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IntroductionTake the Freeplane...Freeplane is free and open source mind mapping software. It can be used for knowledge and project management, notetaking, presentations, and writing essays, books and theses. This manual will provide an introduction to the software and help you understand some of the many ways it can be used.What is Mind MappingA mind map is really just a generic tree diagram to which you can add colours, icons and pictures as visual aids. It has a central topic or idea from which other topics and ideas branch out in a hierarchal fashion. This provides a remarkably easy and useful way to work with many kinds of information. Computer mind mapping, in particular, allows for easy manipulation and reorganization as well as clear presentation of information.What Freeplane is NotFreeplane is not an all purpose visualisation or diagramming tool. There are many different ways to represent information, and many different tools are available. Freeplane is not a concept mapping, or "network mapping" tool in which any node can be placed anywhere and connected in any way. Freeplane is not a tool for drawing flowcharts. It may be contorted to do some of these things; but many free specialised tools do a better job.What Freeplane isFreeplane is a mind mapper; a generic tree editor, outliner and visualization tool with strong emphasis on knowledge management, presentation and manipulation. Essentially it's a knowledge/information management environment for people, not computers - that is, the aim is to make the information maximally comprehensible and manageable for the user.Why Freeplane?Freeplane aims for maximum ease and speed of use. Occupying the middle ground between an editor and a diagramming tool, Freeplane allows the user to add content as quickly and naturally as they would in a text editor, yet producing structured content that can be manipulated as easily as a diagram. The workflow is unimpeded by the need to think about and manually place each piece of information; the user can intuitively input content as paragraphs and headings, and easily reorganise at a later stage.Freeplane allows for granular presentation at any level of detail, as each piece of information is a unit in a hierarchy, any level of which can be displayed or hidden with a single click. Thus Freeplane allows a synoptic overview of any project as well as the ability to focus in on the small details.Advanced information management features such as metadata tags and filtering options allow for alternative views of a project. Strong import and export options and an open file-format means your work is never locked into the application.Getting StartedOverview of termsAs a tree editor/mind mapper, Freeplane uses some standard terms from computer science. As Wikipedia explains, "In computer science, a tree is a widely-used data structure that emulates a hierarchical tree structure with a set of linked nodes." ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tree_%28data_structure%29 ). It is helpful to be familiar with the following terms:Root/Root node: The root node is the oval that is present by default at the centre of Freeplane workspace. It is the locus of the data structure, the central point from which everything else flows. The root cannot be deleted or multiplied.Node: A node is the point in the map which carries the information. That is, the text you are currently reading has been entered into this node.Parent node: A parent is the name of a node that precedes another node in the hierarchy.Child node: A child is a node that follows another node, that is, is on the next hierarchical level to its parent.Sibling node: Siblings occupy the same level of the hierarchy. Thus if you insert a node, and then another one underneath, you have created a sibling.These family terms can be extended to represent the respective relationship, such as grandparent, grandchild, uncle and so on. Note that the designated terms are relative, thus a node is a child to its parent and a parent to its child and so on.Edge: The edge is the line you see underneath and between the nodes, the visual representation of the tree structure.For more information see the glossary. What is Freeplane?Freeplane is a powerful and free mind mapping application. It is a redesigned version of the well known FreeMind, and is created by one of FreeMind's key developers. The software is written in Java, and supports any platform capable of running current versions of Java, including: * Microsoft Windows * Mac OS X * Linux / BSD / Solaris * Portable Freeplane for Windows (runs from a USB drive) Freeplane is available in several different languages. The currently available translations are: English, French, German, Italian, Russian, and Croatian.Freeplane is released under the GNU General Public License (GPL).Freeplane requires a recent version of Java, 1.5 or above. (So it Won't Work on Mac OS X Tiger 10.4 or Lower.) Freeplane featuresThe Freeplane Tutorial is here: http://freeplane.sourceforge.net/wiki/index.php/Freeplane_Tutorial_Extensions#Introduction .The most important new features * Better inline_editor for all plain text nodes * Edge-like connectors (available from connector pop-up menu) * External objects: External bitmap and SVG images can be attached using menu Insert->External object and resized o Image size can be reset by double clicking on the bottom right corner o Images can be scaled by dragging the bottom right corner * Good Scripting support: o New scripting API o Loading and execution of external groovy scripts * Insert image dialog and insert external object dialog have file previews * F-Toolbar * Find or Replace in all open maps * Full screen mode * Hidden Edge Style * Horizontal Edge Style * Hot keys can be set by pressing left mouse button on menu item and holding CONTROL key * Outline view * Portable Freeplane * Selective paste from edit menu (Paste as...) * Spell checker * Structured HTML paste New filtering features * Date based filter * Filter conditions for numeric values return false for non numeric values * Filter based on link labels * Filter history * Filter menu * Filter tool bar can be hidden like all other tool bars, * Filter status is displayed in status line Other features * All backup or autosave files are numbered from 1 to maximum number, the bigger number the latest file. * Automatic backup for all loaded files on first save. * Backup and autosave use directory ".backup" created in the map directory. * Edit nodes with line breaks in in-line editor (alt+enter to quit , shift+enter for line break) * Enable link pop-up menu even if neither target nor source node is selected. * Exception traces for internal errors are automatically sent to freeplane team for analysis. * Export Using XSLT * Hide tabs if only one map is loaded * Hot keys: CONTROL + ALT + RIGHT, CONTROL + ALT + LEFT * Icon actions moved in separate menu * Icon toolbar hidden by default * Linking to arbitrary URI integrated * Links where target or source are selected are found first. * New icons: 0%, 25%, 50%, 75%, 100% * New navigation actions useful for presentation "next node" and "previous node". They traverse the map in depth-first order. * Personal modification color can be set in prefeences * Plain text search for filter in html nodes added * Priority filters based on priority icons * Text labels can be added to any end and in the middle of any link by link pop-up menu * Text rendering mode use more exact fractional metric based version. * The action is also available from pop-up menu * The attached file can be opened by double click on the image itself * The same zooms applies to all maps * Zoom keep selected node position * Zoom saved between sessions
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