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Case timelines

Does anyone have recommendations for a slick way to capture timelines of case facts in complex cases? I've seen references to apps, downloadable forms formatted for use with off-the-shelf software like MS Office programs, and software (SASS) suggested for this function, so I'd appreciate user insights if you've tried anything beyond a Word or Excel document. I'm in a PC/Windows environment.

Mod. - The most recent post I see asking this question is from 2013, so I started a new discussion.


  • samgloversamglover Minneapolis, MN Admin

    It's been a while since I reviewed Ntrepid Timestream, but I really liked it when I did.

  • I've started playing with/testing Casefleet's Timelines product and so far I am liking it quite a bit. It's extremely barebones/simple, but we're finding it extremely useful in the two or three test cases we've been using it with so far. Our free trial is ending soon, and I think we're going to make the decision to fully adopt it.

  • RebicklawRebicklaw Toronto, Ontario

    I use Aeon Timeline 2, which was originally intended for novelists. Populating an Aeon timeline is part of my workflow with every matter, and in my experience it works great for this discrete purpose. (There's a "law" template included with the most recent release of the software, but I don't find it helpful and still use the regular template.) It's a very fast, simple and lightweight program that just does this one thing.

    I've used Timestream for this purpose and it's cool, but it seemed (for me, practicing criminal) to be a lot more software than I needed. The big difference between Timestream and similar programs I've used is Timestream's ability to contain reference documents for each "event". But it isn't functional enough to serve as a document-management hub all on its own, so loading it up with reference documents and cross-reference material seemed to involve a lot of duplication. It also doesn't receive date/time data as easily as you'd hope, in my recollection. If you wanted a dynamic timeline to use for demonstrative purposes in litigation, and you or a junior had the time to load it up with all the data you need to get the most out of it, it would be pretty great.

    Also, Aeon is really cheap and Timestream, which seems to be aimed at government and academic users, is really not. But they both have free demos, I think.

  • You can try TimeMap (LexisNexis) too.
    There is full featured free trial for 30 days.

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