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Mind Mapping with FreeMind

Silvina P. Hillar

Easy recipes to increase productivity and creativity using powerful free tools—FreeMind and Freeplane with this book and ebook.
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Book Details

ISBN 139781849517621
Paperback146 pages

About This Book

  • Design, write, add visual aids, link and share your mind maps
  • Increase productivity and creativity

Who This Book Is For

The book is for users of FreeMind and FreePlane or new users who would like to explore the world of free mind mapping software. No previous experience is required.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Creating a Mind Map: Dos and Don'ts
Ordering a mind map
Visual attraction
Adding different types of nodes
Usage of icons
Exact text
Boundaries and branches
Writing sufficient information
Adding necessary notes
Chapter 2: Writing a Mind Map: Using the Right Words
Representing the subject matter
Connecting words and lines
Length of lines and words
Writing noun phrases after listening to MP3 files
Uploading the mind map to
Developing a radiant hierarchy through word sizes
Associating ideas through words and icons
Chapter 3: Picturing a Mind Map: Using Visual Thinking
Inserting an image
Developing a graphic technique
Working with bitmaps
Designing SVG for mind maps
Photographic mind map
Sizing an image
Inserting an external object from Flickr
Using time icons
Chapter 4: Adding Hyperlinks and Linking the Mind Map
Linking to an e-mail address
Inserting and removing a hyperlink from a text field
Adding a graphical link to nodes and changing its color
Adding a local hyperlink
Importing folders and subfolders
Following a link to fold or unfold the tree
Chapter 5: Sharing a Mind Map: Using the Best of Mobile and Web Features
Exporting a branch as a new map or HTML
Exporting the mind map to bitmaps or vector graphics
Uploading the mind map on Flickr and sharing it
Exporting the mind map as HTML
Exporting the mind map as XHTML
Exporting the mind map as Flash
Exporting the mind map as an OpenOffice Writer document and uploading to Google Docs
Viewing an interactive mind map in a web browser

What You Will Learn

  • Design a mind map that’s visually attractive using icons and writing enough text and adding notes where necessary
  • Represent the subject matter using key words developing a radiant hierarchy through word sizes
  • Associate ideas through words, icons and images
  • Develop a graphic technique working with bitmaps, designing SVG for the mind map or inserting external objects
  • Link the mind map to an email address, local or external hyperlinks
  • Export and share the mind map in different formats

In Detail

FreeMind is the powerful free mind mapping software used by millions of people worldwide to capture their ideas and communicate them visually.

Mind mapping with FreeMind will teach you how to develop different kinds of mind maps to capture and arrange your ideas. You will learn how to combine FreeMind or FreePlane with other free software in order to enhance the mind maps. You will learn to link and share them for use with mobile devices.

Mind mapping with FreeMind provides easy to follow instructions to design different types of mind maps according to the needs of teachers and students. The book includes visual aids and example charts. Mind maps can be created in a simple way and throughout the book they can be enhanced using all the features that FreeMind offers. Visually attractive mind maps are displayed in the book as examples for you to build on.


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