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Posted by Dr Andus
Oct 10, 2011 at 05:19 PM

 

Regarding outliners and concept mapping, which outliners out there make it the easiest to convert an outline into a (visual) concept map or vice versa, at the click of a button? CMAP Tools and VUE are primarily visual tools, and their outline view is rather limited. (I recall seeing something like that in ConnectedText, but unfortunately I don’t have the time to learn that one right now.) At the moment I create my outlines in one software, and then build a concept map in another. But there must be a better way….

 


Posted by Stephen Zeoli
Oct 10, 2011 at 05:21 PM

 

Well, not that I’m a big fan of it, but Inspiration goes from an outline to a diagram and back again at the click of a button.

http://www.inspiration.com

Steve Z.

 


Posted by Dr Andus
Oct 10, 2011 at 05:58 PM

 

Stephen Zeoli wrote:
>Well, not that I’m a big fan of it, but Inspiration goes from an outline to a diagram and
>back again at the click of a button.
> >www.inspiration.com
>

Thanks Steve. Inspiration has come up a few times now (ability to have in-line notes and now the diagram), so I guess I’ll really have to check it out now.

 


Posted by Alexander Deliyannis
Oct 11, 2011 at 09:49 PM

 

Dr Andus wrote:
>At the moment I create
>my outlines in one software, and then build a concept map in another. But there must be a
>better way…. 

I believe many here would agree that viewing one’s information structure in different formats is useful and often insightful; however, such options are usually limited, with only mind map to outline and vice versa being a relatively common possibility.

Also being able to (easily) transfer structured information from one program to another in order to view it—and manipulate it- differently is very desirable, but far from evident.

 


Posted by DaXiong
Oct 14, 2011 at 03:40 AM

 

@ Dr. Andus & Inspiration

I use Inspiration (v 8) quite a bit, but as an outliner. I’m not much of a concept mapper, but the feature is there. When I’m bored, err - needing inspiration for my writing, I click the button and see the concept map of my work. One click of the button again, and I’m back in my outline.

I do enjoy Inspiration as an outliner - but the company developing it is focusing more and more on schools (grade and secondary level). I’ve had the program for years, so cost isn’t an issue. Today, with the direction they’re taking it, I don’t know if I’d spend the money for it.

The strength of the program (for me) is its ability to work in paragraphs. It’s easy to re-arrange paragraphs, and to get a clear view of the outline. In this regard, Sense is just as powerful ... maybe more so.

 


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