Our idea for the jam was to experiment with how we viewed files, by allowing the displayed structure to deviate from the actual structure of the filesystem. Within the timeframe of the jam, we implemented 'virtual transformations' for:
- viewing sub-directories inline
- flattening deep folder hierarchies
- viewing slices of the filesystem - searching without affecting structure
- creating collabsible groups of files
The result of the jam demonstrates the foundational principles for our project. Ultimately, our internal represenation of the tree held us back from further experimentation as it became increasingly fragile. Without jam deadlines, we now how the potential to find a more natural structure that will allow us to push further into the space and explore more ways of transforming and displaying file structures. An emphasis will also have to be placed on making it into a usable file manager by polishing and extending the actual file management features, which are currently somewhat lacking.