Archive for March, 2007|Monthly archive page

2.0 Launch. Thank you!

HyperTeam, HyperFriends.

Only today did I realize how happy I am with Hyperwords 2.0

And how grateful I am to you for your help in making it happen.

I have thought of this release as working for the balance of features vs. intrusiveness to make more users enjoy it as mostly a business problem – it’s time for Hyperwords to start paying its own way.

But then, walking home from seeing Letters from Iwo Jima (excellent movie by the way, a true work of art) and thinking of words and letters in various forms. I remember the first time I was captivated by the printed word; I was reading a book at our old summer place in Norway and I just couldn’t get over how beautiful the printed characters were, the ampersand, or ‘&’ in particular.

Besides the information words carry, they are to me at least, also objects of great beauty. Seeing Letters today somehow brought this home again, even though there were very few actual letters on the screen. It reminded me of how the Japanese used to treat the printed word, with a respect to the point of burning written paper when no longer needed. Not simply discarded.

And in the middle of all this artistic letter-stuff I have always, well for many years now, wondered why we leave characters on computer screens for dead. As we write on ‘word-processors’ we can delete, spell check, change type sizes, insert the odd hyper-link and so on.

But then we hit the ‘Save’ button and freeze the text. The only interaction now is what is provided by copying the text, searching for it or the few options available on the right/control click menu.

And I have moaned about this and written about this and told people over countless coffees how this is such a waste.

And I had the opportunity to study this more in-depth through my masters. And I built a prototype. And started a company.

But today something different happened. Today I finished the demonstration video on and Mikhail, whose friendship and hard work has been the midwife for this work, has almost finished 2.0. There are are a few very strange bugs left on certain systems, but it’ll be done by tomorrow, Wednesday, lunch time.

Today my dream of richly interactive text is real. It is not perfect. It is simply real. It exists without excuses, without the need for explanation.

I started out as an artist and as an art piece, Hyperwords 2.0 is the first incarnation of real interactive text.

I don’t know about the future, about the business, about users, but as a piece in itself, I am happy.

And for this I thank you.

I sent this as a group letter but there is a reason you received this, I quite simply could not have made Hyperwords without you.

Thank you.

Frode Hegland
The Hyperwords Company