them out. You can find plugins by clicking on the 'Settings & Plugins' button in the top toolbar and select the plugin tab.
More plugins will be added to Tom's Planner in the coming weeks and months.
The first two plugins that we've built are:
1. Special Columns
2. Showing Total Duration in Group Headers
1. A new schedule always contains three standard text columns on the left side of the grid. By turning on the special columns plugin you get access to a number of other types of columns. You can add them through the plugin settings panel or by right clicking one of the columns and choosing the ‘insert column’ option in the menu that appears. To start there are three additional column types: start date, end date and duration. In the coming weeks and months more special columns will be added to this feature.
In the top toolbar click on the Settings & Plugins button, select the Plugin tab and select which plugins you want to be visible in the tool.
Tom's Planner will automatically calculate the start & end date and duration of periods/ activities that have already been entered in the chart. Tom's Planner doesn't restrict you, you can build your chart by adding visual elements and by entering data in the column area, which ever is more intuitive for you.
You can also quick access the columns settings by clicking on the top row of the column area:
2. In the Plugin Settings window, you can also select to show or hide the total duration in group headers. When closing a group, you will still be able to see the total duration of the periods/ activities in that group. If there are periods/ activities in the header of a group, the total duration will not be shown.
We will keep you posted when new plugins will be introduced!