Chicago Sun-TimesChicago, 17 September, 2007
Humanized, Inc. has been selected as a nominee for the prestigious Chicago Innovation Awards, the region's premier competition honoring service and product innovation. Humanized was selected based on its Enso products. The final winners will be announced on October 22, 2007 at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, IL. The Awards program was co-founded by the Chicago Sun-Times and the management consulting firm Kuczmarski & Associates. Wish us luck!
Midwest BusinessBrad Spirrison, 24 July, 2007
Though born a few years after his father conceived the Macintosh for Apple Computer, Aza Raskin shared his dad's desire to make information processing more palatable.
The 23-year-old Raskin is the co-founder and president of Humanized, Inc. in Chicago. Founded in 2005 with big-brained classmates from the University of Chicago, Humanized develops software that turns your "caps lock" key into a magic button of efficiency.
InformationWeekThomas Claburn, 9 July, 2007
After decades of GUI development and inspiration from Google and other search engines, Mozilla suggests the command line is again part of the interface discussion.
As Aza Raskin, president of interface and software design company Humanized, observed earlier this year on his company's blog, "The move back to language started with Web search engines in general, with Google placing the capstone when its name became the house-hold verb for 'typing to find what you want.' In fact, Googling is almost always faster then wading through my bookmark menu (which says there is something wrong with using menus as a mechanism for accessing bookmarks)."
Technology ReviewBen Schwan, 14 March, 2007
Jef Raskin, Vater des Macintosh-Projektes bei Apple und lebenslanger Aktivist für bessere Mensch-Maschine-Schnittstellen, verstarb 2005 mit 61 Jahren an Krebs. Sein Sohn Aza führt sein Lebenswerk nun fort: Zusammen mit Atul Varma, Jono DiCarlo und Andrew Wilson hat er in Chicago das Unternehmen Humanized gegründet, das sich ebenfalls der besseren PC-Bedienung verschrieben hat. Mit "Enso" hat die Firma inzwischen ihr erstes Produkt auf den Markt gebracht. Im Interview mit Technology Review spricht Aza Raskin über seinen Plan, die Rechner-Bedienung menschlicher zu machen.
Birmingham PostGiles Turnbull, 6 March, 2007
The beauty of a tool like Enso (and Quicksilver for Mac users) is that it works everywhere, in any context. You don't have to stop what you.re doing in order to achieve some minor related task.
Instead, you can get that task done in situ, and carry on with the primary work you were busy with in the first place.
Don NormanInterface Guru, 25 Feb, 2007
[It] turns out that the power of command line interfaces for GUIs has not been lost on developers and enterprising startup companies.
For me, the most interesting, and best done, is Enso, a product of four enterprising folks in Chicago. Worth trying. And read their design philosophy. Gee, sounds awfully familiar, kind of a mix between Jef Raskin and me, but then again, Jef and I were always interacting. (See my eulogy for Jef.) The similarity is not an accident.
Monroe TimesKayla Bunge, February 20, 2007 10:55:53 AM
Although Windows and many of its applications have keyboard shortcuts available, "they're insanely difficult to remember" and sometimes they have to be configured before they can ever be used. Enso has a handful of important advantages over traditional mouse-clicking computing: it's faster, it's habit-forming and it's transparent.
Chicago TribuneAnn Meyer, Mon, 12 Feb 2007
Using Enso... it takes just 3 seconds to calculate, say, sales tax of 8.25 percent. That's about one-tenth the time it would take if a user was to call up the calculator that comes with Windows using the Start command.
The Wall Street JournalWalt Mossberg, Jan 25 2006 21:08:20 -0600
ENSO is dead simple to use. You just hold down the Caps Lock key and type an Enso command, which is displayed in a translucent overlay... If you type fast, it all happens in a flash.
Signal vs. NoiseJason Fried, Jan 25 2006 23:08:20 -0600
Humanized [is] a small Chicago start-up focused on making desktop software simpler and less frustrating. They are sharp. Their philosophy is much like ours. We're fans.
SlashdotEditor, January 25, 2006 00:08:20 -0600
[Enso] allows Windows users to do common tasks, like launching programs, spellchecking, or Googling for search terms, but what's interesting is that it allows you to do these tasks from within any program in Windows by use of the keyboard.
Business POVMark Scheffler, February 05, 2007 10:08:20 -0600
[Aza Raskin explains Enso to] founders, entrepreneurs, developers, revolutionaries, designers, and other people who are currently involved in (or want to join) a web 2.0 start-ups.
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