What you can do with Topicscape

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Search, not only by keywords but also by concept (see Searching by concept). You can drag files into 3D Topicscape and it will take charge of them. You can drag folders (directories) in, even with many levels of sub-folders, and Topicscape will build a 3D structure to match. Each folder becomes a Topic (see Topics), each file an Occurrence (see Occurrences).

Then, you can add to the Associations (relationships, see Associations) between Topics in a way impossible with folders and describe how topics are associated (Paris is the capital of France, for example). Above all, it solves one of the biggest problems of organizing information: In 3D Topicscape the same item (topic or information fragment) can appear in several places simultaneously -- without making copies.

Search (see Search), whether by keywords, or phrase, or using the intuitive concept search. This allows swinging and sliding through the 2D Map, or flying around the 3D landscape (the 'Scape), homing in on the area of search, making that the center of the 'Scape, and exploring further. 3D Topicscape supports text search - just key in the keywords or phrase (no need for F3 or Ctrl+F) and press Enter and you'll see a list of hits. There are several ways of filtering further or sorting them if there are too many entries. But if you can't remember the right words, you can switch to the concept search.

How you can use it in your work, hobbies and life

Organize the information you use regularly and have it to hand in a form that quickly becomes familiar so that you recognize 'where you are' in a Topicscape.

Organize your work, your research, your projects.

Topicscape users today build Maps and 'Scapes of their information for work, hobbies and personal records. Who can say how you will use it tomorrow? We know of a jewelry designer who organizes her design reference material and images with it, a freshly-minted MBA graduate who organized his research papers in 3D Topicscape and a consultant who pulled together all the material for a complex report on the effect of anti-discrimination legislation on the insurance industry using 3D Topicscape.

After using Topicscape for limited duration project, you can, if you wish, export the entire Topicscape as a structure of folders and files (see Group export). You can also export a small part of it -- one branch of the structure, say. The export process converts multi-parent links into Windows shortcut files, because of the strict-hierarchy limitations of the Windows file system.


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