We are happy to release v.2.5 of CueTimer, which brings a better spreadsheet-intergration: Now you can import your schedule from Excel and Google Sheets, and chain the timers together with start and end-times.
When a speaker has a timer on the stage, the duration usually comes from a schedule made by the organizer. Now, with the spreadsheet-import feature, getting this schedule into CueTimer is easier than ever: You can either just copy and paste the data you need from an opened spreadsheet-file, or import it as a CSV file.
Paste spreadsheet-data from Excel or Google Sheets
If you already have the spreadsheet opened on your computer, the easiest way to get it into CueTimer is just to copy and paste the spreadsheet-data that you need in CueTimer
Import a CSV or TSV file
You can also import the whole file. CueTimer accepts a CSV or TSV-file with any delimiiter.
Re-organize the imported data
Event-schedules comes in all variations. Unfortunately for us, there is no industry-standard for how the schedule should look. Therefore, we added a completely new menu where you can match the imported data with what you need in CueTimer.
– Shuffle the columns around and skip what you don´t need.
– Choose from which line to start the import
– Autodetect the delimiter, or, for edge-cases, set the delimiter manually.
Now you can link your timers together in a schedule. With the auto-schedule on, we assume that there is no overlap between the timers, meaning that the end of one timer will be the start for the next.
The auto-schedule is automatically calculated as you edit the list. To get started, just plot in the start-times, and CueTimer will add the missing values for you.
Or, if you already have the duration of the different timers, adding a start or end-time for any of the timers will put it in an ordered schedule:
To edit the auto-schedule, simply edit one of the cells, and the other vaules will change accordingly:
If you dont want to link all the timers in the list, you can also “break the chain” of linked timers by inserting a spacer, or timer-types other that Countup or Countdown. This will divide the linked timers into sections:
Or, if you dont want to deal with the auto schedule at all, you can turn it off from the settings. This can be useful if you want to use the start-times, but not link the timers. For example, perhaps you want to have a 5 minutes countdown that starts automatically 3 times during the day?
With CueTimer, you get a lot of flexibility in how you set up your timers: you can have a random list of different timer-types to choose from, or you can use it to control your event-schedule in an ordered list with auto-schedule. The choice is yours.
In our user guide you will get more information on how to use the new features:
ch. 12: Auto-schedule
ch. 13: Import and export timer-lists
For more practical tips, see our new blogtext about using CueTimer as timing-device for music-festivals.
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