Capturing and interacting with design history

With Outpost users collaboratively author
website information architectures on an electronic whiteboard using physical media. Users can
create new pages by writing on post-it notes and organize the site by physically moving
them around on the board. Ink annotations can be added to notes in the
design to convey design rationale. Our electronic capture enables replacing physical
documents with their electronic images. A pie menu operation makes all notes
Users have the same capabilities when content is electronic as when it is physical. A physical move tool provides a means of interacting
with the system after the physical content has become electronic, retaining haptic direct
manipulation. The main time line is a visually navigable,
time-ordered set of design thumbnails. The thumbnails now only display information about
the state changes of the board, they also are direct manipulation interface for navigating
the design history. By clicking on any thumbnail, the system undoes or redoes all commands that
have been issued since that point in time, restoring the board to that state. In this history system it is possible to return
to a state that is on a different branch by opening that branch’s tab and pressing the
desired state. The local time line provides a history with
just the actions related to an individual object in the design. A synopsis can be constructed
of your bookmarks. Bookmarks can be created at design time when a team arrives at a spot
worth marking, or they can be created after the fact by going back to a point in the time
line and bookmarking it. Users can view their set of bookmarks when viewing by bookmarks. The SynopsisView enables post design review
of key bookmarks. These bookmark states can be annotated with text and printed as hard-copy
for easy portability, sharing, and markup.

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