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We need to be able to print the entire timeline in one document. In the book "Research Like a Pro" by Elder and Dyer, it states, "Before you start the analysis process, putting your records into a timeline will help to order your research." p.19
The next page gives directions on how to Create a Timeline. This is a fantastic tool but it needs to be more accessible. Being able to print it is a step in the right direction.
The timeline is important to print out as a full document. It is a powerful tool to closing the gaps in doing research. I used to print out the timeline in my research, on the old FamilySearch Program. Your assistance with this would be greatly appreciated.
In order to print the timeline on fewer pages, you need to make the icons smaller. The ones on the old page were more reasonable.1
Likely the print version would need to remove graphics and rotate horizontally to print in space optimum Landscape mode. But perhaps the current vertical interface is to dissuade printing?
Do most profiles have too many events attached to print in an easily viewable font? If that is the case would you separate the timeline into 2 or 3 rows to fit all events onto one page?
Other than ease of viewing on one page - is there a reason printing is an easier reference than a separate tab open to view Timeline? I can appreciate those finding print more easily referenced.0
I would like to have a printed version so I could add by handwriting salient facts from reading books and research documents. Some of the information doesn't need to be added to the FS version...some might, but later, after more research. I like your idea of making it horizontal. You could leave it vertical if more columns were allowed. In the "Research Like a Pro" they suggested a spreadsheet. The most useful interface would allow us to copy from FS and paste it into Google Sheets or and Excel format.1
The most useful interface would allow us to copy from FS and paste it into Google Sheets or and Excel format.
Instead of copy/paste go for the whole enchilada - have it export to CSV, etc. I can see how that option might be preferable - a spreadsheet is fairly compact (rows/columns adjustable) and would be printable (if needed).1
Oh no! I'm asking for what has already been done!!!1
I'm going to do some experimenting with the CVS....
That worked too!!!
I clicked on print. That shows my timeline on the screen. Then I highlighted and copied it and pasted it into Google Sheets. (In a single column.) It would take a lot of work to set the spacing and lines right.
Or, I could just click print and it would come out of my printer without a grid and in two columns.1
Thanks for the encouragement genthusiast and Jeanie! 😊1
Oops! got me too! Yes that is a bit more manageable - but looks like some script would need to generate TSV (tab separated value) - in order for it to manage making the spreadsheet format well.0
On the old version of FamilySearch I could print the time line out perfectly by going to the three little dots on the top right of the page, across from the URL. It didn't have all the photos etc. but it was a great tool! All the other things added are ok, but it doesn't make it a user friendly, if you have to do all the cutting and pasting.
If the timeline was designed as it was before, it would work great, since it did before! There were plans for our class calendar on how to print out the timeline from FamilySearch; unfortunately that won't be an option for now. We can do handwritten ones, or copy off all the information needed on an Excel program etc. which will take a lot of extra time.
The new FamilySearch program is good. I feel this timeline issue is a great loss. Maybe some of the engineers can fix that portion, everyone there tries to do a great job with all of this. Please consider this option, it would be a great help for those guests in our Family Search Facility that are starting out. Thank you for all that you do at Family Search.
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