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    Adam is the founder of BEEDOCS, an artisan software company that makes great timeline software for Mac OS X.

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Applescript and Bee Docs' Timeline

Friday, February 08, 2008

Last night I release version 2.0.4 of Bee Docs' Timeline. Among other things, the new version adds Applescript support which for many people will be the biggest new feature since the launch of 2.0.

For it's debut, the Applescript dictionary is focussed on getting events into and out of Bee Docs' Timeline. For example, the help documentation contains a sample script for building a timeline based on your most recent e-mails in your inbox. There is also sample code for converting your timelines to simple HTML.

Combined with our software's beautiful automatic layout capabilities, the ability to create new events via scripts presents a unique opportunity to include timeline charts to your workflow without any need for user interaction. As far as I know, no other timeline software out there will allow you to do this.

I can't wait to see what our customers come up with. Please let me know if you are using timelines in your scripted workflow, send me your scripts if you are willing to share, and send your suggestions too.

Also, from time to time people need custom scripts but do not want to learn Applescript. If you become an expert on scripting Timeline and are willing to do some contract work, please let me know so that I can pass your name along to other users.

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5 Comments:

Anonymous AnonymousFebruary 09, 2008 4:36 PM

I just upgraded to 2.0.4, but the export feature appears to be broken now. When exporting to a .pdf file, no output file is produced; the program refuses to output a png or tiff file, on the grounds that the image is the wrong size for output (apparently 0x0 pixels).

Anonymous AnonymousFebruary 09, 2008 4:40 PM

Never mind. I quit and restarted Timeline and the export functions are working. I think it was due to the update; the program needs to be restarted again after the update for everything to work properly.

Blogger Adam BehringerFebruary 12, 2008 4:01 PM

Yes, I came across this bug too. I'll have it fixed in the next update.

It has to do with the combination of multiple documents and export. As "anonymous" mentioned, restarting the application should get it to work for the first document you open after restarting.

Blogger talazemFebruary 14, 2008 8:00 AM

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Anonymous AnonymousFebruary 17, 2009 1:31 AM

How many bugs are there? It is not a free software where you would expect things not to work.
Something as trivial as formatting the layout does not work, it is highly disappointing and frustrating...

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