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Topic: Highlights and Space as a fundamental dimension for community interaction

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NateLawrence (7 months ago)
Do you plan to support Highlights in new synths?
I've always felt like they were a great idea, but the implementation of getting the viewport to fit exactly what I had selected left something to be desired at times.

Perhaps you feel that Highlights were merely a coping mechanism in large sprawling synths and that they are no longer necessary given the tight easy to understand new structures for synths?
NateLawrence (7 months ago)
I would like to suggest that Highlights can serve a significant function in commenting on others' synths.

Looking at YouTube comments we can see that time is a fundamental dimension of the media being consumed. People often refer to specific points in time in the video, referencing a facial expression or quote. 

Similarly, SoundCloud's commenting is all about people commenting on exact moments in a waveform because time is a fundamental axis of the media.

Flickr shows us that space is a critical dimension in commenting on images.

I maintain that allowing users to highlight a portion of a synth or highlight zoomed in portions of an image is critical for an engaging conversation.
Enabling users to point at specific parts of a synth without trying to verbally describe what they're trying to refer to is very important.

Photosynths are spatial experiences through and through and therefore you must build commenting that acknowledges this.
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