Gantt Chart (Horizon View)

Does DayBack Support Gantt Charts?

DayBack's "Horizon" view is our version of a Gantt chart. It lets you view an entire project at a glance, rather than just a single month or week at at time. Horizon view respects your filters, so you can see just one project (by filtering for that project) or one resource across multiple projects (by filtering for that resource).

Horizon view allows you to work at longer time scales, ensuring deadlines don’t sneak up on you.

Why is this named "Horizon" view and not "Gantt" view?

We call it "Horizon" view because it extends beyond the current week or month to longer time ranges. Unlike traditional Gantt charts, our initial version lacks some traditional Gantt chart features like dependencies or horizontal “bands” for each role or phase.

While we recognize that true Gantt chart apps are too complicated for most projects, future builds will add some of these features. However, we aim to avoid the complexity of traditional Gantt charts while allowing you to see relationships between events at a glance.

Creating Event Dependencies

If you need to enforce project dependencies, consider custom calendar actions like DayBack's cascading event action. This feature ensures schedule changes cascade into downstream events, allowing you to see the consequences of your changes. Cascades can be scoped within a project and exclude certain statuses, so meetings or deadlines don't shift as you reallocate work.

Long Timescales

Horizon view can show as few as seven days, and as many as several dozen centuries

Filtering and Hiding Events

At longer timescales, tighter filtering can help manage the number of visible events. DayBack hides repeating events by default in Horizon view, but you can adjust this setting. For Salesforce, it's a single option to show or hide repeating events. For Google Calendar, DayBack automatically adjusts the frequency of hidden repetitions as your timescale increases. More details here.

Progress Bars

Show the percent complete for each of your tasks with progress bars. Bars can compare two fields as shown in this example, comparing forecast and actual hours. Learn more about progress bars on Horizon view. You can also add progress bars to the event's popover or to enhanced tooltips so you can see them on any view. 

Creating & Editing Events

Create new events by double-clicking in any open space on the calendar:

You can also create new events by double-clicking on the plus sign in the lower right, which will make a new event for the day you're focussed on. To make a new event on a specific date or time slot, drag the plus sign to any cell in the calendar:

Finally, edit events by dragging the event to a new cell or dragging the end of the event to change its duration:

Breakout & Analytics

Breakout by Any Field:

You can group events in the Horizon view by selecting "Breakout by" from the Horizon menu. This action creates a row for each resource or status in your filter set, allowing you to drag events between resources to balance your schedule or between statuses to mark tasks as done. See breakout in action.

Using the "More" Option:

In addition to resources and statuses, you can select "More" to break out your schedule by any field, including custom fields. Here are a few things to keep in mind when using this option:

  • Field Selection: The fields available in the "Breakout By Field" selector come from any visible calendars.
  • Field Labels: The data is summarized according to the field label, regardless of the actual field name. For instance, if two calendars have different field names but share a field label like "Project Type," DayBack will combine matching values from both calendars.
  • Separate Fields: Conversely, if two calendars have a "Location" field but one is labeled "Place" and the other "Location," DayBack will treat them as separate fields during breakout.

For more details and a short video of breakout in action, click here.

Analytics (Charting)

Turn on analytics to measure your schedule. Combined with breakout, analytics provide subtotal across any field in your calendar.

Learn more about analytics and charting here: Calendar Analytics.


Shift-Click Navigation:

  • Shift-click on the arrows beside "today" to move the Horizon view forward or backward by one column. Since columns in Horizon view can represent a day, week, or months, etc, the amount of time allocated to each column will depend on the current zoom scope.
  • Normally, clicking these arrows moves the calendar by the entire date range. For example, if you're viewing a 45-day range and click the right-hand arrow, you'll move 45 days into the future.
  • This shortcut also works on most multi-day resource scheduling views in the Resources tab.

Option-Drag to Duplicate Events:

  • Option-drag events to duplicate them, which is ideal for planning a project.
  • On Windows, hold down the Alt key while dragging to duplicate events.
  • This works on all views in DayBack Calendar, not just the Horizon view.

Other Multi-Day Views in DayBack

In addition to the Horizon view, there are a couple of other capabilities that may help you look at your schedule across multiple days. DayBack has multi-day resources scheduling which lets people look for gaps across multiple dates (up to 14 days at a time).

The other feature that can help balance your workload is the "grid view" which is like a pivoted version of the multi-day resource view: 

Both of these views are described in DayBack's Resource scheduling overview here.