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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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NEWS: Timeline 3D for iOS

Friday, June 02, 2017

Howdy folks! I am pleased to announce a new version of Timeline 3D for iOS that is several years in the making. It will have some great new user features including:

  • Document format now compatible with Timeline 3D for Mac
  • User interface optimized for larger iPhones
  • Movie export allows on-device rendering of HD video
  • Import documents and media from iCloud Drive and other sources
  • Event categories allow color-coding of events
  • Separate themes for screen presentations and printing

In addition to these great features, this update also represents a major re-architecture of the code to bring the iOS and macOS versions of Timeline 3D into a common code base. That means that it will be easier for me to keep them both up-to-day with the latest Apple technologies as well as making simultaneous improvements across platforms.

Because this new update has so many changes, some of which change the format of user data, I am planning to beta test it a few weeks on TestFlight before releasing. If you'd like to join the beta test, please send us an email at support@beedocs.com.

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12 Comments:

Blogger Mark RushtonJune 03, 2017 8:19 AM

Happy to have some news, Adam - I had feared that T3D was moving into abandonware territory.

You undoubtedly have a better idea of your customer base than do I, but being an old fogey, I can't imagine being creative on a phone or even tablet. So that said... does this news portend a new MacOS version is in the offing?

All the best with T3D development. It's as unique and dazzlingly useful as it was on the first day I came across it. I have been thinking lately that it would be a useful tool in the (always) impending renovation of my family's genealogical website.

Cheers!
Mark

Blogger Adam BehringerJune 06, 2017 7:28 AM

Mark, thanks for your kind words and for being patient with my infrequent updates. This new update has been a five year development effort. It involved a major restructuring of the document format, code structure, 3D engine, and user interface in order to unify the Mac, iPhone, and iPad versions of Timeline 3D.

The Mac v5 update was the first part of this major redesign to ship a couple of years ago (as Mac remains the most important platform for most of my customers). The iOS version has nearly completed since that time, but the remaining bugs where difficult to fix and other projects have consumed my attention.

With this new iOS release, all of the Timeline 3D versions now share a common code base except for the user interfaces. For example, if I improve the date parser, the movie rendering, or a 3D animation, then all three platforms should receive the upgrade simultaneously going forward.

The code is also up-to-spec with Apple's latest best practices, so it should be easier to support new OS features going forward.

-- Adam

Blogger PYMalayaJune 07, 2017 11:50 AM

OMG! So appreciative of this... It is not a software I use often, but it is one I love to use... and planning to use more with some upcoming projects.
I was just about to start shopping for a new timeline software (or a Macbook, as I travel a lot, and can't use my iMac version), as I also thought IOS support was abandoned.

It is a great product, and now I won't need to worry so much about "selling" it to fellow iPad users...

Blogger Adam BehringerJune 07, 2017 4:57 PM

Thanks for the encouragement PyMalaya. I'm glad you are excited about the new version! -- Adam

Blogger MikeSAJune 09, 2017 6:36 AM

This sounds great Adam. Always liked the product and I believe it has legs to do so much more as a presentation tool - more than a timeline. A question: I want to hide the Event Title and dates in the timeline events. Is this possible?

Mike

Blogger Adam BehringerJune 09, 2017 7:23 AM

MikeSA,

To create an event without a title simply leave the title field empty.

The date is a little trickier. Each event must have at least a start date so that the software knows where to place it on the chart. However, the "custom date label" can be used to hide the date. Try putting a space character in the custom date label field. When Timeline 3D sees that space it knows that you intend to hide the date and it will draw the event accordingly.

Adam

Blogger MikeSAJune 09, 2017 8:31 AM

Noted thanks Adam. Tried this and it works for me.

Mike

Blogger MikeSAJune 12, 2017 1:54 AM

Adam, what controls the size of the image in the Media box? I need to enlarge a particular image which is pretty detailed and it needs a larger size on a projected screen to be legible.

Mike

Blogger Adam BehringerJune 12, 2017 8:13 AM

MikeSA -

The relative image sizes are determined by the software in order to allow all the events to fit within the chart and keep the text readable.

However, you can zoom into one event image at a time to make it fill the entire screen. On Timeline 3D for Mac, use the 'M' key during a 3D presentation. On Timeline 3D for iOS, use the pinch-to-zoom gesture to zoom into the media.

Adam

Blogger MikeSAJune 12, 2017 8:27 AM

OK, is there an equivalent way to zoom in if using a browser to present?

Mike

Blogger Francisco PereiraJuly 07, 2017 8:35 AM

where can we input our feedback about the beta version?
I'm using Timeline 3D for ios v5.1.4 and still can't open Mac Os Timeline 3D files.

Blogger Adam BehringerJuly 16, 2017 5:44 PM

Francisco, you can send feedback or request help at support@beedocs.com. Thanks for trying the beta!

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