Timeglider Acquisition FAQs

In June 2019 Preceden acquired Timeglider, a popular web-based timeline maker.

How does the acquisition impact Timeglider?

If you're an existing Timeglider user, you can continue signing into Timeglider and using it like you always have for the foreseeable future. 

However, Timeglider will no longer be accepting new sign ups. To create a timeline we recommend checking out Preceden which provides similar functionality as Timeglider.

Do you have plans to shut down Timeglider?

We likely will shut down Timeglider eventually, but not for at least 2 years, so it will be July 2021 at the earliest. This will ensure there's no disruption to anyone currently using Timeglider.

Several months before we shut down Timeglider, we will email everyone who has recently used it it to make sure they're aware that it will be shutting down. If you miss those emails and later need a copy of your data, you'll be able to email us and we'll send you a CSV file with your timeline data.

How do Preceden and Timeglider differ?

Here are some things that Preceden can do that Timeglider cannot:

  • Preceden lets you export your timeline as an image or PDF, making it easy to print and share
  • Preceden supports dragging and dropping events to reposition them and change their dates
  • Preceden provides many different themes and ways to customize your timeline's appearance
  • Preceden lets you add layers to help you organize events
  • Preceden supports many different types of date and time formats

Here are some things that Timeglider can do that Preceden cannot:

  • Timeglider lets you specify the importance of an event is which controls how large it appears
  • Timeglider lets you add tags to your timeline to categorize it
  • Timeglider supports having a single event belong to multiple timelines
  • Timeglider lets you filter your timeline to only look at events that meet certain criteria

How can I transfer my Timeglider timelines to Preceden?

Timeglider provides a CSV export that can be imported by Preceden. 

Imagine you have a timeline like this in Timeglider:

1. Click on the name of your timeline in the list on the left, then click edit properties:

2. On the import/export tab, click on the CSV link in the section about exporting to Preceden:

3. On an empty timeline in Preceden, click the Import CSV button and then select the CSV file that Timeglider exported in the previous step:

A few notes on importing:

  • Preceden darkens the colors to make them appear better on the default white background, but you can easily customize the event colors or the timeline's theme after the import.
  • Preceden doesn't support all of the same features as Timeglider like the concept of importance. For that reason, the timeline in Preceden will not look exactly the same as it did in Timeglider.
  • It's not possible to import the images from your Timeglider timeline into your new Preceden timeline. To do that, you'll need to re-add the images to the events in Preceden after you've imported the CSV.
  • Free accounts on Preceden are limited to 1 timeline with 10 events which will cover the majority of Timeglider users. For power users who need to import multiple timelines from Timeglider or ones with 11+ events, you'll need a premium account on Preceden ($29 for one timeline or $49 for unlimited historical timelines).

Does this impact the Timeglider widget?

Timeglider has a fantastic jQuery widget that lets you dynamically visualize events using your own data. It does not require having a Timeglider account and therefore is not impacted by the acquisition.

Have additional questions?

Shoot us an email at help@preceden.com or info@timeglider.com.

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