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Viewers for Microsoft and Primavera Schedules

For team members who only need to view Microsoft Project or P6 schedules

Steelray invented the viewer for Microsoft Project in 2000 and has continuously added innovations and improvements since then. There is no need to import or upload anything – simply open the file as you would with Microsoft Project or Primavera, and you’ll see the same core views and data in the schedule. Steelray offers a free 10 day fully functional trial of Viewer, so download it today.

Enterprise Ready
Enterprise Ready

Steelray Viewer is used by customers in the industries with the largest project schedules (e.g. Aerospace/Defense, Construction).

Enhanced Printing
Enhanced Printing

Preview all pages, one page or actual size before printing. Scale and see the effects on the output, control page size and orientation and header data. Easier than printing in Project!

Search Engine
Schedule Search

Find what you need rapidly with the first search engine integrated into a project viewer. Search through task information, resource names and dates.

Platform Ready
Platform Ready

Opens Microsoft Project files from Microsoft Project 98 through Project 2019. Opens Primavera P6 .XER files.

One Click Navigation
1-Click Navigation

Click on a task and see the detailed information. Select a resource name and you’ll see the assignments for that resource. Click on a date and see what is starting, finishing and in-progress.

Easy to Use
Easy to Use

An improvement on the original, not a clone of Microsoft Project or Primavera. Simplify project data for all who need it.

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Version 6.22.0
  • Improvement: Updated to mpxj 12.10.2.
  • Improvement: Updated to Java's Open JDK 22.
  • Bug Fix: Schedules with zero tasks will notify user instead of throwing an error.
Version 6.21.0
  • Improvement: Updated code-signing certificate.
  • Improvement: Updated to mpxj 12.5.0.
  • Bug Fix: Fixed issue with Gantt Chart baseline bars display.
Version 6.20.0
  • Improvement: Updated to mpxj 12.4.0.
  • Bug Fix: Added digital signature to script in MSI installer.
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Maintenance is included with all subscriptions

Viewer for Microsoft Project

$ 19.95 /user/year

For Microsoft Schedules

  • MPP files
  • 1 Year Subscription
  • Includes Maintenance
    (access to tech support and new versions)

Viewer for Primavera

$ 19.95 /user/year

For Primavera Schedules

  • Primavera XER files
  • 1 Year Subscription
  • Includes Maintenance
    (access to tech support and new versions)

For Microsoft Project and Primavera schedules

Steelray Viewer is the leading tool for team members who need to view Microsoft Project or P6 schedules at a fraction of the cost.

What people say about us

From a few of our amazing customers

Steelray is one of the best software investments I've made. I work on a Mac, and if it was not for Steelray Project Viewer, I wouldn't have a good option for looking at MS Project files. Steelray Project Viewer is a brilliant bit of software!

Jeffrey Solliday McRoyGE Healthcare

If customers are looking for an alternative cost saving application, Steelray is it. Steelray was cheaper to purchase, and we saved a ton of money. Thanks for such a great product.

Theodore PalmComcast

I tried a few other products in both Mac and Windows environments; Steelray was easily the best! Really good to be able to alter print scaling to get a huge color Gantt chart onto 9 landscape pages (still readable!) instead of 84 - especially when you need 20 copies.

Ron PitcherThe Proteus Leadership Centre
  • Nike
  • Ikea
  • IBM
  • Deloitte
  • Lockheed Martin

Why Steelray Viewer?

With the emergence and acceptance of the enterprise project management (EPM) model, many organizations are standardizing on project management tools and methodologies. For a large number of companies, this involves purchasing volume licenses of Microsoft® Project. Two problems arise: first, many users don’t need the full functionality offered by Microsoft® Project. Second, project managers are increasingly frustrated by unauthorized modifications to the files they author and maintain.

The solution to both of these problems is to provide Microsoft® Project to the group of users who truly need it (project creators) and to provide project viewers for the rest of the users (project consumers) who only need access to the information in the file. The use of project viewers results in significant cost savings and is a much better match between the needs of the users and the solution that is provided. We sell project viewers 365 days per year and have been doing do for almost 20 years.

When selecting a viewer, you should make sure that the solution you choose is high quality, low cost, and easy to use.

In the beginning, only project managers used Microsoft® Project, and it was good. Sharing project information was typically done with paper printouts and Microsoft® PowerPoint slides.

The past decade has seen the emergence of the Enterprise Project Management (EPM) model. Organizations are migrating to a unified set of standard tools, methodologies, and processes for managing projects and resources across the entire enterprise. Project management software vendors have enjoyed the adoption of EPM, because with this adoption came large purchase orders for project management software licenses.

Initially, software vendors made it as painless as possible for the widespread standardization and adoption of project management software. Volume and site licenses were offered at discounts, and companies saw real and tangible benefits in their increased use of project management software.

Two Unpleasant Side Effects

With project management tools on everyone’s desktop, two problems emerged.

First, despite the discounts for volume and site licenses, many organizations are paying for much more functionality than they actually need. Additionally, the early adopter discounts are disappearing in favor of a subscription model that counts installed licenses, regardless of how and if they are being used. The price of EPM is going up annually, and many organizations are feeling the strain financially.

Second, giving non-project managers the ability to modify project plans is often dangerous. The authenticity of the “real” master project file is cast in doubt the moment another user makes a modification to a copy of the project plan. Project managers are frequently frustrated with the wide scale distribution of Microsoft® Project licenses.

Microsoft's EPM Solution

Microsoft® offers an expansive and impressive EPM solution that addresses many of the “access” problems described above. Access to project files can be restricted to the right groups of users, and those only needing to view the project information can do so with a less expensive client access license.

For some organizations, Microsoft®’s EPM solution is near perfect, and we strongly recommend it in those cases. For many other organizations, the Microsoft® EPM solution is not ideal for a number of reasons:

  • It requires a significant financial investment. Microsoft® Project Server goes far beyond the desktop project management application. It is a large, distributed, three-tier enterprise application and requires at least one dedicated server running Microsoft® SQL Server and SharePointTM Services.
  • It requires a significant IT investment. The deployment and transition to Microsoft® Project Server in an organization is itself a significant project, requiring executive sponsorship and a dedicated project team. Because the deployment is often outsourced, a number of consulting companies have filled the need by specializing in the deployment and transition to Microsoft® Project Server. Of course, their services do not come cheap.
  • It requires a serious commitment to EPM methodologies. The tools themselves are only part of the solution. The organization must commit to standardizing on a centralized, coordinated way of planning and executing their projects. Many organizations are unwilling or not yet prepared to make the changes necessary for this transition.

The Solution: Steelray Viewer

In the past couple of years, thousands of organizations have found a better solution: providing Microsoft® Project to the group of users who truly need it (project managers) and to provide project viewers for the rest of the users (project consumers) who only need to access the information in the file.

Microsoft® Project viewers are software applications that at a minimum allow you to view the information in a Microsoft® Project file. While some project viewers attempt to clone the Microsoft® Project user interface, the best-in-class project viewers focus on the task at hand: providing easy access to the information in the project file.

Microsoft® Project was designed for creating, tracking, and modifying project files. It is a complex application that requires training and project management skills to be used effectively. A viewer, on the other hand, should be intuitive and easy to use for anyone, whether or not they use Microsoft® Project.

How Steelray Viewer Helps

Significant Cost Savings

The primary benefit of using a project viewer is the significant reduction in license fees that it brings. In most organizations, between 30% and 80% of the Microsoft® Project licenses that are purchased are delivered to users (project consumers) who can use a project viewer instead. A project viewer license is typically less than 10% of the cost of a Microsoft® Project license, so the cost savings can be dramatic.

The Correct Tool for Your “Project Consumer” Users

Project viewers prohibit the user from modifying the project file, so the problem of users modifying copies of project files is eliminated. This in turn tends to increase the willingness of the project managers to share the project file, which increases collaboration and communication throughout the organization.

Why It's the Compelling Choice

Steelray Viewer is the leading viewer for Microsoft Project and Primavera. Steelray is a compelling choice for enterprise customers for several reasons:

  • Steelray Viewer is high quality, low cost and easy to use.
  • Steelray doesn’t clone the Microsoft® Project or Primavera user interface. Instead, it is the only project viewer to offer true innovation. Steelray invented the Microsoft® Project .mpp viewer, and we are constantly introducing new and innovative features (true navigation, built-in search engine, Excel support) that aren’t offered in any other product. Steelray was designed from the ground up around navigation, making it the world’s first and only project navigator or browser. It functions similarly to a web browser, with the same level of ease of use. Users can point and click on actual data to navigate to more detailed views centered on that data. Back and Forward buttons let the user navigate between recently visited views, in much the same way a web browser works. A built-in search engine provides an easy and quick way to locate information.

  • Steelray is used by thousands of organizations across the globe. Steelray is the best choice for enterprise installations. We support silent installation, site-wide license keys, and a simple licensing process.