Explore Timeline World War 1 with Robert MacNeil

Total Score:  28

History can teach and inspire us.  Timeline World War 1, through the use of audio, video, photography and historical documents leads you through the balance of power before the war, through the first shot and all the way to a video of Paris welcoming peace.   This app allows you to walk through the whole experience from Archduke Franz Ferdinand’s assassination to the Treaty of Versailles.   You explore both military and personal documents.  It is quite an experience.


Price Rating = 5     $9.99. There is an absolute treasure trove of information in this app. The only way to define this app is media rich. It has over 100 videos, 500 photos and over 1500 written entries. Compared to others in the genre, it could be under priced.  It is well worth the investment.   There is also a free version with not as much functionality, but you may want to try it to see if this is an app that fits your interests.

Ease of Use Rating = 5     There is an excellent intro video which walks you through the functionality of this app.  Plus, a helpful Quickstart guide.

  Readability Rating = 4     Most of the app has large readable fonts. Some of the longer stories are book size font and cannot be increased by pinching and zooming.

Will You Use It Rating = 5       If you download this app you have already determined that this type of history is of interest to you.  This app allows you to explore for hours and hours through maps, images and text.

 Downsides Rating = 0     I did not identify any downsides.

 Consumer Review Rating =  4    There haven’t been enough reviews for an official rating at this time.  I gave it a high rating due to the vast amount of content and how well it was displayed.

 Why Do You Need This App Rating = 5    This app would be a hit with history buffs, students and people who just want to learn.  

How does it work?

  1. Your first step after downloading should be to play the introduction. Robert MacNeil walks through some of the key features.  This just serves to whet your appetite for more.
  2. You can learn all you need to know by looking at the Quickstart Guide.  I’ve listed the features below.
  3. Swipe left or right to move forwards or backwards on the timeline.  Tap on any summary to open it.
  4. When you have an article open you can swipe right and left to move back and forward between the articles.  You can tap outside the article or pinch to close it.
  5. There is a timeline period button that allows you to focus in on specific periods of time.  You can move between a day at a time to six months at a time.
  6. You can also move along the timeline by moving left and right on the timeline bar.   As countries enter the war, country cards appear.
  7. Tapping on a pin on the map opens up information associated with that spot.
  8. If you see an audio symbol on an image you can tap the play button to get it started. It works like all audio, you can tap again to stop the playback.
  9. You play the videos in the typical method, by tapping on the play button.  You can expand the video size by doing a reverse pinch.  You can pinch it again to bring it back to the smaller size.
  10. You can search by battle, country, theme and more.  Tap the search button to search your subject.
  11. One of my favorite features is a bookmark icon to mark items to go back and reread.

One particularly enjoyable feature of this app is hearing WW 1 poetry read by modern soldiers.

This app helps you to learn about and understand World War I and is a perfect complement to their other apps, Timeline WW 2 and Timeline Civil War.

Devices: This app is compatible with the iPad. It requires iOS 5.0 or later. Developed by Ballista Media, Ltd.

Timeline - WW1 - sample screen










Timeline - WW1 - screenshots


Timeline - WW1 - Map screen Timeline - WW1 - opening screen

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