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When might we have calendar view/.ical in Aeon?

se1961
Fri, 29 Sep 2017 13:01:34 GMT

Greetings! I have resisted using Aeon for years because it didn't have a tradition calendar view, and I find it hard to imagine timelines in a strictly linear fashion. In fact, I have visited this forum several times just to post a request for calendar view and check the development status of the program. I recently worked on a project with an extremely complex timeline, and ended up buying and learning Aeon to help myself manage it. It's a very helpful program-- thank you! At the moment I'm doing this extremely .csv import/export routine in order to view the calendar the way I prefer. I see from your blog that traditional calendar view is the second most requested feature. Is it in the development pipeline? At what point do you think we might see it? If it's not in the future, or in a future too far to see, I would like to request a slightly more configurable import/export. My calendar program treats Start Date and Time as one field, and I am force to concatenate the two fields or split them depending on which direction I'm going,. It would be fantastic to be able to tick a box in Aeon that says, essentially, Export Date and Time as one field, and Import and Split date and time.

aeonjess
Sun, 01 Oct 2017 10:02:59 GMT

Hi, At the moment we are concentrating on getting out the iOS version, however once this is done we will start looking at new features such as a calendar view. Jess

se1961
Sun, 01 Oct 2017 13:22:08 GMT

Thank you for clarification! I don't know how much trouble it would be, but if (as a stop-gap) you could add the ability to split/join time and date on import/export to CVS that would make my workaround a lot less work! 😉

razyr
Sun, 01 Oct 2017 16:11:03 GMT

You say your calendar program uses a single field for date/time and that you're having to concat time/date information from Aeon Timeline CSV exports. Are you perhaps using an old version of AT? When I do a CSV export from AT 2.2.6 the time/date is exported as a single field in a standard string format that looks like "01 October 2017 10:00:00AM". Even internally, AT2 stores date/time as a single value like "63642448800" which roughly speaking is the number of seconds since year 0 in the Gregorian calendar. Databases generally use the same method where date and time are calculated as an offset from a zero point such as the Unix epoch. iCal is another pretty common date/event interchange format where the date/time is in the form "20171001T100000". Even if you just type the 'date' command on your Mac terminal you'll get something like "Sun 1 Oct 2017 10:00:00 EDT". Date is just a coarser measurement of time and whether you find it difficult to visualize or not, barring some Quantum Leap discovery, it is quite linear and easily represented with a single inte ger if you can agree on the zero point. It's quite standard to not split the date and time information into separate fields for both internal representation or interchange. Generally, it's only split at the user interface level. I understand that you'd like to see a traditional calendar view in AT2. That might be a nice view to have indeed. So far as your intermediate workaround, I think you're already getting everything you should need/expect in the way of data export/import.

se1961
Mon, 02 Oct 2017 11:33:26 GMT

Sorry for the confusion-- I had it backwards! My calendar program uses two date/time fields, and Aeon uses one. I have figured out the easiest way possible to split or join the column for import/export, but I figured it couldn't hurt to see if I can make it a little easier! 😉