The Visual Timeline Builder feature in Nextpoint's Litigation suite allows users to create visual timelines from the lists of facts that they have added to their database. These visuals can be used for organization, trial and witness prep, or even as demonstratives in a trial.
Creating a Visual Timeline
From your list of facts, select those you want to add to the timeline. If it is helpful, you can filter your facts by issue or person.
After selecting your facts, click on the "+ Add to Visual Timeline" link at the bottom of the grid view.
You can export your timeline as a PDF or PNG file, by clicking on the "Export" link in the upper right corner of your screen. Additional options for export and viewing the timeline in "full screen" are available by right-clicking on the timeline.
Adding or Removing Events
You can add or remove events from your timeline without returning to the Fact Chronology section of your database.
When viewing your timeline, click on the "Fact Selection" tab to change which facts you want to include in your timeline. Once you select all of the facts you want to include, click back to the "Visual Timeline Builder tab to view your results.
To exit the Timeline Builder and return to your Chronology tab, click on the "Exit Timeline Builder" button.
Currently, you can only maintain one iteration of the timeline in a database. If you want multiple timelines for different witnesses or case components, export each one before changing the facts or formats you include.
Adjusting Timeline Format
You can name your timeline so that it appears on your timeline export(s) by clicking on the pencil icon at the top of the screen.
You can also edit how each individual fact appears on your timeline by clicking on the box, and then turning on or off the Fact Name, Fact Description, Start/End Date, or changing the color of the Fact in the resulting tab.
You can also reset to default settings by clicking on the "Reset to Default" link on the upper right corner of your screen.
The Visual Timeline Builder will be available to all Nextpoint users until December 31, 2023. If you would like to continue to utilize the power of visual timelines in your Nextpoint account after December 31, please contact your Client Success Director.