Your characters remember their birthdays and when they faced all those conflicts you created. Your readers also remember and will spot any error or inconsistency in your story’s calendar of events. Aeon Timeline ($40 for Mac from Scribble Code) helps you plan and keep track of everything. A Windows version is in development to be released before November 2013.
Aeon Timeline handles anything from the tight plotting of a single evening in the mystery mansion to the vastness of a fantasy world over a millennia. If a science fiction world requires a calendar quite different from one of Earth’s, Aeon Timeline lets you invent your own time system. Its display is scalable, so you can see the broad sweep of history and the fine detail of hours and minutes.
The application was created by a writer when he started using the Scrivener authoring software and found that it had no timeline function. His timeline creation tool can be used in science, education and business, but he made it for writers.
Each event or scene is dropped onto the timeline and linked to detail and research files on your computer or to the web sites you searched. The area below your actual timeline contains a list of your important characters. Every event can be linked to multiple characters, allowing you to visually track each player’s arc.
Aeon Timeline is another reason to consider Scrivener because all events, details, and character arcs in the timeline are automatically integrated into Scrivener. Having used the timeline seamlessly with Scrivener in recent projects, my future stories will definitely be built using Aeon Timeline.