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2020-05-12: Version 2.1 Released

TimeStory 2.1 has been released! This brings date labeling within the timeline, new filtering options, and a batch of smaller improvements and fixes to the product. Full release notes here

2020-05-06: A Free Trial is now available

I’m pleased to announce that, since the end of April, a new, 7-day free trial edition is available for download! A trial edition has been one of the most common requests to the TimeStory support email, and as the app’s feature set grows, a trial can be the best way for many users to evaluate it.

TimeStory is still sold only via the Mac App Store, and uses the traditional “pay once for a permanent license” model, rather than in-app purchases. This made it impossible to directly offer a free trial; the Mac App Store doesn’t allow free trials unless you use the “free download plus in-app purchase” model. So the new app, “TimeStory Trial”, is actually a distinct download, and not available in the Mac App Store.

TimeStory 2.0.1 Trial was released on the same day that TimeStory 2.0.1 became available in the Mac App store. Going forward, trial editions will be released on the same day as their corresponding product releases.

Other than the seven-day timeout, the trial edition is essentially the same code, with all the same features, as the full app. So you can exercise those features, create some documents, send in any questions or feedback you have, and see if the app is right for you. When you’re ready to buy, just visit the Mac App Store and download the full version.

2020-05-03: Removing High Sierra support

Version 2.1 of TimeStory will require macOS Catalina or Mojave. High Sierra will no longer be supported. (Version 2.0.1 will continue to work, and I will continue to offer customer support if anyone’s still using it, but no new features will be available.)

Last year, when I released version 1.0 of TimeStory, I only supported macOS Mojave (10.14), which was the current released version at that time. I didn’t intend to support High Sierra at all, if I could get away with it!

But I quickly found potential customers and testers who had not yet been able to upgrade to Mojave. Mojave had introduced several new security features which proved to be disruptive, especially to how some companies’ IT departments rolled out and managed their Macs.

So in version 1.1, I added support for High Sierra. This wasn’t a difficult change, but it did require a little effort. For example, Mojave had introduced Dark Mode, and so, for developers, had added support for new ways of specifying mode-appropriate colors and icons. I needed to make the TimeStory code work both ways.

More to the point, however, I needed to add testing on High Sierra—even code which supposedly should work the same way on two platforms, using the same operating system functions by the same names, often doesn’t. And once Catalina betas began stabilizing, that gave me three platforms to test, one of which was rapidly receding in Apple’s rearview mirror.

High Sierra’s market share has been falling, and I’m no longer aware of any customers who are running it. That’s good, because after the 2.0 release, I found a very noticeable bug which only showed up on High Sierra, leading to the 2.0.1 release.

So, to speed up development, I’m officially dropping High Sierra support. (In preparation, I already removed it from the new free trial download.) If you’re a customer of TimeStory and still need High Sierra support, please drop me a note.

2020-04-26: 2.0.1 Released

Version 2.0.1 was just pushed. Most customers won’t see any difference; it contains fixes only for macOS High Sierra. Details here.

2020-04-10: 2.0 Released

Version 2.0 is here! Images can be attached to events, titles can span multiple lines, the date label font can be changed, your PNG exports can be limited to the visible area, and much more!

As always, see the full release notes for illustrated details!

2020-02-03: 1.7.1 Released

Version 1.7.1 was just released, with some small fixes and improvements on top of the recent version 1.7. See the 1.7.1 release notes for more details.

2020-01-29: 1.7 Released

Version 1.7 is now out! This version introduces some new point-event shapes, now allows hyperlinks in any text, and comes with other fixes and improvements. See the 1.7 release notes for more details.

2020-01-16: 1.6.1 Released

Version 1.6.1 was released a few days ago, but I forgot to post here. Full release notes here. This is a minor release, with a few small external features and a bugfix.

2020-01-02: "Year One" retrospective published

TimeStory was launched on the Mac App Store on July 2, 2019, But its development started at the very beginning of 2019. Over on my personal blog, I posted a retrospective of this first year, talking about the background of the app, my development process, some technical observations, and some personal context, and finishing up with a note about where it stands now.