Nov 8, 2022 • 5 min read

Introducing The New Timeline Indicator

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Sasha Aptlin
Software Engineer

Today, the Timeline Indicator gets a major revamp in Highlight, helping users navigate a session to find and fix issues faster than ever.

The new Timeline Indicator in Highlight is a visualization of all the events that occur over the course of a session, be it clicks, reloads, or any other actions you decide to track, and enables gestures for quick navigation: pinch to zoom and swipe to go back and forth.

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Grouped Events

Previously, Highlight had events appear as colored dots on the timeline, no matter how many of them were in a session. For long sessions with a lot of user activity, this made debugging and analysis confusing and time-consuming.

Now events are easier to digest. Rather than representing events as dots, we group events into buckets that you can interact with: click on them to see all the events in the time slot of interest.

And getting all the context you need for a particular event has never been easier. You can navigate to individual events to check out console logs, errors and network requests that happened at that particular moment.

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The area chart on the top gives you an idea where you are in the session even after zooming into a session segment. Instead of gestures, you can also use the draggable session monitor to refine your focus.

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New keyboard shortcuts

Power users can now use keyboard shortcuts to customize their workflow: hide the timeline, open the dev tools or change the replay speed all without touching the mouse.

You can see them by hovering over buttons, or pressing ? to open a list of all available shortcuts.

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Player performance

With this launch, we’ve also put a lot of focus into the performance (and perceived performance) of our player. But using a combination of CSS animations & transitions, as well as making changes to our replay infrastructure, playing back a session in Highlight has never been smoother.

Try the new Timeline Indicator

The new Timeline Indicator is live for all users. Login to Highlight, open a session, and try it out today!

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