Euterpe

Euterpe 1.00.91 (1.9 Mb)

Examples:

Unzip and start setup.exe. Euterpe was designed to run on Windows95 and NT4.0 but seems to work on Windows NT3.5 as well. Source code is available, please contact author for that.

Abstract

Euterpe is a Task Analysis tool developed at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. It is based on an ontology for describing the task world in a structured way. The theory behind it is based of GTA. Euterpe helps to build task trees, object hierarchies and other important concepts such as event and roles. Templates allow detailed information to be specified and multimedia can be attached to concepts to clarify their nature. Documentation can be generated on paper and as HTML pages.

Using Euterpe

Euterpe is in constant development and is part of our research. It is therefore free for noncommercial use. Any comments on the tool are very welcome and we will do our best to help you in case of trouble. If people are interested in contributing to the project they can obtain the source code and add new functionality. Suggestions for new features are also very welcome.

Screenshots

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HTML Output

Where does the name Euterpe come from?

Good question! Well, Euterpe is known to be a name for many things such as a palm tree , a multilingual dictionary, a sailing ship , a portugues band, a mandoline ensemble or a solfege tutor but mainly because it is the name of a famous mythological goddess, a muse to be precise. Euterpe was one of the nine muses that preside over the sciences, arts, and humanities: Kleio (History), Euterpe (Lyric Poetry), Thaleia (Comedy), Melpomene (Tragedy), Terpsichore (Lyric Poetry and Dance), Erato (Erotic Poetry), Polymnia (Storytelling), Ourania (Astronomy), and Kalliope (Heroic Epic and Eloquence). The Muses, in Greek mythology, were daughters of the god Zeus and Mnemosyne, goddess of memory. Worshiped throughout ancient Greece, the Muses were believed to inspire all artists, especially poets, philosophers, and musicians. Eventually, each Muse was believed to preside over a particular art. They sat near the throne of Zeus and sang of his greatness and of the glorious deeds of the great heroes. Our words museum and music are derived from the Greek word Muse. A museum or mouseion is a "place of the Muses," a place where the goddesses are invoked and their arts cultivated. Similarly, the goal of education in antiquity was to become "musical" in the largest sense: harmonious, graceful, balanced, cultured, and inspired.

The name Euterpe was choosen for this tool because good user interface design is both an art and a science. Methods and techniques help you to go through a structured design process but in the end good design cannot do without a good deal of creativity and art to spice up the design. This also emphasises that design is not and shouldn't be an fully automated process because the human mind is always needed. Therefor the goal of this tool is to help or assist the designer and not to rigoursly automate the design process itself.