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  • 1. click2try™ TutorialFreemind©2008 Presage Technologies, LLC.
  • 2. FreemindCopyright
©
2008‐2009
Presage
Technologies,
LLC.
You may freely distribute or publish this content provided you publish thecontent in its entirety and include all existing copyright notices, attributions,links, and acknowledgements to click2try™, Presage Technologies, LLC. and toorganizations mentioned explicitly or implicitly herein.©2008 Presage Technologies, LLC. 2
  • 3. FreemindContentsIntroduction ..................................................................................... 5
Creating a New Mindmap .................................................................. 6
Inserting Child Nodes ....................................................................... 6
Inserting Sibling Nodes .................................................................... 7
Adding Hyperlinks............................................................................. 8
Linking Two Nodes.......................................................................... 10
Inserting a Note.............................................................................. 12
Formatting Nodes in Clouds ............................................................ 13
Formatting a Mindmap .................................................................... 15
Exporting a Mindmap ...................................................................... 17
Resources ....................................................................................... 18
©2008 Presage Technologies, LLC. 3
  • 4. Freemind©2008 Presage Technologies, LLC. 4
  • 5. Freemind
IntroductionIf you’re still wondering what the big excitement is about mind-mapping, it’sprobably because you’ve never tried Freemind. Freemind, besides being free,gives you an incredible range of capabilities that go far beyond justbrainstorming. Of course, if you want to brainstorm, Freemind has everythingyou could hope for in a creativity tool. But, Freemind doesn’t stop there. Withits ability to embed links, dates, and files, Freemind becomes the perfect toolfor research, project planning, and for documenting things like your networkor your system resources.Just how can Freemind help you? ▪ Ease-of-use improves your problem-solving success rate ▪ Makes brainstorming fun ▪ Collaborate and communicate easily ▪ Capture and organize seemingly disparate data ▪ Get a big picture view ▪ Collect data in one documentIn this tutorial, you’ll learn some of the basics of using Freemind. Althoughyou’ll learn even more when you dive in and play with the tool yourself, thistutorial will help you learn more about: ▪ Creating mind maps ▪ Creating and inserting nodes ▪ Inserting hyperlinks ▪ Inserting notes ▪ Formatting mind maps ▪ Exporting mind mapsOnce you’ve tried Freemind, you’ll be searching for projects to brainstorm,plan, and document!NOTE: A note on terminology. The terms “mindmap” and “mind map” tendto be used interchangeably, not only on the Web, but within many mindmapping applications themselves. In this tutorial, the variant you’ll see mostoften is “mind map” in two words. Freemind features often include the singleword variant, so you may see those in headings or in descriptions of specificcommands. ©2008 Presage Technologies, LLC. 5
  • 6. FreemindCreating a New MindmapCreating a new mind map is easy. It’s like creating a new document in aword processing program. For the purposes of this tutorial, let’s create a planfor a new network at your company. This example will allow you to see howyou can use Freemind to brainstorm, plan, and document.To create a new mind map: 1. Start Freemind, if it’s not already started. 2. Double-click the oval in the middle of the document, where it says “New Mindmap.” 3. Type “Build Network.” 4. Click anywhere in the white space outside of the edit box. This redisplays the mind map oval with the new name. 5. Select File > Save. The Save dialog opens and the mind map name will be prefilled with the name you entered. 6. Click Save.Now you’ve created a basic mind map. Next, you’ll add child and siblingnodes to the mind map and begin to build the details of your project.Inserting Child NodesA child node is a direct descendant of a main node in your mind map.Assume you are brainstorming a project to construct a new network for yourcompany. You might define several child nodes, for example, to interviewstakeholders, perform sizing tasks, and research costs. Each of these childtasks becomes a node, hanging off the main “Build Network” node. Each childnode will likely have many other child nodes, as well, as tasks tend tomultiply as we identify more detail in a plan.To insert a child node: 1. Click the light bulb icon in the main toolbar. You can also select Insert > New Child Node from the main menu, or press the Insert key on your keyboard, if you have one. 2. Type the name of your node. For example, type “Interview dept heads.” 3. Repeat the previous two steps to add more child nodes. 4. To add a child node to one of your child nodes, select the child node, for instance, the “Interview dept heads” node, and then click the light bulb icon again. This time, the node will appear to the side of the currently selected node.©2008 Presage Technologies, LLC. 6
  • 7. FreemindIf you have child nodes with child nodes, you’ll likely want to add siblingnodes too. Keep reading to find out more about sibling nodes.Inserting Sibling NodesSibling nodes are nodes that are equally related to the parent node. Forexample, create a child node called “Identify performance bottlenecks.” Thiswould be an important task to undertake if you’re trying to build a new,improved network. You’ll want to make sure you understand the kinds whichapplications on your network cause the most performance hits, and you’llalso want to identify the most common IT requests related to networkbandwidth problems. So, your “Identify performance bottlenecks” task willhave at least two subtasks. These two subtasks are equal in value, and canbe performed independently of each other. That makes them perfectcandidates for sibling nodes.To insert sibling nodes: 1. Create your child node “Identify performance bottlenecks.” 2. While that node is still selected, click the light bulb icon in the main toolbar. 3. Type “Review performance reports.” 4. Press the Return/Enter key on your keyboard. This should automatically insert a sibling node directly underneath the last node you inserted. 5. Type “Review IT trouble tickets.” Your sibling nodes should look like those in the following graphic:©2008 Presage Technologies, LLC. 7
  • 8. FreemindYou can select any node and add child or sibling nodes to accommodate asmany details as you want to capture. If your ideas or plans are equivalent tothe main child nodes, such as “Calculate sizing data” in this example, thenselect the “Build Network” oval and insert a new child node.Adding HyperlinksThe ability to add hyperlinks is one of the most powerful features ofFreemind. You can link to documents, websites, and to other types of localfiles.To add a hyperlink: 1. Click one of the nodes to select it. For example, click the “Create preliminary design” node. 2. Right-click and select Insert > Hyperlink (File Chooser). This opens the file browser dialog. 3. Select a file you want to link to, and then click Open. You may need to change the file type at the bottom of the file browse dialog to All Files. By default, the dialog only shows Freemind files. After you link the file, an arrow appears next to the node containing the link. 4. Click the arrow to open the file.You can also enter a link manually, if you like. This is especially useful whenyou want to link to a known website.©2008 Presage Technologies, LLC. 8
  • 9. FreemindTo add a manual hyperlink: 1. Click one of the nodes to select it. 2. Right-click and select Insert > Hyperlink (Text Field). 3. Enter the location you want the link to point to. It can be a Web page, an FTP site, a local network share, or some other external or internal location. In this case, the hyperlink points to an external Web site. 4. Click OK to save the link.©2008 Presage Technologies, LLC. 9
  • 10. FreemindLinking Two NodesYou may find it necessary to link two nodes. There are a couple of ways toaccomplish this. One is to create a graphical link between the nodes, so thatthe relationship is visible to anybody who views the mind map. The otherway is to create a local hyperlink between the nodes, so that when you clickone node, you are directed to the other. This can be very helpful as areminder, for example, when two items are mutually dependent.Creating a Graphical Link between Nodes 1. Select a node on your map. 2. Hold the Ctrl key on your keyboard and select another link. You should see two highlighted or grayed-out nodes. 3. Right-click and select Insert > Add Graphical Link. This creates a link between the two nodes. 4. To change the direction of the arrowhead, or to remove the arrowhead, add another arrowhead, or remove the link entirely, right-click on the graphical link itself, to display this dialog box: The black dot next to an item identifies the option that is currently selected.©2008 Presage Technologies, LLC. 10
  • 11. FreemindCreating a Local HyperlinkNext, create a local link between two or more nodes. This type of link, whichwill also be indicated by an arrow next to the link, lets you jump from aclicked link to another node on the map. 1. Select the node you want to point to another node. 2. Hold down the Ctrl key and select one or more target nodes. 3. Right-click and select Insert > Add Local Hyperlink. This adds the link arrow icon to the first node you selected. 4. Click the arrow icon. Freemind highlights the target node.This feature is very useful when you have a large mind map that containsmany details. As you’ll find, many items in your mind maps will have somesort of relationship to other items. Hyperlinking is one way to reinforce thoserelationships, visually and functionally.In the graphic below, the two IP addresses, when clicked, both highlight the“Engineering” node, indicating that the Engineering department network hasreserved those addresses.©2008 Presage Technologies, LLC. 11
  • 12. FreemindInserting a NoteAs you develop more detailed maps, you’ll most likely want to add notes todifferent nodes, either as reminders to yourself or as notes to otheremployees who will be viewing the map.To insert a note: 1. Select a node you want to add a note to. 2. From the main menu, select Insert > Note. This adds a note icon to the node and opens the note editing window at the bottom of the Freemind screen. 3. Enter your note text. 4. When finished, move the cursor back up to the main mind map area, and the note editing window closes.©2008 Presage Technologies, LLC. 12
  • 13. FreemindFormatting Nodes in CloudsOften, you need to visually identify a group of nodes, and show theirrelationship more clearly than with simple graphical links. Also, if you’recreating certain types of diagrams, such as network diagrams, you’ll need toshow areas of the network that exist outside of or inside the network firewall,for instance. Freemind clouds let you create this visual relationship in astriking way. You can create a cloud around one or more nodes and color thecloud to either set it apart or to use the color to represent additionalmeaning.To create a cloud: 1. Select one node or multiple adjacent nodes. 2. Right-click and select Insert > Cloud. Freemind surrounds your selected node or nodes with a gray cloud. 3. Right-click the node and select Format > Cloud Color. 4. Choose a color from the color picker.©2008 Presage Technologies, LLC. 13
  • 14. FreemindThat’s it. You can also format nodes to appear in “bubbles” which arerounded rectangles. And there are many formatting options available, suchas using any of the many icons Freemind offers to uniquely identify yournodes.©2008 Presage Technologies, LLC. 14
  • 15. FreemindFormatting a MindmapThere are many ways in Freemind to format your mind maps and the nodesand connectors of your mind map. Let’s walk through a few of thoseformatting options.Setting an Automatic LayoutFreemind has an automatic layout and formatting option, which, whenselected, applies a number of pre-defined formats to your entire mind map.Generally, these formats make your mind map easier to read and identifynodes based on their level in the hierarchy, through color and font size. • From the main menu, select Format > Automatic Layout. This sets the layout for the entire map, as shown below:Formatting a Node in a Bubble 1. Select the node you want to format.©2008 Presage Technologies, LLC. 15
  • 16. Freemind 2. Right-click and select Format > Bubble. This formats the selected node in a rounded rectangle. You can also change the color of the border and the background.Folding and Unfolding NodesWhenever you add sibling and child nodes to other nodes, Freemindestablishes a toggle feature that allows you to fold and unfold those items tosimplify the view of part or all of the mind map. While not specifically aformatting function, this feature is good to know about when it comes time toreviewing or explaining large, detailed maps.If one or more nodes appear to have a small empty circle to the left of the nodename, that means the node has children or siblings. Click the node to unfold it.Click a node that contains children or siblings to close it. The small empty circle willappear next to the main node.Using the Physical Style MenuThe physical style menu provides a set of pre-defined formats that you canchoose from for your nodes. You can also define your own set of styles byediting the “patterns.xml” file in your Freemind directory. 1. Select a node on your mind map. 2. Right-click and select Physical Style > style name.©2008 Presage Technologies, LLC. 16
  • 17. FreemindExporting a MindmapFreemind lets you export to a variety of formats that make it easy for you toshare your mind maps. You can export to graphics formats, such as JPEG andPNG, to document formats, like PDF and OpenOffice.org Writer format, or toHTML and XHTML and XSLT.To export a mind map: 1. With a map open, select File > Export. 2. Choose a format. 3. Select a location and provide another file name, if needed. 4. Click Save.The file will open in whatever application you have on your system thatsupports the file type you selected.©2008 Presage Technologies, LLC. 17
  • 18. FreemindResourcesFor more information about Freemind, see the following resources:Freemind http://freemind.sourceforge.net/wiki/index.php/Main_Page – Mainwiki page on SourceForge, contains lots of information and links to thedownload site, additional resources, reviews, and much more.Freemind FAQhttp://freemind.sourceforge.net/wiki/index.php/Asked_questions – Dozens ofcommon questions and detailed answers about how to install, run, and useFreemind.Freemind Accessorieshttp://freemind.sourceforge.net/wiki/index.php/Forums – Third-party plug-insand add-ons for Freemind.Freemind Forums http://freemind.sourceforge.net/wiki/index.php/Forums –Main index site to several forums about Freemind.©2008 Presage Technologies, LLC. 18

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