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Colin Wilder

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Joined: 05/01/2009 01:50:07
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Lest I seem only needy, let me say that I think this is a great program. I played around with Personal Brain and a few other concept-mapping programs -- which is the purpose that I have for VUE -- and I like VUE the most. It is easy to use and flexible, and seems to have a lot of potential. If I were a coder, I would be trying to help you all out!

Two things that I think would be very helpful are:

1. Easy-to-create ontologies. Having looked around the interweb, it looks to me that there are no easy-to-use ontology-writing programs. Sorry to say also that, while the Protege list is impressive, it is also extremely narrow. I guess that is a hazard of developing a world one (ontology) project at a time. SOOOO, Is there any way that you VUE developers could include a simple way inside VUE for users to add ontologies? I for instance am a historian experimenting with using VUE to describe historical court institutions, so I would like to have ontologies such as court, first-instance, judge, personnel, official, has-jurisdiction-over, etc. I am not sure about all the details, but you get the idea -- things and relationships. Is there any way I can write these myself without knowing how to code?

2. In Personal Brain (another mindmapping application), there is a setting with which you can simply drag the mouse arrow from an existing node out into open space and the program auomatically creates a link and a new node bod, ready for you to type in. This combines two actions in one; VUE requires you to do them one after another. Considering that this is about the most basic thing that one does in VUE, if you can create a 2-actions-in-1 efficiency here, you will save your users emormous amounts of time.

Thanks for the hard work and thanks for considering this, in advance!

Colin/Niloc

Mike Korcynski

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Joined: 08/08/2008 11:36:13
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Regarding point 2, you can do this in VUE I made a quick video to show you how:

http://screencast.com/t/B8pEREwk

Regarding point 1, this is something we considered during VUE 2 development, but were reluctant to overextend VUE into becoming a tool for creating ontologies as that is not really VUE's purpose, it continues to be an interesting idea though and something we'll certainly consider when thinking about how to make our tool more usable.

-Mike

 
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