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Make person entities visible on event timeline

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:29:05 GMT

If I create an entity for George Washington, input his birth/death he doesn't show up on my event timeline. Is there any way for people entities to show up on my timeline? I've been resorting to creating people's lives as "events" but obviously this isn't ideal. Any way around this?

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 00:29:09 GMT

Hi, I'm not sure exactly what you are asking for, but there are two things that I can suggest that may be helpful for you. One is that you can create birth/death events for a character, and then in the Manage Entities window you can assign these events as their birth and death dates, instead of assigning a specific date. These events will show up on the timeline as normal events, but have the added ability of being the birth/death of an entity. The other thing is when you "Group by Character/Person", and your entities have birth/death dates, their timeline is displayed along the top of each group (their birth, ages, and death), with different shadings to show the part of the timeline that they were alive in. Please let us know if you need more information, or can clarify more about what you are looking for. Jess

Craig Schiller
Mon, 23 Jan 2017 17:24:19 GMT

Hi Jess - I just tried this, and everything worked as you described EXCEPT that for most of the display settings (except light), either there is no change on the shadings to show the part a character is alive in, or else the change is so subtle it can barely be seen. Perhaps something to look at in the nxt version?

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 23:57:01 GMT

Hi Craig, Sorry, I should have been more explicit. When you group by Character/Person, the part of the timeline that an entity was alive in remains the same background colour as the rest of the timeline, it is the areas before they were born and after they were dead which are shaded to different colours. Looking at these areas, do you still see no change in the shading? Jess

Craig Schiller
Sun, 29 Jan 2017 19:39:58 GMT

Jess - The difference is quite subtle in the Dark and Print display modes.

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 01:27:12 GMT

Hi Craig, Are you able to attach a screenshot of the ones you think look too subtle? Thanks, Jess

Craig Schiller
Wed, 01 Feb 2017 16:14:33 GMT

Jess - Thanks, but it's not that important. I can certainly live with it.