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Links to JPG images from Google Drive

Sun, 27 Nov 2016 21:40:55 GMT

Hello, I have been experimenting with have all the image files stored up in my Google Drive. I can set the access to the folder that contains all the JPGs to 'anyone can view' and it provides me with a universal link to the folder. I add this link /path to the names of the JPGs and this forms the links in the Aeon timeline. The links appear to be correct, but Aeon does not open the file in the local JPG viewer (in my case Microsoft Photoviewer). When I expand an event, the frame that usually holds the image thumbnail shows a broken image. But if I either 1) double click on the thumbnail, or 2) attempt to open the link/image from the Event Inspector, my Chrome browser is opened, Google Drive is accessed, the the desired JFP file appears in the (long) list of all the other JPGs. The fact that attempting to access/view the file from within Aeon successfully opens the folder (albeit in Chrome) seems to indicate that the links are correct and access is allowe d/available. I cannot tell if I do not (yet) understand access operations to JPGs stored on Google Drive or whether Aeon cannot open images access this way. Can anyone clarify? David

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 22:47:35 GMT

Hi David, We aren't aware of anything specific to Google Drive that would cause this issue, however we will do some testing of our own and try to find what the issue is for you. Jess

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 03:02:02 GMT

Jess, I did finally find the problem -- today. The link I was using was for a folder in my Google Drive. Evidently, the links to Google Drive and not (actually) direct links, but are still encapsulated by Google Drive and so you cannot simply append a file name to a link to a folder and expect it to work. I did find that you CAN get a direct link to individual files on Google Drive, but they do not end with an identifying extension (like .jpg), so when I place such a link in an event, Aeon does not display the image when the event is expanded. If, however, in Event Explorer, I open the link, Aeon (or maybe it's the link itself) opens my browser and displays the image. Works, sort of, but not the best solution. HOWEVER, I did find that that is NOT the case with DropBox link. I can place my image files in DropBox and get a public/share link to an image file and the DropBox link does end with an appropriate extension (.jpg in this case), so Aeon handles it like any other local link to an image file and displays the image in when the event is expanded. I have not been able to fine any other cloud storage offering/company/option that produces public link ending with a meaningful extension. So far, only DropBox. The reason I have been pursuing this is that I wanted a cloud-based reference for the links to files in my Aeon timeline, so that when I create a web version (export to web), the links will work regardless of where the Aeon .html file (and other stuff) get ported. I only have to provide/port the files generated to support the Aeon.html file -- not the images and other stuff. As long as the recipient is connected to the Internet, the timeline functions nearly as it does when it's within Aeon. It's an interesting solution to the problem of absolute links in the web version of a timeline. For the free version of DropBox you can store upto 2Gb. Files stored there can be accessed by the direct DropBox links I've described above -- a different/unique link for each file. But I also learned that if you have a paid subscription to DropBox Pro (about $100 a year), you not only get 2Tb of storage, but you can also establish what DropBox calls a special PUBLIC folder. Any file placed in that folder can be accessed from anywhere on the net, as long as the link points to the PUBLIC folder. This simplifies things, because the link to this folder is fixed and you need only append a particular file name at the end of the folder's link to retrieve the file. Simplifies link generation if there are lots of files. My timeline data comes into Aeon via a CSV file, so I can put the fixed DropBox link to the PUBLIC folder in all the cells, and just append the appropriate file name. I only wish for one more thing: in the web version of a timeline, there is no event explorer, so there is no way to access any additional links that are part of an event. It would be very, very helpful if the web exported html allowed access to addition links in an event.

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 04:48:10 GMT

Hi David, I'm glad you managed to find the problem, and DropBox was helpful to you. Developing a cloud syncing and storage option for Aeon Timeline is something that we have considered and included in our recent survey on possible future features to include. (If you haven't seen it, you can fill it out here: The results from this survey should be published shortly. In regards to your last request, there is a way to have the web export show additional links in an event, without having the inspector. In Aeon Timeline, if you open up the Display Settings dialog (the paintbrush icon), at the bottom there are a list of options that you can display when an event is expanded (eg. Tags,Links,Arc etc). If you drag the Links option onto the "Drag to Add Item" box, this will mean that when an event is expanded, it will display the additional links for an event. If you web export with these display settings set, your web exported html, should allow access to these links when you expand the events. Jess

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 16:43:01 GMT

Jess, Excellent! That helps very much. Now, under the category of "Give him an inch and he'll take a yard", my next questions is whether it is possible to designate/change the Title of link other than edit it in the Even Explorer. My links come in via importing a CSV file and Aeon (as a default?) uses the link and the name-of-the-link. Is there anything that can be done in the CSV file to specify the name of the name of the link?

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 00:25:57 GMT

Hi David, Unfortunately no, there is no way at the moment to import the name of links via a CSV file. Jess

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 00:58:03 GMT

Jess, I did find a way to change link names, but it's not for the faint-hearted or the timid: I open my Aeon time line file in Note++ and it displays the XML content. The link names are clearly identified with their own XML tags. I can then alter names of links, save the file, and open the file in Aeon. Luckily, I can use the text in the link as part of a search-and-replace operation, so there isn't too much hand work. Rather round-about, but it gets the job done. The final appearance of the time line is slick!

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 01:06:41 GMT

Hi David, I'm glad you found a work-around and hope you enjoy using the software. Jess