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Ideas / Multi-edit would be awesome.
« on: May 26, 2010, 08:55:17 am »
Because I cannot assign a task to multiple users, I find myself having to update the start date of 18 tasks this morning.

I sure would like to be able to select them all and change the start date once, or conversely to my last post (Undo) have the option to "Redo" an action.  That would admittedly be harder than Undo as it would not require a simple rollback.

Ideas / Undo feature would be awesome.
« on: May 26, 2010, 08:54:08 am »
One of Feng Office's strengths right now over other products is its relative ease-of-use, but the competition is catching up fast.

I believe Feng Office could really use an Undo feature just like Remember The Milk has.

There is already a small popup (or "toast") message that indicates an edit has been successful, could it not be modified to include an "Undo" link that would rollback the last transaction?

General Discussion / Too much spam is showing up on the forum...
« on: March 30, 2010, 08:48:05 pm »
Can we get a bit firmer with the board moderation?  I've marked a lot of messages in the past weeks and months - and they keep showing up...  It's annoying!

Older versions / [1.6.2] Missing translation in Administration
« on: March 20, 2010, 10:11:26 am »
Under Administration, Configuration, Default User Preferences, General.

Missing lang: user ws config option name detect_mime_type_from_extension:

I am using English.

When moving a workspace, a dialog asks if you want to inherit permissions from the new parent.

When saying "OK", the permissions dialog appears and flashes as it iterates through all of the users and groups.

When finished, it is showing the last row of the users/groups as selected, but all permissions are visibly set to "None" even though the last user/group in the list may have full (or other) permissions.

Selecting any other user or group, and then re-selecting the last row will show the correct permissions.

Forgive me for what may be a stupid question, but I am new to AJAX and "stuff".

In developing the Gantt chart feature, I find myself wanting to have a place to click to bring up a new e-mail to the task Resource (which is now working) and also a place to click to bring up that task directly in Feng Office, perhaps to make changes to it.

Of course the URL for Feng Office does not change when you navigate through it, and I'm not aware of another way to figure out how to "direct" Feng Office to go somewhere simply by sending it a URL or some other command.

Is there a way to do so?  It would be handy in more ways than one!

It would be much easier for new users to Feng Office to be able to see all the available controls on-screen.

Currently, you don't know you can edit or complete a task, and you don't know you can move a custom property up/down or delete it until you happen to mouse over that particular object.

It would be much easier for new users if those controls were mostly transparent but still visible until moused over.  That way they would understand they are there and they would now what they can do with an object, but they would not be distracted by too much on-screen text or controls.

I hope this is a simple CSS change, but I am not a CSS guru. :(

General Discussion / Forums are not working very well?
« on: March 01, 2010, 08:12:02 pm »
I notice very often that when I try to post, I get the message "Your session timed out", and then I cannot do anything until I back up a page and come back into the thread.

There is very little delay generally when I am typing my message, sometimes as little as 30-60 seconds, so it is not a matter of me sitting at the screen and composing long messages.

It is such a problem that I have started to type my notes into WordPad first and then I paste them into the forum so I don't lose them by mistake.

Community Contributions / How to Add Gantt Charts (JSGantt) to Feng Office
« on: February 25, 2010, 01:40:43 pm »
NOTE:  If you're just coming here to explore adding Gantt charts to your Feng Office installation, you only need to read the first two posts in this thread to install the latest code, with the latest instructions.  All the other pages of posts are discussion about improvements and bugs that are then fixed ASAP and posted back to these first two posts...  There may be some idiosyncrasies between MySQL or PHP installations that can't be resolved however, and the additional pages of posts might help you in that regard.

Let's begin...

As you know, we need a way to make Gantt charts from Feng Office, and we looked for several weeks at different avenues.  Google Visualizations, FlashCharts, java scripts, etc.  All had severe limitations - not printable, not feature-rich enough, required non open-source or non-free software, etc.

We finally settled on integrating the free jsGantt javascript into Feng Office.  It requires the creation of a few views in MySQL which we will provide, and that is about it.  The jsGantt feature does not have to be loaded into a tab in Feng Office if you do not wish to do so, but we opted for it as it gave a more "one-stop-shop" feeling for our users.

We have made what we consider minor improvements to jsGantt, but they are not material to its function, and it will work just fine in its base form if you download it from  The version referenced here is 1.2, and it looks like this:

There is a data-selection form which appears on the Feng Office tab and which allows you to select one or more workspaces, and/or one or more users to determine what will be charted.  You may also optionally specify a start and end date for the tasks that will be included on the chart, whether to inherit colors from the workspaces, and whether or not to display percent complete, duration, start/end date, and resource for each task.

Tasks in personal workspaces are never included.

Clicking on a task or milestone that is assigned to someone will also open a new e-mail address to that person, and with the task name as the subject.

Step one, if you decide you want to integrate the Gantt chart onto a tab, will be to follow the steps oulined in the "Hello World" posts in this forum and elsewhere, to give the Gantt chart a place to live within Feng Office. Otherwise, you may just as easily reference the Gantt chart as part of the same or even a separate website from Feng Office, it only needs access to your Feng Office database.

I've outlined the steps I took to integrate the tab in a message later in this thread, which you can access here -

Development / How to Add the SuperSimple blog to Feng Office.
« on: February 21, 2010, 06:34:43 pm »

I've integrated the SuperSimple blog into Feng Office, under a tab of its own.  This is probably not a graceful thing to have done, but it looks quite attractive, and it makes it easy for a bunch of us to type and save announcements instead of me hacking HTML every time I want to say something to the team at large.

The CMS (Content Management System) which is used to enter blog entries, is somewhat separate from the blog display for security reasons, so only the blog entries are shown on the tab, although it could be further modified I suppose to include the login and security part, which is NOT currently integrated in any way with Feng Office, it's just standing on its own.

This blog software, available at, was full of bugs when I first downloaded it, but I believe all of that's fixed and it's fully customizable by using the CSS files included.

There are no real bells or whistles with it otherwise, which is why I chose it in the first place.

Apparently I can't post screenshots to the forum, but if there's any interest, I could zip up all the files and the MySQL database and post them here, then they could be downloaded and installed by others.

This WILL require some PHP/HTML/MySQL knowledge on the installers part.

Older versions / Task view for "All" won't come up, defaults to "Overview".
« on: February 20, 2010, 11:47:29 am »
Often when I am in Tasks view and I switch from a workspace back to All, the tasks will flash on the screen but then the Overview screen will take their place, even though the Tasks view tab remains selected.

If I click on All again, sometimes it will come up, but most often I have to click on another workspace and then click back on All to make it work.

This happens quite often.

Older versions / Can't move a milestone to trash with the checkbox?
« on: February 20, 2010, 11:45:16 am »
In Tasks view, I keep trying to move a milestone to the trash by checking the checkbox next to it and selecting "Move to Trash", but it won't go.

I have to click on the milestone to open it's detail view, then select "Move to Trash" from its menu on the right.

If this is by design, can we disable the "Move to Trash" menu item when a milestone is selected, or just make it work like tasks do?

Older versions / Backup cron does not work?
« on: February 20, 2010, 12:53:34 am »
Unless I've mis-configured the system, the backup plug-in does not appear to be functioning when scheduled under the Administration -> Cron settings.

We suffered a serious failure today when the tasks table was DROPped, and a backup had not been taken by the Cron job even though it had been configured per the instructions.

This feature, per the documentation, was set up correctly.  Does it work for anyone else?

Older versions / Tasks view shows all milestones even when "filtered"
« on: February 17, 2010, 01:50:51 pm »
Let me say I do not know if this is a bug or a feature.

If I am in Tasks view, when I want to see only tasks assigned to Me, I can do it just fine as long as the "Group by:" field is set to "Nothing".  It is quite nice!

If I set the "Group by:' field to "Milestones", all of a sudden I see every milestone, even ones that do not have a task for me.  It takes quite a long time to scroll down and find my tasks this way.

Can we leave out milestones which I would consider to be "empty"?

Ideas / Drag and drop a tag on a task (or milestone)?
« on: February 16, 2010, 07:25:52 pm »
I'd love to be able to drag and drop a tag on a task and have it be assigned!  That would make this thing FLY!

I'd also love to be able to assign a tag that way (or any way) to a milestone and have it inherited down to all lower tasks/subtasks!

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