Charts, an LLC, and LifeHacker Coverage

Today was an incredible day. Here’s why:

1) For the last ten days or so I’ve been working adding charting capabilities to Preceden. Since the timelines were not designed with this in mind, I had to do quite a bit of refactoring to ensure that both normal layers and chart layers would play nicely together on the same timeline.  Saturday alone I spent a solid 10 hours or so writing the final unit tests and making last minute adjustments in preparation for last night’s release. Today was the first day users got to play around with it, and that’s always an incredible rush.

2) Big news: I formed an LLC today. This has been in the works for a little while now, but today its official: I am now the proud founder of Preceden Solutions LLC (I couldn’t use Preceden LLC because it’s too similar to Precedent, which a lot of businesses apparently use).

This is a big step for me and its simultaneously exhilarating and terrifying.

3) To top it off, a short while ago, I checked Preceden’s daily stats to see if anything interesting was going on and was blown away to discover that Preceden was featured on Life Hacker today, the blog in the personal productivity arena. Their coverage of Preceden is the largest to date and I’m happy to say it was extremely positive:

Timelines are excellent for visualizing change over time, but most timeline generators limit you to a single timeline. Web application Preceden features parallel timelines and accompanying charts.

At Preceden you can create multiple unique timelines by adding layers to your intitial timeline. In the example image above a company’s growth is charted by the stages of the project they are designing, when employees joined the company, and the monthly visitors to the company website with all information displayed in parallel so you can easily see the connections between different segments of the data.

You can share charts for public browsing or keep them private for internal use. Timelines can be generated using spans of time ranging from years down to seconds. Preceden is a free service that requires a sign up—no email confirmation—to use.

One funny note is that the screenshot they used in the article reads “Montly Visitors” instead of “Monthy Visitors”–I was in such a rush yesterday to add an example that I neglected to proof read everything and go figure, it gets featured today in their article :) Guess I can’t complain too much…

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