Selecting a Time Span

An album displays the stories that occur over a span of time, which can be adjusted. In this example, the span of time is May 17, 2010 until January 6, 2013.

Album with Time Selector not visible

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The span of time can be adjusted in two ways. One is to click on the time and edit it. The other is to use the Time Selector, which is displayed by clicking the little arrow that is to the left of the listed time span.

Click to display Time Selector

This is what the interactive Time Selector looks like:

Album with Time Selector visible

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Intersect’s Time Selector lets you browse through time, choosing moments or time spans of any length.

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To choose a time, click it with your mouse. Intersect shows–and maps–stories from that period.

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The Time Selector’s upper deck shows larger units of time. Here the upper deck shows years, and the lower deck months.

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Your first click on the time selector chooses a new time or adjusts the display of the current time. A repeat click zooms time out to show a greater span of time…

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…or in, to show detail. In this case, you see the days of a month.

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If you click on a specific day you’ll zoom in still further, seeing all the stories for a specific day or series of days.

If you prefer, your can click the minus and plus buttons to zoom out or in—right down to hours and even minutes.

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To see recent stories, click Recent or Today. To see stories without regard for when they happened, click All. Or click on the date and type a new date or date range.

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To pan forward or backward in time, drag the green handle or just hold down the mouse button while moving  to the left or right. You also can pan by tapping the green arrows, or using the  keyboard’s left and right arrow keys.

To expand or contract the time, grab the handles…or hold the Shift key and click with the mouse.

The band at the bottom of the Time Selector is the “heat map.” It helps you know where to click. Cool blue means there’s no content for that period, and hot yellow means there’s lots.

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