Working with Copies

  • saving things "to the side" - or just being able to freely, non-destructively work on things
  • idea came from watching Eric Anderson build a game scene where he duplicates items, and messes with them while still having the original untouched
  • also how in Figma it's easy to have multiple versions of the same UI "laid out"
  • why is this so hard to do when writing code? - or with notes? - is the best that we can do just duplicating the whole document?
    • the previous examples operate on items within the document, instead of duplicating the whole document to try something
    • the freedom of recombination aspect is important - Epistemic Actions of Tetris players
    • did I just re-invent Muse here? - I want to do this on my desktop, while gardening these notes
  • infinite History wouldn't help here much in a basic sense, since the value is in being able to compare the multiple versions
    • maybe some UI primitive for "splitting the view" and "going backwards" in one is needed - so the user can see multiple versions at the same time, while not having to explicitly duplicate the one that's being worked on

I'm experimenting with copy paste in Figma just like people do alternative design versions but for project management. Alternative feature lists, evolving goal mind maps, parallel timelines and inspirational references sprinkled all over the place.

— Marcin Ignac -

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