Tuesday, August 18, 2009
I just published a free upgrade for Bee Docs Timeline 3D. Use the "Check For Updates" in the Timeline 3D menu to upgrade or you can grab the latest from our download page.
We have had a serious bug in the software that began to show up recently. Because of the recent performance improvements we have implemented, people are creating ever larger and more complex timelines. When customers drag in hundreds of very large images (such as full-resolution images from a digital camera) it could cause a corrupted save and loss of timeline data.
This bug didn't affect the automatic importers or imports via the build-in photo browser. In fact, this bug seems to have only affected about 1 out of every 2,000 active customers but it was obviously a frustrating bug for those it affected.
This release solves that problem by scaling down all images that are added to events. I have completely restructured the document file format for the 2010 release next year which will further enhance the speed and stability of file saving but this change should eliminate the bug for now.
Scaling the images on import also improves 3D render times and reduces file sizes for everyone. You should notice no change in image quality unless you are printing wall size posters on a high resolution printer. If that is the case, you can turn this feature off in the Preferences before importing your event images.
There are a few other bug fixes in this release based on our most common support requests, so please upgrade when you get a chance. See the release notes for details. Thanks!
Friday, August 14, 2009
Today is Elise's last day at the Seattle office for a few months. Here is what she'll be doing:
Next week I am headed down to Half Moon Bay, California, to play the part of Laura Wingfield in Tennessee Williams’ Glass Menagerie at Coastal Repertory Theatre. I grew up in Half Moon Bay, and this will be a return to the stage where I first learned a thing or two about a thing or two before heading to the Big City to try my luck. Tennessee Williams is one of my very favorite playwrights, and Laura Wingfield is a role to be sought after. The play is fantastic, and I am very excited to have been asked to be a part of it. I am going to be working with some very talented artists who I have a lot of admiration for, and I am thrilled that my family won’t have to travel hundred of miles to see me perform.
Glass Menagerie runs from Sept. 18 - Oct. 10, Thurs-Sun. at Coastal Repertory Theatre in Half Moon Bay, California.
Elise will be still be providing Bee Docs Timeline e-mail support during this time and she'll keep us up to date via her twitter account.
I am excited that the company culture we are building and the technologies that we are using allow us the flexibility to pursue our life's passions whether or not they relate to BEEDOCS official business. I believe it makes us a more interesting, creative, and innovative company for our customers. Good luck Elise!
Thursday, August 13, 2009
We just posted a new video to our movies page. This one is called BEEDOCS 101: Intro to Bee Docs Timeline and was made in response to customers who have asked for a movie to help them get started with the software.
This video features a custom soundtrack by musian, composer, and Bee Docs Timeline customer Chris Schlarb. If you missed the interview we did with Chris a while back, be sure to check it out. We love to have our talented customers involved as much as possible, so thank you Chris!
We can't wait to hear your feedback, so check it out then please leave a comment or a tweet.