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3D Topicscape Pro, Lite and SE comparison

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3D Topicscape Pro is the full-out information organizer. . .

. . . that gives you more flexibility in how you organize your information by introducing loose associations. As the same piece of information can appear in several places (without dangerous duplication) you can find things more quickly. It lets you make full 2D or 3D concept maps by describing associations. Importantly, for version control, it helps you spot duplicates before importing with the duplicate-check tray.

Quickly and continuously improve your information organization as you go - see new relationships, merge topics together and merge folders into topics. Add rich text descriptions (color, fonts, images) to topics and occurrences. Make your Topicscapes portable - Pro supports thumb drives.

Tasks

Open items stored in Topicscape directly in other software such as Outlook tasks or calendar items (live links, not copies), connect Topicscapes together with precision links to a specific topic in another Topicscape. From your 3D landscape, open a daily-check website or a record-keeping spreadsheet with just a click. This is a real time saver and, with its promoted icon, an excellent memory tickler.

Finding stuff

Search using Google Desktop or Windows Desktop Search if installed. Do rapid local searches as well as Topicscape-wide searches. Save time by previewing files in the Topic Center (choose from three preview sizes), flagging topics and occurrences as favorites or even seeing a topic's contents from the landscape view, without going to the Topic Center. Highlight key information and spot it quickly by flagging important topics, color-coding your occurrences (files and notes) and get older material out of the way by flagging files as 'finished with' for convenient grouping and retention.

Extensive import and export capability

Bring existing work straight from other software into Topicscape with the extended import capability of Pro. Mindmanager 5, 6, 7, Personal Brain 4 and FreeMind (0.9.0 and later) files can all be imported. You can even export back to FreeMind. Use the work you do in Topicscape in other contexts by exporting to OPML, and HTML (with hyperlinks to occurrence files) and plain text (with paths to occurrence files).

Operational

Pro has three modes to provide a staged introduction to its powerful features. Like all versions it has an extensive self-running demo which you can control. Customize Pro to your needs: Includes 15 skins to provide an appearance to suit different circumstances and tastes. Further choices can be made from color schemes, textures and shapes.

The comparison

You can see how the Lite and Student Editions vary from Pro in this detailed comparison of features:

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3D interface giving flight with seven degrees of freedom (note 1)
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Google Earth controls option
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Classic Topicscape controls
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2D interface giving swinging and floating, like Cooliris
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Choose your own image as a background for 2D Maps
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Flexible structure: Topics may have many children and many parents ('cloned' topics supported without copying)
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Re-orient your view around any topic
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Loose Associations (tunnels): outside-the-hierarchy topics
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Definable Association types (for 3D concept maps) (note 2)
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File-types that can be stored in Topicscape, viewed and exported All filetypes + shortcuts to files and folders MHT, TXT, HTML & Internet shortcuts
Files introduced to Topicscape may be moved to it, copied to it or just pointed to, in their original location outside Topicscape.
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Occurrences may appear in many places and all refer to a single file ('cloned' occurrences)
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Topics and occurrences may have descriptions added, occurrences may have source, author, etc. added allowing much better notes to be retained about stored files.
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Extensive implementation of drag and drop for supported file types on the same PC
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Paste special functions (OLE) with wrapper file made automatically
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Halo menu on topics (with dynamic help) for immediate and visible action
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Swinging panels for highly visible control that gets out of your way when you don't need it (adjust appearance of landscape easily)
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Can make live links to Outlook 2000 - 2007 items with drag and drop
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Fix changes MS made to Outlook 2007 live links (URIs)
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Can make live links to MyInfo items with copy and paste
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Fileless occurrences for quick notes
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Built-in, robust relational database (Firebird) to hold all information management data that you add
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A Topicscape can be an occurrence in a Topicscape allowing webs of Topicscapes
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Shortcut or occurrence can open another Topicscape at a specific topic
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Quickzoom to inspect any part of the landscape quickly. Easily zoom back, or stay
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Back up along past flight-path and go back to past Current Topics
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Reverse that - go forward again
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Built-in demonstrations of 3D flying and basic Topicscape operations
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Limited and Expert modes available (for first contact), as well as a fully customizable mode
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Rich appearance options
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Skins 21 skins 1 business-like skin 1 colorful skin
Customize your own Topicscape skins
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Choose among three color schemes: individual; by level; or by group.
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Customize colors for each component of the color scheme individually
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Choose the texture and color of the field
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Topic footprints for greater clarity of topic grouping
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Choose of black or white text for topic names
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Customize Home view position to your own taste
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Cycling color-glow behind Current Topic (can be made static)
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The Details Panel
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Optional rich text (rtf) topic description (Description+)
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2000-character topic and occurrences descriptions
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256-character topic and occurrences descriptions
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Moveable details panel in topic center
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Details Panel acts as a dashboard to a topic's content
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Third item on Details Panel (free text area) Authority Authority Date
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Large text edit panel for longer text items
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Information management features
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Intelligent (weighted) word check of new topic names to help reduce duplication
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Use tags, tag cloud and tag filtering for added control
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Option to report duplicate files before importing, including detecting changes
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Automated offer to merge new folder to topic
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Merge two topics - their occurrences and all their associations
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Flag your important topics
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Occurrences may be colored for grouping and easy recognition of important groups
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Color shows in Topic Center and in Hit and History Lists;
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Occurrences may be marked "Finished with" and they will be partly suppressed
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One occurrence per topic can be shown above the topic cone and opened directly from the 'Scape
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Preview pane in Topic Center for occurrences (re-sizable - small-medium-large)
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Preview pane in 3D landscape or 2D Map for occurrences
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See contents of a topic directly from an entry in the right-click menu
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Favorites menu shows recent Topics made current and Occurrences opened.
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Dragging in folders to make group of topics with the same structure
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Group deletes (topic and all its descendants unless shared with another topic)
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Precision deletes (a single topic in a structure)
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Supports marking of topics and occurrences as Favorites, and finding them easily
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'Past activity' items stored in the History List. Up to 300 35 35
'Remove from History list' function.
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Sorting topics in the Scape
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Topicscape Islands for detached topics (topics not associated with the main body)
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Topicscape Orphans (for defunct topics and files, to be kept for historical reasons)
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Web research support
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Edition
MHT-making capability that is often better than Internet Explorer, with queuing capability
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MaxMHT (note 3) included (advanced MHT-making capability that far exceeds that of IE), with queuing capability to allow surfing to resume immediately an archive file has been queued.
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Mass conversion option to change all URLs to MHT archive files for content searching
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Drop a web Favicon on the field and a topic will be made automatically to contain it
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Searching
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Scape search
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Topic Center Search
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Sorting the Hit List (results of a search) Full Some Some
Autopilot flight from results in the Hit list to a hit in the 'Scape
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Advanced Search Panel carries a drop-down history of past search phrases
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Filter topic and occurrence results by date modified
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Filter topic and occurrence results by date created and opened
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Search occurrences by color of their flagging
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Include / exclude "Finished with" items in search results
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Direct hit: Searches having only one hit will make the topic current or open the occurrence
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Search string history in drop down box (also clear history or clear one item)
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Optionally uses Google Desktop for faster file-content searching, if installed
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Search by colors, flags and include or exclude 'Finished with' items from the search
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Noisewords (stopwords) list to avoid excessive search hits
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Noisewords user-maintainable
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Import / Export / Compatibility with other products
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Lite
Student
Edition
Import MindManager(R) files to make Topicscapes via outlined-numbered text files
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Turn MindManager 5, 6 and 7 .mmap files directly to 3D information landscapes.
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Import Personal Brain(R) 3 files to make Topicscapes from a Brain-exported .pba file
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Import Personal Brain(R) 4 files to make Topicscapes from a Brain-exported .pba file
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Import from OML files (XML outliner format)
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Import functions using XML or folders to make a new Topicscape
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Import FreeMind files to make Topicscapes directly from a .mm file
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Export a Topicscape to make a Freemind 2D mindmap (re-importable to Topicscape)
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Export a Topicscape structure to a text file indented for reading
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Export a Topicscape structure to a text file for editing and re-importing
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Out Tray for quick topic / occurrence exporting and various types of delete
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Export a Topicscape structure to HTML
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Exchange of Topicscape files (.3DT) between SE and PE Pro or PE Lite (note 4)
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Robust
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Extensive data checks and fixes with a full Data Repair Wizard
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Check for stray files
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(do Data Repair)
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List any missing occurrences files
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   (do Data Repair)
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Scope
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Lite
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Edition
Support for cross-network Topicscape databases or occurrence files
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Thumb drives supported for Topicscapes and occurrence files
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Topicscape Box included for quickly saving items for later inclusion in Topicscape
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(Lite vsn)
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Notes

note 1. Degrees of freedom when flying in the landscape: Slide up and down; Slide left and right; Fly forward and backward; pitch up and down; Swivel left and right; Zoom to and from a topic; Zoom to the center of the view.

note 2. In Topicscape, we might have a topic "France" and another "Paris". Paris would be the child topic of France. The PE feature allows specific phrases such as Paris "is the capital of" France.

note 3. MaxMHT can save most web pages in full and with the original format as they appeared when you viewed them on line.It can save most Flash sites, sites that use off-server CSS, and even Javascript (client-side, i.e. in your browser). This now includes many sites requiring log-in, and RSS feeds.

note 4. 3DT files interchangeable between SE and PE, but only occurrences with the permitted filetypes will be visible. If a Data Repair of a PE database is done by the SE Data Repair, it will delete the filetypes that not are supported in SE.

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