What's Changed in Office Timeline

Thanks to valuable customer feedback and after months of hard work from our development team, we are excited to announce that Office Timeline has undergone a major redesign. The latest version of the add-in (3.14.00) comes with an improved interface and new features to help professionals create and customize timelines faster, smarter, and with greater control over their work.

Here’s what’s new in Office Timeline:

          Simplified the Office Timeline ribbon

The first major change users will notice after downloading the latest version of the add-in is that the Office Timeline ribbon has been simplified dramatically. In the past, the ribbon featured a variety of functions and customization options, as seen below:

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In the latest version of the add-in, you will see that many of those options have been removed to reduce crowding:

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However, they have not disappeared. Preceding versions of Office Timeline featured the Style Wizard on the ribbon. Now all Style Wizard functionality has now been moved into the new Style Pane, which enables faster timeline customization and provides simpler user experience.

          3-Step Timeline Creation

Before the latest update, users would build new timelines in 4 simple steps, using the Timeline Creation Wizard.

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The new version introduces even faster, 3-step timeline creation, removing the Style page from the Wizard and transferring its functionality to the Style pane.

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          The Style Pane

The Style Pane enables professionals to fully customize any item on a timeline in one single place, with just a few clicks.

  • 1. First, make sure the Style Pane button is activated.
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  • 2. To start customizing your timeline, simply click on a milestone, task, title or any other object you wish to style, and all customization options will appear in the Style Pane on the right.
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          Changes in Styling Options

The latest version of Office Timeline also comes with new styling features and functionality improvements, including:

  • 1. Task shape outline

Now, users can not only tweak task colors, sizes and spacing, but also add outlines to emphasize important tasks. To do so, simply select a task bar, click Outline, and choose the desired width and color.

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  • 2. Task % complete highlight options

Another new styling option brought by the latest update is the ability to highlight the percent complete indicator in any color, allowing users to add even more variety to their timelines:

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  • 3. Apply to all

By default, the Style Pane customizes individual timeline objects. If users wish to apply the same styling options to all similar objects on the timeline, they can do so in an instant by clicking Apply to all.

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It is important to note, however, that the function will impact all variables in the same styling group. For instance, when changing a task’s size and hitting Apply to all, the function will apply not only to the size of the selected item but to all the other tasks affecting their spacing, shape and color as well.

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The development team is constantly working to enhance Office Timeline and improve user experience. While the current release comes with many exciting changes, it is only the beginning: more updates will be coming soon and will bring even more enhancements, from improved Apply to all functionality to multi-select customization. Meanwhile, we are eager to hear your thoughts on the latest developments.

About Office Timeline Plus

Professionals spend a lot of time creating timelines, Gantt charts and other visuals to communicate their data more effectively at important meetings. Office Timeline makes the process faster and simpler, allowing users to:

  • work right inside PowerPoint, providing an easy, familiar and seamless experience
  • create simple, elegant visuals that are easy for audiences to understand and remember
  • instantly update timelines when their milestone or task data changes
  • scale from years and decades down to hours and minutes
  • easily print and share the PowerPoint timelines for improved collaboration.

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George Lucas Timeline

May 14, 2017, marks the 73rd birthday of George Lucas, one of the most successful film directors, producers and writers in Hollywood history. Born in 1944 in Modesto, California, and raised on a walnut ranch in an ordinary suburban family, Lucas would grow up to become a world-renowned filmmaker “responsible” for the legendary Star Wars saga, as well as the writer behind the adventures of Indiana Jones. To celebrate the filmmaker’s birthday, we have created a timeline of his life and career.

LinkedIn Evolution Timeline

The George Lucas Timeline illustrates major events and milestones in the director’s personal and professional life, including his first feature film (TXX 1138), his two marriages, the release of the Star Wars movies, and the birth of his youngest daughter. What many probably don’t know is that 1962 marks the year that may have completely changed the course of Lucas’ life and led him towards what he is today. In his late teen years, young George was planning to become a racecar driver. On June 12, 1962, just after his high school graduation, Lucas suffered a terrible car crash that nearly took his life – that accident determined him to permanently give up his dream and reevaluate his life, which ultimately led to him enrolling in the University of Southern California film school.

The George Lucas chronology was created in PowerPoint using the Office Timeline add-in and may be copied, modified and distributed free of charge. The free edition of the add-in is fully functional and can be used to make quick changes to the graphic. To quickly build professional timelines and Gantt charts from scratch, we recommend using the Plus version of the tool, which brings more powerful features and advanced customization options.

Download the George Lucas Timeline PowerPoint slide here.



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LinkedIn Evolution Timeline

May 5, 2017, marks the 14th birthday of one of the largest and best-known companies in Silicon Valley. It’s been more than a decade since LinkedIn was built as a business-oriented social network. Now, it has grown into a massively successful public company that generates billions of dollars in revenue and boasts more than 500 million members. Founded by Reid Hoffman and launched on May 5, 2003 – date dubbed by the founder and his team as Cinco de LinkedIn – the social network has played a big role in bringing together professionals worldwide and has even changed the way we find jobs, collaborators, or potential employees. To celebrate the network’s anniversary, let’s take a look back and see how it all started.

LinkedIn Evolution Timeline

The LinkedIn History Timeline marks some of the major events in the evolution of the popular network, from the time it was founded, the day it was launched officially, and its first month of profitability, to its acquisition by Microsoft and its 500M member milestone. The graphic also includes important product features released throughout the years, such as Groups - seen even today as one of the best ways to network on LinkedIn - or the popular "Who’s viewed your profile" feature.

The image was created in PowerPoint using the Office Timeline add-in and may be copied, modified and distributed free of charge. To make quick edits to the graphic, we recommend using Office Timeline Free Edition. The Plus version of the tool can be of great help to users requiring more advanced customization options and is ideal for building professional visuals and business presentations.

Download the LinkedIn History Timeline PowerPoint slide here.



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Samsung Galaxy S Series Timeline

Released on April 21 in the US and hitting the shelves worldwide starting April 28, the brand-new Samsung Galaxy S8 is already getting praises. With record-breaking pre-order sales and positive critical reception, the S8 appears to be a home run. However, there are a number of issues cropping up as well, such as red-tinted screens, problems with the Device Quality Agent, and iris scanner fails – thankfully, no exploding batteries yet.

Samsung Galaxy S Series Timeline

Time will tell whether the new Galaxy phone will be a smash hit or face the same fate as the fiery Note 7. Meanwhile, we will let the future worry about itself, while we take a look back at the past and scan the Galaxy S series’ evolution throughout the years.

The Samsung Galaxy S Timeline is a chronological round-up of all major releases in the company’s flagship smartphone line, from the very first model, launched in 2010, to the fresh-out-of-the-oven S8. Samsung Galaxy S was a monster for its time, but it was not perfect by any means. The S2, the thinnest phone in the world at the time of its release, was the first in the series to cause a big splash in the mobile industry.

The Samsung Galaxy S chronology was built in PowerPoint using Office Timeline, an add-in that helps users create and share beautiful timelines and Gantt charts in a matter of minutes. The Free Edition is a light but fully functional timeline maker recommended for personal or academic use, while the Plus Edition introduces more customization options and advanced features, ideal for professional presentations and reports.

The image can be copied, modified, and distributed for private or public use. To edit or update the graphic, download the Samsung Galaxy S Timeline PowerPoint Slide here.



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Microsoft Windows Timeline

Since its first release in 1985, Microsoft’s Windows operating system has seen numerous adjustments and quite a few major transformations. Now, over three decades later, the OS looks very different, but still somehow familiar, with staple features that have survived throughout the years, increased computing power, and – more recently – a shift from the mouse and keyboard to the touchscreen. Let’s take a brief look into the history of the world’s most ubiquitous operating system, from its birth to the latest arrivals on the market.

Microsoft Windows Timeline

The Microsoft Windows Timeline illustrates some of the most important releases in the history of the OS, from version 1.0, Windows 95 and the first mobile versions, to Windows 10 and Server 2016. As an interesting fact, Windows 1.0, Microsoft’s first graphical user interface, was received poorly by critics because they considered it too mouse-focused (the mouse was relatively new at the time). It was Windows 95, released a decade later, that truly managed to cement the company’s dominance in the computer industry.

The Windows chronology was created using Office Timeline, a PowerPoint add-in that helps users build impressive timelines, schedules and charts fast and easily. The free edition of the add-in can be used to quickly build and edit visuals for personal reference or academic presentations, while the Plus version comes with more sophisticated features and customization options, ideal for professional and business communications.

The illustration is free to copy, reproduce or distribute for private or public use. To edit or update the graphic, download the Microsoft Windows Timeline PowerPoint slide here.



Quickly turn project data into professional timelines

Build stunning, uncomplicated timelines and Gantt charts that are easy to make and simple to communicate. Get the advanced features of Office Timeline Plus free for 14 days.

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