Liquid Information Environment
The Liquid Information Environment is a suite of software for macOS to augment your interactions with your text and your thoughts to write, cite and author academic documents:
The work is in pursuit of what my friend and mentor Doug Engelbart called ‘symbol manipulation’:
“We need to become better at being humans. Learning to use symbols and knowledge in new ways, across groups, across cultures, is a powerful, valuable, and very human goal. And it is also one that is obtainable, if we only begin to open our minds to full, complete use of computers to augment our most human of capabilities.”
A More ‘Liquid’ Symbol Manipulation Environment
No single tool or software system, nor any single designer or team can deliver on the dream. It is therefore necessary to build interoperable systems to give the user a rich choice of tools so that the tool systems can to compete to provide ever richer opportunities and for the user to developer a deeper literacy in how they use the tools. Feel free to watch the Full Systems Demo. The aim is to enable building of ever more powerful interactive text interactions to enable a deeper literacy.
I urge you to look at other independent software developers of text-tools, including ByWord, iA Writer, Gingko, Scrivener, Ulysses, WriteRoom, and LiquidText by Craig Tashman (no direct relation with my own Liquid products), as well as to read about the work of Ted Nelson, who is helping us see the world of literature in new ways and of course, Doug Engelbart.
In order to enable a more liquid information environment we have implemented what we call Visual-Meta which enables, among other things, copying of text from a PDF in Reader and pasting it into Author as a full citation. Visual-Meta is entirely open for any developer to use since it's simply an extension of BibTeX with optional JSON.
Future of Text Initiative
If you have any questions or comments, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
© Frode Hegland 2020