Fri Jun 15, 2012 10:09 pm Post
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derick wrote:Even if the date format is set to 1999 (i.e. only the year) one has to tab through all the date fields when manually entering events.
derick wrote:Events always default to the first label in the list, not the last label used. This is a pain when entering a lot of events that belong together. Moreover, the tab key won't tab down to the label field - one needs to switch from keyboard to mouse in order to change the label field.
derick wrote:After a couple of minutes, I realized this was not going to be an efficient way to work. I decided to try importing data instead, and set up a file with a few test entries based on the User Manual.
The first thing I noticed is that the Import... menu item opens a modal dialog box in front of the Import Events panel, so I can't actually change the options on the Import Events panel until I've selected the file.
Then through trial and error I discovered that one needs to include year, month and day for a file to import successfully. It would be nice if AT would insert a default day and month if these are missing.
Another frustration with import was that AT doesn't import Notes or Tags. This makes the import feature a lot less useful for existing datasets. In addition to the paper timeline I was experimenting with, I have a Filemaker database with a couple of 1000 entries which are dated and tagged with keywords. But for a timeline to be very useful as a way of representing this data, I need to be able to filter by tag, and there is no way I am going to reenter all this info. manually.
Hopefully these can be addressed in later versions - I think if I were beginning a project from scratch, AT would be a great tool, but for my needs at the moment, quick data entry and fuller importing are key features.
derick wrote:Also....now that I look closely, the Arc and Label fields in the text file to be imported don't actually affect the imported data.
Here's the import file:
Start Date, End Date, Event Title, Arc, Label, Notes
1889 May 1,1889 May 1,forests not commodifiable (S97), Commoditization, Midnight
1889 May 1,1889 May 1,sheep purchases (S97), Commoditization, Midnight
1901 May 1,1901 May 1,hut tax in tobacco season - sales (S97), Commoditization, Midnight
1907 May 1,1907 May 1,taxes main use for cash (S97), Commoditization, Midnight
1907 May 1,1907 May 1,absence of discussion of usury (S97), Commoditization, Midnight
But all of these items were imported into the Global arc with label of Ruby.
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