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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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Timeline Hosting Plans

Monday, March 07, 2011

We are putting the final touches on the v3 release and hope to officially launch it in the next few weeks.

One of our biggest new features is the ability to post interactive timelines to the web with just a few clicks. I have been working to design a pricing structure for the web publishing that is fair, simple, and encourages people to post their timelines frequently. We have many types of customers from young students to international news media so I wanted to have plans that make sense for everyone.

Without further ado, here are the timeline publishing plans:

Basic (free)
Best for blogs, personal sites, small businesses.

No event video or audio (photos only)
Up to 10,000 page views per month
Up to 15 timelines published at a time

Multimedia Basic ($9 / month)
Best for blogs, personal sites, small businesses.

Up to 20 min of total video
Up to 40 min of total audio
Up to 10,000 page views per month
Unlimited timelines

Multimedia Pro ($99 / month)
Best for schools, businesses, popular blogs.

Up to 30 min of total video
Up to 60 min of total audio
Up to 350,000 page views per month
Unlimited timelines

Enterprise ($199 / month)
Best for news media, high traffic websites

Up to 30 min of total video
Up to 60 min of total audio
Up to 1,000,000 page views per month
Unlimited timelines

None of your published timelines will have advertising or restrictions on commercial use. They all include the ability to embed timelines in other sites (though embedded timeline views count as page views). Timeline 3D is designed for professionals and so is our web hosting.

Over 90% of our customers should be able to use one of the first two plans… either the free plan or the “Multimedia Basic” plan depending on whether or you require movies and audio in your events. When you purchase a Timeline 3D license, you are automatically signed up for the free plan and no further registration is required unless you want to upgrade your plan.

The “Multimedia Pro” and “Enterprise” plans are designed for embedding timelines in high traffic sites. For example, our web timelines were designed with the goal of being embedding on the front page of international news media sites. These plans should cover most of those cases and we can design something custom if your company is one of the handful in the world that would require something more.

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Blogger heavygeniusMarch 08, 2011 2:20 PM

What are your plans regarding self hosting? Is there a complicated server-side component to these timelines that means you can't offer publishing to servers other than your own? My concern is not around expense but the sensitive nature of the information that I put in my timelines. If I can self-host then I can restrict access to the timelines too - unless you can also offer this?

Blogger UnknownMarch 09, 2011 3:40 PM

When is this service going to be available? I am using 3.0.20 and am not able to upload a timeline under the Basic (free) Account. If I subscribe now to the Multimedia Basic, would it be immediately available?

I agree with Peter preferring self hosting as I am planning to launch a new server configured for multimedia. Nonetheless, there are still options for publishing self-hosted files.

Blogger Adam BehringerMarch 09, 2011 3:55 PM

Steve, if you are having trouble publishing a timeline with the v3 beta please send an e-mail to Elise and we will try to help you. Thanks!

Our web servers are being used to re-process images, video, and audio for mobile devices. We are also doing performing dynamic changes to the HTML on the server in order to support things like embedding for older browsers with lower quality javascript support.

These are some of the reasons that providing a way for customers to host timelines themselves is not a trivial matter.

Blogger Arno BosseMarch 15, 2011 7:25 AM

How do we go about removing (test) content uploaded via a Basic account? I also second the need for providing some kind of optional password access to published timelines. Also, are these crawled by Google?

Blogger Adam BehringerMarch 15, 2011 8:00 AM

Arno, You can remove a published timeline using "Manage Published Timelines" in the share menu. Select a timeline and then use the little red button to delete it.

Please send us an e-mail if you need further assistance. Thanks!

Blogger Adam BehringerMarch 15, 2011 8:04 AM

Arno, The published timelines are not hidden from Google but on the other hand, we do not create any public links to your timeline.

Therefor, you published timelines should not show up in Google's index unless you link to them from a public page or embed them in a public page.

Thanks for the suggestion on the password protected timelines. It seems to be a popular request.

Blogger UnknownMarch 15, 2011 4:28 PM

Have you considered allowing users to export into an interactive flash file. This would cut back on many browser problems.

Of course the downside is that this would not work on iOS devices, but that might not necessarily be a problem.

To combat the no flash on iOS you could consider allowing exporting to an iOS specific web application. Lots of possibilities there. Again, no need to handle browser differences as there is really only one browser used on the iOS device.

One other feature I am wondering about is the possibility of an export to XML. This would be great for someone like me because I could design my own custom JQuery based interactive timeline for the web that uses the xml file.

Sorry to rant about the random features floating through my head.

Blogger UnknownMarch 17, 2011 6:21 PM

It's really too bad that you don't allow self publishing of web timelines. I had my bosses convinced that your software would be a valuable investment. Our company has its own servers and paying a monthly fee to simply host a timeline it just not feasible nor does it make any sense that a software company be in the hosting business. I going to have to recommend we go with an open source project for our timeline needs.

Blogger Julia MaxeyMarch 22, 2011 7:06 AM

I agree that self-hosting would be preferable. I do like all of the other updates to this program, though. Great job!

Blogger tapasJuly 03, 2011 6:54 PM

self posting available?

Blogger CandradasaFebruary 13, 2012 3:46 PM

Yes, still hoping against hope that self-hosting of the Timelines becomes a possibility. So much potential but the packages just don't meet the needs of our community and the open source or competitive equivalents to BeeDocs are nowhere near as good... Sad face! :(

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