What is the Unitraverse Desktop App?
The UD App is a client application that runs in a browser on a desktop computer or laptop, and helps researchers organize their findings, whether they be urls, documents, .pdfs, spreadsheets or other types of resources. It is a one-stop shop for organization, providing a place to save links, save browser tabs and have the urls where you want them. It also gives you easy access to all assets, including those on the file system, and the ability to open and close groups of resources with a single click. Launching resources is automated and the setup cost is negligible.
Who is it for?
Researchers and knowledge workers who must go online often and learn about numerous subjects and synthesize something from what they have culled in their findings. Also, anyone who wishes to reclaim space on their Mac or Windows desktop and save oodles of time. The key benefit is that it allows users to do a context switch in seconds per day, rather than several mintues per day. It provides convenience and greater organization for a constant stream of information and knowledge, which often has to be searched for down the road when a temporary context has been all but forgotten.
This is the ideal tool for people in large organizations who are now dealing with channel overload and constant churn. Yes, Slack and Box.com are excellent infrastructure tools that help collaboration immensely, but these are just two from a list of dozens of tools that are in use in a single large company. The UD App can offer help in synthesizing important info for fast paced environments, where each person will be a greater asset if they can efficiently organize links and details that are specifically important to them, or their team, and keep them in a place that works for their brain.
There is an anticipated benefit to new hires in a company who use the UD App, who are overwhelmed by the resources, documents, urls, scripts, applications and other items that get piled in front of them. Yes there is often a good list of links and action items that someone has compiled, maybe a few months ago, but quite often the list does not match the scope of their work, is incomplete and is for just one aspect of their job and they need to refer to many such separate lists. It will greatly help interns and co-ops and contribute to their success if they can easily and effortlessly organize their stuff in a way that suits their role and their current tasks and their individual thought patterns.
Features and capabilities
- integrates all resources, whether online pages or file system items & documents, into a workflow, minimizing and even eliminating the time spent looking for some item among many tabs, many open docs, many open applications
- wrap all resources in customized workflows or investigation contexts that are intuitive and easily organized as the user wishes.
- allows tracking of browser tab locations and capturing of urls to an organized lattice for later access.
- allows browser tabs to be managed in groups. You can open groups of tabs and close groups of tabs with one click, which not only provides the filtering that enables the first bullet (above), it can now happen quickly and automatically.
- allows all documents to be managed in groups. You can open groups of docs and close groups of docs with a single click, which not only provides the filtering that enables the first bullet (above), but it now happens quickly and automatically. Close each document group automatically with a single operation when you are done, knowing that you are now ceasing work on a particular investigation, synthesis, or workflow. You know that you can easily get back to the same group of docs. This will enable you to have some important documents which are part of a reference library remain open while you move around to different workflows.
- Build and permute a customized organizational lattice quickly and easily. Because the organizational scheme is simple to generate, you can change the scheme as needed so that you will be able to remember more easily and quite reliably where the workflow and its important resources are.
allows organizational schemes to be quickly created for
- investigations and syntheses
- job responsibilities
- allows context modality, specifically the formatting, to be quickly (with only a couple clicks) applied to entire branches of the organizational lattice.
- allows fast creation of a new text document from the location you are already working from, and brings it to the front inside an editer, complete with a filename, file system location and document title header already in place
- export all resources, links and structural lattice to target locations on the file system
How does this change things?
The transformation from how things have been done in the past to how they will now be done using the UD Application can be summarized in the following way....
The old way:
a) close each tab, one at a time, and for each tab you close, decide if you might not soon be needing that tab again. If you are likely to be needing the tab again, go to the url window of the browser (in the case that the browser bookmarking feature is inadaquate) and manually copy the url, paste it into the most appropriate of the many open documents. When you do need to reopen a tab, go to that specific tracking text file, provided you know and remember which one it was, find and click the link. This process makes a person want to keep many tabs open, and keeping more tabs open than what is currently needed is a bad thing, leading to a cluttered inefficient process....
b) keep tabs open, deferring the decisions until later. When the tabs crowd the window, you are forced to review which tabs to keep open, or you are forced to create a separate browser instance which can be time consuming. This overloads the browser with tabs, unless you decide not to multi-task (in order to keep browser tabs and open docs to a minimum), but not multi-tasking is not an option for many people and for many IT and knowledge worker roles
The new way:
The UD App allows you to close an entire group of tabs that are assigned a group tag or, if they reside as siblings in the currently visible node, by resource type. With minimal effort, you can reopen them later because of the same addressable group feature.
Basic description and screen shots
Have a first look at the Unitraverse Desktop app, and it's main features here: UD App intro page
In order to use the Unitraverse Desktop app, you must have the following:
- Windows 7, 8.1, or 10
- Python 2.7
- Chrome browser 49 (or later)
- Mac Mountain Lion
- Python 2.7
- Chrome browser 49 (or later)
Malware is a real issue these days and because it is impossible to know who the bad actors are and what code is malicious, it seems to be a very appealing strategy for a software company without an established reputation that seeks a wider adoption, to make their products available as human readable source code. That is the approach we have taken with the UD App's Chrome extensions that get installed into the Chrome browser and also with the Python udagent.py server that runs on your local machine. Instead of shipping binary code and munged code, it seemed reasonable and important to give customers a full view of what they were running on their systems.
Be advised that there have been reported cases of browser extensions that began as trustworthy clean code being bought, and under new management, became malicious. A best practice would be to keep the source code, and if you are not comfortable with an update, start to use the Chrome extension source code that is safe. You can choose to install it in Chrome using Developer Mode but there are some risks to doing that according to the Chrome engineers. The best thing would be to use the source code to 'pack' your own tab-tracking extension and then use that.
Free Trial Period (payment reminders after the trial)
You will have a 15-day evaluation period to make sure it is working on your system, and that it is valuable to you. During this time the usage of the application will be without cost, and will not come with any pay reminders. After the trial period, there will be occasional reminders that the trial period is over and that it is time to register your instance of the UD App.
To view the end user licensing agreement here: License
Quick & easy set-up scripts
For both Windows and the Mac there are interactive set-up scripts that help you with the entire end-to-end set-up process... downloading and installing prereqs (the Chrome browser, Python and the Chrome extension for tab tracking), downloading, installing and starting the desktop app in Chrome.
To get started, read more info about using the setup scripts.
To get the convenient set-up scripts for your platform, go to this Download page
For more in-depth documentation click here: Documentation
This will cover how to download and install, how to use the UD App, and even some suggestions about how to organize your computer resources in a vault workflow context.
Q: What information about me or my system will be uploaded and shared?
Register your account key
Register your copy here: Register my app
Get a replacement key
A replacement key is free of charge, and the process to get a new account key is intended to be as painless as possible.
Each registered app will have an account key that can be replaced if the key has been stolen or even shared inadvertently. Keys are not meant to be shared, as payment for a single key only covers one user on machines belonging to that single user (see License agreement for details on this). When account keys are shared, they become immediately invalid. This does not mean the app and your data will be rendered useless, it only means that you will begin to see the payment reminders again.
The usage data that is reported to the website will allow us to detect overlaps in reporting time-spans. When an overlap happens, the account key involved will be revoked, and the owner of the account key will need to request a new account key.
Get a replacement key here (email verification will be required): Replace my account key
Becoming a test partner
There is currently a need for testers to look things over from a customer point of view, assess the user experience and the type of productivity gains you see and also to report on any bugs that you might find.
If you would be interested in contributing to the quality of the UD App, and would like to know how to obtain free access to the beta version and also to the first major release, then please contact us at email@example.com. The tester account key will be available as long as the need for help continues. This notice will be updated when enough testers have signed up.
For help or support please send questions and/or correspondence to firstname.lastname@example.org
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