Liquid | Author is developed by Frode Hegland, Teacher of the Year at London College of Communication 2014, co-host of the annual Future of Text Symposium with Vint Cerf, co-inventor of the Internet, and influenced greatly by his late friend and mentor Doug Engelbart, inventor of modern personal computing, including the mouse, word processing, and more, whom he worked with particularly on intellectual augmentation through interactive text. All coding by Jacob Hazelgrove. A perspective on how Author supports curiosity and deeper literature is available.
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My passion is to augment our ability to interact with text, because much of our communication is with and through text, so the richer our interaction with text will be, the richer our understanding and communication will be.
That is why I develop software.
The philosophy of Liquid Information is more fully discussed at the liquidinformation.org website, please have a look should this interest you.
The Liquid Information Company is a non-profit UK company which re-invests all earnings into product implementation. I gratefully thank all the supporters and investors for making Author possible: Acknowledgements
Doug invented much of modern interactive computing as we know it, including the mouse, word processing and hypertext. Doug will forever remain my spiritual guiding light.
“I honestly think that you are the first person I know that is expressing the kind of appreciation for the special role which IT can (no, will) play in reshaping the way we can symbolize basic concepts to elevate further the power that conditioned humans can derive from their genetic sensory, perceptual and cognitive capabilities.”
Doug Engelbart in personal email to Frode Hegland September 2003
Vint is the co-designer of the TCP/IP protocol, the communications protocol that gave birth to the Internet and which is commonly used today. Vint on the Liquid Information Project: “This project is born out of a realisation that the increased digitization of our world offers both an opportunity and a challenge. As all media enter into the Internet and World Wide Web environments, we need vastly improved infrastructure to manage, link, search, extract, and understand the Niagara of information pouring into the net. The hyperword concept offers an opportunity to harness the information inherent in the net in a far more automatic fashion. Not requiring that links be solely generated by manual effort, hyperwords (Liquid Information) can automatically stitch meaning into any and all documents. This is still very much an experimental idea. Ambiguity will be a major challenge to overcome, for example. Nonetheless, I think this out of the box concept is well worth exploring and strongly endorse the efforts put forward in this proposal to do just that.”
Theodor invented the term "hypertext" in 1965, and is a pioneer of information technology. He also coined the words transclusion and intertwingularity. Ted on the Liquid Information Project: "...it breaks the iron prison of the web browser.”
Bruce Horn was responsible for a number of the key aspects of the original Macintosh, most notably he was responsible for the design and implementation of the Finder, the type/creator metadata mechanism for files and applications, and the Resource Manager. The Dialog Manager and the multi-type aspect of the clipboard also appeared thanks to Bruce.
Since graduating from Stanford University, Sam has spent over 2 decades in just about every aspect of coding, research, product definition, customer understanding, system architecture, data modeling, team building, strategy formulation, corporate startups, executive management, private equity placement, and entrepreneur mentoring.
Sarah has worked with Frode since the very early days of liquid information. Sarah co-founded the original The Liquid Information Company and co-developed the philosophy with Frode. Sarah has conceived and implemented successful strategies for clients in media, finance, retail, telecoms, health, education, and entertainment sectors, as well as being active in UK government. Start ups, SMEs as well as large, complex organisations have achieved their business objectives as a result of strategic and realistic roadmaps – including business expansion, innovation and sales and market adoption strategies. Sarah currently works with the UK government.
Winner of the first Neil Postman award for Career Achievement in Public Intellectual Activity, Douglas Rushkoff is an author, teacher, and documentarian who focuses on the ways people, cultures, and institutions create, share, and influence each other's values. He sees "media" as the landscape where this interaction takes place, and "literacy" as the ability to participate consciously in it. His ten best-selling books on new media and popular culture include Cyberia, Media Virus, Playing the Future, Nothing Sacred: The Truth about Judaism, and Coercion, winner of the Marshall Mcluhan Award.
Dave has been called the grandfather of the internet. His influence and earnest work is seen everywhere. David Farber is the Distinguished Career Professor of Computer Science and Public Policy at the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. From 2000 to 2001, he served as Chief Technologist for the Federal Communications Commission. His background includes positions at the Bell Labs, the Rand Corporation, Xerox Data Systems, University of California at Irvine and the University of Delaware.
Houria has been working with Frode for over a decade and represents Liquid in Silicon Valley.
Liquid | Author macOS
Started by Pekka K in Finland followed by Ilya M and Alexandr A, in Russia. Further work by Doroschuk Dmitri also in Russia. Completed by Jacob Hazelgrove
Daoxin Z China did the original work and he was followed by Konstantin R (TIANI Studio) in Poland and Zuzex llc in Russia.
Liquid Browser add-on Firefox, Chrome, Safari
Mikhail S and Alex V Russia and Tobias H Germany.
Mikhail S Russia, Tobias H Germany and Simon W UK.
Mikhail S Russia, Illia B Ukraine and Daoxin Z China. Ivan Faiustov completed the Mavericks update.
Steve G USA, Marius S Romania, Viorel C Romania, Catalin B Romania, Gabriel B Romania, Andrei E Romania, Alex S Romania and Manuel P USA. Narek G second version.
Name The Face iOS
Zuzex llc in Russia.
Andrei N (Wecodia) in Romania and Maxim I in Russia.
f.moment & Flipic iOS
GongSan L in China, Lentil X, Milan S in and Neeraj R in India.
The Liquid Information Company is a UK limited company dedicated to producing software products and education demonstrating the benefit of rich interaction.