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Posted by Andy Brice
Feb 2, 2016 at 01:36 PM

 

Slartibartfarst wrote:

>Thankyou for posting about your software HyperPlan. Not having come
>across it before, I took a look at your website and the short video.
>Very interesting and a rather novel approach. Redolent of the MS
>Research affinity diagramming tool - you seem to have done what they
>shoulda ought to have done with that idea and taken it to the next
>logical phase of development.

Do you mean Microsoft Stickysorter (another tool that seems to have died)? I only heard about that for the first time yesterday. Having watched a video of it, there are certainly quite a few similarities. I think the main difference is in Stickysorter the user positions the cards, and in Hyper Plan the cards are automatically positioned according to their properties. I think the Hyper Plan approach is more poweful, but I can also see where the user positioning approach could be useful - especially in the early stages of planning. I am considering adding a similar ‘free placement’ mode into Hyper Plan.

>I’m not sure whether you are doing it justice where you put it in the
>context of a “card-based approach”. That could seem a bit limited,
>compared to what you would seem to have developed so far. Nice work.

Thanks! I think its fair to call it card-based. Also I am very aware that it isn’t appropriate to ‘sell’ here, so I am doing my level best not to.

Where Hyper Plan is different is that it allows you to construct a N-dimensional space and take 2 dimensional slices through it (more if you include colors and symbols). I’m not aware of any other software that takes that approach (although surely I can’t be the only person to think of it). So there isn’t really a name for it. So I am sticking with card-based for now. Feel free to suggest a better name.

>As a CRIMPer, I usually trial PIM-related software, but, as I I don’t
>actually have need of your software as it is designed, I won’t trial it.
>However, I will keep a watch on it.

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Posted by Franz Grieser
Feb 2, 2016 at 02:57 PM

 

Andy,

“I am considering adding a similar ‘free placement’ mode into Hyper Plan”

That’s good news. Right now, I use Scapple in the pre-planning and early planning phase. But that feels clunky for me.
When you presented Hyper Plan in this forum, some time ago, I trialled it. I find the approach (have the cards arranged in various but fixed ways) interesting but have no use for it - I do not use Kanban any longer on my computers, and for my project planning needs a spreadsheet is more than good enough.

So: A free placement mode in Hyper Plan would justify getting the app. And maybe use it for more :-)

Could you keep us posted? TIA, Franz

 


Posted by Slartibartfarst
Feb 2, 2016 at 03:26 PM

 

@Andy Brice:
Yes, it was Stickysorter. It was only ever a prototype demo output from MS Research Labs, so it didn’t actually “die” per se.
It caught my attention as I realised that it effectively built a database behind the scenes, and you could output that as a CSV file, edit it in Excel and re-input it to Stickysorter. So it had potential for development.
I wasn’t sure whether you would have seen it before. Evidently you hadn’t.

I appreciate that Hyper Plan allows the user to construct an N-dimensional space and take different dimensional slices through it.
That was the sort of thing that you could do with the DOS-based Lotus Agenda (by building what was effectively a category tree for all the Items of information), and I found something that does something similar only the other day in the form of planning tool TaskCoach (by building what is effectively a category tree for all the Tasks).

I avoid newsletters as they necessitate email management, so I won’t sign up for the newsletter on your website, but if/when you have an RSS feed URL for your website, I will put that in my Bazqux feed-reader (which is where I read OutlinerSoftware.com and many other blogs and forums, for example).

 


Posted by Andy Brice
Feb 2, 2016 at 07:16 PM

 

Franz Grieser wrote:

>So: A free placement mode in Hyper Plan would justify getting the app.
>And maybe use it for more :-)

I can’t promise that is going to make it into the v2.0 release.

>Could you keep us posted? TIA, Franz

Will do!

 

 


Posted by Andy Brice
Feb 2, 2016 at 07:24 PM

 

Slartibartfarst wrote:
>I wasn’t sure whether you would have seen it before. Evidently you
>hadn’t.

One of my customers mentioned it yesterday. I hadn’t heard of it before that. It is probably the closest thing I have seen to Hyper Plan, but with quite a lot of differences also.


>That was the sort of thing that you could do with the DOS-based Lotus
>Agenda (by building what was effectively a category tree for all the
>Items of information), and I found something that does something similar
>only the other day in the form of planning tool TaskCoach (by building
>what is effectively a category tree for all the Tasks).

I am not familiar with Lotus Agenda. I will take a look at Task Coach. Thanks.

>
>I avoid newsletters as they necessitate email management, so I won’t
>sign up for the newsletter on your website, but if/when you have an RSS
>feed URL for your website, I will put that in my Bazqux feed-reader
>(which is where I read OutlinerSoftware.com and many other blogs and
>forums, for example).

I don’t mind getting newsletter I signed up for. Its the ones I didn’t sign up for that drive me crazy.

I haven’t bothered with a RSS feed so far for http://www.hyperplan.com. I’m not sure how many people use RSS. It would be easy enough to add though.

 


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