Create a professional timeline in minutes.

Preceden is an easy-to-use timeline maker that helps you quickly create great looking timelines. With our intuitive web-based interface, numerous export options, and more, you'll be able to build and share your timeline in no time at all.

The timelines that Preceden helps me create are perfect for my managers and executives who only need to see a high level overview of tasks and milestones. Simple and intuitive, I love using this tool!
Allen Lai, Technical Program Manager, Box

Make a timeline for anything

You can use Preceden to create a project timeline to visualize important dates, deadlines, and milestones

Or to visualize an upcoming marketing campaign

Or even to create a biography for yourself or a famous historical figure

Everything you need to create the perfect timeline

A simple, easy-to-use interface

Most other timeline makers leave you scratching your head wondering where to click next. With Preceden, we've spent countless hours designing and redesigning the interface to make it as simple as possible while still giving you all the features you need to create the perfect timeline. In a survey of over 1,000 Preceden users, the top two words they used to describe how they use Preceden were easy and timeline and after trying Preceden, we think you'll see why.

Layers to organize your timeline

Layers allow you to keep your timeline organized by helping you group related events together. For example, in a project plan you might have one layer containing all events related to investor activity and another layer containing all events related to marketing and advertising. By grouping related events together in layers, your timeline will always remain clean and organized.

Effortless sharing

When you're ready to share your timeline, Preceden gives you a lot of options. You can...

  • Download your timeline as a printable PDF or as an image
  • Share your timeline with others using its URL
  • Embed your timeline in other websites
  • Export your timeline as a comma-separated value (CSV) file

Fully customize the appearance of your timeline so that it looks just right

Whether you want to display event dates directly on the timeline, change the font size, or show a vertical line representing today's date, Preceden provides many different ways to customize the appearance of your timeline to meet your needs.

Preceden is trusted by hundreds of thousands of people around the world for creating timelines

One of the greatest benefits of Preceden is when I use a timeline in a contract for a new client. By including a timeline that shows a detailed scope of work in the contract, I set the exact expectations that I’m going to fulfill, increasing client satisfaction with my consulting services. The tool is very intuitive and quick, so it contributes to a more efficient use of my time.
Josemaria "Chema" Mora, Owner, La Bodega de Chema

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I tested several timeline tools and chose Preceden because of its aesthetic and ease of use. Other tools were clunky and didn't really have the features that I needed such as layers. With Preceden, I was able to customize my timeline and create a timeline that I can insert in a presentation or have a beautiful printout to share.
Galina Madjaroff Rietz, Clinical Assistant Professor at University of Maryland

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The number one thing I love about Preceden is its ability to help me organize my cases. By the time I'm done going through the files and putting all of the milestones into a timeline, I know the case inside and out.
Greg Westfall, Attorney at Westfall Sellers

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Preceden lets us see an overview of what’s happening in sales, marketing, production, and R&D. By visualizing all of moving parts, Preceden helps us identify any gaps and plan accordingly.
Guillaume Fouquet, Marketing Manager, FullSave

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Preceden lets my two homeschooled kids create powerful study aids to help them gain a better understanding of history. Each kid keeps a running timeline of all the historical events they study throughout a school year--literally hundreds of them!
Christine Griese, Homeschooling mother of two

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I tried several other timeline makers and they were all very complicated. Preceden is extremely intuitive. There are a lot of project management tools out there but I didn’t need such a heavy solution for presenting our roadmap to the team.
Paul Geler, President, AHK Solutions

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I settled on Preceden as it is more about compiling information in multiple layers with a lot of capacity for text. I was not interested in a 'more show than go' product that looked like elementary students might use it. I am more interested in Preceden’s organizational features and storing lots and lots of notes. This is not a toy. Preceden is for serious scholarship.
Ed Vermue, Special Collections and Preservation Librarian, Oberlin College Library

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Preceden makes it easy to create multiple timelines to keep track of various aspects of my novels — from creating a single timeline for a character and plotting their life, to an entire fictional history I have created for my novel. Preceden is incredibly valuable for storing information about the places and people we are creating. It has helps us hold our fictional world together across both time and space.
Kate Freeman, Novelist

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No other timeline maker out there has been as easy to use to structure the schedules for our teams and paint a clear picture for executives. Preceden saves me time and helps improve communication across the board. I've been waiting for a tool like this for years!
Nick Maselli, Operations Lead, Comcast
Preceden makes it incredibly easy for me to keep track of important milestones in my business and personal life. I like to be able to quickly look up the dates of important past events and Preceden lets me do just that.
Juergen Heinrich, Owner, Bawang Merah Beachfront Restaurant

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My job requires me to maintain complete awareness of hundreds of current customer contracts and ensure that none fall through the cracks and expire unexpectedly. Preceden allows me to quickly and easily stay on top of every contract's expiration date in a very easy to read and customizable format. It saves me hours of time every month!
Rick Lombardi, Health Care Contracting Director, Johnson & Johnson
Preceden is perfect for my studies in college. The layers and color options allow me to see the historical context of an event at a glance. The collaboration feature makes it even more powerful because I can build complex timelines with my fellow students.
Miloš Gavrić, University of Amsterdam
I'm using Preceden to make history timelines and to track important events in my personal life. Out of all timeline makers I've tried so far, Preceden is by far the most user-friendly. I especially love the way you can organize timelines in clear layers.
Karel Maes, Inkjetspecialist at Agfa Graphics
Preceden helps us better serve our clients. It is well thought through and the perfect balance of simple with solid functionality. It's just super smart.
Richard Reising, Founder, Artistry Labs
I use Preceden for gaining an understanding of early Christian church history from the time of the Apostles through the time of the great schism in 1054 primarily. Preceden has been invaluable for gaining insight into the development of scripture manuscripts, doctrines, and ecclesiastical relationships through the centuries.
Troy Horton
Preceden is exactly what I have been looking for to create beautiful and informative timelines for my projects and business. It's a much more user-friendly version of Gantt charts without having to use more advanced project management tools to quickly create and share timelines.
Aliya Amershi, CEO,
Preceden makes it so much easier to present a complicated multi-year story to the press. The process of putting all of the events onto a timeline has even given me several 'Ah ha!' moments — I'm seeing connections I wasn't aware of before!
Jean Batty, Government Affairs Liaison
I was having a hard time organizing my notes and important dates in my AP History class, but now that I'm on Preceden, it's so easy to record and keep track of all my class notes, dates and significant historical figures.
Sam P, AP History Student
Preceden makes it incredibly easy for a project lead to post an integrated timeline to the team. I highly recommend Preceden to any program or project manager who values clear communications as a key ingredient to success.
Michael Oas, President, Communicating IT Inc
I have my AP World History students create a timeline for each period where they include the major events, the cause and the effect of the event, and why they chose that event. My students love Preceden because it is so easy to use and helps to visually see what we talk about in class.
Nick Elliott, Teacher, Woodmont High School
I've been using Preceden since 2014 for creating timelines for my writing and for other media such as movies, TV series, etc. Having both an actual laid out timeline as well as a list of its events makes it easy to see the continuties of all the stories.
Sam S, Student
Our agency was in need of a simple way to create and show clients a marketing timeline for our proposed services. Our intern came across Preceden and we haven't looked back. We use the timeline to give clients a high level overview of our marketing plan for their business. They love being able to easily visualize what otherwise would look like a very complex plan in a written proposal.
Jason Eagleson, Founder at Eighty6
Preceden is to me an invaluable resource for me to study and keep a record of things that happen in my life. Last year, while studying history, it was extremely practical to use Preceden to organize events and general historical periods, so that I got that visual idea of the order everything happened in. Now, studying architecture, it is very helpful to plan out project timelines and to keep a record of previous projects.
Erlend C. L. Birkeland, Architecture Student
I am also a homeschooling parent and was looking for an app to use for history studies. My main criteria were for the app to be online and simple to use. I evaluated at least five different downloadable apps and several online versions. The downloadable apps were way too complicated to use, and the online apps were mostly meant for social sharing. But Preceden is extremely easy to use and it lets me focus on my studies and not on the mechanics of organizing my notes.
Bryan Herr, Parent
Preceden has been a great tool for my thesis in which I have considerably enjoyed its convenience for encapsulating significant events. Anyone who seeks to create elegant and useful timelines will enjoy Preceden's practical interface.
Özlem Tunçel, Research Assistant, Boğaziçi University
As a freelance musician, Preceden allows me to see all of my long-term commitments at a glance. I keep a timeline posted on my fridge, so I can easily gauge my level of availability for gigs and projects at any time over the year. Not only does using this beautiful tool prevent overcommitment, but having a visual cue in my environment helps me focus and prepare long before my upcoming deadlines.
Karl James Pestka, Composer and Violinist
Preceden has proven an extremely useful tool for both organizing and displaying data for my dissertation research. The simple-to-use interface offers the exact functionality that I need without distractions.
Melissa Sinclair, George Mason University
I teach art classes and I used Preceden to create an art history timeline to embed on my business website. I tried making a timeline using a spreadsheet, but it couldn’t do what I needed. Preceden is the right tool for my goals: very easy to use, visually pleasing, and easy to import to my site.
Greg Storer, Artist and Teacher
Working on my novel with such an expansive chronology is no longer difficult to manage now that I have Preceden to help. The many tools it offers my timeline allow me to see the bigger picture of my story, like marking important events for my characters. I no longer have to deal with making eraser marks or fitting all the details onto a single page; Preceden allows for a malleable timeline which I can change as I see fit.
Steve Solano, Author


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  • 1 timeline with a max of 5 events
  • Fully customize the appearance of your timeline
  • Privacy controls to adjust who can see your timeline
  • Export your timeline as a printable PDF, PNG, or CSV
  • Embed your timeline on your own website

Enjoy a 100% money-back guarantee

After upgrading, if you aren't able to create a timeline that you absolutely love then we don't want your money. Simply email us and we'll refund 100% of your money within 30 days. With thousands of upgrades purchased since launching in 2009, we have less than a 1% refund rate and after trying Preceden we think you'll see why.

Who's behind this?

Hey, I'm Matt Mazur, the creator of Preceden. As a former project manager in the US Air Force, I spent countless hours creating timelines in Excel and PowerPoint to manage my projects and to keep my leadership informed about our progress. After seeing many of my peers struggle to create professional timelines as well, I decided to create Preceden to make creating timelines a breeze.

If you have any questions or I can help in any way, don't hesitate to drop me an email. Thanks for checking Preceden out!

Matt Mazur

Try Preceden risk-free today and see how easy it is to create a professional timeline