Attachments and Images
What are Attachments?
Events can have attachments associated with them. These are files that you can add from your local computer that are copied into the timeline file. This will increase the size of your timeline file, however they will always be available in your timeline, even if the files change location.
In the Links tab of the Inspector, under the Attachments heading you can:
- Add new attachments by clicking on the + symbol, browsing and selecting a file.
- Remove existing attachments by clicking on the - symbol.
- Mac-only: View it inside Aeon Timeline using its Quicklook plugin
- Open the file in its default application
What are Images?
Images are a special type of attachment. If your file is a PNG, JPG, GIF or BMP, and you want it displayed as part of the timeline itself, set it as the event's Image.
The image will then be displayed when you expand the event, and also in the inspector.
Images work the same as attachments in that they are copied into the timeline file. Therefore they will increase the size of your timeline file, however they will always be available in your timeline even if the files change location.
You can only have one image per event. If you have multiple images you want associated with an event, you will need to add them as attachments.
Links vs. Attachments
Aeon Timeline also allows links to external files in your timeline, instead of embedding them in the file. These are known as Links.
It's up to you which one you use to reference your documents, however if you are unsure here are a couple of things to consider:
- When you attach a file, you are taking a copy of the file at that point in time. Any changes you make to the original file will not be reflected in the attachment. If your file is something that is constantly changing, consider adding it as a Link.
- The maximum allowed attachment size is 50MB. For larger files, you should use Links. You should also consider using Links if you have a large amount of files and are worried about disk space, as attaching files to the timeline will increase the overall timeline size
- Since attachments are stored within the timeline file, you can move the timeline file to any computer and still view the file. If you are using your timeline on multiple computers, or wish to share it with others, consider using Attachments.
- Since the attachments are stored within the timeline file, you will be able access them on the iPad version of the application if they are an iPad supported file format. If you are sharing your timeline between the Desktop and iPad versions, consider using Attachments.