Tuesday, 23 June 2009

Get more from MindGenius with our hints and tips

With many gadgets and software applications becoming more advanced, it can be time consuming to comprehend their full functionality. While the basics of MindGenius are relatively easy to pick up, some of you may not be aware of its full capabilities. These hints and tips aim to show you features you may not have discovered yet.

Firstly, we will be looking at Analysis and how MindGenius enables you to make sense of the ideas you have captured and create different views of your data. Then we will be looking at two quick tips that can be picked up in seconds and used on a regular basis.

Analysis

This is a feature that allows you to work with the information and ideas you have captured, to make sense of it and build a clear understanding of the overall picture and what to do next.

Using “Categories,” which are accessed via the Properties pane by selecting the key icon, you can visually link ideas together and differentiate between different ideas/projects/tasks. You can also rename the categories to be more relevant to you, or your business.



If you then want to focus in on these ideas, or look at them in isolation, you simply need to go to the “View” menu and select the “Create Category Map.”



At the click of a button, this will create a separate MindGenius map file, containing all of your ideas, split neatly into categories. If you wish to ignore uncategorised ideas, simply check the "ignore these branches" option.



This allows you to look at specific ideas or projects in isolation in order to further develop them or to create project plans, making short work of collating your initial ideas and helping you to gain understanding on the overall picture.

Quick access to the Notes pane

If you are building a map to create a report or other type of document, it is likely you will have added content to the Notes field in the Properties pane. In order to easily and quickly access and re-read or add to them, just double click on the Pencil icon on any branch that contains Notes. This will allow you to view your Notes no matter what field you have currently selected in the Properties pane.



Changing branch cases

As your ideas flow and your map grows, you may be typing rapidly. If you find yourself typing a branch and realise you have typed it all in upper case when you didn't mean to, or you've forgotten to add capitals to the start of a word, there’s no need to delete and retype, or backspace back to the beginning.

Just select the branch, then press “shift and F3” until you see the case of text you would like.

Any features that you want to shout about and ensure other MindGenius users are using too? It doesn’t matter whether they are large features that are integral to the way you use MindGenius, or little, hidden gems that you have discovered, please post them below.

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