Many of you have asked for this feature. Now, you’re able to print your timelines, and bring it with you to show your friends, classmates, or colleagues.

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Thanks for your suggestions, and keep them coming.

Have fun sharing your timelines!

The xtimeline team

We are excited to announce a new version of our timeline widget and website!

Here are the highlights:

1) A new and improved timeline widget

• Enhanced performance – The timeline widget loads up much faster, and can handle large numbers of events.

• Improved embedding – It’s now easier to embed the timeline widget on your blog, social networking profile, or website. Customize the size of the widget, and then copy the embed code to start sharing timelines that you like or have created.

• Different timeline view – You can view our timeline in the traditional View or in a new “card” format. The “card” view shows the picture and allows you to view the timeline as a continuous series of events.

2) Easier to collaborate

• Public Editing Option – Now you have the option to make your timelines publicly editable. This means you can allow all xtimeline users to contribute events and edit your timelines. With the easy wiki-like edit history feature, you can roll back to previous versions as desired.

3) Easier to discover new timelines

• Site Redesign – We have been reorganizing the site since January, and we think the new layout will make it easier for you to find interesting timelines. We’ve made our Explore page the main page to find new timelines — you can now sort by category, language, views, and time and more. We’ve also simplified our home page to make it clearer.

We’re really excited about the new website, and we hope it is getting easier to create and explore timelines. We’re always working on further improvements, so let us know what you think of this new release.

And please help us spread the word about xtimeline!

The xtimeline team

Some of our recent favorite timelines:

The History of Oil
The TV Series “Lost”
The History of the Bra

We spent a long time trying to figure out how to allow users to create timelines collaboratively. We found that the initial Friends feature did not have granular enough controls. The result is our new Group feature that we hope will make it easier to:

1) Work together on creating timelines
2) Find other users who share your interests

We greatly admire open editing platforms like wikipedia.org, and we wanted to create an editing system that would be flexible and also allow users the freedom to manage their own groups.

So what can you do in Groups?

Anyone can create a group. As a group creator, you’ll have administrator rights over all the timelines in the group, and the ability to appoint other members to be moderators. You will be able to set the editing settings for the group as a whole. You can allow other group members the right to modify all events (full cooperation), or only modify events they have created (limited cooperation).

You can create timelines specifically for a group, or you can submit timelines you have already created to a group.

Join the current groups or create your own!

We’ve created some groups and gotten some users to submit their timelines.

Web 2.0 Timeliners – timelines about internet companies, web 2.0 phenomenons
Military Historians – timelines about wars (iraq, ww2, etc.)
Celebrity Lives – timelines about famous people
xtimeline gamers – timelines about games, game histories

We hope the new Groups functionality will make it easier for everyone to collaborate on timelines. We know it takes work to create a good timeline, so why not let others work with you on one, and make it an educational and social process all in one.

Let us know what you think of the new feature. We’re always looking to get more feedback from you.

The xtimeline team

Final note: we’re still working on the new timeline widget that we’ve told you about. It’s taking longer than we’d hoped, but we’re trying to get it to you soon. Stay tuned!

It’s been a little while since our last release, but that’s because we’ve been working hard on improving xtimeline. For those of you following the site, here is a summary of our latest changes.

Language Support
We’ve created the structure for xtimeline to support multiple languages, and we’ve started by offering Chinese. We’ll be looking for help soon on translating the site into other languages. In addition to other languages, we’ll also be adding in filters to allow you to search for timelines by language. Please send us some feedback if you’re interested in helping out!

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Export to CSV and XML

We added RSS and CSV import a few weeks ago, and now we’ve added the ability to export to XML and CSV files. This gives timeline creators the ability to download their data. This function is located on the edit page.

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We hope this function is helpful for anybody who wants to use their data on other sites, or would like to have a local copy of their timeline.

We’re also planning to give users the ability to make their timelines downloadable by the public. The timeline creator will be able to set this in the timeline’s preferences. We’ll let you know when this is ready!

Other improvements:
* No longer need to specify day or month

Here’s a preview of changes to come:
* Groups and group editing – We’re working on creating groups that would make it easier to collaborate to build timelines.

* New timeline widget – We’re also working on a new design and algorithm to entirely change the way timelines are displayed and embedded. We think this will make xtimeline more attractive and useful.

* API – This might take us a bit longer, but don’t worry, we’re working on this.

Thanks again for all of your comments and please keep them coming! We really read everything that is sent to us. If we don’t respond to a suggestion — sometimes it’s because we’re already working on it, and planning to release it soon. Again, we’ll try our best to respond!

Lauren and Kevin

We’ve been reading the feedback, and we know many of you want an easier way to upload your data.

So, we’ve just added in a bulk upload option.

Once you create a timeline, you can use bulk upload to quickly populate the timeline with events. The bulk upload button is on the timeline edit page next to add event.

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The bulk upload uses a .csv (comma separated values) file, and you can download an example file here. Use this file as a base to start adding events by using a spreadsheet program like Microsoft Excel or Google Spreadsheets.

If you are not familiar with this function, we have more details in the help button next to the “Bulk Upload” button.

We’ll be adding in many more features soon, like RSS feeding. So say tuned, and please keep the feedback coming!

Thanks

Lauren and Kevin

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