Organize your files on an interactive timeline, view modifications made over time and create links between objects, with this useful OS X app
hipSpace is an application designed to improve your productivity by placing your files within multiple ‘spaces’ within a timeline, and navigating between them to view how they were modified over time.
It comes equipped with numerous functions, but it can be very confusing for a first-time user, and, due to its unintuitive design, the amount of time necessary to learn how to use it effectively can negate any benefit it might have offered.
Unintuitive interface design that over-complicates tasks
When first launching hipSpace, you will notice that all of the application’s functions are placed in toolbars that can be displayed or hidden depending on your needs.
However, it is very difficult to understand what various functions are meant to accomplish at first glance, and locating specific items can be frustrating.
Aside from the cluttered and unintuitive layout, hipSpace is not particularly impressive from a visual standpoint, as its interface seems to be rather outdated.
Organize your files in an editable timeline and track modifications
When adding an object to one of the user-created ‘spaces’, any changes made to it within the application do not affect the original file. hipSpace displays a preview of the imported document, and its icon can be resized and moved anywhere on the working area.
You can navigate using the application’s timeline, see the period during which an object exists in the space and view its state at various points. Additionally, you can link multiple objects together and use filters to locate specific items.
Potentially useful application that is drawn back by its steep learning curve
hipSpace would greatly benefit from a step-by-step beginner’s guide, as many users will probably not give the application a second chance after struggling to understand its features when testing it for the first time.
A tool that is meant to increase productivity cannot be so difficult to get to grips with, and the functionality the application offers does not justify its unintuitive design.
Overall, hipSpace is a tool that could prove to be helpful for some, but it is not particularly user friendly, and you may need to spend a considerable amount of time learning to take full advantage of its functions.
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