News and thoughts from CS Odessa, maker of the ConceptDraw product line: ConceptDraw PRO, ConceptDraw PROJECT and ConceptDraw MINDMAP.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Add a New Project to Your Multi-Project Document

Often times, project managers must organize, manage resources, assign tasks, and generate reports for multiple projects.

With ConceptDraw PROJECT, it is easy for anyone to manage multiple projects within one easy-to-use document.

1.    To add a new project to your multi project workspace, select Project View.

2.    Click Enter or double-click your mouse.  Enter the new project name.

It is so easy to add additional projects to ConceptDraw PROJECT.  Not only have you added a new project, you now have the ability to manage all of your projects’ resources in a single resource view.

Format Notes in ConceptDraw MINDMAP

In ConceptDraw MINDMAP you can easily add and edit notes to topics using content from Microsoft Excel and Word.

Add Microsoft Excel Tables to MINDMAP Notes

You can add tables, created in Microsoft Excel, to ConceptDraw MINDMAP Notes.

1. Copy the selected text from MS Excel.

2. Paste the selected text in the Notes field in ConceptDraw MINDMAP.

3. The table format is preserved in the Notes field.

Add Bulleted Lists from Microsoft Word to MINDMAP Notes

You can add a bulleted list, created in Microsoft Word, to ConceptDraw MINDMAP Notes.

1. Copy the bulleted list from your Word document.

2. Paste the bulleted list, in the note section of any topic within your mind map.

3. The bullet formats will be preserved in the Notes field.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Everything You Need to Know About ConceptDraw and Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) Support

Due to the popularity of Snow Leopard from the first day of its launch, the ConceptDraw Customer Support team, has continued to receive questions on the suitability of ConceptDraw products with Snow Leopard.

All of our latest products are compatible with Snow Leopard. The latest versions of ConceptDraw Office, ConceptDraw MINDMAP, ConceptDraw PROJECT and ConceptDraw PRO all run very smoothly with Snow Leopard.

However, if you are currently using the following products and versions, you will need to update to the latest version to become compatible with Snow Leopard.

The product versions that require updates are:
  • CD MINDMAP version 5 or earlier
  • CD PROJECT version 4 or earlier 
  • ConceptDraw 7 or earlier 
If you have our latest products you can update to the newest version and gain Snow Leopard support.

If you decided to update to Snow Leopard, CS Odessa suggests that you update each of your ConceptDraw products to the latest version.

The latest versions of are as follows:
  • ConceptDraw PRO (or greater)
  • ConceptDraw MINDMAP 6.2.8 (or greater)
  • ConceptDraw PROJECT 5.1.2 (or greater)

Once your ConceptDraw software is up to date, you can then update your Mac OS X.

To update your Mac OS X:
  1. Insert the update disk, and then follow the on screen directions. 
  2. You will need your Admin Password to complete the upgrade. This may take up to an hour to complete, so make sure to set aside ample time to do this. 
  3. After you have successfully upgraded to the latest version, check for available upgrades and run the install a second time.
  4. The second upgrade only takes about 15 minutes. 
  5. Once you have completed your Mac OS X upgrade, you are then able to run your ConceptDraw applications. 
  6. If you need to upgrade your ConceptDraw product from an earlier version, please call our sales team for upgrade information by telephone 1.877.441.1150  (ext 3), 1.408.441.1150   (ext 3).