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    Adam is the founder of BEEDOCS, an artisan software company that makes great timeline software for Mac OS X.

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NY Times - Barack Obama Interactive Timeline

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Thank you for all of your valuable comments and insight regarding the BBC Timeline I posted a few days ago. In that same spirit, I'd like to point out the following from the NY Times website and gather your thoughts:

Barack Obama Timeline

Please give it a spin and let me know what you think. Do you think it is intuitive to navigate? Does it present the information clearly? Would the information you are presenting work well in a format like this?

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3 Comments:

Blogger KarenApril 02, 2008 11:59 AM

Hi Adam,

I like the BBC Timeline for situations with a lot of information, and it looks a bit more "glitzy". However, for a smaller timeline, the NY Times approach works well (although I do think it is confusing when a number of events come close together).

Karen

Blogger marieboyerApril 03, 2008 2:56 AM

Took me a minute to get oriented. Did not like that I had to put my mouse exactly on the narrow line to get the interactivity. Very difficult even with dexterity.

I would like to see a more compact, whole, visual presentation (that is, I would like to see the info in one timeline that can be made larger as I move the mouse within the particular time of interest).
Maybe use a tiny format, and as your mouse moves over the tiny graphic, the graphic gets larger and you can decide if you want to click and watch the video or read in more detail.

With this, you are moving around somewhat blindly.

I would not use a Timeline like this, as I use BeeDocs timelines for in-court presentations. They need to fit on one page (at most 2) and be completely accessible on sight.

Blogger tristangreatrexApril 03, 2008 7:10 AM

The BBC timeline was so much better, in terms of navigation. I felt that the NY Times was tricky and agree with Karen.

A BeeDocs timeline for the web would be so great at the moment though.

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