HyperStudio at Home & Work

I'm now using the very efficient drag-and-drop features, combined with HyperStudio’s ability to instantly import images, text and links for almost any researching and/or organizing of information that I'm doing where the information doesn't just fit neatly into the rows and columns of a spreadsheet or database, and the images and links don't neatly come together in a word processing document.  And, I especially use it when I don't know yet what the final organization, and what the final "highlights" of the information and conclusions, will be.

I've used it for the research and organization for future presentations at conferences, and documenting the explanations (and errors in) how digital electronic circuits work.

Research for Presentations

Here is an example of a research card done in stack with card dimensions of 3600 x 2400.  There's no particular limit on card sizes, so I use very large card sizes for research such as this.

Here's a link to the full-size card image;


For more information on HyperStudio as a presentation tool, see “HyperStudio: A Great Way to Start a Presentation”.

Online Accounts

I find that when returning to web-pages where I have accounts, even those that I might use somewhat frequently, I often can’t remember just which username, email address and password I use for that site. If you had to change all your passwords for all the sites where you have accounts, just how would you do that? How would you remember and locate all the sites where you have an account?

The best solution for me turned out to be using HyperStudio to set up a stack that I just call “Accounts”, and to drag-and-drop the web-page logo, connect it to the url of the page (just drag and drop), and then enter my user information for the graphic object of the web-page logo in the Comment & Attributions field for that object. I have a little graphic object icon of which charge card (if any) that I've set up for payments on that site. Of course, the little credit card icon also has a link back to that credit card company web-site so that I can easily check charges on that account.

It only takes seconds for each entry: Drag the logo from the web-page, or for page that don’t have draggable graphics, I use shift-cmd-4 (on the Macintosh) to do a "capture selected part of screen", then "paste" in HyperStudio on the card as a graphic object.

Then I drag the currently open web-page address line (url) to drop on the new graphic object of the logo on the HS card. Then I just enter my username and password in the Features tab of the Inspector so that I can go back later if I need to "remember" them.

So, to make the above card, I first drag the company logo from the web-page to the card:

Then I drag the url:

In the Inspector, the Actions for that graphic object are now: "Open a Web page":

where the url is what was dragged from the address bar of the browser:

Then, I use the "Comments & Attributions" field in the Features tab to enter my username and password:

Now I can easily keep track of all my online accounts, just clicking on a logo to instantly go to any of them, and my username and password handy if I forget, which I often to.

In cases where I can't just drag the company logo, I do a screen capture of just the rectangle around the logo.  On the Mac, this is Shift-Cmd-4.  I don't know the keyboard shortcut to do it on Windows, but I'm sure there must be one. :)

You can download a HyperStudio tutorial on this here:  http://bit.ly/1wGdRZZ

Comparative Shopping

Shopping for something online is really just another form of research.  In each case, you have a general idea of what you want to learn more about, but probably don’t know yet what all the possible products that you’re going to find will be, and it’s not practical to use any other software for the process.  A word processor is too linear, and often tedious to make graphics that are linked back to the original product page.  A spreadsheet would be worse, and even the popular “note taking” software applications turn out to be rather rigid in how information is entered into their “notebook”.

With HyperStudio, you can easily and quickly grab and drag (or capture) the graphics from Amazon (usually) web-pages, and then drag the url from the web-page on to the graphic object. I also drag and drop (or copy/paste) text from the item page. I make a bunch of cards for whatever my "candidates" are for whatever product I'm researching.

The process is such that it only takes 10-15 seconds to make the entire entry (card) for any given item. Then later it's easy for me to go back, page through the candidates, and click on pictures to go back to an item to refresh my memory, or ultimately, order that item online.

Travel Planning

I know most people put this sort of thing in their calendars, or use EverNote, but for sheer speed and total flexibility (read: I can put anything anywhere on a card, and don't have to "organize" it), I just find it easier to use HyperStudio. When I'm done, I have a stack of cards with all the flights, hotels, and any events that I need to remember.

Fast access to links

In addition to being able to click on any of the image "buttons", HyperStudio also has been keeping a list in the "Comments & Attributions" for all the source urls of the images when I added them by drag and drop, and the "connect to web-page" destinations.  If I choose "Comments and Attributions" from the "Window" menu in the stack, I can see all those urls as live clickable links:

Fast and Efficient Research: Gathering, Attributions, Organization, and Synthesizing a Result

It’s hard to overstate just how efficient this system is when you are doing research on just about any topic. Whether it’s deciding on a bed & breakfast place for a vacation, buying a USB flash drive on Amazon, creating an overview report on current learning models, or getting up to speed on the performance and applications support on Android vs. iOS vs. Windows tablets, nothing comes close to HyperStudio for the combination of fast drag-and-drop of data, quick links back to the source, and on-hand paint and image manipulation tools so that everything you need is right there when you need it.

Give it a try! You’ll be glad that you did!

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