Office Timeline 3.17 and higher: Compatibility with older builds

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Overview

Starting with Office Timeline 3.17, we’ve made major changes to the add-in’s engine and added new capabilities, striving to provide users with the best experience possible. As a result, slides generated by version 3.17 (or higher) contain extra meta data compared to timelines created with earlier builds. This means that:

       A) Slides built with earlier versions of the tool are still editable but will require updating

       B) Older Office Timeline builds cannot edit timelines created with v3.17

A) Updating older timelines

When upgrading to the latest version of Office Timeline, a slide update is sometimes required before being able to edit it because new capabilities need to be added to the slide’s meta data. Updating an older timeline is fast and easy:

  • Open the timeline you want to edit in PowerPoint and click the “Update Slide” button on the Office Timeline ribbon.

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  • The add-in will instantly create a new slide with your updated timeline and preserve the original too, just in case. If you’re happy with the new slide, you can delete the old one and start editing your graphic.

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Note: To remove the message boxes placed over the timelines, simply select them and press Delete.

B) Editing slides created with newer Office Timeline builds

Slides created or updated by Office Timeline version 3.17 or higher are not backward-compatible, so when attempting to edit them using an older build, you will get the following message:

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Simply download the latest build and you can then use the timeline without any issues. If there are multiple people in your team who are using Office Timeline and collaborating on project visuals, we recommend them all to update the add-in at the same time so that everyone can edit everyone else’s graphic.

If you encounter any issues or need further assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact our friendly support representatives by clicking the “Submit a ticket” button below - they will be more than happy to help.

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