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Perspective Event Sets

What is a perspective event?

In Reunion, a perspective event is an event of historical significance which you can add to a timeline chart, thereby enhancing the legend of the chart. You can add perspective events one-at-a-time, or you can add an entire set of perspective events.

The timeline example below contains perspective events related to aviation history.

Timeline Chart with Perspective Events

Download perspective event sets

Reunion users have contributed their own Perspective Event Sets to share with others. You can find a complete list of sets below...

Download event sets (.zip - 132 KB)  (Updated 9/22/06)

  • American Literature by Leister Productions
  • Apple Computer Milestones by Leister Productions
  • Australian History (1536 to 2001) by Rebecca Witt
  • Australian Sports (1858 to 2001) by Rebecca Witt
  • Australian Technology (1851 to 1974) by Rebecca Witt
  • Bishops of Corvey (822 to 1776) by Edgar Dohmann
  • Canadian History (1000 to 1998) by Peter Morgan
  • Computing Milestones by Leister Productions
  • English Monarchs (1066 to 1952) by Frank Mitchell
  • Epidemics (1657 to 1918) by Ann Bolton
  • German History (800 to 2002) by Chet Durnal
  • Kings & Queens of Britain (1603 to 1952) by Robert Partridge
  • Kings & Queens of England (839 to 1558) by Robert Partridge
  • Kings & Queens of Denmark (950 to 1972) by Christina Wilson
  • Kings & Queens of Scotland (834 to 1542) by Robert Partridge
  • Kings & Presidents of France (1422 to 1995) by Damien Debril
  • LDS History by Warren White  New!
  • Movie History by Leister Productions
  • New Brunswick History (1534 to 1990) by Sean Butler
  • North American History by Leister Productions
  • Norwegian Timeline (900 to 1991) by Richard Kennedy
  • Olympics (Summer) by Leister Productions
  • Olympics (Summer & Winter) by Leister Productions
  • Olympics (Winter) by Leister Productions
  • Photography by Leister Productions
  • Popes (32 A.D. to Present) by Rick Sciacca
  • Printing Industry by Leister Productions
  • Swedish History (1593 to 1991) by Ms. Elisabeth Thorsell and Mr. Erik Thorell
  • US Statehoods (1787 to 1959) by Wade Lawrence
  • Event Sets Included with Reunion (American Presidents, Aviation History, Composers, and Olympics) by Leister Productions

After you have downloaded the event sets file, unzip it and drag the Perspective Event Set files to the into the Perspective Event Sets folder. You can find this folder in /Applications/Reunion 8/Charts on your hard drive.

Once you have moved the sets, you can start using them in your Timeline charts.

Opening a Set of Perspective Events

To open a set of perspective events, create a Timeline Chart (Create -> Timeline Chart) and choose Timeline -> Perspectives -> Open Set. Opening a set of perspective events adds the contents of the set to any existing perspective events in the chart.

Share your perspective event sets

Your Reunion manual explains how to save a collection of perspective events as a "set." If you'd like to share your perspective events sets with other Reunion users, please send them to help@leisterpro.com. We'll post them on this web page.

Technical information about perspective event sets

A perspective event set is a text file with simple formatting.

Perspective event sets should be saved in the Perspective Event Sets folder, located inside the Charts folder in the Reunion 8 Folder.

You can use your text editor (SimpleText, TexEdit, etc.) to build your own sets by simply saving the relevant event list in a new text file.

The perspective event set file should contain only a list of years and events. Use tabs to separate the event description from the year. Use returns to separate each line. For example...


Reunion will check the first four characters for the year value and place the perspective event in the timeline chart according to year. Lines with no years are ignored. If identical years are found, Reunion will display events with identical years in the order they appear in the set. Reunion will not accept decimal years, or dates that include month or date.

When you open a perspective event set into a timeline chart, Reunion will only import the perspective events that fall within the bounds of the timeline (starting year to ending year).

Thanks to Rob Partridge for his suggestions on this page.