A-Z| Aeon Timeline

The A post for #26Tech A-Z Challenge will preview Aeon Timeline, a timeline tool for both Mac OS and Windows PC desktops, with the added bonus of being compatible with Scrivener.

Aeon Timeline

Aeon Timeline, by Scribble Code, costs around $40, and is available through the Mac App store, or directly from the website.

Originally created for Mac Users, the software is now on Windows also, with a free trial available for both platforms.

The app has some interesting and flexible timeline calendar options and allows contextual analysis between events and characters in a fiction work.

There is synchronisation capability between Aeon Timeline data and Scrivener 2. (Note that Scrivener 2 is only on Mac at the moment – Windows users still await an update to this version).

As such there are some familiar functions within AT that Scrivener users will recognise – such as the Inspector view for elements. Other functions include filter options, multiple arcs and entities that take a bit of a learning curve to make useful.

I trialled Aeon Timeline for Windows during NaNoWriMo in 2013, with an offered discount on the software for NaNo winners. I personally found it complicated to understand, and don’t particularly like the long events on timelines; but without the ability to get full use of it through to my Scrivener projects, can not provide a verdict.

aeon timeline iconWhat I will say is that writers are crying out for a feature-rich timeline function, and Aeon Timeline is certainly worth trialling and shows promise in fulfilling this need.

Website: Aeon Timeline.


A2Z-BADGE-0002014#26Tech Logo#26Tech: This was the A post for my A to Z challenge, where this blog will be posting 26 days worth of Tech posts relevant to writers and creatives.

You will find the other posts under tag: #26Tech or an index post will be provided on May 1st.

A to Z: in April you will find other bloggers providing A to Z posts on many topics, through the 2014 Blogging from A to Z Challenge.

3 thoughts on “A-Z| Aeon Timeline

  1. I don’t use Scrivener so I’m not bothered by it’s compatibility, but I quite like Aeon’s ability to alter the year length down to days of the week. That feature alone really helped iron out the kinks in my epic.

    1. Epic wise, You’ve brought up an area that would probably be really helpful. My stories take place over only a few days or a couple of months at most (as thrillers tend to do) so my use of Aeon Timeline got huge, with multiple events scrolling across in large text blocks on a single day. Then a huge jump backwards for backstory of birth dates and life events. Despite my own dislike of the UI, Aeon is the only real timeline software available for writers outside of tabular type functions in some full writer’s apps.

      As a Windows user, I also don’t have the comaptibility with Scrivener, so can’t really comment how useful that might be. I intend giving Aeon a better look at a later date, because I’m sure there are features I’ve not scratched.

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