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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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CircaVie Timeline - The Beatles

Thursday, April 17, 2008

CircaVie Timeline - The Beatles

This is a web-based timeline service called circaVie. After you try it out, I'd appreciate your thoughts. Do you think it is intuitive to navigate? Does it present the information clearly? Would the information you are presenting work well in a format like this?

Also, for this one I would like to ask how would you feel about the advertising they are showing on each timeline page. Would it be worth it for you to have ads on your documents in exchange for free services?

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7 Comments:

Blogger KarenApril 17, 2008 3:27 PM

Hi Adam,

It is a very nice styled timeline. The adverts don't bother me - the breakup in the video playback was more annoying...

Karen

Anonymous AnonymousApril 18, 2008 7:35 AM

Hej Adam.

For certain subject matters, the event frame variations and angled presentation is very good. The dateline and event fonts are excellent and v. NOW :-) I like it.

HOWEVER ....

re Adverts - TOTAL RUBBISH! such totally defeat the object of a timeline i.e. to present info clearly and quickly - i.e. at a glance. 'Busy' backgrounds are bad enough but Ads are a total distraction as one's eye are drawn to e.g. primary and/or flashing colours ... but OK if u want to offer it as an option for the $3-challenged.

;.)

J @ Copenhagen

PS What would be GREAT, if possible, would be to have a Timeline 'package' into which one could place a Timeline pdf + document or file referred to in an Event link. At present one can create a path to a file on one's machine but when sending a Timeline to a 3rd party one can only link to an URL - and one doesn't want to have to create web pages etc each time etc etc

NOTWITHSTANDING! T remains one of the best apps for which we've found SOOOOOOOOOO many uses - thanks again Adam! :-)

Anonymous AnonymousApril 18, 2008 7:50 AM

J @ Copenhagen again :-)

PS - I forgot to mention the video element is a great idea (I assume one could similarly place voice/sound behind). I've recently completed a Shakespeare's plays Timeline - it would be great to include a sound file of e.g. a soliloquy/quotation etc

Also, I like the way the video window opens to a good size - great for presenting from a Timeline with small thumbnails which may not be too clear. @ the mo, the myopically challenged may have to click a link in order to see the image.

So, ideally - what? OK I click a thumbnail; an image box opens (similar size to their video window) showing a pic of e.g. Richard III; 2 secs after that a sound file e.g. 'Now is the winter etc' plays

FANTASTIC stuff - I'd even PAY for an upgrade for that facility ...er, what am I SAYING????!!

bregs

J @ Copenhagen!

Anonymous AnonymousApril 18, 2008 8:20 AM

Very nice, but the site itself doesn't seem finished. The ability to throw and glide the timeline forward and backwards is key to a nice simple view (vs. trying to cram all the events in the visible rectangle).

The date entry is a tad clunky.

Much more responsive than the DHTML based Simile timeline.

If you are considering creating a timeline widget, being able to embed it on a personal page (sans ads) would be key.

Blogger KurtApril 28, 2008 7:27 PM

no BC dates!

Anonymous AnonymousApril 29, 2008 9:03 AM

Please consider to have the details XML based to make changes "on the fly".

Blogger Tristangreatrex@hotmail.comSeptember 09, 2008 3:03 AM

Is this the same software??

http://www.soundunwound.com/sp/contributor/timeline/U.F.O.?contributorId=817

If not do you know what is being used here?

Tristan

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