March 11, 2009
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Tinderbox adds speed and a bunch of features for advanced users. But a number of the changes will matter to lots of people, because they make it easier to build special map views that provide a live overview of your work.

Here’s a mockup of a dashboard for a large writing project. It’s a real Tinderbox screenshot, but it’s not an actual project.

This is a window that you might see each morning as you sit down to work. It’s got a bunch of information that you might want to know:

It’s a quick overview of your work, a way to get back into the flow or to orient yourself. The dashboard can also be a pleasant motivator, showing you how far you’ve come and how far you have to go.

Inspiration: the color scheme and layout for this dashboard were taken from this year’s Feltron report. The font is Futura Condensed, suggested by Gordon Meyer; Arial Narrow (thanks Jon Tan) works almost as well. For more fontish goodness, see the Periodic Table of Typefaces, thanks Sebastian Stephenson.