How to switch between US and International date formats



By default, when creating a new timeline, Pincello will automatically localize its date format (International or US) depending on the country you're in. To present your schedule in the format preferred by your audience, you can quickly switch between US (MM/dd/yyyy) and International (dd/MM/yyyy) dates using the Timeline settings menu within the app. Here’s how to do it:



For easy access and convenience, users can open the Timeline settings menu and switch date formats from a variety of places within the app:


  1. From the Data View tab. While in Data View, click on the small icon right above your timeline’s visual preview to open the Timeline settings, choose your preferred date format, and click Save. 


    Pro Tip: Did you know you can type in your dates in a variety of styles, and Pincello will still be able to “recognize” them as dates? Here are just a few examples:

    31 Dec, 2017

    However, please make sure to use the localization selected in Timeline settings (e.g. place months in the middle of the date if you have the International format enabled).

  2. From the Layout View. Here, you can switch between US and International date formats by clicking the small icon on the right side of your graphic, above the Style Pane.


  3. From the navigation bar. Whether you’re in the Data or Layout mode, you can also access the date format options by clicking the down arrow next to your timeline’s name on the navigation bar, as seen in the image below.




Pro Tip: Pincello lets you switch between US and International formats even when importing from Excel, as long as the rows containing the dates are formatted correctly in the original .xlsx document (Format cells -> Date). The switch can be done right from the first step of the Excel Import process:


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