9 feature-rich software to create interactive timelines on PC

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Creating timelines is an effective way to schematize events. It also helps students to better understand the evolution of events. Generating timelines using a digital tool let you create interactive or animated timelines.

Digital tools also allow you to select different levels of knowledge and move from essential concepts to advanced content.

In this post, we’ll list some of the best tools available online to create interactive timelines. Enjoy!

What are the best timeline creation software for PCs?

Adobe Spark (recommended)

Adobe Spark timeline software

Adobe Spark is an open-source tool through which anyone can build interactive timelines rich in multimedia content. It is possible to create stories in a simple and interactive way by using the professional timeline designs from Adobe Spark where you can add photos and icons. This is a tool designed for users without any programming skills, so you can use ready-made templates to fasten the process of creation or you can customize your own work.

Adobe Spark offers a wide range of images, schemes, ideas of fonts, and different text layouts, so you can create outstanding timelines in no time. Moreover, you can visualize all the changes in real-time.

Besides creating stories in your timeline you have to know that Adobe Spark has a lot more catchy tools. So you can create a post for social media, and all you have to do is only to select a photo, a text and use a filter. As well you can bring more creativity to your web page, as Adobe Spark created web stories to catch the attention of the readers.

It is possible to use this application wherever you are, so you can install the app on your mobile device as well.

It definitely convinced us that it is a great option for creating effortless, fast, and impactful works, especially when it comes to timeline designing.

Tiki-Toki

tiki-toki software

Tiki – Toki is web-based software for creating interactive timelines that you can share on the internet.

Tiki-Toki key features include:

  • Track a visually appealing chronology.
  • Add video clips, images, audio, hyperlinks, and embed multimedia and text files within the timeline.
  • Customize the graphic appearance by changing the background image, layout, time duration, and color scheme via the “Settings” tab.

Go to the Admin menu the event line  and you can edit the title, description, the start and end date, background images, and more.

After creating the timeline, you can add the events from the Stories menu. First you put the title, the date, and, if you want, the link to another site.

From the Media menu you can add one or more own photos or photos uploaded to Flickr or even Youtube videos. In the Extras menu you can write a text as long as you want.

If you want to classify events, you will need to add new categories before associating them with specific events.

The final result is a beautiful web page with a sliding timeline with the mouse and a calendar at the bottom.

You can share all the timelines via an email link, printed and saved in PDF format. In class, students can use interactive Tiki-Toki timelines to identify patterns, the link between past and current historical events, collaborate on a timeline to show different perspectives of a topic, or tell their stories.

Multimedia is assured thanks to compatibility with most audio and video formats.

How much it costs? Once registered, you create a timeline, which you cannot embed on your site. There are then several paid packages; some of them are special for school / educational projects.

Who uses it: Tiki Toki today is one of the leading platforms for creating timelines. Journalists of major newspapers use it as well as freelancers and teachers.

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Time Toast

Time Toast timeline

Time Toast helps users to create online timelines for teaching purposes.

After registering for free, simply enter the dates and information that interest you. You can add any written comments or images and then view the whole classic style timeline or chronological list.

Once you’ve finished, you can share the whole story via email or incorporate the timeline into your projects using an embed code.

You can easily switch from the “timeline” view to the “event list” where in addition to the miniature image, you will find the exact chronological indications and a description (more or less detailed).

We recommend this tool for those who prefer to stay more on the simple side of things.

Preceden

preceden software

Preceden is a creator of interactive timelines. You can sign up and create as many public timelines as you want.

The UI is very intuitive and is web-based. This means that you really don’t have to download any software on your computer. Simply create a user account and you can start creating your timelines directly in your browser. There are many export options available allowing you to share your timelines with your friends or embed them into external projects.

Preceden is one of the fastest timeline building tools out there. So, if you’re looking for a tool to generate timelines in under 5 minutes, this is the right solution for you.

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Frize Chrono

Frize Chrono timeline

Frize Chrono is a tool that allows you to create timelines on ancient and contemporary history (manages AC and DC periods), on an hourly basis (with dates specified in hours and minutes) and for geological eras.

It also offers an “event library” with over 2000 items including historical events and birth and death dates of celebrities. You can also add those to your own customized time line.

Just one thing before you decide to download it: the platform is in French.

You can export the timelines in various formats and can be viewed and animated even in 3D version.

Dipity

Dipity timeline

Dipity is a website where you can create timelines of events arranged chronologically (maximum three events for a free account).

To register with Dipity, you can log in using Facebook or create a new account.

After using the request to invite other people to use the site, you can begin to create this timeline by selecting one of the proposed news events.

From the Dashboard, via the link at the top right, you can make a new timeline. You can choose from the countless possibilities, connecting Dipity to an external service.

In that case, you will make the news timeline of a site via RSS feeds. You could also create a timeline of YouTube videos, Flickr photos, your own blog, events described in Google News, Twitter, or music services like Last.fm.

If you wish, you can even make a new sequence of custom events manually, without binding them to other resources.

Unfortunately, Dipity has a limit of 5,000 views per month (if embedded in another site) and 50MB of space to upload photos.

Conclusion

Nowadays, you have the possibility to create very simple and beautiful timelines that can also be interactive. Many software allows you to insert images, audio files, and videos in your timeline. This offers added value to your interdisciplinary projects.

Did we miss any timeline software? Let us know in the comments below.

Timeline Software FAQ:

  • How do I make an interactive timeline?

You have to create an Event in Adobe Spark, by clicking Layout link, then Resize panel. You have to choose the size of the timeline, but usually, it is Landscape. Afterward, select the Design and you are free to create. In the end you can download, print, or share your work.

  • Can you make a timeline in Excel?

Yes. You have to click Insert > Smart Art > Illustrations. After that, you will have to click on the Process tab, from the left panel and choose one of the timeline illustrations by double-clicking. You will see the timeline on the sheet.

  • What is the best Microsoft program to create a timeline?

The best option for creating a timeline from Microsoft Office is Microsoft Word. So you can select a template of a timeline by going to SmartArt panel, and then you can customize it, by adding different shapes, colors and fonts.

Editor's Note: This article was originally published in January 2019 and was revamped and updated in October 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.