Spring Early Addition

2002-08-30 23:13 ☼ post

Like many MacOS X using bloggers I downloaded Spring today and started fiddling around with it. Even though it’s not entirely up to snuff in 10.2 it’s clearly a promising app. I love how you can drag objects straight out of a web page. It’ll be even cooler once they get it integrated with iChat too.

Spring is kind of hard to describe, but I’ll give it a go. Spring is essentially an application that lets you manipulate information objects in interesting ways. On one level you can access the built-in actions of an object by right clicking on it and that’s pretty cool in and of itself. Where things really start to take off is when you command-drag from one object to another to create a connection and generate entirely different actions. For example if you command drag from one city object to another Spring will show a pop up menu which presents the option to buy a plane ticket between the cities.

Spring is all about connecting things together, so many object actions take you to some form of web page or application. Book objects can take you to their page onAmazon.com or to a price comparision page. There are tons of possibilities here so I’m excited to see what happens as more people get on board and start generating cool objects and actions.