VUE: New version in view

Feb 4th, 2010 | By | Category: Mindmapping software

VUE from Tufts University has just appeared in a new version: 3.0

  • New data discovery and exploration tools.
  • Import XML documents, RSS feeds and CSV files.
  • New Exploration Tools panel.
  • Automatic zoom feature for selected items.
  • More automation in highlighting specific content.
  • Compatible with Firefox’s Zotero extension.

This is free and it runs on Windows, Mac and Linux.  Worth a look, as it brings concept mapping and presentation together.  As far as I know, the only other software that does that is the super-slick Prezi.

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5 Comments to “VUE: New version in view”

  1. Alexander Deliyannis says:

    For the record, I would note that the humble TreeSheets can since a few versions also be used as a presentation tool: http://bit.ly/9MLse0 It is not concept mapping of course, but handy more or less.

    I believe that the ability to quickly zoom from a bird’s eye view to the detail and back, and bavigate throughout, will be more and more important.

  2. Alexander Deliyannis says:

    bavigate = navigate

  3. admin says:

    Alexander,

    I’m ashamed to admit that I’d never thought of TreeSheets for presentation, and I’ve been using it daily since I blogged about it almost a year ago http://www.mind-mapping.org/blog/2009/02/treesheets-fast-organised-notes/

    And the zoom is one of my favourite features, close behind nested cells.

    Vic

  4. Alexander Deliyannis says:

    I admit I have not used it much myself, as I have too much material in Powerpoint form. I am planning to invest in changing the format of my tools though, especially for presentations that I do often and would like to be able to variate or improvise depending on the interaction with the audience. (I have used Personal Brain in this regard, but people get too attracted by the sci-fi interface!)

    Apparently, I am not the only one, judging from Microsoft’s Office Labs recent pptPlex offering for Powerpoint http://www.officelabs.com/projects/pptPlex/Pages/default.aspx which allows you to “zoom in and out of slide sections and move directly between slides that are not sequential in your presentation”. Interesting, isn’t it?

    • Vic says:

      Thanks for that pointer Alexander. I’ll take a look at the videos on that site soon (I’m up to my eyes in other stuff right now). PowerPoint gets such a bashing nowadays, it’s not surprising that MS are taking a look at how to freshen it up.

      I wonder if they have been influenced by Prezi – something else I keep meaning to look at when I have time…..

      Vic