I am looking at StorySpace and with its guard rails (fields) ability seems like it could be used in presentations to create different narratives for the same content. Use Case: Sales, Prototyping, Internal Team Discussions, Group Brainstorming etc from existing Tinderbox files.
Just curious: Has anyone who has both applications used it for this purpose?
No specific use case, rather more exploratory in nature since I have not used SS very much at all (my bad). I was thinking about how I could use SS at work and the thought to use it in presentations lingered. I am not sure at all if there are any new affordances over Tinderbox for informal meetings however since SS has been in existence for eons, I thought I would float the question to the community who might have used it in this context before. I do not know.
I believe that Dr. Diaz is deferring to Storyspace guard fields, the distinctive feature of Storyspace links that allow links to be enabled or disabled based on what the user has previously seen and done. In lots of ways, “guard rails” is a better image!
I don’t believe guard fields have been used extensively for C-suite presentations, though one of the nice things about Tinderbox and Storyspace as a presentation medium is that you can drive documents in different directions as your audience requires — something notoriously hard to do with PowerPoint. This is also what Prezi did nicely, and was a strength of Pad++.
Ah yes. I’ve been away from office for a few days and access to “Getting Started with Hypertext Narrative”. I’ll dig in a bit as I suspect, most of guard fields—which I think are semi-legacy even in Storyspace v3.x—can be replicated in Tinderbox. I’m not trying the latter for dogmatic reasons but simply so as to allow Tinderbox’s extra affordances to be brought into play.
One missing Tinderbox element might be a ‘navigate’ operator that follow a link/load it†. IOW, we can test a [link] and if the test is true then the link is followed, else no link or an alternate.
†. That might be stated a different way as a select(path) operator. Drawing on this transition, this raises the notion of an ‘on load’ but I think $OnVisit captures that. so we may be in better shape than thought.