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Whenintime

Basic Digital Timeline Builder


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Published 11/11/2011 and rated Ratingstars2 2 out of 5 stars
by AppAppeal Editor
What can you use the app for?

WhenInTime.com allows users to construct digital timelines that are easy to read and contain as many important events and dates as they like. The timeline can be marked in years, which appear across the bottom of the image. The actual content varies from plain text to images. The user can mouse over each timeline entry to see a pop up box that contains more information as well as the source link. Timelines slide left and right so users can explore a wide time period. The site also maintains a list of timelines created by users. These can be browsed by category. Categories include music artists, conflicts, families, commons, movie stars, astronauts, astronomy and movie directors. A list of featured timelines is also presented on the WhenInTime homepage.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

WhenInTime was created to give internet users a quick, easy way to put together an effective timeline. The service works relatively well, although it is severely lacking in some areas. The current version is rather Spartan in terms of features and conveniences. The user is not given a significant amount of creative freedom when designing their timeline. Currently, many users visit WhenInTime to create basic timelines (often about celebrities and other entertainment-related subjects) however it still has a long way to go to enter the realm of professional use.

What are the differences to other apps?

WhenInTime is a watered down timeline creator. Its main difference is its glaring lack of features and design options. Users who would like to customize their timeline and build something worthy of a professional presentation would most likely look elsewhere. The application can work well for anyone who is building a simple timeline for personal use however professionals and companies would do better to look elsewhere.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

The application meets the needs of the user and doesn’t go much further than that. The design is simple, which also means it is easy to read and understand. The timelines slide left and right smoothly using arrow buttons or by clicking and dragging. That being said there is little to savor in terms of visual appearance. The site manages to fall short of professional while the user’s timeline is pushed into a single mold that is used for each timeline created by the application.

How does the registration process work?

A new user can create a WhenInTime account by clicking the white “Sign Up” link in the upper, right hand corner of the homepage. Doing so directs the user to the registration form. The form asks for a username, email address and password. After submitting the form, the user is automatically logged into the site and can begin building a timeline or browsing existing timelines.

What does it cost to use the application?

Every visitor can create a WhenInTime account for free. There are no subscription fees required and no purchases necessary to start using the application. The user is welcome to make as many timelines as they like. The site does not currently offer any premium paid memberships or al la carte features. There would need to be significant improvements made if the application was to ever start charging for the services it offers. The current version is priced right where it should be based on the number of features and functions it includes.

Who would you recommend the application to?

WhenInTime.com is a decent timeline creator application that is best suited to casual use. Users who would like to build a fun timeline based on their favorite celebrity or hobby can do so quickly and easily. The free access encourages users to return and share their timelines with others. Although users won’t find any unique timeline templates or impressive features, they will find a basic timeline builder that works for just about any topic. There are better online timeline builders available.

  • All users can create an account and build timelines for free
  • Images can be added to timelines as well as text
  • Mousing over each timeline entry reveals more information and the source URL
  • Users can comment on and discuss individual timelines
  • Timelines can be embedded into websites and blogs


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