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Can I change the Baseline View formatting?
The "ST Add/Show" menu Baseline View option gets its formatting from the currently applied color palette.  Although, the Baseline View endpoint shapes are currently fixed as triangles, you can use a custom color palette to change the Line Format to get different looks. 
 
Use the "ST Manage/Palette" option to define a new palette.  Give the palette a name, for example "Baseline".  In the "Baseline" section of the custom color palette, edit the "Line Format" as shown below:
 
Custom Palette
 
You can, for example, change the Line Color to "Red", and change the Line Weight to a larger size like "2.5", and then change the Line Pattern to "Solid".  When you hit OK to apply your custom color palette, you will notice that the baseline view goes from this default view:
 
Baseline Default
 
To this:
 
Baseline Custom
 
Now you can use the "Swimlane Timeline/Color Palette" option to change between the default "Primary" palette, and the new created custom "Baseline" palette.
 
BTW, if you would like to see the Baseline Start/Finish actual dates, then you can use the "Swimlane Timeline/Date Marker" option to show them.
How can I automatically get tasks in Swimlanes to be shown in the order that I want, and have that ordering preserved on Refresh?
 

By default, tasks are placed in swimlanes in the order they are encountered in the source data after applying our shape and text collision avoidance algorithms.  The Swimlane Timeline task Sort option can automatically reorder the tasks in swimlanes based on values in a custom task field.

 

If you had a custom task text field, for example "ST Sort", and it contains values A1-A9, B1-B9, C1-C9, …etc. then in the Swimlane Timeline you can reorder tasks within swimlanes  by selecting "ST Sort" from the field pick list in the task Sort option.  Tasks will be placed within swimlanes in alphanumeric order, and any tasks with the same "ST Sort" value will be grouped together within a swimlane.

 

Let's say the source data with the "ST Sort" field looked like this:

 

ST Sort Source Example

 

Default layout - compressed, with text and shape collision avoidance auto-applied, and tasks shown in the order encountered:

 

ST Sort - Before Sort

 

Task layout after applying task Sort and specifying the "ST Sort" field (NOTE: Tasks are placed in alphanumeric order, and any tasks with the same "ST Sort" value are grouped together):

 

ST Sort - After Sort

How do I get my Project Online Enterprise fields to be brought in to the Swimlane Timeline?
The Swimlane Timeline will read in all of the Project Online Enterprise Fields that are showing in the Gantt Chart view.  Make sure that MS Project is showing the Gantt Chart view, and then Insert Columns for the Enterprise Fields that you want read in to the Swimlane Timeline.
Project Online Enterprise Fields
Does the Windows Region Date Format matter?
The Swimlane Timeline expects that the Windows OS date format is set to a format that has a 4-digit year setting (yyyy).  If you change it to some other setting, for example a 2-digit year setting (yy), then you could get the following error when you launch the Swimlane Timeline:
 
Windows Region Date Format Error

Check in your “Control Panel\Clock, Language, and Region\Region” option and verify that your Short date and Long date settings have the default 4-digit year (yyyy) format as shown below:

 

Windows Region 4-Digit Year

Does the Swimlane Timeline work if I am using non-English versions of Visio, Office and Project?
 

Yes, the Swimlane Timeline does work with non-English versions of Visio, Office and Project, but there are a couple of setting changes you may need to make:

 

1) Ensure the MS Project “Display Language” is set to English as shown below:

  •  Open MS Project and select “File/Options/Language”
  • Make sure the "Display" Language is set to English

       Project Display Language

 

How do I start the Swimlane Timeline from within Visio?
 

Open Visio then "File/New" and by default you will see the "Featured" Visio solutions.  Now select to see all solution "Categories".  Navigate to the "Visibility" Folder and double-click on the "Swimlane Timeline Solution" preview icon.

Preview Icon

From then on you will see the Swimlane Timeline offered in the default "Featured" Visio solutions section.

Visio Featured Solutions

How can I change the default width of the swimlane title area?
You can quickly and easily override the default width of the swimlane title text box area by clicking on the right side of the swimlane title block area (you will see the line endpoints as shown below) and then click-and-drag the line either right or left to increase or decrease the swimlane title area.
 
Swimlane Title Width
The Swimlane Timeline menus are no longer showing in Visio.  How can I fix this?
Windows can sometimes turn off all application add-ins.  If you don't see the Swimlane Timeline menus in Visio anymore when starting the Swimlane Timeline from the desktop shortcut, then try the following:
 

Go to “Visio/Files/Options/Add-ins” and change the “Manage” option, located at the bottom of the dialogue, from "COM Add-ins" to be “Disabled Items” instead and select "Go..." COM Add-in

 

If you see that the Swimlane Timeline is currently disabled, then select it, and re-enable it.  Close Visio, and restart the Swimlane Timeline from the desktop shortcut and you will now see the Swimlane Timeline menus are again visible.

How can I use a custom task text field (e.g., Text23) instead of the default "Name" field as my task label?
If you would like to use Text23 as your milestone task nickname to be displayed instead of the “Name” field, then go to the “ST Manage/Text” option to create a custom named text setting.  Select “Define New”, then give the custom setting a name (for example, Nickname), and then “Edit” the type of shapes you would like to change. 
 
In your example, you might change the “Milestone Text” to be ‘Text23” instead of “Name” field as shown below:
 
Custom Named Text Setting
Once created, from then on you can access the custom named text setting, in this case called “Nickname”, from the main “Swimlane Timeline/Text” option.
 
Can I use Visio native Data Graphics feature with the Swimlane Timeline shapes?
 

Yes, you can apply Data Graphics on Swimlane Timeline shapes.  The only requirements are that you have Visio Professional and that you save your Swimlane Timeline report as a Visio VSD or VSDX file before you apply the Data Graphics.  In the example below, a Data Graphic has been applied to all shapes that shows a checkbox in the top right position of tasks that are 100% complete.

 

Swimlane Timeline with Data Graphics

 

NOTE: After performing a Refresh, you can use the Swimlane Timeline "Select All Tasks" option to quickly re-apply the Data Graphics to all shapes.

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