I'm looking for a free or cheap product to create a timeline from an upload of an excel file, simple data (year and description). Any thoughts?
BEEDOCS Easy Timeline or Timeline 3D
Both of BEEDOCS timeline creation software for Mac will let you import a tab-delimited file (which you could export your Excel file as) into a 2D or 3D timeline.
You can also include photos, audio, or movies in your events, as well as web links and 3D motion graphics.
You can also create timelines from data using Aeon Timeline: