Preceden updates
Preceden updates

Vote on Preceden's product roadmap




Preceden now has a public product roadmap where you can submit feature requests and vote on ideas that others have contributed. You can access it using the link above or by going to Account > Product Roadmap anytime.

We'll prioritize the most upvoted features so please check it out and let us know what improvements you'd like to see.


Better thumbnail previews for shared timelines




If you share a link to a public timeline or a timeline behind a Secret URL, your audience will now see a preview of your timeline along with the link:

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This will work on any service that supports Open Graph images which includes popular tools like Slack, Facebook, Twitter, etc.

Links to private timelines (which no one can see anyway except for you) and password protected timelines (which requires viewers to type in a password you specify) won't include these thumbnail previews so no one gets an unintended glimpse of their content.

Fonts, fonts, and more fonts




Historically Preceden has only offered 6 somewhat dull font choices:

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Today we rolled out a big update that now lets you choose from 50 fonts.

We also introduced a new and improved font picker that lets you preview the fonts directly in the dropdown:

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You can choose any of these fonts by heading to Appearance > Font.

The new fonts are provided by Google Fonts. If there are any additional Google Fonts you would like to be included in Preceden, just let us know.

Custom Layer Colors




In the past if you wanted to set a layer color, you were limited to choosing a color from the default color palette that Preceden provides:

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Today we rolled out an update that gives you access to a full color palette which you can choose from or even enter your own hex color code:

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Also, the other colors pickers in the app (for event and axis colors) also use this new color picker interface, giving you a consistent way of choosing colors for your timeline.

Preceden's New Color Palette




We rolled out a big update today that introduces a new event color palette.

Using the old color palette, a timeline might look like this:

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Here's the same timeline with the new color palette applied to it:

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Thanks to the lighter colors, Preceden can use darker colors for the event names, making them easier to read compared to the white text in the old version.

If you're creating a new timeline, Preceden will use this new color palette for all of the timeline's events by default, though like before you can manually change the colors as you see fit:

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If you already have a timeline, Preceden won't change the color of existing events, though new events will use this new, lighter color palette. For existing events that may use the old, darker palette, you can leave them as-is or update them to use colors from the new palette.

We'd love to hear what you think about the new color palette - drop us a note anytime: [email protected]

Appearance settings updates




We made a few updates to how the appearance settings are organized:

  • The Themes section is now named Colors and will be where you can adjust most color related settings
  • We removed the Event Color Palette setting from there which previously let you change between different event color palettes. It wasn't heavily used and added a lot of complexity behind the scenes.
  • We moved a few color-related settings from other sections into this new Colors section so you don't have to jump to other sections to adjust color settings.

Happy timelining!

Making it easier to name new timelines




In the past giving a new timeline a name was a bit cumbersome: you would have to create the timeline, then click the timeline's name, type in a new name, and then save the changes.

We've made that process simpler by letting you specify the new timeline's name in the initial step:

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If there are any other common actions you take immediately after creating a new timeline, let us know at [email protected]: we may be able to add it to this step as well.

Search now also checks layer names and notes




In the past if you used the search feature above a timeline it would just check event names and their notes. We've updated it so that it also now checks layer names and layer notes.

That lets you do things like:

  • Search for a layer name to just see the events in that layer
  • Add a tag like #marketing to notes on certain layers and then search for that tag to view just those layers

Thanks to one of Preceden's users for suggesting this improvement. If you ever have any suggestions on how to improve any aspect of Preceden, drop us a note anytime: [email protected]

Shared timelines can now download as an image




In the past if you shared a link to your timeline and someone else viewed it, they would only have the ability to download it as a PDF.

We have rolled out an update to also give viewers an option to download the timeline as an image:


This gives your viewers more options for embedding your timeline in other tools like Word docs, PowerPoint presentations, etc.

Viewing shared timelines on mobile devices




In the past if you shared a link to your timeline with someone and they attempted to view it on a mobile device, they would only see the list of events on your timeline, not the visualization itself:

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It worked this way because displaying the full interactive visualization on small screens isn't feasible on small screens.

We figured out a way around this limitation though: people viewing your timeline on a small screen will now see an image of your timeline in addition to the event list:

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It's not interactive since it's just an image, but it's still a big improvement over just displaying the event list.

The same was also true for embedded timelines: on mobile devices, people would only see the event list, not the visualization. With this update, embedded timelines will now also display an image when the person is viewing it a mobile device.

If you notice any issues don't hesitate to reach out: [email protected]