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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Mindmapping for writers

If you're interested in learning more about how to use mind mapping as a tool for writing, check out my 3-part series. It can be found at:

1. The Writerly Life: Mind Mapping for Writers: If you're more artist than engineer, this approach is for you.

2. Nick Daws' Writing Blog: Mind Mapping for Writers: If you're more artist than engineer, this approach is for you.

The series takes you from brainstorming and organizing ideas to progressing from ideas in a map to words on a page.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

How To Create A Visual Event Calendar Using ConceptDraw Office

Step 1. Create the events you are planning as a mind map using ConceptDraw MINDMAP.

Step 2. Select all topics by pressing Ctrl+A and then copy the map.

Step 3. Open ConceptDraw PRO and create a new document using the Calendar template from the Template Gallery. The Calendar template is located inside the Project Management category of the Template Gallery.

Step 4. Press Ctrl+V to paste the copied mind map information into the ConceptDraw PRO document workspace.

Step 5. Next drag and drop calendar shapes from the Calendars library to the document workspace for each topic of the mind map.

Step 6. To set the required date click on the date you want to identify and then change the font attributes for that date (color, size, type style). To navigate to a different date use the Action button menu to change months and years that are presented.

Step 7. Connect the mind map topics to the calendars using the Smart Connector tool located in the ConceptDraw PRO toolbar.

Result. The finished product is now an excellent visual plan of your important activities in the visual format of mind map.

Post Script: Of course it is also possible to use ConceptDraw PRO to build a date calendar and then use that visual information in a ConceptDraw MINDMAP topic. Our ConceptDraw products have the flexibility to work the way you want to work.


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