15 Amazing Apps for Creating Timelines

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Timelines are a great way to create projects, keep teams in sync and lay out information in chronological order. They’re also particularly useful if you want to capture milestones and present data in a visually appealing way. All in all, timelines are incredibly versatile and can be used for in a myriad of ways.

If you’re looking for a good timeline app, the good news is that you are spoiled for choice! All you have to do is find the one that best fits your needs, your team or your organisation.

So, without further ado, here are the best timeline tools for your consideration!

1. Preceden

Free on desktop (paid plans also available)

Preceden is a web-based timeline maker that allows users to create stunning timelines in minutes. Its simple, user-friendly design makes it perfect for students and professionals alike.

Whichever way you choose to use it, the perks of this app are plenty! In fact, Preceden is the app of choice by industry moguls such as Netflix, Slack and NASA. Its customisable appearance allows users to create, group and organise events within a timeline without fuss, and you can share it via PDF, unique links or an embed.

2. Teamweek

Free on Android, iOS and desktop (paid plans also available)

Here’s another easy-to-use timeline software for the office.

Teamweek boasts many cool perks, including a Ghantt chart-like feature and a drag-and-drop format that will help you create visual project roadmaps.

Teamweek also allows you to access your timelines at any time, either through a browser or their mobile app. That way, you can easily monitor the progress of your projects without trouble.

3. Asana

Free on Android, iOS and desktop (paid plans also available)

Asana’s aesthetic visuals and simple interface are just a few of the features that make this app so great.

Its timeline allows users to collaborate, update tasks, arrange them by priority, identify any conflicting deadlines and keep everything automatically up to date. Plus, you can import files from other apps, connect with other useful tools and create custom rules so you can build the app to your needs.

4. Lucidchart

Free on Android, iOS and desktop (paid annual plan also available)

As an online diagram app, Lucidchart is great for timeline creation. It’s a highly versatile tool that lets you build attractive project roadmaps and combine flowcharts and timelines to visualise data better.

Plus, all this can be combined in a single viewer in order to make information more accessible. With over 500 templates to choose from, you’ll be able to get started in no time!

5. Office Timeline

Free on desktop

Office Timeline is an ideal option if you’re familiar with Microsoft PowerPoint, as it can be used either as an online tool or as aa PowerPoint plugin. You can easily create powerful visuals by selecting one of their templates, or you can create your own timeline from scratch.

Its completion percentage tracker can be particularly useful if you want to keep track of ongoing projects, and its online collaboration option is ideal for business teams of any size.

6. Aeon Timeline

$50 for a lifetime licence on iOS and desktop (free 20-day trial also available)

Although it was originally meant for novelists and writers, Aeon Timeline has evolved into an essential timeline tool for every user.

This intuitive app allows you to plan multiple projects at once, edit and update plans, and track your progress through automatic completion percentages. Plus, you can keep your images and external links along with notes and external research in a single location.

7. SmartDraw

$497 for single user / From $595 for 5+ users on desktop

SmartDraw is a diagram software that lets you create visual timelines, pie charts, Venn diagrams and line graphs.

Its timeline category is leaner than other apps, as you can’t insert detailed information for each event. Nonetheless, SmartDraw’s quick-start diagram templates and automatic formatting helps you set up your timelines in no time, which can also be easily inserted within other tools, including Microsoft Office, Trello and G Suite.

8. GanttPRO

From $5.90 per user per month on desktop (free 14-day trial also available)

Although its name gives it away, this online tool uses Gantt charts to create detailed timelines.

GanttPRO’s format is ideal for business teams in particular, as it allows you to coordinate your team and keep customers in the loop without hassle, making it perfect for team collaboration.

Plus, tasks, deadlines, comments and milestones can be easily added within your workspace while keeping everyone on the same page. Meanwhile, you can customise your timelines to your own liking and according to the specific project and team.

9. TikiToki

$49.99 per month on Android, iOS and desktop (limited free plan also available)

This web-based timeline creator allows you to develop stylish 3D and multimedia timelines. These can then be shared with your team and integrated within your website.

With TikiToki, you can create different categories for stories, add background images, embed videos from YouTube and Vimeo, and use custom colours. Its ‘group edit’ feature, meanwhile, is also worth mentioning as it makes this app a perfect fit for people who want to collaborate on different timelines.

10. Sutori

Free on desktop (paid plans also available)

Although Sutori is specially modelled for the education sector, its versatile design can be easily adapted for any kind of use. In fact, this web-based app is particularly useful if you want to map out media posts, newsletters, campaign updates and development plans.

Like most of the other apps, Sutori is a collaborative tool and is particularly useful for teams that need to edit timelines at the same time. Everything can be assembled in a single interface, and users can embed external sources and easily update all their content at any time.

11. Timetoast

Free on desktop (paid plans also available)

Timetoast makes timeline creation as simple as, well, making toast.

This interactive app focuses more on storytelling rather than planning, and it can be quite useful if you want to visualise milestones or key events. Timelines on TimeToast are highly customisable, and you can add your own images and colour scale to match your taste.

As for the final creation, it can be easily embedded within websites and shared on social media.

12. Visme

Free on desktop (paid plans also available)

As an online multipurpose tool, Visme is a useful asset for content creation.

You can create visually appealing timelines, personalise their content and collaborate with others if needed. Your timelines can then be integrated within presentations, slides or other documents, and they can also be shared across multiple platforms.

13. Float

$5 per user per month on Android, iOS and desktop (free 30-day trial also available)

Float is a great option for timeline creation. With it, you can schedule tasks, keep an eye on your workload, plan your ventures and track different timelines within one place.

Like many of the other apps on this list, you can access Float through a browser or your phone. That way, your plans can stay up to date no matter where you are.

14. RWT Timeline

Free on iOS and desktop

RWT Timeline is a much simpler option if you want to create a straightforward timeline.

This timeline creation tool allows you to arrange a sequence of events or processes on a line, and you can even add images, labels and text in order to make the final product visually appealing and informative. Once it’s ready, you can share it via email or add it within a report as a PDF document.

15. Timeline Maker Pro

From $149 for a lifetime licence on desktop (free 14-day trial also available)

If you’re familiar with Microsoft Office apps, using Timeline Maker Pro will be a piece of cake. Its spreadsheet-like interface allows you to import data from your existing Microsoft Project files and set up your timeline in just a few minutes. And with five timeline chart styles to choose from, you can model your timeline to your own preferences.

This offline app is particularly useful if you want to keep sensitive data on your local drive instead of the cloud.

There are many timeline apps to choose from, and finding the right one is essential. While they all have their own merits, you need to consider which of these options would be a better fit for your needs.

Undoubtedly, a good timeline software will transform your efficiency and change your process for the better. Whether that’s personal projects, business tasks or school assignments, the right tool will help you achieve great results!

Have you ever used any of these timeline apps? Which one was your favourite? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below!

 

This article is an updated version of an earlier article originally published on 5 May 2015.