the basic idea is to keep (not only) the interface as simple, or as clean as possible.
For example, I use TB as a tool to handle the data, and the relations of my ancestors, as a genealogy tool.
Each person got a birth date, and in most cases, a date of death.
So I create a thought for the single person, and per date one thought (name format "yyyy-mm-dd", unique within TB).
I link person and dates.
Now, using the timeline, I am forced to create two events, e.g. "born", and "died".
But: I got various persons to enter, so I see a lot of "born"-, and "died"-events, with the name of the appr. person in front.
BUT: this does not work, because I can't change the scale of the timeline to display e.g. a century, and even if I use the largest scale, no events at all are displayed.
AND: there's no relation between the active, or selected thought(s) and the events on the timeline, or the period of time being currently visible ...
I'm used to get the central information and the related data at a glance.
One person. Two dates. The links stand for "born" and "died."
"Time View": We've got the "Mind Map" view: one thought in the middle, the linked thoughts are more or less evenly spread on the left, resp. the right side. The kind of the links is present, but not that important for the way the thoughts are arranged as they are in normal view.
Now, just imagine having date thoughts, on the left side; dates are displayed from the past (top) to present, or future (bottom). Depending on the selected scale, you would see one thought per year, or month, or day.
If a "normal" thought x is linked to a day d, this thought x would be visible on the right side; if the month of d, or the year of d is displayed (due to scaling), a "virtual" link would be displayed between thought x and month, or thought x and year. You can scroll the dates, and change the scale. If more thoughts are linked to one date, than can be displayed, well, than just show three or four in a line - if I want to see the rest, I can either scroll those thoughts (left/right), or make the date in question the active thought in normal view ...
Just an idea - we could navigate via cursor keys to a normal thought, press enter, and by this switch to "Normal View"; and vice verse - navigate to a date thought, press enter, and enter "Date View"?
Periods of time could be represented by a vertical line.
@Harlan: I've got your mail and apology, thank you very, very much. Your kind words have reconciled me. I appreciate you and the work you do.