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Timeline Improvements

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Jun 29, 2009, 9:28pm

Since I mentioned timeline improvements in the group description, I figure it deserves a bit of discussion. What timeline improvements would you like to see?

First, I'd like to be able to scroll vertically so that I can actually see the whole timeline.

I'd also like the ability to exclude entry dates, because my book purchases tend to overwhelm my actual reading.

The misleading title should also be changed: "acquisitions" implies that it's based on Date Acquired, when it's actually based on Entry Date.

I'd like the time information to be hidden when we click on a book in the timeline; since we have no way of setting the time, it doesn't mean anything to display 00:00:00 for everything.

Apostrophes need to be fixed.

The pop-up boxes could also display a bit more information (rating, etc.). It might even be nice if the info could display on mouse-over rather than requiring clicking.

Now Tim just needs to give Chris a bit of time to work on this... hehe.

Jun 30, 2009, 4:51am

Vertical scrolling - absolutely.

Basically anything Chris can be allowed time to develop on this would be superb.

Jun 30, 2009, 11:29am

Yes, being able to display books filtered on any of the Read, finished, entered, or acquired dates.

Jul 1, 2009, 2:47am

Yes to 1, 2 and 3
and ...

I posted the following Message to http://www.librarything.de/topic/66613

Message 282: birder4106
"A few days ago I discovered TimeLine. And I liked it from the beginning.

But each time I started TL the following message appeared at least twice:
"Caught exception: TypeError: Result of expression 'elmt' undefined is not an object."
The TL-Window is still empty of books. To see the books I have to scroll back for a few years. If I scroll forward and i am reaching about middle of 2005 all books disappear again and I have to scroll back again ...
What am I doing wrong, or what's wrong?

Thanks Martin

I always have to start TL with: "www.librarything.de/lttl" in a seperate window. Is there a other way?"

Any ideas?

Jul 1, 2009, 5:55am

Use http://www.librarything.de/lttl/?view=birder4106&tlmode=1

Edited: Jul 1, 2009, 9:20am

>5 Noisy:
Thank you Noisy

I have just visted your profile. And I tried with value "0"
It stops with an Error (see: >4 birder4106: on Mac and on a Win-PC: Caught exeption:objekt error > OK

Jul 1, 2009, 9:24am

This is not an official LibraryThing development. You will need to contact conceptDawg directly about this problem (and it does indeed seem to be a problem).

Jul 7, 2009, 5:21pm

Definitely vertical scroll, and I'd like to see both a Reading timeline and an Acquisitions (or Entered, or whatever you want to call it) one as well. I don't use Date Acquired, so sorting by Entry Date works as well as anything for me. But separating the 'entered into LT' and 'read' timelines would be good. And if I could see just the read books, maybe I wouldn't need the vertical scroll - still need it for Entered, since I tend to buy and enter them in batches.

It's fun as is, but if Chris gets a chance to finish it it will be even better!

Jul 14, 2009, 8:40pm

First, I'd like to be able to scroll vertically so that I can actually see the whole timeline.

I was going to hint that you might want to suggest that to the folks that created the SIMILE timeline, as that's where the LT code comes from. But it looks like they may have fixed it.

Aug 27, 2009, 10:33am

By collection as well, is a big one. Largely because I want to use the timeline to see what I've actually read, and when - which means kicking my wishlist books off.

Honestly, I feel like the timeline is so close to being really useful. The tweaks that want to see are few (vertical scrolling, by collection), although I don't know how small!

It's one of those memes that is really cool looking and might encourage more use of the dates field - which is more data that LT can then mine!

Although now that I think of it, it'd be nice to be able to 'zoom in' if possible. To see a month broken down by days.