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Two types of dependency

trolden
Fri, 28 Apr 2017 15:41:28 GMT

I really like AT2 but I hate the handling of dependcies so much that I'm using another program. In one timeline I have two events A and B with carefully specified start and end times. At one point I decide to indicate that B follows A, clicks the green + next to ’Based on’ and selects A. Here it goes wrong, AT2 assumes I do not know what I'm doing and changes B's start time. (A word processor will never assume for example that I use a particular language or layout.) Yes, I do know of the 'Timeline' -> 'Make Events Dependent' menu item, but it is cumbersome if there are many events with a network of dependcies - as tangled plot lines. Why can AT2 not calculate the actual offset? It's easier (for me) to type 0 if that's really what I meant than calculating the number of days, hours, minutes and seconds between two events. It is as if AT2 trying to ride two horses and that involves an known unpleasant risks. Project planning operates with several types of slack, while plot lines are often more rigid – if you move one event you move all dependent events. My suggestion for a solution is simple: add a checkbox to 'Options' where you can choose whether the current timeline is the type of project planning or type plot line. For more advanced use, each dependency can have a checkbox for slack / no slack. Henrik

aeonjess
Sat, 29 Apr 2017 02:35:52 GMT

Hi Henrik, Thanks for your suggestion. Are you able to explain more about why you find using the menu item "Make Events Dependent" more cumbersome (perhaps giving an example), when it is actually a shorter process especially if you use the keyboard shortcut for this? Jess

trolden
Sun, 30 Apr 2017 16:45:42 GMT

In the attached picture there are three parallel plotlines, A, B and C, which depend on each other as shown (an excerpt). Currently, I have not yet decided the time and duration of the events, not even the arcs. Therefore, B3 may lie before, after or overlap with A3. The same applies to C3 and A4, and C1, C2 and A2. [A0](//muut.com/u/aeontimeline/s1/:aeontimeline:Okza:a0.png.jpg) With "Make Events Dependent", in this case, you must select some events and activate the function several times. It might work for the A0-A5 main line, but in AT2 the events are rarely layed out as nice as in flowchart programs. With "Based on", you can rearrange all of them, no matter how they are in the timeline. Henrik

aeonjess
Fri, 05 May 2017 00:36:35 GMT

Hi Henrik, Thanks for this. We will add it to our list of possible features to add in the future. Jess

henrylee
Fri, 14 Jul 2017 12:36:17 GMT

Brilliant! This is super helpful.