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A new way of viewing .XER project schedules exported from Oracle® Primavera P6. It’s a standalone application and offers greater control by providing each member with clear activity insights.

The new way of viewing Project Schedules

Introduction to PrimaveraReader

PrimaveraReader is a reader for project schedules created with Oracle® Primavera P6. It enables users to open and view project plans exported from Oracle® Primavera P6 in XER or XLS format.  

This cost-effective solution is designed to deliver overview of important project plan details among all parties involved, requiring no other license than PrimaveraReader license. PrimaveraReader 3.5 now comes with Progress Update feature - Free Trial


Key Features

Activities – overview of the open project activities

Roles – view the roles assigned to resources

Resources – view the resource structure and details

OBS – Organizational Breakdown Structure

WBS – Work Breakdown Structure of the project

Details – detailed information for selections

Projects – view of the Enterprise Project Structure

Baselines – compare different project versions

Assignments – resource allocation and cost info

Auto filters – find and filter specified tasks

Progress Update – insert proposals for updates in the Activity and Assignments views

Trace Logic View – visually preview the schedule trace logic


Trace Logic View

The Trace Logic view is used for detailed analyses as it visually presents selected segments of the project schedule. This view is combined with the Activity View. When a particular activity is selected in the Activity view, the same activity will be in the focus at the bottom of the Trace Logic view showing predecessor and successor activities, and critical path arrows (red).




Progress Update

With this new feature users can insert proposals for updates in the Activity and Assignments views. When users enter the “Progress Update” mode, they can preview several new columns where they can update % Complete, Actual Start, Actual Finish, Activity Status and Activity codes. The fields available for update will depend upon the working habits and the existent workflows in the company, but usually the Project Scheduler defines this.




This feature enables detailed overview and graphical representation of the activities included in the project schedule.


Benefits: Users can view information in the Activities panel, which is divided between the Activity Table on the left side, the Gantt chart on the right side, options ribbon at the top and the details view at the bottom of the screen.


Work Breakdown Structure

The Work Breakdown Structure view offers an elaborate overview and decomposition of the work to be executed by the project team.


Benefits: Users can preview the Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) for the currently open project accompanied by a Gantt chart on the right.



The resource tab shows a list of all resources needed to complete the projects included in the Enterprise Project Structure.


Benefits: Users can view the availability limits, unit prices and the calendar which defines their standard work time and non- work time for each resource.



The Assignments view shows a display of the resource allocations across all imported project schedules.


Benefits: Users can view resource usage, cost and quantity information in a detailed spreadsheet and can use curves to define any nonlinear distribution of the resource usage.



The baselines functionality enables comparison of up to four updated versions of a project schedule.


Benefits: Users can get a detailed graphical presentation of the aspects that have been changed from the original schedule in the Gantt preview on the right side of the interface.



Auto Filtering allows filtering of project data in one or more columns according to the cell contents.


Benefits: Users can view and navigate the display of data of interest from the activities in the project schedule, particularly if it is a large schedule.



Why choose PrimaveraReader instead of sharing PDF files

- 5 main advantages over PDF printed schedules

(1) Provide an Interactive overview of the project - each member has a personalized view, chance to add/remove columns and see relationships inside an elaborate Gantt chart. Also there are Activities, WBS, IPS, resource assignments views, which offer full information regarding the specified topic.  

(2) Use Custom and Auto filters - The project team members have flexibility when viewing their Activities and Filters, which is a basic feature needed to easily handle plans that contain hundreds of lines / activities.

(3) Navigate through predecessors and successors - Team members have a complete overview of the project relations and don’t feel isolated from the whole.

(4) Work with custom layouts (import .plf files) - The team members can import the company’s custom layouts in PLF format or choose how assignment data is displayed in their view. Each layout shows different columns and applies different groping and sorting of data.

(5) Baselines comparison of project schedules - Users can easily spot what has been changed from the previous schedule with the clear visual comparison of the Activity updates from previous .xer file version.

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