The Inspector (Desktop)

The Inspector allows you to view and edit information for the selected item(s), regardless of which other views you have open. If multiple items are selected, only values that are common between all selected items will be shown, and any changes you make will apply to all items. 

The Inspector will be open by default when you create a new timeline, but it can be collapsed and expanded by clicking on the Inspector icon  in the Toolbar.

Top Group 

The top-most text field allows you to set the label for the selected item. This should be a short name or label that succinctly describes the item (it may be the person's name, or a description of an event). This will be displayed to represent that item throughout most other views.
Type Change the type of the selected item.
  • Available types will vary according to your chosen initial template, and can be modified in Timeline Settings.  
  • The type you select changes where an item can be displayed (e.g. is it allowed in the timeline or narrative), what relationships it can have, and what additional data can be recorded for it (e.g. whether it can have a date or values for certain properties). 
  • You will be warned if data will be erased by changing an item's type. 
Color Allocating individual colors to each item can provide a visual indicator to help you separate items into different groups. Each color can be given a specific label in Timeline Settings, allowing you to create your own meaning with your choice of colors.
Parent The Parent dropdown allows you to specify the selected item's parent. By giving an item a parent, the selected item will be nested underneath that item within the chronological order in the Timeline, Spreadsheet and Relationship Views, or within a relevant Entity Panel on the
You can read more about this in Grouping Items into Hierarchies

Inspector Tabs 

Below this top group of controls is a tab bar that allows you to switch between various additional tabs in the Inspector. 

Dates & Narrative: Select this tab to change information associated with the item's date and position in the narrative. 

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Dependencies and Constraints: Select this tab to view and edit dependencies and constraints for the selected items.

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Relationships: Select this tab to view and edit the relationships this item has with other items. The list of available relationships varies depending on the type of item selected.

Summary, Tags and Properties: Select this tab to edit additional metadata about this item, including the item summary, tags, and any custom properties defined in your chosen template.    

Attachments: Select this tab to add or remove attachments, images and links for the selected item.  

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