Preceden updates
Preceden updates

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Timeline thumbnails




Historically your dashboard has included a simple illustration representing each timeline:


Today we rolled out a big update so your dashboard displays actual thumbnail images for each timeline:


This makes it much easier to preview your timelines without loading them - and we think it looks quite nice too :).

If you notice any issues drop us a note anytime:

Event dialog updates, new shape behavior




We rolled out several improvements to Preceden's event dialog window:

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The Start Date and End Date fields are now on the same row (which reduces the overall height of the dialog), and there's now a Shape picker, something that had previously been buried under the additional options.

We've also changed how shapes work. Previously, you could set a Default Shape for the timeline and then optionally override that default for individual events. This was somewhat confusing though so we've changed it to work like this:

  • The Default Shape determines the shape that is initially selected when you go to create a new event
  • You can use the shape picker to change the event's shape to something else if you don't want to use the default

So it's mostly the same, there's just no longer this concept of an event inheriting a shape from the timeline settings, which winds up making the behavior easier to reason about.

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Enjoy and let us know if you have any feedback.

Event Date Format Nudges




In Preceden the Event Date Format determines the format of the dates on your timeline. By default this is set to Unformatted which means Preceden will use format you used when specifying the event's dates. However, it's easy to be inconsistent, using 12 Oct 2021 in some places and 10/21/21 in others, which winds up look odd when displayed on a timeline:

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To nudge more folks to set an Event Date Format, the event dialog will now show a notice on timelines with 5+ events that don't have a format set:

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That "Set it now" link will take you straight to the Date Format appearance settings where you can set a format:

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Setting this will result in consistently formatted dates in your timeline:

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If you have any requests for new formats, drop us a note anytime:

Redesigning Preceden's Appearance Settings




Prior to today Preceden's appearance settings looked like this:

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It got the job done, but had a major shortcoming in that you had to actually update the settings to see the impact your changes would have on your timeline. This made it cumbersome to experiment with the various settings to find the combination that best suited your timeline content.

Today we launched a completely redesigned appearance settings window that shows you in real time how the settings you select will affect your timeline:

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In addition to the live preview we've reorganized and simplified many of the settings to make them more intuitive. For example, displaying all of the Event Color Palettes in a grid instead of a dropdown makes it easier to experiment with the different choices.

If you run into any issues don't hesitate to reach out:

Automatic dependency connections





As you may know, Preceden lets you specify that you want an event to start when another event ends by selecting the Dependent checkbox when creating an event:

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Many of you who use this feature also add a connection so that the two events are visually connected by a line on your timeline:

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Historically this has required two steps: selecting the dependency and then selecting the same event again in the connection settings:

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Today we rolled out an update to make this easier: when you select a dependency, that event will automatically be added as a connection by default:

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You can easily remove the connection if you prefer not to see it by clicking the "x" on the event in the connection list.

Hat-tip to one of our users for suggesting this improvement. If you have any requests drop us a note anytime:

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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