Sudden View - For the art of editing text
- From: "Sudden Disruption" <rod@xxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: 13 Nov 2005 18:25:34 -0800
Most writing software acts like a typewriter. Sudden View works more
like magnetic letters on the side of your refrigerator. I would like
to invite those who spend more than four hours a day editing text a
chance to test a totally different approach to writing.
This is a beta test. Please do not post to any shareware sites.
Here's a description from the website :
....for the art of editing text
What is Sudden View?
Sudden View is a draft tool for the art of editing text.
Sudden View is a simple yet powerful text editor for the Windows 32-bit
Sudden View allows you to see your work from a new dynamic perspective.
It allows you to spread text around the screen in the same way an
artist applies paint to a canvas.
Sudden View gives you the ability to Instantly Abstract the contents of
your text file in a visual and animated fashion. This provides a
variably condensed view of your work and can be very effective for
navigation and planning.
Sudden View promotes Copy, Cut, Paste and Move to directly manipulated
editing primitives using Variant Block Selection and Dynamic
Arrangement. This allows you to move your text around the screen as if
it were letters on a magnetic board.
There are many other unique features in Sudden View as noted below.
Some of these may delight you, others may not. Either way, Sudden View
is NOT just another text editor.
Sudden View Features
Variant Block Selection - Sudden View allow you to select several
different type of blocks, each with their own features. A Sentence
block can be moved through a word-wrapped paragraph on a multi-column
line, but a line block selects the entire width of the document. A
Literal selection can slice a column vertically, and a character block
will move anywhere. Variant Block Selection enhances the effectiveness
of Dynamic Arrangement.
Dynamic Arrangement - Sudden View allows you to drag text around the
screen in a visually animated fashion using the mouse or arrow keys.
Select a block with a left mouse drag and then also move it with a left
Instant Abstraction - Sudden View will progressively shrink detail in a
visually animated fashion, leaving the higher level concepts visible
for navigation or conceptualizing.
View Bar - In place of the scroll bar is a reduced image of the entire
file. It allow for very fast navigation of known structures.
Power Menu - This allows the user to visually select from a keyboard
menu without having to learn shortcut or hot keys.
Direct Scrolling - With Sudden View you can drag the contents of the
entire screen for navigation.
Virtual Zoom - Sudden View provides font scaling in a visually animated
Implicit Formatting - With Sudden View, the text IS the format. There
are no explicit margin bars. Just define a format with text and copy it
as often as you like.
There are many other features in Sudden View. Download a copy for a
Even more confused? I'll let someone else describe Sudden View. The
following press quotes are from the first release of Sudden View in
Sudden View was incredible. It was like a paint program that used
text instead of colors. - Dana Jacobson
This program has to be seen to be believed... for a fast and
flexible editor, there is nothing in its class. - Brian Gockley
Ditch everything you know about word processing and text editors
before you sit down with Sudden View. It's, well, shocking. Words fail
to accurately describe it. - John Nagy
There was only really one super standout new software product, an
amazing text editor... it is unlike any text editor you have ever seen.
- Nevin Shalit
My hat's off in awe, and respect for your conceptualizing and
actualization. You've so far out-stripped the current meaning of the
phrase "text editor" that from now on, one will have to have two
entirely distinct concepts in mind when one hears it. - Mark Jones.
The program is really unlike any other text editor anywhere! It's
fast and it's LIVE! - Doug W.
Well, there you have it. When I find some better descriptions, I'll
post them here. Until then, you'll just have to download the program
and give it a try.
Frenquently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What are the requirements?
Sudden View runs under any 32-bit Windows environment with a minimum of
VGA display. This includes Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT, Windows
2000 or Windows XP.
Why so retro?
Sudden View's not retro, it's archiac. If it looks like something from
out of the 80s, that's because it is. I began coding Sudden View in
1989 and began using it in 1990. It's first commercial release was in
1992 and it hasn't changed much since then. I did the Windows port in
1996 and added the ViewBar in 1999. It's been in limited release for
the last 14 years.
Does the world really need yet another text editor?
I think so, mostly because Sudden View is NOT just another text editor.
As a frustrated writer (one who hasn't been published), I've continued
to review editing tools over the years. Since I've never found anything
that allows me to manipulate text as quickly and effectively as Sudden
View I've continued to use it personally. Plus friends and colleagues
continue to ask for downloads. I figured since I've done the work I
might as well make it available to the public. YOU decide if it's
really needed or not.
Why the funky font?
In order to visually manipulate verticle text blocks a mono-space font
is required. Besides, Sudden View is about draft content, not
presentation. The focus is steak over sizzle. Remember, it's a draft
How do you print from Sudden View?
You don't. Consider it my contribution to the paperless office. See the
manual for more detail (this may change soon).
Why doesn't Sudden View work like other Windows editors?
Because if it did, it WOULD be just another Windows text editor. Sudden
View is a way to explore an alternative approach to editing text.
Give it a try.
Let me know what you think.
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