Timeline 3D - Reimagined for OS X Yosemite
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
I am pleased to announce the release and immediate availability of Timeline 3D for Mac (v5), a significant update to our award-winning timeline software for Mac OS X. Completely redesigned for OS X Yosemite, Timeline 3D provides a new interface to support the creation of larger and more complex timelines. Timeline 3D helps present chronologies and historical events in full screen and with a 3D perspective.
We also launched our new website and updated help documentation to support the new version.
I encourage you to send feedback to me at email@example.com. I look forward to hearing what you think of the new version. Cheers!
Is there an upgrade path for actual users?
+1 for upgrade
I'd like to know about upgrade, too!
Timeline 3D (v5) is a paid upgrade for two main reasons:
1) The Mac App Store does not offer a way to provide discounts to existing customers who purchased the original app outside of the App Store.
2) This new version was a multi-year development effort. In order to fund continued development of the software, I need to sometimes charge for updates. This is the third time I have offered a paid upgrade in the 10 year history of the product.
To make it easier on existing customers, I made basic opening, editing, saving, and presenting free of charge. You can also export your data in a tab-delimited text file without making a purchase. No one will be forced to pay in order to open or access their existing timeline data. There are no time limits or watermarks for these features.
To unlock all of the features, I lowered the total price from $65 to $25. This new lower price is the same price that I have charged existing customers for major upgrades in the past. Basically, everyone is getting the upgrade price since I can't distinguish between new customers and existing customers.
Please note that the new iOS v5 version of the software, which I expect to release in the next few months, will be a free upgrade to existing iOS customers. I can do this, because the previous version was on the App Store too.
If you have any questions about this, or if you purchased the older version within the last 30 days, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I am thrilled that the new version is out because Timeline 3D is a vital tool for my teaching. However, there are some things that I'm really sad are no longer there (or at least I can't find them). For instance, the date range line was a really useful thing to help students visualize overlapping events. Now there is just a mark where something begins and it is easy to forget that it overlaps with the other events.
Kristen. Thank you for your feedback.
You are correct that the date range line is not in the new 5.0.1 version. The new v5 release required a complete rewrite of the layout and drawing code. There are a few things I would still like to add, such as the date range lines.
My rough plan is to publish bug fix updates to v5 in the next few weeks. Then launch the new v5 iOS version that will add iCloud syncing, movie exports, and improved support for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6+ screens. After that, I will focus on adding new features. Since the two platforms will share mostly common code, new features will arrive on both platforms around the same time.
Thank you for your patience.
Adam, great to see the upgrade!
Feature request – can you also make it possible to do a 90 degree rotation, for horizontal 3D timelines?
Here's an example of what we'd love to see enabled in a forthcoming revision of Beedocs – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QvqufIYkx1w
Could you add a vertical design in the future?
The new version seems fairly good and I also bought two add-ons already - as I know that you must have money to spend time on a project like this.
I was hoping, though, that I was able to do other then 16:9 slides - even the PDF export only does 16:9, not even A4 or letter size - as my presentations are almost always 4:3, so there is simply too small text and too much black bars in this version.
I missed the date range line in Timeline 3D. Could you please tell me, when I will get this back on Yosemite version?
Mahmud, Thanks for the feedback. I can't commit to future features but this has been a popular request. -- Adam
Is this product still in development? I saw that "Please note that the new iOS v5 version of the software, which I expect to release in the next few months, will be a free upgrade to existing iOS customers. I can do this, because the previous version was on the App Store too." But there has been no release for a year.
Bill - Due to the changing economics of indie software as well as the natural product lifecycle of Timeline 3D, it no longer can financially support a full-time staff at BEEDOCS. Therefor, after 12 years of focussed work on Timeline 3D, I have accepted full-time employment at another company. That company has graciously allowed me to continue supporting Timeline 3D, but I have very limited availability as far as new feature development is concerned. I have hired part-time staff to help answer customer questions and track important bugs. It is hard to predict what may happen in the future, but for now, the software is in a maintenance mode. -- Adam
Don't you think this change in status merits the courtesy of an announcement to your users? Even disappointing news is preferable to silence/ghosting.
Please add my voice to the disappointment regarding the removal (or non inclusion) or duration lines as in the previous version. I bought a new licence for an employer at the end of last week after showing them what the product could do (in the old version) and then found out it simply can't function as required for their use. Without duration lines the product is of no use in so many scenarios - that's of no use, not of some use...
Consequently I'll be sticking with the old version, running just fine under Yosemite.
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