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LiquidText is a multi-touch document manipulation system that provides a uniquely flexible environment for active
reading — the focused, critical reading we do when we highlight, annotate, flip between pages, compare documents, etc. To provide this more flexible, fluid way to interact with documents, we developed a high degree-of-freedom user interface, where the reader can freely and precisely control both the visual representation and the navigational structures of their content. What this means is that things that used to be hard, like comparing several sections of a long text, creating annotations that refer to many parts of a text at once, or aggregating your annotations together without losing their context, are now easy.