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Posted by Dr Andus
Sep 4, 2014 at 11:15 AM


regarding timeline software, the following discussion may contain some further suggestions:



Posted by CRC
Sep 4, 2014 at 01:05 PM


>I want to create a timeline/eventline to help plot a novel which is not
>told in chronological order. I’m looking to create a purely
>chronological eventline, as well as an a-chronological ‘throughline’
>with the scenes in the order in which the story unfolds, correlated with
>parallel eventlines showing ‘who-knows-what-when’ for several
>characters. I may end up using paper and markers, but I’d like to find
>some software which would allow me to change things around freely
>without facing the tedium of constant redrawing.

I’d take a look at this: http://sourceforge.net/projects/ostorybook/

It was a commercial product but has gone open source. It appears to be designed for exactly what you want to accomplish.


Posted by drm vorlock
Sep 5, 2014 at 05:38 PM


My sincere thanks to Dr Andus, Hugh, and CRC for your spot-on suggestions. It made my day to learn that such software is available. I’ve already poured over the online info on oStorybook and Aeon Timeline. Both look exceedingly capable, even beyond what I was imagining, and I look forward exploring them hands on.

When I find an additional parcel of unconflicted time I’ll also minicrimp O4D. Beyond its event tracking function, I’ve become interested in the ‘reverse outlining’ usage Dr Andus has described. I chop text apart and rearrange it more than most I think, and I’d like to find a more efficient/pleasureable way to proceed than the typical cutting and pasting.


Posted by MadaboutDana
Sep 5, 2014 at 06:00 PM


Definitely worth exploring Gingko, then (gingkoapp.com). But I’d much prefer it if they’d finally produce a separate app. Whether this will happen now, I don’t know…


Posted by cicerosc
Aug 28, 2019 at 01:08 PM


I just read Dr. Andrus’ post here:  https://drandus.wordpress.com/tag/storyview/

How have I possibly missed this gem of an outliner??? 

It’s definitely aged but it looks like it is still one of the most powerful windows single-pane outliners availabe.

Is anyone still using it and know if it remains the best for this purpose?


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