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Message started by Lars Christiansen on Jan 17th, 2016, 4:42am

Title: Differences between Tinderbox and StorySpace
Post by Lars Christiansen on Jan 17th, 2016, 4:42am

I feel quite stupid asking the question  "Which are the differences between Tinderbox and StorySpace?"

Please bear with me.
I capture the hypertext context and use for StorySpace, but on the surface it looks like one of the many ways to use Tinderbox. Only this one abides to the hypertext set of rules.
If I can try a comparaison: With Word I can write both prose and poetry but in both cases I use Word(possibly with a different template).  

Title: Re: Differences between Tinderbox and StorySpace
Post by Mark Anderson on Jan 17th, 2016, 8:09am

Historically, Storyspace and Tinderbox were discrete apps. Storyspace goes back to the earliest days of hypertext and was used to write a number of seminal hypertexts. Keeping the app alive allows these hypertexts to be maintained. Such texts don't use Web pages, which is a later technology. The Storyspace app or a 'player' based on the app are needed as part of the hypertext's reading experience depends on logic applied around which links get followed during reading.

Tinderbox was originally use mainly for note-taking and weblog writing - the latter explaining the flexible HTML export - pre the era of database-backed websites (like Wordpress). Tinderbox also incorporated lots of ideas drawn from early hypertext research and practice.

Tinderbox v6 involved are-write of the codebase, moving from Metrowerks to Xcode allowing better access to many of the new affordances of OS X. Storyspace v3 was since updated and shares a common codebase with TB6; as Tinderbox drew of early Storyspace experience, the position is now reversed.

From this perspective, you can see these are essentially two apps with overlapping features, rather than discrete feature sets. Tinderbox probably supports a wider range of uses. Storyspace comes into its own for those wishing to write - or study the writing of - hypertext (as discrete from webpages written in HTML).It isn't the case that one is better/bigger than the other - they are just two apps that do different things but with a fair degree of functional overlap.

Storyspace v3 supports documents made in earlier versions besides adding the sculptural hypertext formalism (see Card Shark and Thespis). The shared codebase allows implementation of things like extra views, e.g. timeline, originally developed for Tinderbox use but which a hypertext author may find useful.

Bottom line, if you're wanting to chose 1 app only, I'd suggest those wishing to write true hypertexts look at Storyspace. For most other purposes Tinderbox is probably a better starting place. A few folk will want both.

Title: Re: Differences between Tinderbox and StorySpace
Post by Mark Bernstein on Jan 17th, 2016, 1:00pm

Storyspace is attuned to the needs of hypertext narrative.  It has dynamic links -- links that change behavior depending on what the reader has already seen and chosen.

Tinderbox is designed for analyzing and visualizing notes. It has agents that help documents organize themselves, and it has lots of powerful and flexible export facilities for working with other tools.

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