As a Whitepoint user, you visit Scapes when you locate a subject or Whitepoint site that has built a Scape reflecting that space. What makes Whitepoint unique as a touring or navigation tool is that it conveniently breaks information down into three tiers - Scapes, Scenes, and Whitepoints.

Your local market or grocery store could be organized in this way:

The store would be the Scape. The bakery and the deli counter would be Scenes. Cakes in the bakery or sandwiches at the deli counter would be Whitepoints.

The same logic applies to other places or things. Consider a subway map:

  • The subway system is the Scape.
  • Lines or portions of the system could be Scenes - such as the Yellow Line or North Line.
  • Subway stops would be Whitepoints.

Consider also an airport terminal, museum, gallery, house, or hotel.

But, what about something smaller? How about a bicycle?

  • The bicycle is the Scape.
  • Aspects of the bike - such as wheels, frame, and handlebars - could be Scenes.
  • Whitepoints would serve to highlight much more specific information - the wheels include a certain brand of tires, for example.

Finding a Scape to Visit

There are several ways that you can find Scapes to visit.

Note that in the current beta release of Whitepoint, you can simply discover what Scapes are available by clicking on the "Visit" option from the main menu. More advanced options for filtering and searching Scapes will be available soon.

Once you've downloaded the app, all you need to do to find a scape currently, is click on the "Visit" option available from the main screen of the Whitepoint app. Scapes will appear in a list.

Navigating a Scape

Once you've selected a Scape to visit, the first thing you'll see is a Scape image with the name of the Scape in the top left corner. You'll also see tabs in the top right corner of the screen. These options change based on where you are in navigating a Scape, but "?" - the help option - will consistently appear in the same location. On the Scape image screen, you'll also see a tab with dots and lines - this links to the Scene listing in a Scape. More on that in just a minute.

On the left and right sides of the screen, you'll notice blue "handles." By clicking these, you can navigate to the next or last step in exploring a scape. The next step from the Scape image is the scene list.

From the scene list screen - you'll know it is the scene list because "Scene List" appears in the top left corner of the screen under the Scape name - you can navigate directly to any Scene in this Scape. If you were navigating a shopping mall Scape, you might see one scene as "Food Court," for example. You could take a look at the food court, bypassing the parking deck altogether. Note that the tabs appear in the top right corner just as in the Scape image screen. You'll see a tab with a white box - this takes you back to the Scape image screen, the first step in navigating a Scape. However, you can also get there by cycling through the left and right handles that appear to the left and right sides of the screen.

You can cycle through all the Scenes in a Scape using those handles to the left and right of the screen. Once you've visited all Scenes in a Scape, you will return to the first step - the Scape image.

Whitepoints - Those Little Red Dots in Scenes

Whitepoints are at the heart of detailed information sharing in Scapes. Authors building Scapes choose the items or areas in Scenes that need special attention and mark those as Whitepoints. In a Scape of a pastry display, on the muffin shelf (Scene) a blueberry muffin would be an ideal Whitepoint - in addition to being delicious. By clicking on that blueberry muffin Whitepoint, you could see a close up image of the muffin as well as nutrition information - which you might choose not to read - and ingredients as well as the fact that those organic blueberries are gathered from a local farm. All of this information appears in a screen that slides in from the right of the device.

Want to know more about that local farm? Keep reading . . .


So, maybe you'd like to connect with the farm that produced those delicious organic blueberries in the bluberry muffin (Whitepoint) that appeared on the muffin shelf (Scene) of the pastry display (Scape). A widget provides a tool for interaction and a jumping off point for information included in Whitepoints.

In the current release of the Whitepoint app, widgets are limited to social media and basic links, but more is planned on the horizon.

In our example of the organic blueberry farm, you might find a link to the farm's Facebook page or a link to a video about how those blueberries are collected. Widgets appear at the bottom of the Whitepoint screen and are marked by icons.

Flexibility of the Scape-Scene-Whitepoint Framework

You've probably gathered from the reading here that there is a great deal of flexibility in determining what can be a Scape. Returning to our pastry case example, the pastry case can be a Scape. But, it could also be a Scene in the larger Scape of a grocery store or coffee house.

In turn, that coffee house might just be a whitepoint in a larger Scape of Greater Seattle Coffee Houses where coffee shops in different neighborhoods (Scenes) are highlighted.

The beauty of Whitepoint is that it empowers authors to place the emphasis on which concentration of information they wish to highlight.