Timeline Improvements

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Bobby Bosler | Forum Activity | Posted: Tue, Jun 16 2020 6:25 AM

It very well might just be me, but there seems to be so much material in the Timeline tool that it's nearly unusable to the average Joe.

The filters I'm sure are handy to some, but they are such broad categories, I honestly can't think of an application where they would narrow down the results to a useful set of items. In addition, to search by text string seems kind of a hit or miss way of getting what you want (you have to know specifically what you're searching for to find it).

That being said, it would be nice if there were curated "sets" that focused on a narrow slice of history. For instance, if I could select "Kings of Egypt", "Assyrian Empire", "Early Exodus View", or others.

I know you can fit the timeline to a particular period in history and I understand that there are "types" and "filters." Maybe I just don't know how to use them effectively. But I figure if I can't figure it out, then there are plenty of others that can't either.

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Denise | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jun 16 2020 8:39 AM

Bobby Bosler:
But I figure if I can't figure it out, then there are plenty of others that can't either.

No, it's only you. Joking.

I suspect you could 'write a book' on customer frustrations with the timeline. I think it was designed by a cake baker .... throw the sprinkles in the air, and see what happens!  Oh my, the colors are so pretty!!

I never use it ... it fails on too many dimensions (especially for Bible class teaching).

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Richard Villanueva | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jun 16 2020 6:14 PM

Bobby Bosler:
It very well might just be me, but there seems to be so much material in the Timeline tool that it's nearly unusable to the average Joe.

You're spot on.

It is too messy and an overload of information that cannot be easily curated to be of any good use. I had big hopes for this tool but I think the challenge is that whatever functions it uses to curate information is unable to discern what it is that the user actually wants to use, and in effect, it gathers too much useless data.

You may be better off searching your library media for said timelines - that's the course I usually take.

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