Preceden updates
Preceden updates

Performance improvements ⚡️





We have rolled out a handful of updates to speed up timeline rendering as well as reduce lag in the bulk editor.

If you notice any issues or ever find yourself wishing some aspect of Preceden was a bit speedier don't hesitate to reach out and we can take a look.

Making it easier to add an event to a layer





In the past if you wanted to add an event to a specific layer on your timeline you would have to adjust the layer name dropdown while adding the event.

There's now an even easier way to do it: if you hover over a layer name, you'll see a plus sign that will open the new event window with that layer pre-selected:

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Hat-tip to Samip, a long time Preceden user, for suggesting the improvement.

3 New Event Shapes





There are 3 new new shapes you can choose for events: Line, Rounded Line, and Parallelogram:

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Reminder that you can apply a default shape to all events by heading to Appearance > Event Design and setting a Default Shape or you can set it for individual events by editing an event and choosing a shape in the Appearance section:

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Viewers can now collapse layers





In the past only people who could edit a timeline have been able to collapse layers, but we've had a few requests to make it possible for viewers to collapse layers as well.

With an update we rolled out today, that's now possible:

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Redesigning Preceden's event dialog





Today we're excited to roll out a completely new design for Preceden's event dialog. Here's the before and after for comparison:


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The changes are largely aesthetic, but a few things have changed:

  • Image uploads are now done in the More Options section
  • The setting to make an event a dependent (meaning it starts when another event ends) is now above the Start Date field rather than buried in the advanced settings
  • Events with an end date can now be marked as milestones under the Appearance section (marking an event as a milestone makes Preceden display a long vertical line at its start date).

This redesign is part of an ongoing project to revamp Preceden's interface to make it more polished and easier to use.

If you run into any issues or have any feedback, don't hesitate to reach out:

Settings updates





For long-time users you'll notice a few interface changes recently:

The Settings button above your timeline is now called Appearance and it now focuses entirely on ways to adjust the appearance of your timeline:

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With this change, it required moving a few options around that currently were in the old settings dialog: visibility, collaborators, and CSV/Excel import.


You can now change your timeline's visibility by clicking the visibility status above your timeline ("Private" in the example above) which will let you adjust it along with other details about your timeline:

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If your plan supports collaborators, you can now manage them by clicking the Collaborators link above your timeline which will give you options for wrangling them:

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CSV/Excel Import

And last but not least, CSV/Excel import has moved under the Export & Share menu below the CSV and Excel export options:

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All of these changes are in preparation for completely revamping the Appearance settings to let you preview the changes before actually applying them to your timeline. Coming soon!

4 new display date formats





As requested by one of our users, there are now a few new display date formats available. For anyone who has never set a display date format, if you head to Settings > Date Format > Display Format you can adjust the format of the event dates displayed on your timeline.

The new formats are:

  • Q - for example, Q3
  • Q YYYY - for example, Q3 2021
  • Q 'YY - for example, Q3 '21
  • MMM - for example, Aug

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It's easy for us to add additional formats too so if you have any requests don't hesitate to ask:






In addition to the arrow shape introduced earlier today, there's now also a chevron shape you can choose for events:

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Like with the other shapes, can set it for all events (via Settings > Event Design > Default Shape) or for individual events via their advanced options.

New Event Shape: Arrows





You can now choose an arrow for the shape of events:

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You can either do this for all events (by going to Settings > Event Design > Default Shape) or for individual events (by editing an event, clicking Advanced Options and selecting the arrow).

Seasons for Quarters





There's now a new quarter format that lets you dispay season names instead of quarters:

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To try it on a timeline, head to Settings > Date Format and change the Quarter Format to Seasons. (And if your timeline is not displayed in seasons, you can set it by going to Settings > Axis Scale and changing the Units to Quarters).

Thanks to one of our users for the recommendation!