Five Apps: Tools for building timelines
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There are many reasons to keep a timeline. You might want torncreate a chronological map of how a project or company developed, track arnfamily history, or follow your career progress or trajectory. But whatever thernreason, you need the right tool to make the timeline easy to work with. You can’trnjust use a spreadsheet or text document to create a helpful, interactive tool.rnInstead, you need the right software to do the job.
I’ve found five apps/services that do a great job of creatingrntimelines, whatever the purpose. Some are mobile apps, some are websiternservices. No matter your need, this list should have it covered.
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Timeglider allows you to zoom in and out of your timelinernand change the importance of events. With a paid account, you can collaboraternon a timeline. Once you’ve completed the timeline, you can share it and embedrnit. Another handy feature of the paid versions is the ability to generate arnlegend that aids in timeline navigation. Paid accounts range from a basic planrnat $5.00 USD/month to a group account starting at $24.00 USD/month for fivernusers. For more information on pricing, check out the Timeglider price matrix.
With RWT Timeline, you can’t automatically add dates tornevents. Instead, you must add dates into the description. But because eventsrnaren’t locked to a particular time, the timeline becomes quite flexible. RWTrnTimeline allows you to save the timeline (and edit later) in an .rwt format.rnWhen completed, the timeline is exported as a JPG image, so you can share itrnout to whomever you need.
There are free accounts as well as paid accounts. With arnpaid account you can embed timelines on your site and collaborate with others.rnThe paid accounts are Teacher ($125.00/year, which includes 50 student accounts,rnembedded timelines, and no ads and is available only to teachers) and BronzernAccounts ($7.50/month, which includes five timelines, group editing, embedding,rn5,000 monthly embed views, and no ads).
One caveat about adding multimedia: You must upload directlyrnfrom your computer; you can’t embed video or link it. What you can do is addrnlinks to a text (or blog) post, which can then be clicked on. When you’vernfinished your Capzle, you can share the timeline via link, email, embedding, orrnRSS feed. Capzles is a free service and does not offer advanced features likerncollaboration.
myHistro is a unique take on the timeline, in that it focuses on location asrnmuch as time. You create a story and add events that are tagged with location.rnWhen the story is played back, a graphical map of the event’s location isrndisplayed along with the information about the event. With myHistro you canrnalso link events to Facebook, add quizzes, export as CSV/PDF/DVD, add GooglernMaps, and more.
You can embed a story in a website, and users can makerncomments on events in your story. myHistro should be thought of more as anrneducational tool than just a timeline app. Through myHistro, you can alsornbrowse plenty of public timelines.