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Posted by Dr Andus
Dec 28, 2012 at 12:34 PM

 

I have only just discovered that if you export a Freeplane mind map as a Word document, it assigns the appropriate level headings to each item.

So when you open it in Word, you end up with a hierarchical outline in the Navigator Pane and the headings in the document (effectively a 2-pane outliner set-up).

Unfortunately it didn’t export the item notes in Word, which seems to be a bug, as it did when exported as an Open Office document.

 


Posted by Dr Andus
Dec 28, 2012 at 02:22 PM

 

Maybe I’m stating the obvious, but another neat feature in Freeplane is “View > Notes > Display notes in map,” which displays item notes below the mind map item, i.e. inline.

Considering the dearth of single-pane outliners that can display notes inline (Outline 4D, Inspiration, NoteMap, UV Outliner, Maxthink), this is pretty useful. In fact in “Outline view” mode Freeplane effectively turns into a single-pane outliner with inline notes, so it could be rightfully added to this list.

A simple copy and paste of the outline view into Word creates a bullet-point hierarchy with inline notes included (which gets around the earlier mentioned bug, though headings won’t be preserved this way).

 


Posted by Listerene
Dec 28, 2012 at 04:58 PM

 

Freeplane *used* to be my mapping sw of choice until I found MindMaple Lite. Although I eventually got familiar with Freeplane, I always found it difficult to use and even harder to get appealing (and visually memorable) results. MML not only produces awesome graphics, for me it was completely intuitive and very easy to use. Although it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of FP, this freeware more than meets my needs and if you haven’t tried it, you should probably at least consider it.

 


Posted by Dr Andus
Dec 28, 2012 at 05:46 PM

 

Listerene wrote:
Freeplane *used* to be my mapping sw of choice until I found MindMaple
>Lite. Although I eventually got familiar with Freeplane, I always found
>it difficult to use and even harder to get appealing (and visually
>memorable) results. MML not only produces awesome graphics, for me it
>was completely intuitive and very easy to use. Although it doesn’t have
>all the bells and whistles of FP, this freeware more than meets my needs
>and if you haven’t tried it, you should probably at least consider it.

Thanks for the suggestion. I did check out MindMaple. It does look nice but Freeplane suits my current needs better. I’m using it purely as an outlining tool at the moment, so I’m after the most minimalistic interface possible and the most economical use of screen space.

I’ve also downloaded the iPad app (https://itunes.apple.com/app/id569417388), as they’re offering it for free for a limited time. I’ll trial it later.

 


Posted by Dr Andus
Dec 29, 2012 at 03:58 PM

 

Dr Andus wrote:
>I’ve also downloaded the iPad app
>(https://itunes.apple.com/app/id569417388), as they’re offering it for
>free for a limited time. I’ll trial it later.

The MindMaple iPad app is pretty good actually for speedy mapping (for a free app). The export functions are somewhat limited. It seems you can only export them in the proprietary file format to be used with the (also free) desktop companion, or as an image.

 


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