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Only a small number of users have MS Project (we use the 2010 version). The vast majority don't but still need to view the projects and particularly their steps in it.

I have looked at a couple of "Project viewers" (LiveProject Viewer & MOOS Project Viewer) but they don't let you filter down the steps to just your own steps.

So I am looking for some viewing system. Preferably it would be a desktop "viewer" that directly opens the .mpp file, however I'll consider anything (e.g. publishing to a website / Exchange) so long as it does the following:

  • Provides read-only viewing of the whole project
  • Allows a user to filter down the steps to just their own

Any suggestions?

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With MS Project 2010 Professional, you can synchronize a project to an MS SharePoint site. On that site, you could configure different views for these "task lists" to help users to only see tasks relevant to themselves. This should work fine with the freely available SharePoint Foundation.

There seem to be a couple of MS Project "viewers" out there, but I haven't looked into any of those.

Update: Please make note of these limitations of MS Project to MS SharePoint synchronization.

You must have Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Server or Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010 to use this feature of Project 2010. In addition, syncing with SharePoint works only in Manually Scheduled task mode (Automatically Scheduled tasks will be changed to Manually Scheduled task mode) and with links that are finish-to-start, with no lag time. Also, if you have resource assignments associated with tasks, for them to be accepted into the SharePoint task list, the resources must be set up in SharePoint as users with the exact same name.

Update: There's actually a great demo (SharePoint 2010 and Project Professional 2010) on the subject available from Microsoft.

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Publishing to Sharepoint looks great - probably this is the way to go. Thanks! –  Laurence Jan 27 '12 at 16:01

Is it possible to detail what you mean by:

Allows a user to filter down the steps to just their own

If you just want to filter tasks by a given resource (the user) then MOOS Project Viewer can do that. Just select the filter "Tasks for resource..." while in Gantt View. Not sure in which version this filter was added but current version (2.7) supports it.

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OK I missed that in MOOS, thanks. –  Laurence Jan 27 '12 at 16:01

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