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NoteCards

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NoteCards

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NoteCards was done at XeroxParc in the 1980s. It featured typed objects and links. Each piece of hypertext (a “card”) was placed in a separate window on the screen.

NoteCards inspired Fuji Xerox to create ViewCards for the Viewpoint office automation system. Similar to some uses of NoteCards, the model was that you were using a box of index cards and linking them together to organize the outline of an article, thesis, etc.

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Spatial Data Management System, SDMS

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a method for organzing information spatially

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Grew out of an MIT project aimed at ”the creation of an information management system whose distinguishing characteristic is that it exploits the user’s sense of spatiality for purposes of organizing and retrieving data.”

 

The space is called ‘Dataland’ and includes multiple displays and multidimensional audio.

 

From the website on The Verge, comes an important criticism:

In “Inventing the Lisa User Interface,” Apple designers Rod Perkins, Dan Keller, and Frank Ludolph explain Dataland was far from a perfect system. “The idea was incredibly simple but placed quite a burden on the user’s memory when the number of documents became large.”

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early part of – The Capability Infrastructure

influenced – Lisa

influenced – Macintosh

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