Here’s a turnup for the book – 3D Topicscape goes 2D! (in beta so far)
I’m a bit late mentioning this. I’ve written before that I’ve been using Topicscape since its first beta. I use it every day for organising files for most of my projects and reference notes.
Now, Topicscape have a Beta out that gives a new option for viewing all the information stored in a Topicscape – you can opt to see it in 2D. And you can flip from 2D to 3D and back again. I’ve tried it and it’s very cool.
Topicscape is not hard to use, but I’ve seen occasional comments from people who don’t tune in to the 3D style. The 3D scene is different from any other application, but I found it pretty instinctive from the beginning. For those who didn’t see how the 2D field of cones and zooming interface allow a much improved view on their carefully organised information database, the new 2D option provides something that makes Topicscape worth looking at again.
The 2D view makes use of 3D video cards by giving a ‘swinging’ map that lets you see more in an angled view as you slide along it. Altogether better than scrolling.
It’s hard to avoid comparing this 2D view with PersonalBrain, because it really serves the same market although the appearance is different. Introducing 2D is surely aimed at encouraging the comparison, and it stands up pretty well.
To try the new 2D view now, you have to apply for a ‘Beta User’ account. The Topicscape wiki has more information.
Vic Gee (@VicGee on Twitter)
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