I'm having real trouble getting Neatline to work as advertised; that is, creating a sequential narrative using a map. I have the Simile timeline and Waypoints widgets installed and activated for my exhibit. I have geoserver up and running, and several georectified historical maps being served by geoserver.
My goal, roughly, is to display a series of historical maps that illustrate the development of a city over a 50 year period. I have each map associated with its own record, and have activated the Waypoints and Simile Timeline widgets for those records. On the style tab, I have served the historical maps to these records via geoserver's WMS, and have associated start/end dates and after/before dates for each record.
I have also created several other records that I associate with a static point on one particular map. For instance, on the map from 1850, for which I've created an individual record and associated with a Waypoint, I've placed several static points, each of which is associated with its own individual record. I have NOT associated these with a Waypoint or the Simile Timeline, though I have added after/before dates to make them show up ONLY when in the date range I've established for the 1850 map. Wash, rinse, repeat for the other four historical maps, and the static points I'm overlaying on them.
With that information and my project goals in mind, here are my issues:
1--For whatever reason, my waypoints aren't all showing in the right-hand sidebar (i.e. Waypoints bar, for lack of a better term) at the same time. Thus, users can't see all Waypoints and click through them, thus walking them through the exhibit narrative.
2--For the "static point" records (i.e., those not associated with a Waypoint or on the timeline), I've drawn a point on the map, and set a default focus and zoom level. When I click on the record in the editor (i.e., on the left-hand side of the screen), Neatline zooms in to my default zoom and focus. However, if I click on the point itself, I don't zoom in and focus. Similarly, in the public view, I don't see a way to get to the viewport I've defined as the default.
3--Is there a way to have my timeline and Waypoints move in sync with each other? That is, if I click on the Waypoint that has defined after/before range of 1869/1874, is there a way to move the timeline move foward in concert to 1869?
I hope my questions are clear, and I hope I haven't misunderstood what it is Neatline is capable of doing. I recognize that it's very possible I'm asking the software to do something it's not desgined to do.