How can I get all my research into one easy-to-use visual chart?
January 20, 2008 6:54 PM Subscribe
What is the best application (hopefully easy to learn) that will let me build an easy to create timeline of religions, myths, and cults, with the option to click on (or hover the mouse over) different highlighted words to show up more information? Or does anyone know where said timeline exists?
posted by omnigut to computers & internet (9 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
In the next fifteen weeks I have to research and write the first fifty pages of a novel, which I am basing on the idea of "belief." This will be in several different areas, but especially on spiritual belief, and as I have a lot of time on my hands (who needs sleep?) and I am a research junkie with a terrible memory, I would like to create an easy-reference guide to the plethora of beliefs that I will be referencing.
I have a huge number of links already for data, so gathering the information is not a problem. However, within each type of belief I would like to chart the date it started (earliest at the top), and the type of belief (a different color for myths, religions, and cults). However, once I have each one there, I would like to be able to easily see information such as "current supporters," "concerned with current actions or the afterlife," "monotheistic or polytheistic," and several other criteria, including a paragraph or three about the interesting, unique aspects of said religion, cult, or myth.
My problem is I don't want it to be too huge, so I would like the information about each thing only to be shown when you hover the mouse over them, or click on them.
Eventually, although this isn't vital at the moment, I would also like to have the option to click on "myth" or "monotheistic" or "suicidal," or whatever the criteria, and have a list of all the groups that are within this criteria.
Does anyone know of an application that will allow me to do this? I am using, by the way, a Mac OSX (10.4.11), and know how to use Photoshop, Illustrator, and inDesign, as well as Word, Excel (slight), and almost no knowledge of powerpoint.
Otherwise, does anyone know where I can find the information that I am looking for, either in a text book or on cd? Thank you!