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Posted by Lucas
Dec 10, 2011 at 03:46 PM

 

After 2+ years, MindRaider 8.0 was released a few days ago:

http://mindraider.sourceforge.net/

The main new feature is integration with the online outliner MindForger:

http://www.mindforger.com/

Explanation:

http://mindraider.sourceforge.net/mindforger.html

Looks interesting, as there are very few outliners that sync between online and desktop, plus MindRaider always seemed like an intriguing product. Not sure what to make of the new personal development spin, and the online outliner doesn’t seem intuitive, but seems worth a look.

 


Posted by Dr Andus
Dec 10, 2011 at 09:56 PM

 

This is more of a general point, but looking at MindRaider its interface reminds me of many other PIM (such as UltraRecall), which have a number of rectangular panes that divide the screen. While I understand the benefits of such layouts, what could be its drawbacks? Surely one reason this layout has become so standard is because monitors themselves have become perfect rectangles. But did it have to be so? My field of vision is not rectangular. Its more of an oval shape, in fact like old TV monitors used to be, such as this one: http://images1.dailykos.com/i/user/3/old_TV.jpg

What would outliners look like if computer monitors were round? Would we be working with points in concentric circles, or dragging ovals around, rather than lists in rectangular panes? It would be nice to see some alternatives to lists and squares. I know that there are a couple of goal planning software that utilise the circle metaphor but it seems that the rectangular form factor is somehow stifling creativity and the imagination…

 


Posted by Cassius
Dec 11, 2011 at 02:24 AM

 

As a defrocked, pure mathematician, why not go further and write words and sentences in circles or ovals?  Such as (I hope this works!),

                            It
                        fox.    was
                      brown       a
                          quick

-cassius

========================================================
Dr Andus wrote:
>This is more of a general point, but looking at MindRaider its interface reminds me of
>many other PIM (such as UltraRecall), which have a number of rectangular panes that
>divide the screen. While I understand the benefits of such layouts, what could be its
>drawbacks? Surely one reason this layout has become so standard is because monitors
>themselves have become perfect rectangles. But did it have to be so? My field of vision
>is not rectangular. Its more of an oval shape, in fact like old TV monitors used to be,
>such as this one: http://images1.dailykos.com/i/user/3/old_TV.jpg
> >What would
>outliners look like if computer monitors were round? Would we be working with points
>in concentric circles, or dragging ovals around, rather than lists in rectangular
>panes? It would be nice to see some alternatives to lists and squares. I know that there
>are a couple of goal planning software that utilise the circle metaphor but it seems
>that the rectangular form factor is somehow stifling creativity and the
>imagination… 

 


Posted by Cassius
Dec 11, 2011 at 02:28 AM

 

It didn’t work, so here’s another try:

........................................................It
.................................................fox…....was
............................................brown…............a
......................................................quick                                

 


Posted by Dr Andus
Dec 12, 2011 at 12:42 PM

 

Cassius wrote:
>As a defrocked, pure mathematician, why not go further and write words and sentences in circles or ovals?  Such as (I hope this works!),

Actually there are outliners that use ovals: mind-mapping and concept-mapping software (some of which can convert the maps to outlines at a click of a button). So I suppose there would be more of those, if screens were oval too…

 


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