I love Scrivener’s tools for visualizing the structure of a story in terms of chapters and scenes. However, an equally useful way to understand a story is in terms of chronology in actual time. For complex stories with multiple narrative threads, I still find myself sketching out timelines using various other tools.

With that said, I’d like to throw out the idea of integrating timeline support into Scrivener. Every document could have a timestamp or a time range in its metadata. In addition to the scrivenings/corkboard/outliner views, there could be a fourth view for timelines that would lay out notecards in a calendar view. Multiple timelines could appear in parallel, filtered by tags, labels, etc. This would allow users to visualize how multiple narrative threads interact in time.

Just an idea!

Check out Aeon Timeline; it was developed with Keith’s cooperation, and makes use of the Mac’s Custom Meta-Data fields to sync a Scrivener project with the timeline.

I’ll check it out, thank you!