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Beta Release 0.4.0 (Exporting, Snow Leopard)

Aeon Timeline Version 0.4.0 has just been released. This new version is compatible with Snow Leopard, Leopard, and Tiger.

I would encourage everyone to update to this new release, as the new version is a major advancement.

The big addition to this release is in the improved exporting capabilities. The export mode allows you to filter events based on Tags, Story Arcs, Entities, and manual selection, and then export them to a variety of formats and applications, including:

  • Both Story Arc View and Entity View can be exported to a range of image files (BMP, GIF, JPEG, PDF, PNG, TIFF).
  • To Scrivener, via OPML (a better Scrivener exporter will be coming with Scrivener 2.0).
  • RTF document, HTML table
  • Other presentational timeline applications, including Bee Doc’s Timeline and Simile Timeline.

The export system uses a plugin architecture, which makes it easy for further applications to be added in future (discussions are underway with several other application developers). If there is an application you wish to see included, please let me know via the feedback form.

Other changes include background images, the ability to specify an entity’s age at first event, improvements to the collapsible timelines, and improved calculation speed.

Follow the link for upgrade information.

Aeon Timeline supports automatic updates, which means you will be notified whenever an update is available, and able to download it directly within the program. If the program does not alert you automatically, you can choose ‘Check for Updates…’ from the Aeon Timeline menu.

Alternatively, you can download the latest version of the application by clicking on the Latest Version link at the top of the Blog page. The last beta was downloaded more than 500 times, and I hope even more users will test out this latest version. If you know other users who may be interested in the program and the direction the program is taking, please encourage them to take a look.

There will be more posts in the coming weeks as I discuss and seek feedback on some of the more interesting and exciting developments still to come, including fantasy calendars, further improvements to story arc view, and more.

2 comments on “Beta Release 0.4.0 (Exporting, Snow Leopard)

  1. Here is my first round of observations after testing the latest version. They have nothing to do with the export functions, you’ll see why below.

    But first, thanks all this work… especially for adding the “add by clicking in blank space in list” option for certain new item or edit windows. (Some windows still lack it which makes me wonder even more how i could do without it until now ;)

    My main concern :
    Before i could test the export functions, something weird happened, a new problem which did not occur in v.0.3.1 on my Mac Mini — I was then under MacOS 10.5.7. I now use 10.5.8. Might be related (?) :

    Anyway, in Story Arc View, when i switch back to Timeline view, the changes i just made in SAV are not implemented. I have to close and reopen the file to be able to see them (File which, for some reason, was saved with all its changes implemented… without any “do you wish to save ?” popup window from Aeon. (I did hit CMD S before closing but Aeon showed no sign of responding to the command in the File menu, which usually, in most software, becomes black for a short time.)

    Even weirder : If i go back and forth from one view to another (as i did at first to test whether new elements had appeared in the timeline view or not), it becomes soon impossible to click on anything in the window (buttons, lists, etc. are grey) and the only solution is to quit through the File menu (keyboard shortcuts won’t work) and then reopen the file (which, here too, has been saved).

    Not weird but annoying : even when i just move one item from one Story Arc to another, the software takes a lot of time to visually implement the change (several seconds) — the dreaded Mac OS rainbow wheel which would indicate processor slowness does not appear, so i deducted it has to do with Aeon, not the OS or the machine, but i might be wrong.

    Finally (for now), a suggested improvement for Story Arc view : have long story arc titles wrap up in the lateral box, for it is hard to sum up a Story Arc in a few characters.

    More later after i test the export functions.

    NM

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