MORE (application)

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MORE
MORE 3.1 application icon
Screenshot-MORE3-MacOS8.png
Symantec MORE 3.1 running in MacOS 8
Developer(s)Dave Winer
Living Videotext[1]
Initial release1986; 35 years ago (1986)[1]
Operating systemClassic Mac OS
TypeOutliner
LicenseProprietary; later rereleased as freeware[2]
Websiteoutliners.scripting.com

MORE is an outline processor application that was created for the Macintosh in 1986 by software developer Dave Winer[1] and that was not ported to any other platforms. An earlier outliner, ThinkTank, was developed by Winer,[1] his brother Peter, and Doug Baron[3] for Apple II, Apple III, PC[4] and then ported by Peter to the Macintosh.[5]

MORE was the result of combining three planned products into one expanding around the outliner, and described by its author as an outline processor.[5] In MORE, the outlines could be formatted with different layouts, colors, and shapes. Outline "nodes" could include pictures and graphics.

The company that made these products, Living Videotext, merged with Symantec in July 1987.[3][6] Around July 1999, with Symantec's permission, Mr. Winer released versions of the ThinkTank and MORE products on a Web site for free download.[2]

Functions[edit]

In 1987, MORE had evolved into a tool that was used to create presentations, a category that ultimately would be dominated by PowerPoint when Microsoft chose to pass up on acquiring Living Videotext.[7]

Functions in these outliners included:

  • Appending notes, comments, rough drafts of sentences and paragraphs under some topics
  • Assembling various low-level topics and creating a new topic to group them under
  • Deleting duplicate topics
  • Demoting a topic to become a subtopic under some other topic
  • Disassembling a grouping that does not work, parceling its subtopics out among various other topics
  • Dividing one topic into its component subtopics
  • Dragging to rearrange the order of topics
  • Making a hierarchical list of topics
  • Merging related topics
  • Promoting a subtopic to the level of a topic

Reception[edit]

MORE was selected for the 2nd Annual Editor's Choice awards of the magazine MacUser as Best Organizer and Best Product of 1986.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Farber, Dan (2013-03-25). "Dave Winer debuts 'classic' Little Outliner". CNET. Retrieved 2016-04-17.
  2. ^ a b Winer, Dave (August 1999). "Welcome to Outliners.Com!". Retrieved 2016-04-17.
  3. ^ a b Dave Winer. "Outliners & Programming". UserLand Software. Archived from the original on 2008-05-12. Retrieved 2010-04-10.
  4. ^ Hershey, William R. (May 1984). "Thinktank an outlinining and organizing tool". BYTE. Vol. 9 no. 5. p. 189-194.
  5. ^ a b Borrell, Jerry (July 1987). "An interview with David Winer, President of Living Videotext". Macworld. Vol. 4 no. 7. p. 73-88.
  6. ^ Parker, Rachel (1987-07-13). "Symantec Buys Living Videotext, Joins Mac Market". InfoWorld. Vol. 9 no. 28. p. 5.
  7. ^ "Microsoft rejection letter, 1987". 2010-04-10. Retrieved 2021-08-17.
  8. ^ "2nd Annual Editor's Choice Awards". MacUser. Vol. 3 no. 1. January 1987. p. 53-56.

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