Beta Release: Aeon Timeline 0.2

Aeon Timeline Version 0.2.1 has just been released for both Leopard and Tiger. The version 0.2 release is the next major milestone in the evolution of Aeon Timeline.

I would encourage everyone to update to this new release, as the new version is a major advancement. It incorporates a lot of feedback from writers who have used the software on real-world writing projects.

Key features of this release include:

  • Folding timeline – periods with relatively few events will be zoomed out (eg. shown as decades), but the timeline will automatically increase the zoom around key areas, such as multiple events in a month or day.
  • Tags and Hot Tags – events can now be tagged with keywords, and important tags can be shown on a header bar, allowing you to filter the events that are shown with a single click.
  • Customisable Labels – the existing ‘event colours’ have now been expanded to fully customizable labels. You can now add and delete labels, change their titles and colours, and set a label as a default.
  • Age-less Entities – characters have been expanded to ‘entities’. They no longer require a birth/start date, and can be added, deleted, and edited via a control window. All of the existing functionality with ages, etc. still remains available.
  • Improved interface – new header and footer bars have been added, and selected events now ‘pop-out’ of the timeline. You can also, via preferences, change the width allocated for events before the first entity is listed, and change the spacing between entities.
  • Various minor enhancements – notes auto-save, validation to ensure events have an actual title, all fields available in Add Event window, etc.
  • The user manual has been completely revised and rewritten for the current version, and includes some additional information about the application to come.

From this version onwards, 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.

You can download the latest version of the application by clicking on the Latest Version link at the top of the Blog page. Over 200 people downloaded the previous beta, 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 Story Arc view and the non-linear narrative for exporting.

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