Anyone have any tips for using timelines?

I have created a timeline but wish the software would do a few things such as

  • print the date range for an era or event
  • give you more choices for the color for an era
  • put everything into one file, it seems a little messy having a file for every era.
Some other things I would like to be able to do is

  • Place an image into the timeline
  • Draw a box which can contain text and optional border and fill colours
Does anyone have any tips for better use of the timeline component?