Developer: Ballista Media
Price: $5.99
Version: 1.01
App Reviewed on: iPad Mini

iOS Integration Rating: ★★★★½
User Interface Rating: ★★★★★
Re-use Value Rating: ★★★★½

Overall Rating: ★★★★½

From the developers of Timeline WW2 comes a new addition for history buffs to drool over: Timeline Civil War. This app is media rich and packed with commentaries, interactive battle maps, pictures, newspaper excerpts, and so much more.

When opened for the first time, the app provides users with a picture slideshow introduction. When it’s time to use the app, just swipe left or right to move forwards or backwards on the timeline. Any of the summaries can be tapped and viewed with ease. Whenever an article is opened, it’s possible to swipe to the left or right to move from one piece to another. Tapping outside the article or pinching it will close it and bring users back to the timeline summaries.

timeline civil war 4The summaries screen features other ways to navigate all the content. For instance, users can tap on the time period button to access a drop-down menu and then select a specific time period. Users can also search the timeline by battle, topic, or state by tapping on the search button. Once in a timeline, the highlighted tab can be moved left or right to essentially move through time. Summaries, maps and additional topics show on the screen as the tab moves across dates. Users can zoom in and out to look at details more closely.

Timeline Civil War also includes icons that provide media rich content. Whether users tap on the globe icon or access a map on the timeline, tapping on any pin icon on a map opens up even more information. There is also an audio icon that shows up on some articles and provides commentaries or music that can be paused at any time. Furthermore, a bookmark icon pulls up a bookmark bar where users can quickly add bookmarks of their favorite content.

timeline civil war 3In addition to pictures, audio, and maps, video is a big part of the app and is played with just a simple tap. What’s great is that users can expand the video to fill the whole screen with a simple reverse pinch.

There’s so much information and media packed into this app that it’s hard to describe everything in a short review. With an interactive map of over 400 battles, 500 time period images and over 1200 entries, users can easily spend hours looking at everything. Of course, all of this content means users better have space on their iPad for Timeline Civil War. It comes in at almost 1GB in size. Another slight disappointment is that the video content requires a wi-fi connection to watch.

Timeline Civil War is loaded with plenty of facts and media that makes it an absolute must-have for history buffs, teachers, students, and anyone interested in the Civil War time period. Grab it while it’s cheap. Timeline Civil War currently has a special discounted launch price of $5.99, which makes it a steal.

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