A PDF timeline generator.
This is a Ruby script generating a LaTeX/TikZ file and invoking pdflatex appropriately to generate a timeline given a set of parameters (start date, end date, date intervals, etc.). Almost every aspect of the timeline can be modified with the settings : just check one of the default config files.
The output is a PDF file which can be automatically split between a given number of A4 pages in portrait or landscape orientation. The split includes crop marks and a small overlapping to make cut and pasting easier.
Optionaly, a calendar scale (days and months of year) and a time of day scale (hours and minutes) can be added at the bottom of the timeline. The idea is to allow some comparisons such as «if the 0 to 2010 timeline was a day, the World War II would have take place between 23h09 and 23h14. If it was a year, it would have happened between December 18th and December 20th».
You can find two examples of generated files in the
directory. It is a 0 to 2010 timeline with the calendar and time of
day scales on 5 A4 landscape pages. Months names and title are in
output.pdf file is just one big page, and
output_pages.pdf is the result of the split between the 5 pages.
- PDFLaTeX with the tikz, geometry, numprint and pdfpages packages installed
- Optionally, the lmodern LaTeX package for non ASCII characters
Under Debian/Ubuntu, the following should be sufficient to meet the requirements :
$ sudo apt-get install texlive texlive-pictures lmodern texlive-latex-base texlive-latex-extra ruby
INSTALLATION AND USAGE
- Download one of the
- Edit the previous config file to your needs
Then run the script with :
If everything went well, check the two generated PDF files.
- only works with A4 paper
- only french and english supported for the moment
- code lacks many improvements and verifications