TimeStory version 2.4 was released on March 08, 2021.
2.3.3, and was followed by 2.4.1.
This version adds tagging of content, summary text for images, a new span
event shape, visual and usability improvements, and more!
You can now tag events and sections, to add small attributes and quickly
filter the display.
The Inspector has a new Tags field where you can add and edit tags on sections
or events, or you can also simply tag them by typing #TagName in a title
or description field. TimeStory keeps track of any tags you add, and provides
completion suggestions as you type. Tags can then be used in the Event Filter,
as seen above, to quickly limit your display.
See Tagging in the User Guide for more!
(Note that if you have existing documents containing #-style tags in their
title or description fields, they will automatically work as tags in the new
version; some users have been using a similar technique for a while, and it
will now just work better.)
“Jagged” span-event shapes
Span events can now be assigned “jagged” right or left ends; if you have two
jagged ends next to each other, they fit together.
Tweaks to timeline presentation
This release sees a few small improvements to the overall appearance of
- Some recent bugs which could make text a little blurry (anti-aliased) have
- Spacing around the top of the timeline, between dates, gridlines, and the
first section header or topmost events, has been widened out a bit.
- The border drawn around a selected span event now follows its outline more
exactly, when that event’s start or end shapes aren’t simply rectangular.
- Point events now position their title text based on the actual width of the
event’s shape, eliminating extra visual gaps next to narrow point shapes.
- Event shapes are now crisper on non-Retina screens; the app adjusts the
placement of certain lines based on the actual pixels available.
- Row Height can now be adjusted to smaller or larger values than before.
Info for attached images
Attached images can now be assigned a text summary (which shows up as a
tooltip for the image), and you can now place the source of the image and any
copyright info if you’d like. If you paste a complete image from a Web
browser, TimeStory will often be able to automatically populate some of these
Updates to the Mars Exploration example document
The Mars exploration timeline has been visually refreshed, but more
importantly, has been updated with the successful arrivals in 2021 of the
UAE’s Hope orbiter, China’s Tianwen-1 orbiter, and the US’s Perseverence
This document now also uses the new tagging feature to tag each mission by
country or agency (e.g., #USA, #ESA, and #India), and uses the new Image Info
feature to tell you where each embedded picture came from.
Updates to the Event Details popover
Under Preferences, you can now choose to “Show the Event Details popover when
hovering over an event”. This makes it behave like a tooltip: just pause your
mouse over any event, and its details will appear; move your mouse away from
that popover, and it disappears. (The default is still to require a keypress,
like before; I welcome any input from users on this topic!)
- The section or sections containing your event are now listed within the
- Multi-line event titles are now presented a little more nicely, as a single
line joined by “/”
- The new event tags are now shown
- If you used the keypress ? to launch the popover, just press it again to
dismiss it (you can still dismiss it as before, of course, for example by
pressing Esc or by clicking away)
A few other minor usability updates
- When entering full-screen mode, TimeStory can now keep the toolbar visible.
Find this option on the Preferences window.
- The PNG Export dialog is now properly resizeable; you can stretch it out to
see its image preview more clearly.
- The document icon has been updated to match the current app icon.
Finally, 2.4 includes a batch of bug fixes:
- Images could temporarily disappear when increasing the time scale towards
its maximum value (they would reappear after scrolling).
- Clicking in the Event Filter or Quick Entry bars could sometimes register as
a click in the date area below them, causing unwanted date highlighting.
- If you saved a document with one time unit, then switched to
another time unit, then quit without saving again, then re-opened that
document, events would be temporarily misplaced. Part of the code used the
last-saved time unit, while another part used the last-closed time unit.
- When selecting multiple events or sections with different descriptions, the
Description field in the Inspector was just blank. It now shows “multiple
values”, so you don’t accidentally edit it and replace your descriptions.
- When performing a CSV import, with column headers in the first row of the
CSV, the preview table in the import dialog would skip an extra row. (The
import worked fine, however.)