If you’re in the market for timeline software, you may have stumbled across Cascade — or maybe you’re already using it. Whatever the case, you might not be aware of how Cascade’s competitors compare.
This guide will give you an overview of the best Cascade alternatives, looking at their key features, unique selling points, pricing, and best use cases.
Let’s take a quick look at the 10 best Cascade alternatives on the market, all of which you'll find more details on further down in this article.
|1. Preceden||Preceden is free to try with paid plans starting at $12/month.||
|2. ChronoFlo||ChronoFlo has a free plan that lets you create 1 timeline with up to 50 events. There's also a Bronze plan ($10/month) that supports 5 timelines with up to 500 events, and a Silver plan ($29.50/month) that supports up to 25 timelines and up to 1,000 events per timeline.||
|3. Timeline Maker Pro||One-time purchases ranging from $49 for students to $535 for enterprise teams.||
|4. Time.Graphics||Free public timelines up to 18 events. Premium plans from $4.90/day to $97.90/year.||
|5. Tiki-Toki||Tiki-Toki's free plan is limited to 1 timeline with paid plans starting at $9.50/month that support multiple timelines and additional features.||
|6. Aeon Timeline||Free 14-day trial, then a one-time purchase of $64.99.||
|7. TimeToast||Timetoast has a free plan that lets you create unlimited public timelines, with paid plans starting at $5.99/month that add premium features.||
|8. Timeline 3D||Timeline 3D is free to use.||
|9. Timeline JS||TimelineJS is free to use.||
|10. Kronoli||Kronoli is a free service.||
Knowing your options is a good place to start when looking for an alternative to Cascade. Before you decide whether to use Cascade or something else though, it’s helpful to dive a little deeper.
To start, ask yourself these 3 questions:
After answering these questions, narrow your list down to a few tools and try them out. Having this hands-on experience can help get a feel for how easy they are to use and whether they’ll satisfy your requirements.
Beyond the features and timeline style, be sure to check out other aspects of each offering. Some may not have been worked on for years and have poor support (you can send an email to their support team to see how quickly they respond). If you like multiple tools, the strength of their support docs and quality of their response could be a deciding factor.
Best Cascade alternative for creating timelines quickly.Tags:
Preceden is a web-based timeline maker that lets you quickly create, customize, and share professional-looking timelines. It offers a variety of templates to help you get started and makes it easy to adjust your timeline's style with its variety of appearance settings. It's actively developed and provides fast customer support.
As an alternative to Cascade, you’ll find that Preceden is easier to use, has more customization options, and gives you more ways to share your timeline. It strives to have all features you need (and nothing you don't) including:
Pricing: Preceden is free to try with paid plans starting at $12/month.
ChronoFlo, made by the same developer as TikiToki, lets you create stylish timeline visualizations directly in your browser.
Pricing: ChronoFlo has a free plan that lets you create 1 timeline with up to 50 events. There's also a Bronze plan ($10/month) that supports 5 timelines with up to 500 events, and a Silver plan ($29.50/month) that supports up to 25 timelines and up to 1,000 events per timeline.
Best Cascade alternative for private investigators.Tags:
Timeline Maker Pro is a Windows program helps private investigators, researchers, and planners create timelines in a variety of formats. It's one of the oldest timeline makers (it launched in 1995), but does not appear to be under active development.
Unlike Cascade, it is Windows software so you'll need a PC in order to use it.
Pricing: One-time purchases ranging from $49 for students to $535 for enterprise teams.
Best Cascade alternative for embedding charts in your timeline.Tags:
Time.Graphics is an online timeline tool that supports a wide variety of rich media like charts, videos, and images.
Pricing: Free public timelines up to 18 events. Premium plans from $4.90/day to $97.90/year.
Best Cascade alternative for multimedia heavy timelines.Tags:
Tiki-Toki is a cloud-based timeline generator that lets you create timelines with a distinctive stylish graphical background. Unlike most other tools, Tiki-Toki lets users embed videos (YouTube, Vimeo, or MP4) directly in timelines.
Pricing: Tiki-Toki's free plan is limited to 1 timeline with paid plans starting at $9.50/month that support multiple timelines and additional features.
Best Cascade alternative for writers.Tags:
Aeon Timeline is a Mac and Windows app that helps users create data-rich timelines. Unlike Cascade, it lets users sync their timelines with Scrivener and Ulysses to avoid copy-pasting data between applications.
Pricing: Free 14-day trial, then a one-time purchase of $64.99.
Best Cascade alternative for simple horizontal timelines.Tags:
Timetoast lets users create simple historical timelines with events displayed above a long horizontal bar. Unlike Cascade, it lets users create unlimited public timelines for free.
Pricing: Timetoast has a free plan that lets you create unlimited public timelines, with paid plans starting at $5.99/month that add premium features.
Timeline 3D is a Mac app for creating beautiful multimedia timelines.
Pricing: Timeline 3D is free to use.
Best Cascade alternative for open source enthusiasts.Tags:
Timeline JS is one of the few open source timeline creators, meaning you can view and even customize its source code if you'd like. It's somewhat limited in features and customization options, but might be a good option if you like the style as-is or want to support an open source project.
Unlike Cascade, Timeline JS has you enter your data in a Google Sheet which is then read by your timeline.
Pricing: TimelineJS is free to use.
Best Cascade alternative for vertical timelines.Tags:
Kronoli is a website that lets users create basic vertical timelines. Unlike Cascade and most other tools, Kronoli's timelines can range billions of years, letting you visualization things like the geologic history of Earth.
Pricing: Kronoli is a free service.