Timeline view (general)

Not sure if the below makes sense, or maybe something like this already exists and I’m overcomplicating things. So I thought I’d just post here and perhaps start a discussion.


A new View in Sets called “Timeline” (not sure about the name since, as explained below, this could have broader applications).


User can pick a numeric Relation that will be used as the “time” axis.
All entries would then show in a timeline based on that value.
Dragging/dropping/resizing should update the Relation values.

That mechanic would be similar to this (the below example is not exactly what I’m requesting - it’s just a helpful GIF I found that shows the general look/mechanics):
Notion Project Management Guide (Database, Gantt Chart, Timeline, CRM) | ClickUp

Note that for this to work Anytype must allow for multi-value Relations (for example, a numeric Relation called Duration, with Start and End times/dates). Ideally we could even have multiple durations within a single Relation, for events that start and stop more than once (ie. a Relation that contains multiple Durations).

I have a request for this here:

For this to work, perhaps something like this would also need to be in place:

PS: possibly Timeline view could be based on a single-value numeric Relation - it could be shown as a fixed width block, for example. Resizing the block would turn the Relation into a “Duration” (or Span/Scope)


Basic use would be a timeline view to easily view/manage Objects that have a time/duration, such as calendar appointments or historical timelines with events and so on.

But the same system could also be used to visualize/compare Objects based on any non-discreet uni-dimensional numeric Relation, such as price, height etc.

Pipe dream: allow for a 2nd dimension (and maybe 3rd)?


Note this is different than the below request (the title of which seems a bit misleading):

I think that FR is more focused on calendar/tasks, which would be one application for timeline view, but not the only one.

Edit: added the word “numeric” (as a Timeline view can only be based on numeric Relations)


I think the kind of view you share in your example video is often referred to as “Gantt” Gantt chart - Wikipedia, so that might be helpful to add to make this topic easier to find. As Anytype seems to like their own terminology, I think “Timeline” communicates well what the View can be used for :slight_smile: .

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Notion has timeline views in their databases and they’re extremely useful, especially for longer term project roadmaps and when working in teams. When AnyType does expand to support team collaboration, something like that will be very important to gain traction in the professional workplace.