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Timeline ToolLink to toolExampleOngoing EventsSpecific to the minute?PicturesScales Pictures for youVideoGeotaggingAdd events via RSSAdd events via CSVTag eventsSortable (by event, etc.)Choose timescaleConstant TimescaleChoose width of timescaleTimeline heightPossible to collaborate with multiple usersSupports linksAdsColor code eventsPublishable to large audienceEmbed elsewhereRSS feed of your timelineSNS Privacy ControlsDesign ControlEase of setupEase of data entry / gardeningOther notesOther examplesOther examplesOther examples

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Simile's Exhibit + Timelinehttp://www.simile-widgets.org/http://webdrive.service.emory.edu/users/bcroxal/www/AcademicJobSearch.htmlYesYesYes (if hosted elsewhere)NoYes (if hosted elsewhere)YesMaybeYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNo...unless you want themYesYesNot immediatelyNoCan add in buttons or comments. No reason you couldn't put the timeline into a blog if you have a lot of controlNoExtremeRequires some coding. There's a tutorial, but to get it just like you want will take some trial and errorData needs to be marked up (a href, etc.). Some will panic in the face of a spreadsheet. Relatively easy both to break and fix the data.Since it uses Google Docs spreadsheets, you could pair the timelines with a Form, which would make data entry easier. And it would limit collaborators ability to break the data.http://webdrive.service.emory.edu/users/bcroxal/www/AmericanSurveyTimelineGIS.htmlhttp://webdrive.service.emory.edu/users/bcroxal/www/AmericanSurveyTimeline.htmlhttp://webdrive.service.emory.edu/users/bcroxal/www/AmericanSurveyTimelineGISDualview.html

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Timefohttp://timefo.com/http://timefo.com/timelines/briancroxall/228YesYesYes (but can't get to work)?Supposedly, but can't get to workYes (can't see map at same time as timeline)NoNoYes (2 types: labels and tags)NoYes (hour, day, week, month, year, decade)YesYes (pixel intervals of 25-200)YesNoYesYesYes (labels)YesNoNoYesMediumSimple, but repetitive menus. Not all media works right.Can only enter one event at a time. Can only edit one event at a time. Forms make it easy to get right, although slow at times. Not enough information is given about how to get the photos/movies working.You have a choice of either creating timelines oriented around a person's life or around an event. The former includes a top band that shows how old the person is. This timeline is also based on the Simile timeline script. Nice that you can just type addresses or the like in the geotagging box. Don't need to give it latitude/longitude. Map bubbles don't currently appear to show up

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Timetoasthttp://www.timetoast.comhttp://www.timetoast.com/timelines/20799NoNoYes (but only if uploaded)YesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoYesYesNoYesYesYescomments that can be added to a timeline; buttons to post to FB, twitter, etc.NoLowSimpleCan only enter one event at a time. Can only edit one event at a time. Forms make it easy to get right, although slow at times.Several types of timeline to pick from. Not sure what the differences are. It's got an annoying way of inputting information, where you can only type the year and have to use drop-down menus for everything else. The titles for all the events don't automatically show on the timeline.

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xtimelinehttp://www.xtimeline.comhttp://www.xtimeline.com/timeline/AcademicJobSearchYesYesYesYesYes (if hosted elsewhere)NoYes (doesn't continually update)YesYes (tagging seems useless though)NoNoNoNoNoYesNot really (can put them in the "Source" section, but it's not really designed for this)YesNoYesYesNocomments that can be added to a timeline (granular control); buttons to post to FB, twitter, etc.YesLowSimpleCan only enter one event at a time. Can only edit one event at a time. Forms make it easy to get right, although slow at times.Can have custom URLs for your timeline. Can upload and download events. In both cases using either RSS or CSV. The downloading is nice. The background colors are really boring. As is the case with TimeToast, you are stuck to their scale for the events. You can view them in two different ways, but they aren't all that different. It's infuriating that you can't use the tags for anything. Also annoying that you can only include links in the source, which makes sense if you're doing history, but it would be good to get more links in the descriptions.http://www.xtimeline.com/timeline/Beatles

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CHNM Timeline Builderhttp://chnm.gmu.edu/tools/timelines/http://chnm.gmu.edu/tools/timelines/yourtimelines/?timelinesID=3206YesNo (can only go to month, not even days)NoN/ANoNoNoNoYesNoNo (but you can zoom in and out)YesNoNoNoYesNoYesYesNoNoNoneNoLowSimpleCan only enter one event at a time. Can only edit one event at a time. Forms make it easy to get right. Feels faster than Timefo, Timetoast, and xtimeline in entryYou can't pick your particular day. You can only choose month and year. This makes it not especially useful for anything but the largest historical events. You can insert a link into the title of your event using HTML, but it won't function. Links in the descriptions work just fine. Pulls up event descriptions pretty quickly.

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LifeBlobhttp://www.lifeblob.comhttp://www.lifeblob.com/topic/academic_job_search#at=2008-12-27T17:22:00Z&zoom=3NoYesYesYesYesNoYes (for the services it integrates with like Flickr)NoNoNoNoNoNoNoYesNoYesNoYesYesYesPulls in data from blogs, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Picasa, and SmugmugYesVery lowSimple (for what it's designed for)Very easy to get in info from some sites like Flickr or Facebook. Less agile with Twitter. Entering in an event of your own (rather than allowing the "blob" to be created for you and then you commenting on it) is very slow and cumbersome. Editing an entry is easier than creating one, actually. This is basically a tool for pulling in content from Social Network sites and arranging them in a timeline. You can interact with others' timelines and your timeline can link onto their at particular nodes (i.e., at a photo in which both of you appear). You can post photos, videos, or write new "blobs" on your timeline, so you don't have to rely on pulling in this data. Of the tools that I have tested so far, this is the least useful of them.

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Dipityhttp://www.dipity.comYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNoNoYesSome, but more if you payUnfortunately, the site appears to be broken. I can create an account, but it then kicks me out and tells me that I can't login. It appears to be very similar to LifeBlob in that it is designed to be a lifestreaming service. You can pull in information from all sorts of different social networking tools, RSS feeds, blogs, and more. It then arranges them for you on a timeline that you can add photos, videos, or locations to. People can comment on events. Adding events to the timeline as well as videos appears to be easier than in LifeBlob. The only problem is that it isn't working. An important thing is that include a way to import a Simile Timeline XML file into a timeline. But I don't think that it will work for data hosted in a Google Spreadsheet and that is then used in a Exhibit/Timeline.

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BeeDocshttp://www.beedocs.com/index.phpYesYesYesYesNoNoYesNoNoNoNoYesNoNoNoYesNoNoNoNoNoNoN/ACan control colors, fonts.Very simpleEntering information is pretty easy, although you have to conform to entering in dates in a particular format and do it without a calendar widget. Editing can be done in a batch screen. Probably the second best editing for large amounts of information.This is a Mac-only application. It's VERY pretty. But unfortunately, it's not designed for web publishing. You can export the file to email, iPods, Keynote, or Quicktime. But it appears that when you export, it is ONLY as a continuously running movie. There's no way to interact with the finished file other than to play it as a movie. And there are no tools to export directly to the web. Which is a shame because this is a really polished tool in many other ways. You can also print to PDF or to paper, or export as images. The best way to view a timeline when it is done, is actually to run it within the software itself, where you can zoom in on different events and see the 3D effects happen. You cannot, however, move nonconsecutively through the events. But at least you can move at your own pace as well as backwards AND forwards.