OK, you could learn Flash and Photoshop
But life's too shortSo what multimedia journalists need are simple, free software applications that take all the technical stuff out of creating timelines and visualisations.
We need to be able to combine text, images, video and audio, and root all that information into a timeline that is easily embedded in our websites or blogs.
We'll take a look here at two applications that give us everything we need: Dipity and VuvoxI've trialled them both, seeing how easy they are to use, and how much they can do for us.
They're both great. But they aren't the same.
So I created a timeline on the Murdoch crisis in each for comparison.