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