Posted on Thursday, January 10, 2013 10:52 AM
I'm notoriously bad about dates, so I did not mind paying $19.95 for this computer app from the Apple Store. Here's the full description of how its developer describes the program:
And here's how I used it. I started by filling in the important dates during and leading up to the Civil War. Then I added my characters actions, so that their dates made sense of what was going on in the world around them. Here's just one section of the resulting chart:
You can vary all sorts of things, like the colors. Dates adjust to the number of events you enter. When I started this particular timeline, the year hatches were only about a quarter of an inch apart. You can also print out the events on a spreadsheet that transfers seamlessly to Excel. This gave me a chart of exactly the details I needed to keep tract of.
As the list above points out, you can add pictures, videos, maps, etc. to any event, but I haven't needed to do that. As with any software program, the trick is to get maximum usefulness out of it without being distracted by extra bells and whistles. This one calls itself an "Easy Timeline" and that's exactly what it provides.