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hoscheck
Wed, 02 May 2018 16:45:00 GMT

Hopefully, there are tutorials that already explain this that I can be pointed toward. If not, how would I best build my timeline considering it covers over 2 decades of extremely detailed world events from nearly 2/3 of the globe, an additional 1200 years of general world events, as well as my story woven in. I am about 20 hours into it and already seeing how utterly out of control it seems it will be. Absolutely love the tool, but wondering how to handle the scale of this project that I've been working on over 35 years and have a massive amount of timeline data to enter. Any thoughts on how I should organize this to ensure it is manageable in the end? Any advice that could help me would greatly be appreciated! Thanks! -------------- NOTE: this is what led to my post on the wishlist called "Linking Separate Timelines" regarding the ability to link timelines so we could keep "era" separate, but link them to our stories. I'm thinking through a variety of approaches and will post them if they are fruitful.

hoscheck
Wed, 02 May 2018 19:51:08 GMT

One feature I just discovered is "Eras" - I'm exploring to see if this might do the trick (i.e., Japan Reclusion Era, Japan Modernization Era, etc.). Will let you know if this helps me organize the big chunks efficiently :).

hoscheck
Wed, 02 May 2018 19:53:53 GMT

So ... since this is ONLY available BEFORE I put anything into the timeline, can I export my data and re-import it into a new timeline that has ERAs set up?

hoscheck
Wed, 02 May 2018 20:11:46 GMT

Let me clarify. I know we can import/export, but it doesn't seem that feature is intended to be to another timeline due to the options available. I'll experiment if I don't get an answer soon :).

hoscheck
Wed, 02 May 2018 20:23:44 GMT

Apologies if some of what I am asking seems remedial. I used to do heavy analytical/architecture work in the technical industry and this type of pre-thought really matters, but since my strokes, I find this "obvious" stuff more difficult and any help/guidance is appreciated.

hoscheck
Wed, 02 May 2018 20:47:20 GMT

Import/Export - worked "almost" flawlessly using CSV (comma). The only issue I've found is it changed some colors - no biggie. Eras - this, however seems like there is much to be desired in interface for setting it up and so far I haven't found any tutorials in the knowledge database on this. The options are so sparse, I can't even see where to set an Era in history. Anyone know of where I can learn how to set these up?

hoscheck
Wed, 02 May 2018 22:27:49 GMT

For example: How do I find an era once created. I made a test era that is 500 years, but have found no way to know when it is, if I can nest it within an era (i.e., a period within AD), adjust its starting/end points once created, etc. Just need more information on how they are used and haven't been able to locate any so far.

aeonjess
Thu, 03 May 2018 01:27:03 GMT

Hi, The eras that can be created in the custom calendar, which is where I think you are creating them aren't really designed to mark eras in history - they are there for people who have different calendar systems to the current one - such as someone writing a fantasy novel. This person might not have BC and AD, but have some completing different calendar system. Entities are what can be used to help people order timelines if they have a large amount of data. It helps you categorise events by grouping them in the vertical space, or by filtering so only events associated with that entity can be shown. For example, entities can be things like Characters or Locations. It allows you to filter or group events by the person that participated in the event, or where the event took place. You can create different Entity Types in the Timeline Settings (the cog icon). You could add an Entity Type of "Historical Era" so you can filter by what era the event took place, or you could create an Entity Type called "Story" which could be used to filter whether the event is part of the story, backstory, historical events etc. Once you have created an entity type, you can create entities for that type in Manage Entities (the two person icon). This is where you would create "Backstory" of type Story, or "Japan Modernization Era" of type Historical Era. Then when you select an event, in the Roles tab of the inspector, you can assign what story or historical era the event took place in. Then you can filter by these types using the Filter button (the funnel icon) or group in the vertical space by them using the Group By button (four horizontal bars icon). You can also filter by date to only see a smaller section of the timeline at a time. You can read about Timeline Settings here: https://help.aeontimeline.com/article/67-timeline-settings and Manage Entities here: https://help.aeontimeline.com/article/68-manage-entities and key concepts that might be helpful to you here: https://help.aeontimeline.com/article/20-key-concepts Let us know if you have any questions. Jess

hoscheck
Thu, 03 May 2018 16:39:46 GMT

Jess, I'm, unsure if you are an individual named "Jess" or that is a blanket name for the forum support moderators - either way, you have been extremely helpful thus far. Thank you! I will begin putting this to good use! Semper Fi! JDH

hoscheck
Thu, 03 May 2018 16:46:28 GMT

One question: When I create Entities, I see three types: - Arc - Location - Character Presumably, you are intending me to use the "Arc" Entity type. What are you referring to when you mention "of type Historical Era"? Is that intended to be something I just put in the title? I don't see any way to do that via the interface.

hoscheck
Thu, 03 May 2018 16:51:31 GMT

Also, since I have significant data already in the timeline, is there a method for "select all children" to add this new entity types to an entire block? So far, I've only found individually clicking entries while holding down the shift, even within a parent.

Craig Schiller
Thu, 03 May 2018 19:16:22 GMT

If you go to Timeline Settings | Entity Types |, you can click the green plus icon to create any type of entity you like (Place, organization, era, etc.)

hoscheck
Thu, 03 May 2018 19:25:16 GMT

Now it's all coming together - thanks!

Craig Schiller
Thu, 03 May 2018 20:15:32 GMT

De nada. :-)

aeonjess
Fri, 04 May 2018 04:32:29 GMT

Hi, I am just one individual named "Jess". Glad to hear that the information helped. Jess