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  1. 1.   Mind Mapping Software
  2. 2. FreeMind is a free software, written in Java, licensed under GPL -GNU General Public License <ul><li>Wikipedia Link: </li></ul>
  3. 3. Current users of FreeMind use it for the following purposes: <ul><ul><li>Keeping track of projects , including subtasks, state of subtasks and time recording </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Project workplace , including links to necessary files, executables, source of information and of course information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Workplace for internet research using Google and other sources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Essay writing and brainstorming </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Database -Keeping a small database of something with structure that is either very dynamic or not known in advance . </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Commented internet favorites or bookmarks , with colors and fonts having the meaning you want. </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. This is a Mindmap that I made using an example from the user guide. Root &quot;parent&quot; node   ⇑                        ➹   Child Nodes ➸                             ➷ Menu Bar Formatting Bar
  5. 5. Features: <ul><ul><li>Fully functional following of HTML links stored in the nodes, be it www links or links to local files. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fast one-click navigation , including folding / unfolding on one click and following links on one click at the same time. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Undo </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Smart Drag'n Drop , including the possibility to copy nodes or copy style of nodes; dragging and dropping of multiple selected nodes; dropping of texts or list of files from outside </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Smart copying and pasting  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Export of map to HTML , with folding </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Built in icons </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>  It can be easily customized and has a set of extensive features </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It's user friendly !   </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Let's get you started: When you open a New map ( Command N ) you will see a blank screen with a grey ellipse &quot;node&quot; that says New Mindmap .   Click on the &quot;node&quot; and begin typing, this is the &quot;Root node.&quot; A &quot; Child &quot; node branches off from the &quot; Parent &quot; (root) node.     Go to Menu Bar> Insert> New Child Node A &quot; Sibling &quot; node is positioned at the same level of the reference.     -To create a sibling node below the active node press Enter         -To create a sibling node above the active node, press Shift+Enter
  7. 7. Collapse and open information on a node by clicking the circle. Drag nodes into different postions: by placing your cursor at the end of a node, an ellipse will appear, click on the ellipse, then drag the node into any position. Highlighting nodes with clouds: Select the node(s) of your choice, go to Insert > Cloud.  Change the cloud color: Select the main node of the cloud, then go to Format > Cloud color > select color  
  8. 8. You can change the color of your text. Format > Node Color > Select color
  9. 9. You can change the background color of your nodes. Format > Node Background Color > Select color
  10. 10. You can change the color, width and  style of the lines to your nodes. Change the look of the lines from &quot;fork&quot; to &quot;bubble&quot; shapes.
  11. 11. Just another example-
  12. 12. Alternatives to using Freemind: <ul><ul><li>Inspiration - free for 30 days </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>View your Mind </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>MindGenius </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Thinkgraph (website in french) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>MS Word </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Powerpoint </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Here is a pretty good Freemind user guide that I found. <ul><li>It helped me do some of the basics, and it has further instructions on how to do more advanced operations. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Saving </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Exporting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Links and Hype links </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pictures </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>and more... </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Good Luck!! </li></ul>