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Can I try before I buy?
A trial version of the DNE and DNE Desktop can be downloaded and used for free for 30 days. DNEMaps is free, and so are all the maps.

Are the trial versions fully functional?

What does the DNE do?
Tons. The most important function is to organize knowledge visually, in maps where anything can be linked to anything else. But it also does a lot more. Take a look at this functionality list.

Who would benefit from using it?
Anyone who works with information on a computer. Business people, researchers, students and teachers, etc.

Why is it 3D? What's with all the graphics?
We think the graphics are cool. But they are also functional. The DNE is all about managing knowledge visually, in an object-oriented work space. So we take the visuals seriously, and make our objects look like real objects. We probably didn't have to set it in the Pacific Northwest, looking over the ocean, but hey, it's a nice view.

The interface doesn't look like “normal” software. Is it easy to use?
The DNE represents a pretty radical break with what we've seen before. That means that you can't really use it out of the box. But, there is a ton of help materials, and really not that much to learn. It's a visual interface where pretty much everything is right in front of you. In the long run this makes things easier, because you never have to remember commands that are hidden 5 menus deep. But in the short run it does mean that there's a learning curve, and that you will have to spend some time watching our videos and doing the tutorial. Sorry, but it's not possible to be both genuinely “cutting edge” and still work just like everything else.

Why “kNowledge Elements” and “Tiles”? Why not just call them folders and files?
Because NEs and tiles are way, way more robust than folders and files. NEs support many-to-many relations (any NE can be linked to any other NE), and they can be used in multiple models reflecting multiple different contexts. NEs and tiles can be given a wide variety of user-determined meta-data. Many tiles access a file, but a tile isn't always a file: tiles can access subdocuments within files, configurations of other tiles and NEs, web pages, or any other piece of information your computer can access.

How are “fields” different from ordinary file properties?
Fields are up-front and easy to access, completely user-determined, and can be created on the fly. That means that fields can be used to create working software on the fly, without extensive programming experience.

What's the deal with subdocuments? Can't I just use bookmarks?
Unlike a regular bookmark, a subdocument is a bonafide piece of information. It exists in your database, so it's searchable. It can be given independent meta-data fields, can be located anywhere in your DNE regardless of where the source tile is, and can be emailed or included in a map. At the same time, it is not an independent file, so you don't have to maintain multiple files.

Can I try it for free?
Of course. Try it for a month, see what you think.

Is the trial version fully functional?

What's the difference between the DNE and the DNE Desktop?
The DNE Desktop takes some important DNE functionality – multiple desktops, cabinet, spill, subdocumenting, configuration saves and internet browse management – and sets it in a more conventional interface. The DNE includes functionality – many-to-many knowledge management strategies, meta-data fields, knowledge maps and object modeling, multimedia editing and indexing – that the DNE Desktop doesn't have.

Why would I use multiple desktops?
The desktop is a convenient way to manage information you are using – you can keep everything at your fingertips. But, if you only have one desktop and it already has system and application links on it, it will quickly get cluttered if you try to use it to manage folders and files. With multiple desktops, you can set up a different desktop for each of the tasks you're working on, meaning you can access all the information you need at a mouseclick.

How many desktops can I have?

What is a saved configuration?
A configuration is whatever is in front of you, laid out as it is currently laid out. When you save a configuration you can go back to it any time, at a mouseclick.

What does the cabinet do?
The cabinet is basically a tree structure. It has three advantages over many trees:
  • 12 branches displayed at once
  • always reopens to it state on previous close
  • save and recall any number of configurations

What is spill?
Spill let you put your information in the best order for you. Your most important information doesn't always start with an “A”, so why should you manage your information in alphabetical order?

Can I try it for free?
Of course. Try it for a month, see what you think.

Is the trial version fully functional?

Is the Map Reader free?
DNEMaps is free for personal use. Please email us about corporate licensing.

How can I make maps like these?
Anyone with the full DNE application can build and export maps. Download the DNE and try it for a month . We think you'll be impressed.

My company could really use custom-built, special purpose maps. Can we get maps built?
Maps are built using the full DNE. What your company may want to do is buy a copy of the DNE for whoever is going to build the maps. The people who read and use the maps can still use DNEMaps, the map reader. We know the DNE is not a cheap piece of software, but you don't need to buy one for everyone on your payroll – just for the map builders. Please email us about corporate licensing.

How do I report a problem or issue with a downloaded map?
We do our best to make sure everything on our site is up to date. If you are having problems let us know at

What is the Dekstrus Map Authoring Program?
The Dekstrus Map Authoring Program is one way that we get the maps that are available for download. We provide map authors with cutting-edge knowledge management software – the DNE – in exchange for which map authors provide us with cutting-edge maps.

What do you get?
You get a copy of the DNE – we think it's the most advanced piece of knowledge management and modeling software you're going to find – for free.

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