Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Timetoast takes a turn at timelines

I came across another time line tool today. My first thought was "really, another time line?" Then I thought, "surely they must know there are some good time lines out there..." This was followed quickly by "then they must think they have something unique...". Luckily, I keep a stash of artifacts and data about several ancestors so I can check this stuff out really fast. So I quickly made the time line below.

As with all time lines I've seen, it doesn't deal well with fuzzy dates that are common in genealogy (abt. 1850, etc.). I was also a let down to see that they didn't have a way to zoom or otherwise manipulate artifacts. Many genealogical artifacts are boring thumbnail-style and really require a lot of zoom to read. Aside from that, this was really fast and in about 10 minutes I had created a time line, shared it on my facebook profile, and embedded it in my blog. Nice work Timetoast.

2 comments:

Crwth said...

What other timeline systems would you recommend? The only other one I've given any attention to is Simile, which apart from some browser-compatibility annoyances, wasn't too bad.

Shasta said...

I hadn't looked at timelines before in that way with pictures, etc. I guess I am behind the times! You can zoom in by clicking on the event itself, which is nice.