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Merlin: Adjusting keyboard shortcuts

on 28. October 2009

It is very easy to adjust keyboard shortcuts or add new ones on Mac OS X. There is a specific tab in the preference pane ‘Keyboard’. Shortcuts will be shown on the right side of the menu entries they are assigned to.

The shortcut Shift + Command + N for example is assigned per default to the Merlin’s menu entry ‘New Project…’ as listed under the File menu:

new project shortcut

Surely you have noticed that the command  ‘Combine Projects…’ has no shortcut. Here is how to proceed in case you want to assign one.

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Written by Vicky Stamatopoulou
Vicky Stamatopoulou works at ProjectWizards. She contributes to the MacPM.net blog, Merlin user forums, or other web spaces of ProjectWizards. The content provided is about Merlin or Mac usage, documentation, AppleScripting, or customization. Google+

Was Merlin a project manager? (part four)

on 20. October 2009

There is usually a long story behind a successful product. This applies for Merlin and my first visions about it in 2003.

Here is how the drama started. Here and here how it continued.

Was Merlin a project manager? (part four)

By the way, the product name “Merlin” was defined even before the first code line was written. We were ProjectWizards; our software simply had to bear a name of a magician. We have many names from the Arthurian legend in use, so the decision was not very far-fetched.
Exactly like the legendary figure Merlin, Arthur’s magician advisor, should our Merlin be a wizard and advisor for project management. There was no necessity in finding a good name considering marketing aspects. Merlin was meant to be sold only to selected partners. Pretty naive…
Frank Illenberger and I held our first kick-off-meeting on November 9th 2004 in Frankfurt. We had talked about the concept, answered questions and mentioned ideas. Frank intended to work two days per week on programming Merlin. We defined a vague target date, as none of us had ever worked on a similar project. At that time Frank had experience on only small programs. Have I mentioned how naive we both were?
Anyway, thanks to Frank’s analytical and meticulous way of working, Merlin’s development took form really quickly. Small and major crises got handled as they appeared.
July 2004 was a watershed event. Apple sent me an invitation to the Apple Expo in Paris. I should present Merlin. Fine, I thought, I would be delighted, but how did Apple come to know about Merlin’s existence? Our Merlin project team had grown meanwhile to 20 persons. Some more involved than others. All of them had signed an NDA but one of them had definitely “blabbed”.
So I flew to Paris to hold a Merlin presentation. Michel Suter greeted me with “I have no more than 20 minutes time”. I started my well-prepared presentation. Michel interrupted me after ten minutes and asked with enthusiasm for the scheduled release date. I tried to explain that we are not planning to release Merlin. His reaction was pretty direct: “I would deserve to get beaten if I would not make such a great program available to all Mac users”. Okay, the message was clear enough. During my flight back to Germany I setup a business plan. The decision was taken: Merlin should be available for the public. The rest, as they say, is history… I do not regret my decision, not for a moment.
Merlin 1.0 was released on November 9th 2004. It was the starting point of the currently most successful project management software. So it seems, we managed to do more things the right way than wrong.

The product name Merlin was defined even before the first code line was written. We were ProjectWizards; our software simply had to bear a name of a magician. We have many names from the Arthurian legend in use, so the decision was not very far-fetched.

Exactly like the legendary figure Merlin, Arthur’s magician advisor, should our Merlin be a wizard and advisor for project management. There was no necessity in finding a good name considering marketing aspects. Merlin was meant to be sold only to selected partners. Pretty naive…

Frank Illenberger and I held our first kick-off-meeting on April 9th 2004 in Frankfurt. We had talked about the concept, answered questions and mentioned ideas. Frank intended to work two days per week on programming Merlin. We defined a vague target date, as none of us had ever worked on a similar project. At that time Frank had experience on only small programs. Have I mentioned how naive we both were?

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Frank Blome is the CEO of ProjectWizards. He is also active on Google+.

Was Merlin a project manager? (part three)

on 16. October 2009

There is usually a long story behind a successful product. This applies for Merlin and my first visions about it in 2003.

Here is how the drama started.

And this is how it continued.

Was Merlin a project manager? (part three)

…It was decided, we would get someone to write a piece of software just for us. As mentioned before, we were not developers so could not do it on our own. The creation of a first concept was quickly completed. Our own partners and customers helped us on its definition. My intention was to refinance the project through the sale of software licenses to selected customers. I was even thinking, that with a bit of luck, our own license could even be free. Pretty naive…

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Written by Frank Blome
Frank Blome is the CEO of ProjectWizards. He is also active on Google+.