Hi, 1. In the fiction template, participants and observers are two different roles that a character can have in regards to an event. Participants are characters that are participating in the scene, while observers may be there, but are just watching the scene take place. For example if you had an event on your timeline which was Fred and Jennifers wedding, both Fred and Jennifer would be participants for that event, while other characters who attending the wedding (eg. Fred's mother) would just be observers. How you use these roles is up to you, you can make slightly different distinctions if you want to, but that is the general idea. Once you have created your characters, you can assign them to events depending on the role they undertook. 2. To set ages for characters you need to set Birth Dates. You can do this in the "Birth Creation option" you have already mentioned when you add an event, or you can change a character's birth date later via the Manage Entities window (the two person icon). There are two different ways you can set a characters birth date. The first is to tie it to an event on the timeline. If you have an event on your timeline that is the birth of a character, then you select it from the drop down under "Event". Your character's birth date is now tied to this event (so if you move the event, you move their birth date). You can also set an offset from an event as their birth date (eg. if you have an event for when someone was conceived, you can put their birth date as a 9 month offset from this event). The other way to set a birth date is just to set a date in the "Date" box. You can either do this by just typing the date, or by choosing it via the calendar. 3. Are you able to elaborate more about what you mean by "changing their positions up and down"? Do you mean how do you scroll through information in the timeline? Or how do you move events on the timeline? Jess
on 3, it's regarding how I move events on the timeline
To move events on the timeline, you can click and drag them with your mouse or trackpad, or you can alter their date via the Range tab of the Inspector (select an event, and click the "i" symbol if the Inspector is not already open). Jess
Ok, and one more thing. What is a Parent and Child Event?
also when using entities in a timeline(in this case characters), you can place information about them, but when you place a character somewhere in the timeline where can his or her information be seen?
You can read about Parent and Child events here: https://help.aeontimeline.com/article/62-nested-events They are ways to break down large events into smaller events and group them together. (eg. A Parent event of World War II would then contain child events of each of the individual battles, or in project management, a parent event might be the project to be completed, while the child events would be the individual tasks). In terms of characters, which information are you wanting to see? At the moment character's do not appear on the timeline itself, you can just add them as references to events. This you can view in the inspector. Actual information you have added about the character (eg. their birth/death date, notes) you can only view in the Manage Entities window (the two person icon). Jess
Hi Kesekaya, it's been a while and I hope you've found a solution that works for you. With people in my timeline (a historical one) I have created "Person's name Life" events that span birth to death. I've given them a category of "Person's Life" and given each of them the "Person" that I've created. Then, when I group by Person it shows their lifeline and all the events that I've attributed to that person in the timeline. I'm not sure if that helps you and I'm not even sure if I've done this 'correctly' but it works for what I needed :) I love this because when I choose one of the events for a person it tells me how old they were at that event. [Screenshot 2020-12-18 at 5](//muut.com/u/aeontimeline/s2/:aeontimeline:JyIF:screenshot20201218at5.54.30pm.png.jpg)
One more thing, Aeon Timeline will automatically 'sort' events by earliest to latest. You can sort 'vertically' by choosing something that Group By menu allows. Within those groups it will still sort by start date however it might bring you closer to what you want when you speak of moving positions 'up and down'.