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This workaround should not be needed in versions >= 1.7.0.
Timeline should not be able to zoom wider than 1200 years. But unfortunately, this happens sometimes, and a period larger than 1200 years gets written to the .timeline file.
When this happens, you can no longer open the file.
This is a bug in Timeline that we should fix. But there is a workaround that you can use to fix the problem yourself.
The .timeline file is actually just an xml file. In there, somewhere around the bottom of the file, you should find this section:
<displayed_period> <start>2013-09-28 00:10:06</start> <end>2013-10-09 20:34:55</end> </displayed_period>
If you open the .timeline file in a text editor and change the start and end dates to be a period less than 1200 years, you should be able to open your file again.
Make sure that you save the file with UTF-8 encoding.
Here are some standard email responses to common emails on the mailing list. Use them as a template when answering questions on the mailing list.
Crash report that has not been fixed:
Thanks for taking the time to report this error. We have added the problem to our backlog: https://sourceforge.net/p/thetimelineproj/backlog/ /The Timeline Team
Crash report that has been fixed in the upcoming release:
Thanks for taking the time to report this error. The problem has been fixed and will be available in the next release. Don't want to wait for it? Try the beta version! * Source: https://jenkins.rickardlindberg.me/job/timeline-linux-source/lastSuccessfulBuild/artifact * Windows installer: https://jenkins.rickardlindberg.me/job/timeline-windows-exe/lastSuccessfulBuild/artifact /The Timeline Team
Crash report that has been fixed in released version:
Thanks for taking the time to report this error. The problem has been fixed in the current version. It can be downloaded here: https://sourceforge.net/projects/thetimelineproj /The Timeline Team
Person interested in developing Timeline:
We're glad you're interested in contributing to Timeline. We want to help as much as we can. Here are some points you can start with: * We have a backlog of problems that we want to solve (https://sourceforge.net/p/thetimelineproj/backlog) * Crash reports in the backlog are usually easy to fix. Although they might require some investigation. * Timeline is licensed under GPLv3. We propose a model where you (and everyone else) keep the copyright of their patches. As the patches will be GPLv3 as well, we can include them in the project. * Registering on this mailing list is a good idea. * The website has some more information: http://thetimelineproj.sourceforge.net/ * Some sections about developing are outdated. * We're here on the mailing list to help you with any questions you have :-) /The Timeline Team
Person writes to the mailing list but we would like the discussion to happen in the forum instead:
Thanks for writing to the mailing list. We are experimenting with using a forum for discussions instead of the mailing list. Please continue the discussion here: http://... /The Timeline Team