Adding Effects Through the Timeline View

Although all effects should be added through the Network view, there are two effects that can be quickly added through the Timeline view. These effects, Colour Card and Quadmap, can also be added through the Network view in the usual manner. In addition, there is a special way of grouping elements that can only be done through the Timeline view.

Grouping from the Timeline View

There are several advantages to using the Group Selection With Composite command (only found through the Timeline view) over the simple Group Selection (which references both the Group layer in the Timeline view and the Group module in the Network view.

One of the advantages that this command has is that it groups all the selected elements into a neat module that has a nested composite. This means that there is only one connection coming out of the Group module. With the simple Group module or command, the Group displays the same number of connections as elements in the group. Both grouping commands display the same structure in the Timeline view.

The Group Selection With Composite command should only be used before any work has been done in the Network view and it recommended for objects whose stacking order is of no consequence.

Using the Group Selection from Composite command on elements that have effects, have been tweaked in the Network view, or whose stacking order is of consequence, may cause the grouped elements to lose their properties once grouped in this way. In addition, though you may only select a few modules to group, if there are other layers in the timeline that exist between the selected layers, they will automatically be grouped, even if not selected.