Keyword: Software

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Promiscuous Pipelines / Constant

„In computation, a ’pipe’ is a method to enable various software modules to connect to each other, where the output of one program is treated as the input for the next program. ’Pipes’ form the basis of The Unix philosophy, a perspective on software production where multiple task-oriented tools can be chained together to make seemingly endless software combinations possible. While interchangeable and flexible, the assumption that each element should be optimised to ’Do One Thing and Do It Well’ leads to a rather predictable and ultimately normative set. If each tool is designed to be used in any context by anyone at any time, what about situated knowledge? How can we imagine modularity, knowing that software processes are inherently leaky and contextual?“

http://www.constantvzw.org/

New Interfaces for Textual Expression / Allison Parrish

„New Interfaces for Textual Expression is a series of devices intended to create and manipulate text. Analogous to contemporary work in the field of New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME), New Interfaces for Textual Expression are intuitive but not literal: they map gestures not to characters (as with conventional writing devices, such as the keyboard and the pen), but to broader manipulations of language and layout. The devices suggest new syntaxes for composing, reading, and performing text.“

http://www.decontextualize.com/projects/nite/

I/O/D

http://bak.spc.org/iod/index.html

The Readers Project

„The Readers Project is a collection of distributed, performative, quasi-autonomous poetic ‚readers‘ — active, procedural entities with distinct reading behaviors and strategies. […] Each reader follows traces of linguistic and poetic structure — symbolic idealities — that define their specific focus of attention. Since the their behaviors are derived from a necessarily partial, aesthetically implicated analysis of human reading, they explore and reveal certain contours and outlines of linguistic materiality’s ‚other dimensions‘, in work that we propose to be significant, affective, and literary.“

http://thereadersproject.org

Jupyter Notebook

„The Jupyter Notebook is a web application that allows you to create and share documents that contain live code, equations, visualizations and explanatory text.“

http://jupyter.org

CanonCat (1987) / Jef Raskin

A computer system with text-based interface and some ideosyncratic tweaks developed by Raskin aimed at high efficiency and convenience. He elaborates on his approach in his „Humane Interface“ book. Most notably the LEAP function, a way to quickly navigate around documents, that also introduced the dedicated LEAP buttons on the CanonCat’s keyboard.

CanonCat demo video
Promo video for the LEAP technology

Hamlet / Doug 50

Group project to develop a new software system based on Doug Engelbart’s ideas for the 50th anniversary of the demo of 1968.

http://ualr.edu/jdberleant/URLtable-DB.html
http://dkr.space
http://doug-50.info
http://timebrowser.info

Soylent

„Soylent is a crowd-powered interface: one that embeds workers from Mechanical Turk into Microsoft Word.“

http://projects.csail.mit.edu/soylent/

transCoder / Zach Blas

„Queer Programming Anti-Language“

http://users.design.ucla.edu/~zblas/

VisiCalc

Early spreadsheet software, to be considered the first „killer app“ for Personal Computing and the first application that convinced people to invest in whole systems (the Apple II). First software that went through a whole software career cycle, until its decline fueled by competitor „Lotus 1-2-3“. Also notable for its good documentation at that time.

http://www.bricklin.com/history/sai.htm

Bravo & Gypsy

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bravo_(software)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gypsy_(software)