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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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Ask Bee Docs: Event Limits

Monday, July 27, 2009

Last week Neal left a comment on the blog asking about event limits for timelines. We thought this was a great question so we made an "Ask Bee Docs" video to answer it:

If you have a question you'd like to us to answer in a video, please send it to ask@beedocs.com

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Anonymous fbenyaAugust 13, 2009 9:36 AM

I am a grad student in history and I use timelines with lots of events. It would be really helpful to have "breaks" in the timeline when there are no events and lots of time elapsing (ie. //). That way you can see your timeline in a more condensed view.

Blogger RapidblogAugust 23, 2009 9:49 AM

I'm a research student writing about the history of digital distribution from 1997 to the present. I've been using Timeline 3D both as a tool for presenting my work to colleagues, and as a device to make writing a history easier by plotting events as they crop up in old news articles, before then writing a more descriptive account.

The 3D video coupled with keynote easily blows away the audience which is great! I've also printed out my timelines on the department plotter which also look pretty funky. These long timelines do sometimes have big gaps in them and the above comment about omitting eventless space sounds good.

I also find I make multiple timelines for the same subject. So I'll have a big general overall timeline for the whole decade but then I'll make separate smaller timelines covering the life of a company or project in more detail (i.e. the life of Napster). I'm trying to work out how to perhaps embed or somehow present the smaller timelines as 'pop-outs' of the larger less detailed timeline. This way the large timeline isn't saturated with events whilst still maintaining the detail required for certain influential companies.

If something like this was built in to the software (I admit I have no idea how) it would take it to a whole new level of awesome. Though I still big it up to colleagues anyway :-)

Thanks for the Postcard!

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