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Posted by Lucas
Dec 5, 2009 at 01:29 AM

 

Here’s a nice, little-known gem I came across during a recent bout of outliner searching:

ThinkSheet (developed during the 90’s by Richard Marriott)

http://www.fishermarriott.com/thinkshe.htm

Although developed especially for special learning needs, the program turns out to be surprisingly powerful. It integrates rearrangeable notecards, mind mapping, and outlining (through sub-notecards). It can import an existing RTF document (it will just make each paragraph into a separate card), and it can export to a word processor. It’s pretty cool and appears to be well-designed. And you can use it for free for 180 days!

Incidentally, I also came across a fascinating article about outlining and the writing process by the developer of the unfortunately no-longer-available SuperText. Here’s the citation:

“A Writing Support Tool with Multiple Views”
J. Barrow
Computers and the Humanities, Vol. 31, No. 1 (1997), pp. 13-30

I posted the full text here: http://is.gd/5cJry

Lucas

 


Posted by Lucas
Dec 5, 2009 at 04:21 AM

 

In case anyone tries out ThinkSheet, I should just mention one oddity: When exporting to a word processor with default settings, sub-notes seem to get converted into a 1pt font size, making the text look like it’s just a line. So a few adjustments are necessary.

 


Posted by Manfred
Dec 5, 2009 at 04:08 PM

 

Interesting ... it works sort of like “Visual BrainStrom” (See http://www.brainstormsw.com/ for the text-based version). And the mind-map view is better than aerial view.

Manfred

 


Posted by Alexander Deliyannis
Dec 6, 2009 at 10:01 AM

 

(1) ThinkSheet looks very interesting; thanks for the heads up!

(2) The link to the paper brings up the following error message (though I’ve already logged into Google):
“Sorry, the page (or document) you have requested is not available”

 


Posted by Lucas
Dec 6, 2009 at 12:52 PM

 

Alexander: Sorry about that—-I just fixed the sharing permissions, so the link should work now (let me know if it doesn’t).
Thanks for letting me know.

 


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