Creating your first timeline

Follow these steps to create your first timeline:
Choose a starting template:

Choose from a number of pre-configured standard templates as a starting point for your new timeline. Don’t panic, you can edit your chosen template any time!

Create your first events:

To create an event in your timeline, you can do any of the following to bring up the Add Event Dialog:

  • Click on the Add Event icon in the toolbar AddEvent
  • Choose Add Event from the Timeline menu.
  • Double click on the date you want to place your event.

Enter a title, select a color, and modify the date and duration as required. You can ignore the other fields for the moment. When you have entered all of the information, click Add Event at the bottom of the dialog.

All of these values can be changed later in the Inspector on the right-hand side of the screen, and you can move existing events by dragging them around the timeline.

Add entities and relationships:

To add your first entity to your timeline, click on the Add Entity toolbar icon and select a type (e.g. Person). This will bring up the Add Entity Dialog. Enter a name for your new entity and click OK.

Once you have added an entity, you will be able to associate it with events via the Roles tab in the Inspector:

  1. Click on an event to select it.
  2. In the Inspector, click on the Roles tab.
  3. Create a relationship between the selected event and your entity by either clicking on the green + icon, or choosing the entity from the dropdown menu, depending on the role

If you want Aeon Timeline to calculate a person’s age for you, give them a birth date or birth event when creating the entity, or add it later by clicking on the Manage Entities toolbar icon.

Divide events into groups:

Now that you have events associated with entities, you can use those relationships to divide your timeline display into multiple groups.

Click on the Group bytoolbar icon and select a type you wish to group by (e.g. Person). In your timeline view, you will have a separate group for each entity, and events will be divided according to the relationships you have created.

Note that events may appear in multiple groups if they have relationships with multiple entities (e.g. if two different people are associated with an event). An additional group is added at the bottom to hold any events that are associated with none of the groups (e.g. an event that has no people allocated to it yet).

Where to next?

The basics we have covered here are often enough for new users to get started using Aeon Timeline. For some users with small and simple timelines, this may be all they ever need.

There are a lot of advanced features within Aeon Timeline that you may want to explore down the track, but it is often best to let it evolve naturally – wait until you feel like your timeline is getting too complex or cluttered, or you feel like you need a particular feature, before you seek it out.

A few areas you may want to review as your timeline develops are:

  • Navigation options to help you move around and find content within your timeline as it grows 
  • Look at Timeline Settings to edit the timeline template 
  • Look at Display Settings to change the appearance of the timeline Event dependencies, if you want to tie event dates together 
  • Nested events, if you want to be able to show or hide more detailed timeline events as you change zoom. 
  • Filters, if you want to be able to focus on a subset of your overall timeline Importing, exporting, and 
  • Scrivener and Ulysses syncing, if you want to exchange timeline data with other applications

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