Liquid Information



The aim is to build ever more powerful interactive text systems, focusing on the macOS platform: Liquid | Author is a word processor featuring a minimalist interface and powerful controls, Liquid | Reader, a minimalist PDF reader and Liquid | Flow, a utility for rich and quick text interactions for all applications:



The premise is that the richer your ability to grasp your information, the deeper your insights can be, and the clearer and more credible your communication can be.


No single tool or software system can do this, so it is necessary to build interoperable systems to give the user a rich choice of tools and for the tool systems to compete to provide ever richer opportunities for the user to developer a deeper literacy in how they use the tools. To encourage dialogue as to where we can go, I host the annual Future of Text symposium and the associated book: Future of Text : A 2020 Vision. This is also why I develop the Visual-Meta system to provide the document awareness infrastructure rich innovation will need. I urge you to look at other independent software developers of text-tools, including ByWord, iA Writer, Gingko, Scrivener, Ulysses, WriteRoom, and to read about the work of Ted Nelson, who is helping us see the world of literature in new ways.





You can read about the plan forward, our manifesto of what it would mean when you are liquid and how we are working on augmenting the full literature review process for students. We are a group of passionate people, inspired by my friend and mentor Doug Engelbart's vision:



“There is a native American myth about the coyote, a native dog of the American prairies - how the coyote incurred the wrath of the gods by bringing fire down from heaven for the use of mankind, making man more powerful than the gods ever intended.
My sense is that computer science has brought us a gift of even greater power, the ability to amplify and extend our ability to manipulate symbols. It seems to me that the established sources of power and wealth understand, in some dim way, that the new power that the computer has brought from the heavens is dangerous to the existing structure of ownership and wealth in that, like fire, it has the power to transform and to make things new.

We need to become better at being humans.
Learning to use symbols and knowledge in new ways, across groups, across cultures, is a powerful, valuable, and very human goal. And it is also one that is obtainable, if we only begin to open our minds to full, complete use of computers to augment our most human of capabilities.”

Doug Engelbart





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Frode Hegland




If you tell me, I will listen. If you show me, I will see.
But if you let me experience, I will learn.





– Proud to have sponsored the Electronic Literature Festival in Cork #ELOcork

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