Office Timeline Add-in differences: Free vs. Basic vs. Pro vs. Pro+



The Office Timeline Add-in is a PowerPoint timeline maker for Windows that comes in 4 different flavors: Free, Basic, Pro & Pro+. All versions are fully functional timeline makers, but they offer different levels of access to key features. Below you can find a comparison between the Free, Basic, Pro and Pro+ editions to help you figure out which of them would suit your needs best.


Office Timeline Add-in Free vs. Basic vs. Pro vs Pro+


  • The Free Edition is a lightweight tool good for making simple timelines or Swimlane diagrams that don’t require a great level of detail. It has almost all the features available in the premium versions, but limited to maximum 10 milestones and/or tasks per slide. What’s missing is the ability to use the add-in’s pre-built templates and to import data.

  • The Basic Edition of the add-in removes the 10-items-per-slide limitation and unlocks the built-in timeline templates, allowing you to quickly make detailed, professional visuals for your presentations. It is ideal for those who wish to build classic timelines and Gantt charts. If you want to make Roadmaps or Swimlanes, you will need Office Timeline Pro.

  • Office Timeline Pro Edition comes with everything available in Basic, while also bringing you the ability to make impressive Roadmaps and Swimlane slides. It also comes with dedicated templates for these types of visuals, so you can have your presentation ready even faster.

  • The Pro+ Edition gives you everything you get with Basic & Pro and unlocks advanced features like Sub-Swimlanes and Multiple Timescales, so you can make easy-to-understand program roadmaps and portfolio slides. It also comes with Sub-Swimlane templates to help you get ready for stakeholder reviews in just a few minutes.


To see the differences between the four add-in flavors side by side, check out the comparison table below:add-in-free-basic-pro-pro-plus-comparison-table.png



  1. Can I upgrade my existing add-in subscription to Pro or Pro+?

    Of course! Please take a look at this guide for details on upgrading to Pro, or here for upgrading to Pro+. If you need further assistance or have any questions, contact us and we'll be happy to help.

  2. Can I edit a Pro+ Edition timeline in the Pro add-in?

    Yes, timelines made with Pro+ Edition can be edited using the Pro add-in as long as they don’t contain elements specific to Pro+ (e.g. Sub-Swimlanes or Multiple Timescales).

  3. Can I edit a Pro Edition timeline in the Basic version of the add-in?

    Yes, timelines made with Pro Edition can be edited using the Basic version of the add-in as long as they don’t contain any Swimlanes.

  4. Can I edit a Basic, Pro or Pro+ Edition timeline using the Free add-in?

    Timelines made with the Basic, Pro or Pro+ add-in are not editable with the Free add-in. However, you can still make changes to them using PowerPoint’s controls, as you would edit any other slide.

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