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

Thursday, December 17, 2009

We Are Spelling Your Language

ConceptDraw MINDMAP has a language interface for English, French and German. But, did you know it can also spell check your content on your PC in English (multiple), French, German, Russian, and Spanish (multiple)?

For Mac users, the language options also include Italian, Portuguese, Svenska, Dansk, and Polish.


This feature is easily accessible from the Edit menu, under Preferences.

Figure 1: ConceptDraw Speller Checker Specification Screen (PC)


Figure 2: ConceptDraw Spanish Language Speller Checker in Action(PC)


Language selections on the Macintosh can be found from the Edit menu, under Spelling.


 Figure 3: ConceptDraw Speller Checker Specification Screen (Mac)

Figure 4: ConceptDraw English Language Speller Checker in Action (Mac)

Friday, December 11, 2009

Project Reporting Using ConceptDraw MINDMAP and Microsoft PowerPoint

The ConceptDraw Office Suite has a very powerful built in project reporting tool that generates a variety of reports. Such reports range from visual scoreboards to mind maps reports that show the critical details.

Figure 1: Map template for Report Presentation in Microsoft PowerPoint.

For those of you looking for a way to quickly prepare a PowerPoint presentation for status meetings, you can easily prepare your content in a mind map format, and then export to your template of choice using ConceptDraw MINDMAP.

Figure 2: Sample of PowerPoint output using a ConceptDraw template.

Download a sample ConceptDraw MINDMAP template here:

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Customize Your Maps with ConceptDraw PRO and ConceptDraw MINDMAP

Do you ever wish you could customize your mind maps more professionally?

Using ConceptDraw PRO (our powerful business graphics software) you can have complete control of how your mind map topics look.

Here is an example of a mind map that uses an image of a 1964 Mustang convertible as a topic type. Add a first level topic and up pops a Mustang! If only it were this easy for Ford to build automobiles.

Download the map here to see how it works.

Figure 1: Portion of a mind map showing a '64 Mustang as new topic type. Main topic and sub-topics have also been modified to show the range of change available.

Customize Topics
  1. The first step is to select a picture or choose one of the 15,000 professionally drawn objects that come with ConceptDraw PRO.

  2. Place the object or picture on to ConceptDraw’s canvas. Then drag and drop the object on to the topic you want to change, if you want to make a change to all topics at that level in your map drag the object to the 1 o’clock position.

  3. When you drag the object from ConceptDraw PRO over to the topic that is in place, note the topic behavior in the topic. You will see a yellow rectangle that is divided into 3 boxes.

  4. Drop the image on to one of the boxes and the image will then be part of the topic.

  5. The location of the image is determined by the box that you place the image in.

  6. Drift the cursor a bit to the right or left and there will appear a blue box.

  7. Drop the image in the blue box and it becomes the topic.

Figure 2: Drag a ConceptDraw PEO object to your mind map. Once you see the blue rectangle place the object for a new topic type.

Figure 3: ConceptDraw MINDMAP changes to the margins increase the size of the topic.

Build a Theme

  1. Click on the topic you have changed.

  2. From the Format menu, select Map Theme then Apply to Current Level

  3.  Once you have completed all of your modifications, go to the Format menu, and select  Map Theme then Save Theme. This new theme can then be applied to any map you build in the future.

  4. You can modify the topic size, spacing tab, and margins. The topic will increase in size.
Now you can build unique and custom maps with ease!