Whenever I see the word "viewer" in a title I know, I'm not dealing with something serious. I'm not necessarily talking about the lack of usefulness, but about a limited amount of features and, of course, functionality to be worth filling two computer screens with lumps of text, over-explaining why you should definitely get this app if you enjoy something or another. To the very few that actually read this site's articles, you know of what I speak, and I hope, even if the pieces are anonymous, that you know which ones have a little bit of soul behind them.
Now that my little derailment rant is over, let's look at what MPP Viewer is all about. I'm sure not many of you know that MS Office features more apps than the "holy trinity" of Word, Excel, and Powerpoint. MS Project is a tool with which to create and manage entire projects, with their tasks, sub-tasks, classifications, deadlines, resources, and assets. MS project saves its projects as MPP files. Even though you can also export these projects as standard Excel or XML documents, MPP Viewer provides a third option. For those who lack the five hundred bucks required to acquire a Project license, using MPP Viewer can save you the trouble of asking the owner to provide you with an alternative file.
In short, MPP Viewer reads MPP files. The file data is split into four tabs: the Tasks, Resources, Gantt Chart, and Properties tabs. It also features a search function that can sniff keywords within the Tasks section.
Other than that, MPP Viewer can print and also export as XSLX (Excel format).
- View task hierarchy with collapsible summary tasks
- View the resources, Gantt chart, and project properties
- Search function with completion filters
- Exports to XSLX
- Print function
So now that all is clear, when would you download and use MPP Viewer? The answer is "when you need to." There's nothing special about it, and it doesn't need to be. It's a simple viewer for MPP files.