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The Apps

TimeStory lets you create any kind of graphical timeline, from project plans and product roadmaps to family stories and historical research. (See below for the kinds of things it's been used for.) Timeline authoring is designed to be fast, simple, visual, and direct. Despite its ease of use, it provides advanced features for styling, filtering, structuring, importing, exporting, and more.

There are Mac and iPad editions of TimeStory, sold separately. These share common code, can open and edit the same documents with full fidelity, and can work together via Handoff and iCloud Drive sync, but each one was designed and built specifically for its platform using native UI technologies.

The Author

TimeStory is built by Aaron Trickey, an independent developer and the owner of Casual Programmer, LLC. Its design, direction, and testing are in partnership with his wife Hemi. Aaron's background includes many years of programming on various platforms and a variety of development and leadership roles at a few different companies before going solo.

The Story

Over our careers in software and technology, we have often needed to create, present, and iterate on timelines for projects, products, and tasks. Sometimes we'd reach for a project management app, but those are often complex and cumbersome to use, especially for rough estimates and quick iteration, and often limited in formatting and layout choices. Other times, we'd manually lay out a timeline in a spreadsheet or drawing app, but these documents are hard to update, search, manage, and use as a timeline—the app just thinks it's a grid or a picture.

In 2019, we started designing TimeStory to fill this gap with a native Mac app. We wanted a free-form timelining tool which could support project and product planning, as well as historical and personal timelines. We always intended to bring a touch-first version of this app to iPad, and in 2024, we shipped 1.0 of TimeStory iPad Edition, with a redesigned, native interface, built on the same core timeline logic.

Who Uses It?

Here are a few of the customers who've shared their stories with us:

  • An independent designer planning and tracking projects
  • A family therapist helping clients map out personal histories
  • A team lead at a creative agency, managing their team's work
  • An architect coordinating the home planning and construction process
  • A parent capturing their family history to pass on
  • A startup cofounder presenting roadmaps to investors
  • A theater manager plotting out upcoming shows and coordinating all the preparation and marketing
First Release
Mac Edition: July 2, 2019
iPad Edition: March 20, 2024
Latest Version
Mac Edition: 3.7
iPad Edition: 1.3
Full release history
macOS Catalina (10.15.4) or newer; iPadOS 17 or newer
Mac Pricing
$49.99 US, up-front purchase, on the Mac App Store. Available in all territories at corresponding price tiers. Seven-day free trial available as a separate direct download.
iPad Pricing
Free download, supporting viewing and exporting timelines, available on the App Store. Within that download, unlock creating and editing timelines with a two-week free trial, a one-time in-app purchase ($49.99), or an annual subscription ($19.99); all IAPs unlock the same features. Available in all territories at corresponding price tiers.
TimeStory (either edition) collects no data or analytics, does no tracking, and makes no network connections (except indirectly, in the case of the iPad edition, to validate in-app purchases). Privacy policy here.
TimeStory (either edition) fully localizes all date formats and names to your region and language. Its user interface and documentation, however, are currently English-only.

Please email support@timestory.app for bug reports, feature requests, or any general input, or media@timestory.app for press or media inquiries.

Tech Stack
Mac Edition: AppKit + Swift
iPad Edition: SwiftUI + UIKit + Swift
Screenshots & Icons

Click on any screenshot to view a larger version. Need images for press coverage? Find download links below each image, or download everything in a single ZIP file.

All iPhone models ever released, and their dates of availability (Mac edition)
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All iPhone models ever released, and their dates of availability (iPad edition)
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A kitchen remodeling plan
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A hypothetical project plan evaluating, in parallel, a few alternatives (this example document is included in the app)
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A history of Martian exploration, showing one aspect of the Inspector sidebar (this example document is included in the app)
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The same Martian exploration timeline, with an event selected, showing both its Inspector contents and the Details pop-up
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The TimeStory app icon
The TimeStory app icon
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