The Object Network
Hopefully you've read this introductory script about getting started with Onex, the Object Network app. If not, you should go and read it now. To summarise: you and a friend can easily create "Home" pages that link to one another and render text and photos directly from and between your mobile devices.
This document will show more about how you may use the Object Network in your daily life, through the Onex app.

Organising things in lists

You and Charlie have Home pages with text and photos on them, some your own, some grabbed from the other's Home, and links to one another's Homes. You placed text objects and photos and the cross-links to each other onto a blank "canvas", and they "clicked" into place in a vertical list. You found you can re-order items. You can see each other's Homes as nested pages, simplified and slightly reduced in size.
Then you find that, as well as adding text and photos, you can add empty lists. That makes a list nested inside the Home list. So you drag all the photos to this list to organise them better. It renders as a scrollable window.
You find that you can go "into" it and make it full screen in the same way you can visit each other's pages. Again, the back button gets you back. Of course, you can also full-screen text and images, making text easier to edit.
Now, with some digging, you find that instead of a vertical list, you can set any list horizontally, so you try that and both of you go ahead and arrange your photos in side-scrolling galleries. As soon as she does that, the view on your own device changes, so you also see her gallery side-scrolling.
Charlie creates a vertical list of text objects for a to-do list. You see a to-do item that you need to work on, so grab a link to it and add it to your Home.
Having done this, you realise that a vertical list of text objects is really just what you'd call a "document"! Text objects are really paragraph objects. You use that to write up a longer document, with embedded images. Again, this renders in reduced form in the Home page list and can be entered full-screen.
This gives Charlie another idea: she sets up a simple "chatroom", that you both can see, where you each can add small messages on to the end of a document's vertical list: single paragraph documents or maybe a two-element list with a photo and some text.
Charlie taps the icon on the edge of her Home page saying "Sam", that indicates you're present there, and the familiar chooser panel pops up; you're an object too - a person object! So she grabs a link to it and drops it in the Home page. When she taps on it to make it full screen, it says "Sam" at the top and there's an empty silhouette which can no doubt take your photo later. Also, it shows what you're currently looking at (her Home page, obviously), and that's a link, so she can tap into that to get back Home again.
Objects are all owned and hosted by you, on your own device. Even if Charlie let you add a to-do to her list, that individual to-do item is yours, not hers. She can delete it from the list - or rather, delete the link to it - but it will still be hosted and available to you on your device.




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