Sunday, 2 August 2009

Hints and Tips

Map Explorer

Those of you who regularly use MindGenius may be aware of the “outline” view that appears on the left hand side of the screen, below the file menu but many of you may be unaware of the capabilities of this feature.

In-house at MindGenius, we couldn’t imagine using MindGenius without relying on it heavily. In short, Map Explorer allows you to focus in on any area in your map, either to revisit what you said earlier or to add more detail without getting lost in the detail.

Many other mind mapping applications do not contain this facility and instead, you need to “pan” around your map. While this is fine on a small and simple map, if your map grows any larger than your screen size, it can be difficult to navigate.

To use Map Explorer:

Just click on any word you wish to focus in on. In the main map pane, the view will change to display this word and any “child” branches you have associated with it.

If you see a “plus” sign within map explorer, this means there are further branches and ideas hidden. Simply click on the plus sign to reveal them and then click on any you wish to focus in on. Likewise, where there is a “minus” sign, and you wish to view only key ideas in the outline, you can click this to hide the ideas and leave only the Level 1 ideas on display. This won’t change anything in the main map view unless you click on a branch name.

This facility is also ideal if you wish to present directly from MindGenius rather than using the Export to PowerPoint capability. It allows you to display a succinct overview to your audience and then use Map Explorer to delve into each section of your presentation.

1 comment:

Do Mi Stauber said...

The Map Explorer feature is my favorite! I can't believe that other mindmapping programs are being popular without it. I create very large maps and surf around in them easily using this feature.

Do Mi Stauber

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