Narrative timelines

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MacDavid
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Mon Jun 18, 2012 2:10 pm Post

Dear Matt,

First of all, congratulations for your Aeon Timeline. Very amazing.

As a interactive narrative write, I'd like to know when will you plan to give us some «Narrative timelines (events in narrative order, separate from a calendar/date system)» as you said here:
http://www.scribblecode.com/support.html#futuredev

It'd be so wonderful and useful.

All my very best,
David
Author of http://www.prisonvalley.com, a webdocumentary proudly written with Scrivener ;-) World Press Photo Non-Linear Program Award-winner 2011 (look at the table in the motel and you'll find a clue...) Scrivener under Ubuntu 16.10

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Mon Jun 18, 2012 2:29 pm Post

Hi David,
Once the initial 1.0 release is stable, I am going to look into what can be done to provide a wider variety of calendars and timelines as part of a 1.1 release.

It will probably be several months away, at least, but it could be sooner if everything goes very smoothly with the process.

There are two possible options for it. One is to simply provide calendar styles that are effectively divorced from a date structure at all. The other is to have both systems, so that you can plot the same events in both chronological and narrative order within the one timeline.

The latter would take longer, and may also make the interface less cohesive and intuitive, as well as potentially confusing other users, so I am not sure which way I will go yet.

I am open to thoughts and suggestions on the matter.

Regards,
Matt

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Mon Jun 18, 2012 9:39 pm Post

Dear Matt,

Your first option ("One is to simply provide calendar styles that are effectively divorced from a date structure at all.") should be very useful.

It could be great to make it possible ,-)

My best
Author of http://www.prisonvalley.com, a webdocumentary proudly written with Scrivener ;-) World Press Photo Non-Linear Program Award-winner 2011 (look at the table in the motel and you'll find a clue...) Scrivener under Ubuntu 16.10