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Completely Hide Event Numbers

tjlanza
Thu, 07 Apr 2016 15:53:32 GMT

Is there any way to completely hide the event numbers? I've found the setting to make them hide on the main timeline itself, but they still show up at the top of the Inspector and in the drop-down for assigning a parent. These numbers are entirely useless - the index is time, not an arbitrary (albeit sequential) number.

Matthew Tobin
Thu, 07 Apr 2016 15:57:54 GMT

Hi, Not currently. We added the ability to hide them on the timeline as a result of feedback during the betas, but not from the Inspector locations. A lot of users find the indexes useful as a quick way to refer to events when adding things like dependencies or parents... when you are presented with a long dropdown of events, it is quicker to type the ID that you want than to narrow the list down with a word-based search. It is also the only way to differentiate between two events that otherwise have the same name, so that you know which one you are accessing. In Aeon Timeline 1, it was quite common for users to effectively add the same event twice, because they wanted it to appear in multiple arcs. Clicking on the event ID at the top of the inspector will also scroll that event into view if it is currently not visible, so it has some additional function. Matt

tjlanza
Thu, 07 Apr 2016 16:00:22 GMT

An option to pick what is displayed, particularly in the parent drop-down would be great. It's sorted by date, so I'd love to /see/ the date there instead of the sequential number. With a busy timeline, the numbers don't really tell you where you are in the list, but a date would.

Matthew Tobin
Thu, 07 Apr 2016 16:04:18 GMT

The problem is that title+date is still not guaranteed to be unique - particularly in the situation I described above where users deliberately duplicated events across a couple of arcs. The ID displayed in that list will always be unique. Matt

tjlanza
Thu, 07 Apr 2016 16:36:53 GMT

To be honest, I don't make any use of the arcs feature. I'm surprised that the same event cannot exist in multiple arcs; it is the same event, after all.

Matthew Tobin
Thu, 07 Apr 2016 17:11:34 GMT

It was a limitation in version 1 that is lifted in version 2... It now can belong in multiple places. But there will be a lot of timelines out there in the wild with repeated names for that reason. Not to mention all the "New Event" titles I have in my testing documents! Matt