I am looking for a desktop application I can use for drawing a project timeline. It exists in SmartDraw but I'm guessing a open source alternative exists. I have open project as an alternative to ms project and it does the job, but I need something I can use for drawing a timeline - any suggestions?
I use Tom's Planner all the time for instant, easy Gantt charts. You can figure out how it works in seconds. It comes with a bunch of neat features such as inviting read-only users, or exporting the data as Project / Excel readable too.
Here's a link on how to make timelines and gantt charts w/ excel templates: http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/excel-project-management-tracking-templates/
I know of inkscape: It's GNU Release open source vector drawing program. I've never used it but it looks good.
There are a number of free timeline drawing apps available. I've used Timelinemaker (comes with a 7 day free trial).