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Displaying most recent date first (on top of arc)

Roz
Fri, 29 Jun 2018 09:37:41 GMT

I have done a little searching for this feature, but did not find it. I would like my Timeline to open to the most recent date (closest to today's date) or, as a slightly less optimal choice, to the latest date on the Timeline. On a related point, I recall that there was some request for a "Today" button on the calendar but I do not see any further discussion of that feature. I'm still interested in that, to make date entry one-click. As it is, the arcs show the dates in order from earliest to latest, and I find it distracting to be reminded of the old stuff every time I open the Timeline. On my computer, the scrolling lever on the side is hard to grab (it is pretty small relative to the other parts of the Timeline), so it's not easy to jut pull down to the end of the arc and find the last date/entry. Can the scroller be made larger? Thanks!

aeonjess
Sun, 01 Jul 2018 03:34:07 GMT

Hi, What operating system are you using? If you are grouped by arc or any other entity type, you can just click on the bubbles on the right hand side to jump to the arc - you do not need to scroll. You can also scroll using the scroll wheel on your mouse, or scroll gestures on your trackpad. If you are finding that the timeline is getting too long vertically, you can change your zoom level, or change you Display Settings Layout option (via the paintbrush icon). The options "use minimum space possible" or "Cascade unbroken groups from top" do not create as long timelines in the vertical space. We do have on our list of possible features to add the ability for a shortcut to add an event at "today", so it is something we might consider in the future. Jess

Roz
Sun, 01 Jul 2018 10:16:44 GMT

I'm using Mac Sierra 10.12.6. I hope I did not give you the impression that I'm new to Timeline or have not done/do not do all the things you already suggested, but, for this particular problem, found them wanting. That's why I posted here. Of the various inefficient options, scrolling to get to where I want to be on the Timeline is the least cumbersome. The tiny button that sits to the left of the scroll bubbles is, as I said, hard to grab. For me. Using the scroll on my mouse is also cumbersome. I can also enter (and later delete) a fake event to bring me to the date I want to see, but that is also a poor workaround. Yes, I can move to an arc by clicking on it, but, again, the default is at the top--the very first date--not the dates nearest in time to today's date and not even the entries for the date near the point on the scroll bubble where I click. (I do not need or want to change the length of my arcs, which changes the way the events are laid out.) I can also click on the arc below the one for which I want to see the last date and scroll backwards, but that chang es the zoom, so it's another cumbersome solution. As I said, I would like to have the choice to position events latest to earliest on each arc, to click on the scroll bubble and have it take me to the events on that part of an arc, and/or to be able to click on a Today button. Since these are tweaks of existing features and Timeline already allows users to create fantasy calendars--meaning that the way time is laid out is pretty flexible--it would not seem that difficult to add one or all of these features.

aeonjess
Wed, 04 Jul 2018 04:52:46 GMT

Hi, I think I understand now, that you are wishing to have more control over the vertical order of events, because at the moment the events are ordered in the vertical space according to their start date, with the earliest at the top? You would like it to be the opposite? The flexibility involved with the custom calendars is only involved in the horizontal space, as this is what represents the time. The vertical layout of custom calendar timelines is the same as the default calendar. Similarly if we entered a Today button it would only take you to Today's date in the horizontal space. Having more control over vertical spacing is an issue we have considered before, one of the main issues with it is how to handle zooming. However just the change of displaying the latest dates higher than the earlier ones is a smaller change, so it is something we will look at when considering this issue. We will also look at whether the timeline can open up by default on the last position in the vertical space as well as the horizontal. Jess