Introducing Timeline 3D
May 9, 2008 | 4 min 41 sec
I am really excited to be able to announce to you the new 3D Edition of Bee Docs Timeline. One of the biggest challenges with presenting timeline charts is that you want to be able to display both the full context of your timeline and the display the detail in your timeline.
Introducing Timeline 3D
Hi, I’m Adam Behringer and today I’m really excited to be able to announce to you the new 3D Edition of Bee Docs Timeline.
One of the biggest challenges with presenting timeline charts is that you want to be able to display both the full context of your timeline, that’s the whole story and how the events relate to each other. But, you also want to be able to display the detail in your timeline, that’s what happened at a particular event in your timeline.
So how do you display both the full context and the detail? It’s challenging!
One way, is you can zoom in and out, like this. But, when you are zoomed in you really don’t see much context and when you are zoomed out you really can’t see the detail. So, the idea I had was… If you turn it on its side you can see the detail as well as quite a bit of the context. You can also move the piece of paper back and forth to go through your timeline and tell the story of what happened.
3D: How to Navigate
— Start with a regular timeline
— Press the “3D” Toolbar Button
— ARROW KEYS = traverse events
— RETURN = toggle zoom
— SPACE BAR = toggle 2D / 3D
— Your Apple Remote Works Too!
— Press ESC to Exit
Sharing 3D Timelines
Besides viewing your timeline in full screen 3D, there are some new export options that you can share your 3D timeline with other people. In the toolbar there’s a Devices button. If you click that button, you can choose your Apple device that you’d like to optimize your 3D timeline video for.
It has an iPhone option which will create a movie that you can play on your iPhone. It has an iPod option which will optimize the movie for a video iPod. It also has an AppleTV option and then in the File menu there is a QuickTime export where you can export full quality high definition video of your timeline.
And last but not least, you can now export to Keynote. If you click the Keynote tool in the toolbar, you choose a presentation size and it will automatically create a Keynote presentation for you with one slide for each event in your timeline.
Available for Download: May 12, 2008
— Standard Edition: $40
— 3D Edition: $65
— Upgrades Available for $25
So that’s the new Bee Docs Timeline 3D Edition. Be on the lookout for it. It should be up on our downloads page on May 12th. Download it and try it out and let me know what you think. My e-mail address is Adam at Bee Documents dot com. Feel free to send me an e-mail with feedback or questions that you have. I really look forward to hearing what people think of the new features.
— “ditto ditto” by ditto ditto, via ccMixter.org
— Special Thanks:
— Gary C Martin, 3D Programming
— Exbiblio, Camera Equipment