Standalone Application Manual
Note: This is the manual for the Standalone Application version of HotSauce. Go here for the manual for the plugin version. Depending on the platform, the plugin is called ProjectXPlugInPPC, ProjectXPlugIn68K or npProjX.dll. The standalone application is called Project X.
Fly through the Internet
Using your mouse & keyboard, you can fly through a 3D representation of the Internet. This technology prototype will allow you to move forward, backward and laterally within the Project X window. (We call the contents of the window the XSpace.)
- To fly forward, or "into" the space, hold down the mouse button.
- To fly backward, or out of the space, hold down the command key and the mouse button.
- To accelerate your movement through the space, add the shift key.
- To "steer", put the mouse on the black background, hold the mouse button down and move the mouse toward where you want to go.
- To 'jump' to a node, double click on it. If it is a document node, the correct app will launch the document. If you double click on a folder node, you will jump to that folder.
- Use the grow box in the right hand side corner of the window to increase or decrease the size of the windows.
- Open up multiple XSpace windows. To open a new window, select a node by clicking once on it and then choose the "Display in New Window" option under the Node menu.
- Nodes with a page icon are documents. Double clicking on them will show you the content.
- Nodes with a trident like icon have multiple parents. You can select them by clicking once on them and ask to see the other parents (command-P).
- You can double click on nodes with a triangle icon in the upper left corner and the system will contact the appropriate server and expand the space. What is read in will be permanently part of your XSpace (unless of course, you explicitly delete it).
Customize the XSpace
By using Apple's drag & drop, you can add, delete or move stuff within the X space.
- To add web (HTML, FTP, News, Email) content to the space, drag & drop links from Netscape (support for other browsers coming real soon.)
- To add gopher hierarchies to the space, drag & drop the gopher link or use the Add... command. The gopher structure will be automatically mapped into the space.
- To add desktop content to the space, drag & drop it.
- Try adding a desktop folder. (It will take a second or two to index the contents.) If your hard drive is below 1.0GB, you may want to try dragging it into the window. (If your hard drive is greater than 1.0GB, you may have to wait for a few minutes.)
- To delete a node, simply drag it into the trash.
Personalize the XSpace
To personalize the XSpace, you can:
- change the number of nodes displayed
- change the number of levels displayed
- change the color or an individual node or a node level
- display topic nodes as ovals or rectangles
Use the Finder view
You may want to view your XSpace hierarchy in the more traditional Finder interface. This view is especially relevant for very dense portions of the space.
- Perform a Search: Use the Find command to search for nodes with the given string in their title. You can search around the place where you are or you can search globally. Try out the option of saving the search results in a new window.
- You can select a node by clicking once on it. The selected node and its children turn into a dark and light grey color respectively. The menu options under Node become active when there is a selected node. You can also change a nodes title when it is selected and the cursor is an I-beam.
- Open up a subhierarchy in a new window. Once you have done this, you can change the structure of the hierarchy. You do this by dragging and dropping the nodes from one window into another. If you want a certain node (or sub-hierarchy) to appear in multiple places, hold down the option key when you are performing the drag. After you have done this, you should see a little trident icon next to the node you just moved. This indicates that the node has multiple parents.