See Support for installation instructions, language support and special buttons and keys for Macintosh. What it is What is mind mapping Freeplane is a free and open source software application that supports thinking, sharing information and getting things done at work, in school and at home. The software can be used for mind mapping and analyzing the information contained in mind maps. Freeplane runs on any operating system that has a current version of Java installed.

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Index applications - Professional Beginner. One way to bring structure to linear text is to use categories as we have in this wiki. A limitation of these categories however is that hierarchical relations cannot be displayed in a simple way. A mind map is better suited for this, as is shown by the example map on the right. In this particular case the categories of the wiki are represented as underlined hyperlinks. The pages of the wiki are represented by red-arrow hyperlinks.

The latter are created simply by dragging the page address URL of a wiki page onto a node and then editing the title of the node. If you clik on the hyperlink under the image, the mind map opens and you can click the links to jump to the pages of the wiki. An index can have many different forms.

The map on the right displays all Freeplane functions. These functions are described in more detail in two maps called Tutorial and Documentation respectively. The map contains two solutions for linking a function to the two descriptive maps.

The functions on the left half have the two hyperlinks themselves, but they are hidden until the mouse cursor is hovering over the function tool tip. The functions on the right half of the map have an external pointer - the nodes with the question mark.

These external pointers contain the hyperlinks, which again are hidden until you hover with the cursor over the question mark. The map on the right is an index map for the use of cases mentioned in this tutorial. Unlike a classical linear index the indexed items in the mind map can be displayed in any order as can the relationships between them.

This map uses most of the functionalities of Freeplane in one map. Click the link under the image to open the mind map. Then read the node called Caption to learn how to navigate the map and unhide hidden information. Meeting support Meeting support - Advanced Freeplane is very suited for rapid and easy note taking during meetings. In fact Freeplane can support the whole meeting process. This process starts with designing and distributing the topics of the agenda, keeping the attendants list, adding notes to the topics of the agenda and finally producing the decisions and action list of the meeting.

Actions can also be supported with time signals. It is even possible to include the incoming and outgoing information in the map, either as hyperlinks or in a special area Notes. And last but not least, part or all of the information can be password protected. The maps for the beginner and advanced user display the same meeting information, but differently "formatted", with the different components available in Freeplane node core versus node details, attributes, images, styles, etc.

Click on the hyperlinks below the images to open and navigate the respective maps. In Meeting advanced: hover the nodes texts to see hidden text like notes. Instructions animation on how to make and use the beginner meeting support are available here. When the example is stripped from its specific information, the remaining structure could be used as a template for meetings in general. Organize your collection Collection - Advanced With Freeplane you can order, index and describe your collections, whether images, audio files or any other kind of information.

In that case these files appear as clickable arrows hyperlinks in separate nodes, as shown in the mind map on the left Beginner collection. Once in the mind map, you can rename and sort the nodes.

For image links, you can turn the links to images which are visible in the map. And it is possible to add additional information and format it any way you want, as in the mind map on the right Advanced collection. If you hover over the names, you will see additional information about location and time, which appear in a table of attributes.

Or you can click the name of an image, which makes the image appear or disappear fold. If you have collections of different kinds in one map, consider using a different style or a different icon for each kind.

In that way you can use filtering to create a view of all elements of the same kind. Vault for information My Vault - Advanced If you would like to keep certain information private, you can password protect it. The example on the right contains a protected map "MyVault". Within this protected map are branches for finance and for websites. These are separately protected. Open the map by clicking My Vault under the picture. Then find the unlock icon in the menubar and click it.

Enter the password "MyVault". Now the map opens unfolds and you see the branches for websites and for finance. Select creditcard of one of the banks, click the unlock menu button and enter password "creditcard". Now the creditcard information unfolds. You can do the same with the other creditcard.

Then go to the websites and select the Freeplane open forum, click the unlock button and enter "Freeplane" as a password. Now the information for login unfolds. Note that an explanation of each node is presented below each node titel. This map can be modelled into a dashboard with direct access to the most important information at home and on the Internet. You can do this by simply dragging hyperlinks into your map. Besides you can add hidden content to hyperlinks to remember their meaning. Alo you can set signals to remember when you have to give attention to this information.

This makes Freeplane particularly supportive for Getting Things Done. To view and navigate the map, click on the link below the image. There is a template designed to help you get started with the plugin available here SWOT analysis SWOT analysis Mind maps are a fantastic tool for carrying out all kinds of analyses. In this, Freeplane suports using images and arrows with labels to display concepts, which helps to keep oversight and focus. In case this is not enough, Freeplane supports using hidden text which the user can roll down or hover over.

Click on the small triangles, or hover the cursor over the images to see a descriptive text. The student can click the literature links to open the literature and add answers to the questions - in the map itself.

The map to the left contains a map with keywords for questions and literature links. For the advanced student these could be removed. Once the assigment is completed and the result is entered in the map, the map could be used to learn and do the presentation. The map to the right contains model answers to the questions which could be used to check the result.

Answers could be password-protected so that students can only see them once given the password. To view and navigate a map, click on the link below the image. In Freeplane the node hierarchy of parent-child-grandchild nodes is by default displayed in left-right direction. Hierarchical levels can be used to display a chapter - sub subchapter - content chain. To be visible, the chain needs to be horizontally scrolled. Freeplane helps to do this by automatically scrolling to make the node where the cursor is fully visible.

Yet the classic book-view with titles and content oriented in a top down direction may be advantageous in situations where you gradually unfold the text and want to easily read back and forward. On the left and right side are two example maps which at first glance may appear very similar, yet are very different if you start using them.

The title-nodes have Node style combined. As a result, when the title node is folded child with content is hidden it has a bubble and when it is unfolded the bubble disappears. When more sub chapters are unfolded, this gives a structured page like appearance with content separated by chapter headers which can be easily read back and forth - without horizontal scrolling. On the other hand, the user has maximum overview if he folds most of the nodes. In the map on the left the two nodes for title and content are combined in one node: title and content are displayed in the Core and Details fields respectively.

This has the advantage that node core can be styled with a colour, bubble, icon etc. And the text in Details can be formatted as a paragraph in a word processor. The result is an appearance which is very similar to a named paragraph of a book.

The details field could be hidden and displayed in a tool tip, which is equivalent for the folding discussed above. If the two maps are compared one can conclude that the view of the left map is relatively static. The view of the right map is more flexible. If in the right map you select a chapter e. In many cases this is not what you want and then you could select a sub chapter and only unfold all text of this subchapter.

From these examples it is clear that it is possible to implement book-like view in different ways, with different characteristics. When implementing a map with tutorial information it is a choice if and when the hierarchical relations should be as prominently left-right oriented as possible or if, for practical reasons or taste, children with content could be shown below parents with titles right hand map ; or alternatively if the mechanism with core-details and hiding are used left hand map.

Note that when viewing the reference through the Internet the look and feel is less and some features are not available e. If you use the reference from the Help, the look and feel is optimal, but the options are restricted to read only. Only if you load the reference as a. Information management Freeplane can support organizing, managing and accessing information.

With the add-on IndexFile you can turn a clasic file system into a flexible system for information sharing and working on dossiers in teams. Read more Docear Academic literature suite Docear supports in doing all the tasks related to literature management: Finding new literature searching and exploring Organizing literature reading, annotating, and retrieving Creating your own literature drafting, writing, referencing, and publishing Docear is going to be inegrated with Freeplane at the end of


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