Monday, January 10, 2011
Thanks to those of you who left a comment on my Guess the New Feature blog post with the mountain icon last week. There were some very creative guesses!
The new feature enabled by this button is one that many of our education customers have requested. We call it Geological Time Scales.
The current version of Timeline has a potential date range of 1,400,000 BC to 2,100,100 AD in one second increments. This is enough flexibility for most of you, but some customers want to chart longer time spans for the history of universe, dinosaurs, the collapse of our solar system, etc…
In version 3, you will be able to select "Geological Scale" when you create a new timeline. These timelines will support a range of approximately 9 quintillion BCE to 9 quintillion CE in year increments (a quintillion is a million trillions). Or said another way: 9,000,000,000,000,000,000 BCE to 9,000,000,000,000,000,000 CE. Those are some big numbers!
To help make sense of numbers that large, we built some new formatting options. For example, instead of listing a year as 1,234,000,000,000 you might choose to format it as 1,234 Billion or as 1.2 Trillion.
I am looking forward to seeing what new timelines that customers create with Geological Time Scales!