ACM SIGGRAPH's DIGITAL ARTS COMMUNITY (DAC)
It is a great timeline albeit not all that visually appealing (I think he originally created this for a course he taught at ACCAD in the nineties) but its simplicity is also its charm.
Isn't a timeline linear by definition?8^}
Making it database driven with tags so one can select aspects of the developments to focus on may be a neat idea. I do however love the fact that you see seemingly unrelated developments side by side, like Houdini being ported to SUN the same year Windows XP is released.
If one were to update this, I would choose a some simple web based solution, although there could be a java front end. Apps go extinct with the devices they run on.
Someone created a web update with loads of copyrighted stuff: http://sophia.javeriana.edu.co/~ochavarr/computer_graphics_history/...
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