Beta Release 0.5.0 (Fantasy Calendar, Scroll Wheel Zoom)

Aeon Timeline Version 0.5.0 has just been released. This new version is compatible with Snow Leopard and Leopard. Testing is still required for Tiger, but it will be made Tiger compatible in the future if there are any issues (please let me kn0w).

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

The most important addition to this version is the new Fantasy Calendar system. When creating a new timeline, you are now presented with a screen to select which calendar you wish to use. You can select to use a standard calendar, a calendar you have created previously, or to create an entirely new calendar.

Creating a Fantasy Calendar lets you setup a number of eras (with a duration counting either forwards or backwards), months, weekdays, and the number of hours in a day.

Although it was popular with some people, I have removed the variable-zooming timeline from this version as it was getting too troublesome and did not look as clean as I was hoping.

In its place, this version allows the user to zoom in and out on areas of the timeline much more easily using the scroll wheel or scroll gestures. To do so, just hold down the Command key as you use the scroll wheel with the mouse hovered over the area you wish to zoom in on.

A new, much cleaner Context Bar has also been added for use with both Entity View and Story Arc View. This context bar shows a less-zoomed view of the area surrounding the main view. This context bar will be developed in further releases to show the position of events as dots on the line, and to act as an alternative scroll bar.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.

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