We know many of you have been taking a summer break, but if you've been keeping tabs on the beta version of our timeline over the last couple of months, then you've probably noticed some big changes.
An even better mobile experience
You've already been able to view list-based timelines on your mobile devices for quite awhile, and we're now bringing the power of fully interactive timelines to your tablet devices too.
The first HTML5 timeline we released was a direct translation from Flash to HTML5. This worked really well on desktop computers, but we needed to adopt a different line of thinking for mobile devices; those that use a touch-based interaction model.
As a result, I'm happy to announce that we've adapted our timeline to work well on touch devices such as tablets too.
I'm proud to say that you can now take our interactive timeline for a spin on your tablet -- just visit Timetoast timelines and follow the handy link below each timeline.
An even faster experience
Whilst engineering the HTML5 version, performance has been at the forefront of our development process. Today's modern web browsers are capable of running complex HTML5 applications and are getting faster and faster each day. But updating HTML documents on the fly is still an expensive operation in terms of computer processing, especially when there is a lot of animation involved.
We found that older user interface technologies have trouble delivering the fluid user experience we need to create a truly engaging timeline. This is why we've recently been adopting a programming library called React.js which has significantly increased the performance of the timeline interface.
We're sure you'll agree that the latest beta version of the timeline is its fastest incarnation yet and we're looking forward to using this brilliant new technology more often in the future.
I hope you appreciate the work that we've put into Timetoast over the summer, and I hope you are as excited as we are to see what we'll be bringing you next!