Volkswagen Models Timeline

December 3, 2007 | 3 min 45 sec

The other day I came across this timeline of Volkswagen Models on Wikipedia. I’d like to show you how to chart these cars by their release date using Timeline 3D.

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VW Models: Timeline from Scratch

The other day I came across this timeline of Volkswagen Models on Wikipedia. I’d like to show you how to chart these cars by their release date using Bee Docs Timeline.

We’ll set up the chart by setting the Row Title to say “Volkswagen Models” and then I’m going to set the date format to only show the year.

The Leopard “Spaces” feature works really well if I set up Wikipedia in one space and Bee Docs Timeline in the other space so that I can copy the information from Wikipedia right into the timeline.

We can just drag images straight from the web browser into our timeline events. Let’s add the Volkswagen Polo. It was released in 1975… Then we’ll grab the image. I’m going to go ahead and add a few more cars. OK, now Let’s add one more car. How about the Volkswagen T2?

OK, I think we’ve added enough cars. Now Let’s go ahead and change the font and the color of the timeline so that it looks really “Volkswagen.” A lot of Volkswagen ads use the Gill Sans font so Let’s set that as the font for our timeline… and then we’ll set the colors of our timeline to match this Volkswagen logo that I have set as my screen background.

For the chart background we’ll a gradient from light grey to white, kind of like the V and the W in the logo. Then we’ll set the foundation of the timeline to match the medium blue color in the middle of the logo.

Now I’m going to do a Select All and change the event color to a medium grey. But, we’re going to feature the Beetle in this timeline so I’m going to select the Beetle and change the color to the dark blue from the logo.

Now I’m selecting a custom paper size I made just from the website and the timeline will reformat to the custom paper size. It looks like our Beetle image could be a little bit bigger, so I’m going to make that bigger to feature it.

And there you go… A timeline of Volkswagen models by their release date.

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