Steven Wood Software is a small company providing specialist Project Management and other software for use in the construction industry.
Based in Northampton, in the heart of England, the company also undertakes bespoke commissions and training in the use of its software.
Founded in 1984, to write a bespoke production and accounting system for a small engineering works, the company moved into Estimating and subsequently Project Management software.
During the last twenty years it has primarily concentrated on its ChainLink software, which produces Time Location (Time Chainage) Charts from data generated by most of the current popular Project Management systems.
With over 40 years experience in construction, the companies owner and chief programmer, Steven Wood, fully understands the needs of the industry.
ChainLink Version 5.0 release 30 available
The Chart Options have now been incorporated into the Print/Preview window to simplify the process of customising the chart.
A minor issue with the presentation of Bar Types 20, 30 and 40 has been resolved.
ChainLink 5.0 now has the ability to plot Time Location and Gantt charts with the Time Grid horizontal and a facility to rotate the Graphics to accomodate the horizontal chart.
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Other improvements have been made to the import facilities and an issue with Calendars resolved.
It is now possible to set a Filter before loading the Task Data screen to speed up loading on large projects
The issue with showing a white background behind the Text, on some printers, has been resolved along with some other minor issues with data input.
This release resolves an issue with the Graphics when a descending location chart is produced. Also, the speed of the import utilities has been improved.
A version 4.5 mode Task interface has been added in this release. The purpose of this feature is to assist users who are stepping up from v4.5 and are finding the more complex Task import and input a little difficult to comprehend compared to the more simple methods used in the earlier version.
Apart from resolving a few issues and improving the Copy/Paste facility, this release adds a unique feature with the ability to combine Time Location & Gantt Charts on the same page. The purpose of the new feature is not to duplicate the information on the Time Location chart but to provide a means whereby the detailed Tasks which are not appropriate for the Time Location chart e.g. the detail of, say, a bridge structure, which is normally represented by one or two summary bars, could be shown on the Gantt Chart (see the ChainLink 5.0 page of this website for examples using the Multi-Road project). Both the Time Location chart and the combined Time Location/Gantt chart are produced from the same project data by merely changing the Layout file. This new feature is available in both the Standard and Professional versions.
Professional finally comes of age with the introduction of a incorporated Scheduler. The Scheduler is not designed to replace the users existing Project Management software, it is provided to allow the user to run what if scenarios without the need to return to their PM package. Whilst providing a full forward and backwards analysis, the Scheduler has been designed to handle partial networks (fragnets) without the need to impose dates on the initial and final Task of each fragnet or isolated Task, to maintain compatibility with the main project, thus keeping the ability to only import the sections of the programme required to produce the Time Location chart.
Previous Enhancements include:-
1. Links between Tasks in both versions
2. Ability to specify Task Type
3. Imposed Dates on Milestones and Tasks
4. Improvements to Imports to allow Links to be imported by XER and MPX
5. General performance improvements and bug fixes.
Existing ChainLink 5.0 licence holders may download and install the new version free of charge by clicking on the link below, there is no need to apply for a new Activation Code.
New users may download ChainLink 5.0 as a 30 day evaluation copy, which can be fully activated once a licence has been purchased.
Steven Wood Software
2 Harksome Hill
Landline: +44 1604 760620
Mobile: +44 7973 287025
Central Trade Parc
NL2908 LT Capelle aan de IJssel
+31 10 4425197