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Posted by Stephen Zeoli
Oct 24, 2007 at 06:06 PM

 

Hugh Pile wrote:
>I’d forgotten Rationale and had assumed that Flying Logic was more or less out on its
>own.
> >FL appears to score in at least two ways. It adds logical and arithmetic
>operators to its maps, so that proportional and numerical relationships can be made
>to flow through the nodes and links. The only other software that I can think of that
>also does this is a concept-mapping programme with some spreadsheet functions,
>development now discontinued, whose name I have forgotten but which has been
>mentioned here before.

I believe you’re refering to B-Liner (http://www.bliner.com/).

Steve Z.

 


Posted by Hugh Pile
Oct 24, 2007 at 06:38 PM

 

Stephen Zeoli wrote:
> >
>Hugh Pile wrote:
>>I’d forgotten Rationale and had assumed that Flying Logic was
>more or less out on its
>>own.
>>
>>FL appears to score in at least two ways. It adds
>logical and arithmetic
>>operators to its maps, so that proportional and numerical
>relationships can be made
>>to flow through the nodes and links. The only other
>software that I can think of that
>>also does this is a concept-mapping programme with
>some spreadsheet functions,
>>development now discontinued, whose name I have
>forgotten but which has been
>>mentioned here before.
> >I believe you’re refering to
>B-Liner (http://www.bliner.com/).
> >Steve Z. 

That’s the one. Thanks Steve.
Similar price, too.

 


Posted by Frederick Wahl
Oct 24, 2007 at 07:19 PM

 

It looks like Rationale has some competition!

I heard there were plans for Austhink to release an enhanced version of Rationale towards the end of (this) year, so it will be interesting to see what they come up with and compare.

I think I’ll stop by Boarder’s today and pick up an LSAT logic games guide - looks like Flying Logic would make it a no-brainer!

 


Posted by Stephen R. Diamond
Oct 24, 2007 at 07:35 PM

 

A comparison program should probably be Axon.

 


Posted by Graham Rhind
Nov 13, 2007 at 03:29 PM

 

I just wanted to revisit this thread about Flying Logic as I’ve had a chance to look at the software more closely.

As I work on my own I’ve never had much use for brainstorming software.  I always start off knowing what the end result will look like because there is no input coming from anybody else’s brain.  I therefore only use the mind mapping software I have to create graphics for presentations.

Flying Logic helps me because it constantly re-draws the graphics as information is added, which for me acts as a feedback to my brainstorming - a second brain.  By constantly representing the information differently, it makes me aware of links and structures I wouldn’t have been so quick to see.  And at the end of the process there’s no extra drawing work required to produce output - the graphics are ready to export/print.

I started by using Flying Logic to analyse my information and task management/repository software use, and found that I am using 11 (eleven!!!) software packages to do this currently, with at least two others waiting in the wings - so much for joining this forum to help me to find a single solution!  But the mind mapping process using Flying Logic allowed me to see why I was using so many packages - the strengths and weaknesses of each - and, where I was putting similar data into two or more packages, I could simplify my workflow as well as producing a structure diagram of the processes for future reference. 

I am also using Flying Logic to work out a structure for my next book.

I would also like to say how incredibly stable this software is.  The one “bug” I have been able to find is more of a hidden feature allowing users of lower-priced versions to use higher-priced version feature - hardly a problem!

Also by the same developers is Sciral Consistency (http://sciral.com/), which I don’t think has been mentioned in this forum before.  It is a simple program for repeating tasks which have flexible target dates, such as taking exercise.  I’ve been looking for something like this for a long time, so was happy to find it and it might be something others find useful.  The software isn’t being actively developed any more, but I found a bug, reported it, and it was fixed within 24 hours.

Graham

PS: if anybody has an overwhelming desire to know which eleven packages I’m using, let me know :-)

 


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