Neatline and TimeMap are basically tools that a user can create interactive time-enabled maps. Time-enabled map means a map on which you can go to different time instances on the history so that map changes accordingly. For example, it can be good for high school history classes. By using these kinds of tools, it is easier to visualize historical events. Both of them are free for personal use, which is a good thing. Although the main function of these two tools are similar, there are some slight differences in terms of their features, areas of usage, how to create maps etc.
These two tools differ in terms of their main features. Neatline is a tool that can be used to describe an historical event by using map, timeline and narratives to describe the event. On the other hand, TimeMap is a tool that can be used to visualize an historical event by using map and timeline. They basically differ in the sense that Neatline enables user to add texts to maps so that user can tell stories. On the other hand, the purpose of using TimeMap is to show only the time-enabled map not the text to describe the event. Although, it is possible to add text on the map, its purpose is not to narrate in general. Moreover, in TimeMap it is possible to have a distance legend. In that sense, it is more appropriate to use TimeMap if the distances are really important for the user.
In TimeMap, it is possible to animate the map by choosing a time interval in which the map to be animated. On the other hand, Neatline does not have such a feature. In Neatline, you need to go to a specific time instant yourself by just clicking on the specific time instant. In that sense, TimeMap is better if you want to see animated version of an event on the map.
By using Neatline:
– A map of the movements of characters and concepts in The Tempest by Shakespeare
– An interactive narrative of the 1924 British Mount Everest expedition
– An in-depth look at the signatories of the Declaration of Independence
– A geographic and institutional map of 20th century literary theory
By using TimeMap:
– Mapping archaeological and heritage sites
– Mapping historical and contemporary journeys
– Showing climate data
– Displaying traffic flows
These are just just short list of examples. This list can be extended.
In order to compare these two tools, followings are the examples of the time-enabled maps created by these two tools.
An example of a time-enabled map created by Neatline.
An example of a time-enabled map created by TimeMap.