Preceden updates
Preceden updates

Unlimited timelines for all




In the past Preceden's plans differed in part by the number of timelines people could create on each plan. For example, the free plan might let people create 1 timeline whereas a paid plan might let them create up to 10 timelines.

Over the years we've differentiated the plans in other ways so have decided to no longer cap the number of timelines that can be created on each plan. We've updated all of the plans (both current and legacy plans) accordingly.

In short, everyone can now create unlimited timelines.


Folders & More




We're thrilled to announce that Preceden now supports organizing your timelines into folders.

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To create a folder, head to your timelines page then click the new Create Folder button. After you give the folder a name, you can create new timelines in the folders as well as move existing timelines into them.

There are two ways to move an existing timeline into a folder:

The first way is to drag the thumbnail onto a folder:

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The second way is to click the new "…" icon that you'll see when you hover over a thumbnail, then from the menu click the folder you want to move the timeline into:

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Regardless of which method you choose, you'll then be able to click that folder to view the timelines you've added to it:

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That thumbnail menu is also new: it lets you perform common actions like renaming, deleting, and duplicating timelines directly from your list of timelines instead of having to load the full timeline.

If you run into any issues with any of these features don't hesitate to drop us a note: [email protected]

Happy timelining!

Icon search




There's now a search field at the top of the icon picker that makes it easier to find specific icons:

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Also, if you search for an icon that doesn't turn up any results, you'll see an option to request it:

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If you click that link it will kick off an email to us and then we'll see if we can find a relevant icon and add it as an option. Either way, we'll get back to you over email to let you know whether or not we were able to add it.

Preceden now remembers your export settings




In the past when you exported your timeline as a PDF or image, Preceden would not remember what settings you used (like whether you want the PDF page to be portrait or landscape) which meant that every time you came back to your timeline and exported it, you would have to reselect your preferred settings.

Today we launched an update so that Preceden will now remember what export settings you last used and anytime you export a timeline in the future, it will default to the last settings you used.

For those of you who export frequently and don't use the default settings, this should save you some time so you can focus on building your timeline, not tinkering with the export settings.

Hat-tip to Walter, one of Preceden's users, for suggesting the change.

Reducing axis label overlap




By default Preceden will automatically figure out the best scale to use for your timeline based on its content, but sometimes you'll want to specify a scale manually. For example, Preceden might decide that quarters is optimal, but you want it to use months instead.

When you set a custom scale (by going to Appearance > Scale), sometimes the axis labels wind up overlapping due to the large quantity of axes at the custom scale:

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We rolled out an update today so that Preceden will automatically take steps to reduce the overlap by reducing the font size around the label and making other tweaks:

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This should eliminate overlap in most cases, leading to more professional-looking timelines.

Creating Gantt Charts with Preceden




One of the most highly requested features on our public product roadmap has been the ability to display a timeline like a traditional Gantt chart.

We're thrilled to announce that it's now possible with just a few clicks: head to Appearance > Layers and check the Use Gantt chart layout option.

Here are a few examples of timelines using the new Gantt chart layout:

A Gantt chart where the layers represent people:

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A Gantt chart where the layers represent departments:

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And finally a Gantt chart where the layers represent job candidates:

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You can read more in our support docs: Creating Gantt Charts with Preceden.

And as always, if you run into any issues or have any feedback drop us a note anytime: [email protected]

Share your timeline on a custom domain




We're excited to announce that Preceden now supports custom domains/CNAMEs which means that instead of sharing links to your timelines at URLs like:

You'll be able to share it on a custom domain such as:

You can read more about custom domains in our new Custom Domains guide.

Custom Domains are only available on certain plans such as our current Business plan. If you're on an older plan that does not have access to it and don't see an option to upgrade to a plan that includes it, contact us and we'll help you get set up: [email protected]


10 new fonts to choose from




We've added 10 new fonts that you can apply to your timelines:

  1. Finlandica
  2. Gantari
  3. Merriweather
  4. Montserrat
  5. Noto Sans
  6. Poppins
  7. Roboto
  8. Rubik
  9. Source Sans Pro
  10. Work Sans

You can find these and more by heading to Appearance > Font and selecting a font from the list.

If you have any feature requests, you can request it on our Product Roadmap or drop us an email anytime: [email protected]

5 ways to set event end dates




When you set an event's end date you have several options to choose from:

1. Leave the end date blank

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When you leave the end date blank Preceden will display the icon you choose at the event's Start Date:

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2. Set the end date to "Present"

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Preceden will use the current date and time and automatically keep it updated as time goes by:

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3. Choose a specific end date

Using either the date picker or by typing in a date (optionally with a time):

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Results in:

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4. Type in a duration

Instead of setting the event's end date to "June 26, 2022" we could have also entered "1 week" as the duration:

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If you know how long an event lasts but don't know the exact end date, this can save you time trying to figure out what end date to select.

You can also combine multiple durations together by specifying an end date like 3 weeks 5 days or even 1 year 6 months 5 days 3 hours and Preceden will happily calculate the correct end date for you.

5. Dependencies

Last but not least, you can select that the event is a dependency, choose the event you want this event to start after, and optionally set the end date or duration:

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Results in:

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We usually recommend when using dependencies to set the end date to a duration so that if the earlier event's dates change, the later event is shifted accordingly without changing its duration.

Vote on Preceden's next feature




When you have a minute please check out Preceden's Product Roadmap and upvote any items you would find useful. You can even submit new ideas - no account required!

We'll use your votes to prioritize upcoming product updates.

Thank you!