Preceden updates
Preceden updates

New Event Layout Options




We rolled out a big update today to improve how Preceden positions event names and details on your timelines.

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You can read all about the new options in our Bar Content Layout guide or experiment with it by clicking Appearance > Events and changing the new Bar Content Layout option.

For long-time users, you may notice several changes to your timelines:

  • We previously had two settings to control the positions (Bar Name Position and Event Details Position), both of which have been replaced by this new Bar Content Layout setting.
  • For most of these layouts, bars will now include the icon.
  • It's now possible to display the event details (its date, duration, % complete) directly inside the bar, either to the right of the event name or below it.
  • The event details also now include a small half dot before it, making them easier to spot on your timeline.

If you have any questions or run into any issues, drop us a note anytime: [email protected]

Hide all event names




We've added a way to hide all event names on your timeline.

Try try it, head to Appearance > Content Visibility and uncheck the Names setting in the Display on Timeline section.

For most timelines, you'll want to continue displaying event names, but for some timelines where the names aren't necessary to include, this setting makes it much easier.

A reminder too that you can hide names on individual events by editing an event, clicking More Options, and checking the Hide Name option.

Improving timeline & layer duplication




If you have ever tried to duplicate a timeline or layer that includes dependencies (ie, making one event start when another one ends), you may have run into an error if those dependencies involved events in different layers. This has been a known bug for a while, but was tricky to fix for technical reasons not worth diving into here.

The good news is that the bug is now finally fixed and no one should run into that issue (or any others involving duplicating timelines or layers) going forward.

Huge thanks to everyone who reported the issue.

If you ever do run into any bugs, please drop us a note at [email protected] and we'll get on it.

More content visibility options




In the past Preceden has had an event content visibility section that let you control what content (dates, duration, etc) are displayed on the timeline.

We've had several requests from users wanting the ability to control what content is display in the event popup (what you see when hovering over an event) and in event list.

Today we rolled out an update to make that a reality: it's now possible to control both what's included on the timeline and separately control what's included in the popup/list:

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You can find this by heading to Appearance > Events.

Thanks to everyone who suggested it!

More duration options




Preceden now provides you with more granular settings for controlling how an event's duration is displayed on your timeline.

For example, if an event spans April 1 - April 19, you now have the ability to specify whether you want Preceden displaying "2 weeks 5 days", "19 days", or even "456 hours".

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To choose your preferred units, head to Appearance > Events and adjust the Largest Duration Unit setting:

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Hat-tip to Joty, one of Preceden's customers, for suggesting the improvement.

Tip: Duplicating events with changes




Imagine you have an event and you want to create a near-identical copy of it. Not 100% identical to the original, but just with a few slight changes like a different start or end date.

You have two options to accomplish this:

First is to open the original event, click the Duplicate button, then open the new event, and update it.

The second option is to open the original event, make changes to it, then click the Duplicate button. This will create the new event with those changes already applied to it, saving you a few clicks.

To make this behavior more obvious, we've added a tip to the Duplicate button letting you know you can go this route:

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Export directly to PowerPoint




Preceden now lets you export your timelines directly to PowerPoint:

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To try it out, click Export & Share button above your timeline then click the PowerPoint option:


We also have a new PowerPoint guide that has more details including tips for dealing with very large timelines.

Let us know if you run into any issues!

Interface updates




With all of the new features recently, the interface was starting to become somewhat cluttered so we moved a few things around to simplify it a bit:

  • Recommendations can now be found in the Appearance settings
  • Collaborators can now be managed through the Export & Share menu
  • PowerPoint and Keynote export options are now combined in the Presentation Slide item in the Export & Share menu
  • Excel and CSV export options are now combined in the Spreadsheet item in the Export & Share menu

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Personalized timeline recommendations




We're thrilled to launch a new feature today to provide you with personalized, easy-to-follow recommendations to improve the appearance of your timelines.

Here's an example:

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Behind the scenes, Preceden is checking your timeline for about two dozen issues and then generating this list of recommendations if it identifies any areas for improvement.

You can find these recommendations by clicking the Appearance button above your timeline then heading to the Recommendations section.

We'll be continuing to add more checks and encourage everyone to work through the recommendations if Preceden has any for your timelines.


Share Preceden, earn commission




We're excited to launch a new affiliate program that lets you earn money by referring people to Preceden.

After you sign up to become an affiliate, you'll get a custom link to Preceden that you can share. For anyone that signs up and becomes a customer through your affiliate link, you'll receive a 30% cut of any credit card payments they make within 12 months.

Sign up today to become a Preceden affiliate

Thank you everyone who has helped spread the word about Preceden, it's very appreciated!