tag2find Next Generation tagging

June 25th, 2007 by martin

tag2find Next GenerationIf you followed our website, our forum, and this blog for the last view weeks, you will have seen a lot of hints to “Next Generation”. You may have wondered what this buzz is all about. Well, this article will give you a brief overview and why we here at tag2find are so enthusiastic about it.

So, first to say, “Next Generation” (or “NG”, as we also call it), is the direct result of all your feedback, with which you provided us over the first months after our initial Technical Preview release. This is the way how we want to realize all the feedback and great input you have given to us.

One of the most important changes is that we want to eliminate the “two-application behavior” of tag2find and bring a united, new and improved user interface. Up to now, tag2find was primarily either the Floating TagBox or the TagBrowser. Both are not really consistent and while both provide you with the same functionality, they behave differently and leave the feeling of two separate applications. Therefore we want to change this as one of the main improvements of “NG”. This will introduce several new features:

  • Customizable Look & Feel: you can now arrange components of the user interface however you want, regroup them, detach them, etc.
  • TagCloud: the TagCloud will have a more prominent position in the user interface. Those of you, who prefer a list-style will not be left alone, though. As you can configure your UI the way you want, you can simply hide the TagCloud and replace it with a list view of tags. Our tests here showed, however, that the TagCloud is an established tool for tag navigation and leads to very fast navigation through the tag space.
  • Drag & Drop: D&D will become more important, you will be able to drop tags to files and easily modify existing tags of files with a view mouse clicks. It will be lightning fast and easy in comparison to the existing way of the TagBrowser.
  • Improved Filemanagement: right now, file operations almost stopped at the application boundary of tag2find. You could launch items, you could drag&drop them to another location or e-mail, but that it was. This will change. In tag2find NG, there will be hardly any need to switch back to classic Windows Explorer any more.
  • Improved Tag Management: we will greatly simplify the way to manage your tags. Wait and see! 😉

Development of tag2find will take some time. Once we are ready, we will start a special tester program, where we will also reward our tester community for their efforts. Marc has already written a little bit about this.

3 Responses to “tag2find Next Generation tagging”

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  2. Clancolin Says:

    “One of the most important changes is that we want to eliminate the “two-application behavior? of tag2find and bring a united, new and improved user interface.”

    Hurrah! Good choice.

    “Improved Tag Management: we will greatly simplify the way to manage your tags. ”

    Ditto.

    “In tag2find NG, there will be hardly any need to switch back to classic Windows Explorer any more.”

    This sounds intriguing.

    Please bring on NG – it’s been 2 months almost since this post – as I’ve spent much too much time setting up and tagging files using Tag2Find. I need you guys to succeed, otherwise I’m going to have to go into a corner and sob a little.

    Best wishes.

    Colin

  3. martin Says:

    Hi,

    we are on our way! We have been wading through several 100k lines of code in the last few weeks. We are concentrated and focused to deliver NG. Please give us a little bit more time.

    Hope you’ll become one of our premium testers once we start the next phase of testing!

    Best regards,
    Martin

    PS: no need to get into a corner right now 😉

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