My first review will be xTimeline. It didn’t get a great rating from us at IT Babble, but hey not everyone can be a rockstar. It’s not a terrible program by any means, but to get all the details you are going to have to read on past the break to find out why we at IT Babble gave it a one out of four DTs.
Let’s start from the beginning shall we. Signing up is super simple and straightforward. You need an email address, so if your students are too young for email this already crosses this one out as an option. If your students have an email then off you go.
There is no verification email or anything. xTimeline just logs you in and you are ready for to start chronicling history.
There is an easy to find button that says Create a timeline. Click that and it asks for the basic info: title, url (which xTimeline can generate for you), language, category, etc. it is all pretty simple. Check out the picture below to get a good sense of what you’re in store for.
Now, that the basics are out of the way, let’s start creating this timeline. I made one about Omar’s imaginary life. I mean no mere mortal can live for nearly 200 years. When adding events it is very simple, which we like here at IT Babble. You simply click Add Event from the menu right above the timeline.
You have the option to print, but guess what, you don’t get the dates on the print out. You have a very nice list of the events, but the all important dates are not there. I am not sure why this is, or if I missed a step, but I went through it a few times and could not get the dates to print. Kind of silly really.
Also, there are ads all over the site. It can be a small distraction (as ads are meant to do) and it just kind of looks a little unprofessional. I understand the site is free to use and this is where money is generated to pay the hard work that people are doing, but the other sites are also free and do not have ads.
Check out my timeline by following the link below:
Overall xTimeline is easy to use, has some nice features like multiple people working on the same project, but the end product has a lot to be desired. The other choices look much nicer, work much better, and are just better. Those reviews are a coming. In short, unless you need more than one person contributing to a timeline you have four much better choices out there.
On its own I would give this a rating of two DT’s, but since we’re comparing it to four others, I’m giving it just one.