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How Do You Get an Overview of How Events Are Spaced?

epsilonrose
Tue, 04 Jun 2019 07:12:54 GMT

I feel like I must be missing something obvious, but I'm having a hard time figuring out how events are spread over the course of a few months in my timeline. Maybe you can help me figure out what I'm missing? I just finished adding about 31 events over the course of two months, with each event lasting anywhere from ~30 minutes to a few days. At the small scale, when I'm only looking at a few days on the timeline, I can get a decent idea of how long each event is taking and how much space I have. However, when I zoom out, to try and get an overview of that entire section of the story, I lose most of my perspective. I think my problems are down to 3 main factors: 1. The faint day boundaries (I actually couldn't see them at all until I fiddled with the zoom while double checking things for this post) make it hard to estimate when an event falls or easily figure out how many days are covered by a span, when looking at the lower parts of the display 2. The combination of labels that are larger than most of the events and the events being spread over a large vertical area makes it hard to gauge how they line up or how much free space there is between them. 3. There doesn't seem to be a way to precisely specify a zoom level, and the above issues can make it hard to tell if you're running into problems due to your zoom level or simply because of how everything is being displayed. When I first started writing this post, I was planning to ask for a gridded/calendar view, where you could see the days in a month or the hours in several days laid out next to each other, with a much more minimalist representation of when events fall. Then I realized I was asking for a feature to accomplish one of the basic functions of a timeline, which meant I was almost definitely missing something and, after playing with the zoom a bit, I was able to get a much better overview. Unfortunately, I still feel like my grasp on my stories layout is falling short of what I'd like. If you have any tips on how to manage a timeline, or accomplish any of the things I'm struggling with, I'd greatly appreciate them. In particular, I'm wondering if there's a way to directly specify a time range to view (E.g. 4/15-6/2 or 1 week) and maybe step through the timeline by that amount (e.g. advancing through the timeline 1 week at a time, rather than smoothly scrolling). Also, is there a way to make the day lines on the timeline more visible, or maybe cause them to alternate colors slightly? Thank you for your help.

aeonjess
Wed, 05 Jun 2019 11:17:01 GMT

Hi, In terms of making the lines on the timeline more visible, you can try our different Display Settings skins (click on the paintbrush icon to open Display Settings), one of these might have lines that are easier for you to see. There isn't a way to set a precise zoom level, however you can set a maximum and minimum zoom level for the zoom bar in Timeline Settings. This way, you can limit how far you zoom out if you are finding that the more zoomed out zoom levels are not providing enough context or detail. The start/end and duration of the event is shown by the icon next to the event title. When you are zoomed in, this gives a long bar shape showing the duration of the event, however when you zoom out enough, this shape is so small on the current scale that the events will all look like they are the same length, and occurring at the same time. This is just due to the scale set. If it makes sense for you, you can group some of your events together under a parent event, which would allow you to collapse these events when zoomed out, hiding some detail and letting yo u see a better overall view. You can read about parent events here: https://help.aeontimeline.com/article/62-nested-events There is no way to directly specify a time range to view or step through the timeline by that amount, however you can drag the sides of the context bar at the bottom of the timeline to choose the range displayed. I hope some of this helps you, let us know if you have anymore questions. Jess