Miracles DO Happen! AEON Timeline…

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I’m no longer blinded by chaos.

With the complexity of my projects, I’ve been trying for the past three or four years to find a timeline program that would keep me inside the boundaries of sanity. I tried project management programs (MS Project, Turbo Project, Openproject), Database management programs (MS Access*, MS SQL* Server, MySQL*). Finally, the closest thing was a nice, but limited, Open Source program – The Timeline Project – available on Sourceforge.net, which I’ve been using over three years now.

  • I really need a ZERO DAY based timeline, in addition to more conventional options – seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks — you get the picture. Even millennia-length events. Heck, I might even need to manage a timeline based on cycles of intersecting moons, or the breeding cycles of 30-foot praying mantises. OK, that last one MIGHT be a reach… haven’t tried it yet.
  • I need to be able to easily link characters, places, items, and even some complex concepts to events in the calendar.
  • I need something that is much less expensive than a semester at the University of Colorado. OK, that might be a little bit of exaggeration.

Then TA-DA! Following up on a post in the Pikes Peak Writers mail loop – from Barbara Samuel – I downloaded trial copies of AEON Timeline from Scribble Code software. After only 2 days of trials (they allow you 20 days), I licensed copies for both my Windows-based machines and my iMac!

And have been charging ahead every since. I completed two novel timelines in the past couple of days. Check it out and have some productive fun!

Disclaimer – I have no connection with any of the products or services, mentioned here. And I pay for them as does anybody else. I do like to shout it out when I come across something that solves a problem…

And… c’mon, you see it coming… Makes my life easier.

Cheers, Ron

*Of course I had to write all of my own code for the database platforms — all of which were too rigid and constraining.


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Smear on a Little Snake Oil – Part 1

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OK, so Apple has done a number, Ok a BIG number, of amazing things. Enough to almost make me forget a out the oft used VHS vs Beta conflagration or the Blu-ray vs HDDVD shipwreck analogies when comparing the Big A to the Big MS… Almost.

For sure the guys and hmmm…word choice dilemma here…women at Apple know the heck out of HOW TO MARKET STUFF. Whew! These are the folks who made bazillion a household word. But…

There’s a really interesting (albeit brilliant) methodology happening in both the iTunes and App stores–OK, so it’s really only one store… Or a million… One or the other, who knows. My point is that they have really developed an art form in taking the concepts of cost and price OUT of the purchase equation. You don’t really get the confirmation a.k.a. Reminder that you actually spent money, until the next day or two, along with the bazillion other emails flooding your inbox.

Talk about separation of price and value…. Continue reading

How Do You Picture It?

Often the best way to make a point is with an image, or twelve. Over at the Hoarseman I’m having some fun with the Twelve Days of Christmas and experimenting with some new software at the same time. Of the six days done so far, four have been created using different modes of iDraw, an app for iPad; one with Corel PaintShop Pro Photo X4 Ultimate, and one with Art Studio, another iPad app.

iDraw is a vector graphics tool, with an amazing amount of functionality in a tablet app. So far I haven’t run out of layers (there are some apps that require an in-app purchase for additional layers beyond a certain point.

Here are a couple of samples from the Twelve Days Project.



Corel PaintShop Pro Photo X4 is the latest generation of an app I’ve been using on the majority of my design work for the past several years… Since it was JASC PaintShop. It’s a full featured blast.

Here’s the latest, for the Fifth Day of Christmas.


Hey, have fun. Happy Holidays.
Ron at ChaliceMedia