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Posted by Stephen R. Diamond
Apr 12, 2017 at 12:49 AM


From the developer’s description: “The “Idea Shuffler” is a unique diagramming tool that lets you represent both hierarchical and non-hierarchical structures. It automatically organizes your ideas (concepts) with a proprietary shuffle algorithm so you don’t have to worry about the location of concepts. It provides layers of interconnected diagrams that accommodate large models and separate documents for every diagram and concept. The “Idea Shuffler” is the only software out there that gives you all of these features.”

“The “Idea Shuffler” is more than a concept mapping or a mind mapping tool. It provides you the ability to visualize and create ideas with diagrams that are easier to understand for both hierarchical and non-hierarchical structures.”

The developer is allergic to “writing from an outline.” For myself, outlining is inevitably part of the writing process, but Idea Shuffler is useful at an earlier stage.



Posted by Larry Kollar
Apr 12, 2017 at 02:46 AM


The original hnb developer included a “shuffle” function in his outliner. I’ve never needed it myself, but I kept it for Tines because I thought someone might. I suppose if you have an unordered list of notes you threw into your outliner, it might let you find relationships you hadn’t noticed before.


Posted by Stephen R. Diamond
Apr 12, 2017 at 07:12 PM


Idea Shuffler actually finds the *simplest* representation of a concept map. That’s what the shuffle command is for, although the user can opt to stop the shuffle (or go back to) a point that’s less simple.


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