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Copyright © 2001-2004 by JKRB Software
Jutta Klebe, Rolf Bremer

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This document refers to Pocket Mindmap Version 1.3


Content

 

Content 2

Concepts. 3

Maps and Multi Maps. 3

Views. 3

Topics. 4

Properties. 4

Floating Text 6

Scribble. 6

Mindmap Custom Properties. 6

Outline. 7

References. 7

Standard set of references. 7

Global vs. Document Reference Types. 7

Tasks. 7

Task Hierarchy. 8

Options. 8

General 8

Default View.. 8

History Limit 8

Confirm Document Conversion. 8

Capitalize topic title. 8

Capitalize topic text 9

Preserve line breaks in text 9

Use ClearType™... 9

AutoSymbols. 9

Map. 9

Connections as Bezier curve. 9

Centered first level topic origin. 9

Line color from topic. 9

Outline. 10

Font size. 10

Text window font size. 10

Show “Info Icons” on tasks. 10

Tasks. 10

Show color codes. 10

Run Outlook after export 10

Strikeout completed tasks. 10

Synchronize on Activate. 10

Show numeric priority in symbol 10

State Inheritance. 10

Subject 10

First level 10

Topics. 11

References. 11

Show References. 11

Show hidden References. 11

Manage Reference Types. 11

Reset Standard References. 11

Export 11

Bitmap related options. 11

HTML/Text related options. 11

Document information. 12

General 12

Document-ID. 12

Summary. 12

Info. 12

Statistics. 13

Custom.. 13

Editor 13

Navigation. 13

Scrolling. 13

Panning. 13

Search. 13

Center 13

Reference Jumps. 13

Hyperlinks. 14

Back- and forward buttons. 14

Context Menu. 14

Eagles View.. 15

LRU. 15

Editing. 15

Adding Topics. 15

Drag and Drop reorganizing. 15

Tap and Hold. 15

More Views. 16

Task List 16

Show only Tasks. 16

Text filter 16

Symbols. 16

Map. 16

Custom Properties. 16

Categories. 16

Marker 16

Outline View. 16

Text Export 17

HTML Export 17

Bitmap Export 17

Addendum.. 18

Magic Symbols. 18

Glossary. 18

Index. 20

 

Concepts

This section tells you about basic concepts within Pocket Mindmap.

Maps and Multi Maps

If you create a map it may become very large over time. By reorganizing the topics, a typically map is created, and because mind mapping supports you in thinking more unfocused, you are not narrowed on the primary subject. Usually you jot down several issues belonging to the subject but are more out of focus. Or you think deep into one detail of your map, and a big, unbalanced tree is the result.

At this point you may want to put this part of the map in a map of its own. You still want it to be part of the current map because it is on topic. For situations like that, Pocket Mindmap gives you the ability to create a Multi Map.

A single Pocket Mindmap file can consist of many maps – each with its own subject. Usually they are all related in some way, and they are all derived from the main map of the file. The main purpose is to keep your tightly related maps together. A red arrow in a topic indicates the presence of such a map, which is sometimes called a sub map. The arrow can be used to navigate between the maps by tapping on it like on a hyperlink. Note that the navigational history of Pocket Mindmap remembers your journey, so you can use the “back” arrow button at any time to return to the start of your journey.

If you ever consider having a promoted sub map to be back into the current map you can do so by demoting a sub map back to a normal sub tree. Just tap and hold on the red arrow in the original map and choose “demote map” from the context menu.

 

Views

You can view your map in the Map View, or in the Outline View. And you can switch between both views, if you like, at any time. In both views you have a rich set of functionality available to create and edit your topics and the structure they are organized in. Both views keep their own order of the topics.

Topics

Topics are the main building blocks of the Mindmap. They are arranged in a tree structure or hierarchy, all branching from the center topic, which is called the Subject or Central Topic. Around the Subject there are the first level topics, which you can freely arrange around the Subject. Branching from the first level topics are normal topics. They are arranged by Pocket Mindmap automatically for you to keep your mind free from repositioning tasks, but you can do so every time you want to.

Topics can be freely formatted and Pocket Mindmap gives you additional tools and elements to allow you map to be more intuitive and associative as a normal outline. Symbols are one of these things. They allow you to add associative little pictures to any of your topics.

Pocket Mindmap also adds magic symbols to your topics, depending on their state, indicating the presence of a scribble or a Task.

By exploring the properties Pocket Mindmap associates with a topic you can easily discover their potential. Just double tap a topic in the map view to open its property page. Alternatively you can tap and hold the topic and choose Edit Topic from the context menu. This opens the Properties Dialog for the Topic.

 

Properties

The properties dialog of the topic is a tabbed dialog. This section explains the tabs and the options they contain.

General

Title

This is the title of the topic. The title is displayed in the map. You can have line breaks in the title by entering a pipe symbol “|” at the appropriate position.

Hyperlink

The topic can work as a hyperlink, and in this field you can enter (or view) the target URL. Pocket Mindmap allows you to browse for the target. Targets can be located in the same or in another Pocket Mindmap file. The browse button, which is market with “…” near the hyperlink field, gives you an outline of the current map file, allowing you to easy choose the link target. It also gives you the functionality to browse for other Pocket Mindmap or other files in the toolbar. You can also enter a hyperlink to any kind of document directly in the hyperlink field of the property page.

If you choose another Pocket Mindmap file, it is opened by the hyperlink browser and displayed as an outline just like the current file before. You can choose your target topic, and it is entered in the hyperlink field.

If you select another document in the hyperlink field, Pocket Mindmap also recognizes it as a hyperlink. On activation (tapping the hyperlink symbol in the map view) it starts up the document with the associated Application. If you enter the path to the document manually, be careful while entering the full path to the target document to use backslashes as path delimiters, not slashes as usual in web URLs.

In the map view, a magic symbol appears, showing you the type of hyperlink. It even indicates broken links. See the list of the Magic Symbols for details.

Categories

Each node can be associated to one or more categories. This Concept is based on the same categories provided by Pocket Outlook, and Pocket Mindmap uses the same categories that are defined in your Pocket Outlook. The browse button near the categories field allows you to select categories from a list. Categories can be used to filter topics out of a map.

ID

Here you can see the internal ID of the Topics. This ID is used within Hyperlinks for example.

Text

The Text tab only contains the text belonging to the topic.

 

Every topic can have a text assigned to it. This text is indicated by a magic symbol in the map view, near the title of the topic. The text is also displayed in the outline view, when you activate the text window with the toolbar button. You can edit the text here in the Text tab and also in the outline view.

Format

The title of the topic can be freely formatted. The default is defined in the options dialog. If you change the settings there, all existing topics in the default format will change accordingly. But you can also change the formatting of individual topics in the format property page of the topic. Font family, size, attributes like bold, italic and color as well as the marker color (background color) can be chosen freely. If there is explicitly a format assigned to a topic it won't be affected by changes to the default setting.

Intern

Topics marked an “Intern” are kept internally – that means, they are not exported to HTML, Text or Bitmap by Pocket Mindmap – unless you set an a global option to export internal topics as well.

Note that external programs that work directly with Pocket Mindmaps files still can see this information and progress them. The internal flag is not a protection of your internal marked information if you give the original Mindmap file to others.

Enumeration

With this option, you can change all child topics of this topic to appear as an enumeration. This is useful, if you like to see the entries of an enumeration in the map as topics. Enumeration entries are market with a little square dot in front of the display text.

In the export, the enumerations are exported as enumeration (unordered list in HTML), not as topics.

Default

This button allows you to change the formatting of the current topic to the settings defined in the global options. If you tap this button, you are asked, whether you want to change the settings only for the current topic or also for all child topics as well.

The enumeration option is not affected by this function.

Symbols

Here are all the symbols you can assign to your topics. You can assign up to 13 symbols to each topic. Assigning a symbol is as easy as tap on it – it will immediately be transferred to the line of selected symbols on the page. To take away a symbol from the assignment, just tap on it in the selected symbols line. It will be removed immediately.

Each symbol can only be assigned once to a topic.

Note that assignment of symbols can also occur due to the AutoSymbol functionality.

Task

On this page you find the information that belongs to the topics that are treated as tasks by Pocket Mindmap. A topic becomes a task when it gets a priority assigned. It ceases to be a task when you remove the priority. Tasks can have a start date and time, a due date and time and a flag, which says they are completed. There is also a Private Flag which is important for the sync with Pocket Outlook.

If you change some of the options on this page and check the “Only for child topics” flag as well, all your changes are applied to the immediate child topics of the current topic. The task information of the current topic will remain unchanged. This option allows you to set several tasks in a list at once to the desired values.

Tasks are displayed with a color code. If the task has a due date and is not marked as complete, Pocket Mindmap displays the checkbox with a color. A red box says, the task is past due, a yellow box says, the task is due today or tomorrow, and a green color indicates that there is more than one day left until the task is due.

Custom

Pocket Mindmap allows you to define and assign custom properties to any topic (and also to the document, as we see later). These properties are named string values. They are stored with the Pocket Mindmap file. Custom properties can be used to filter the task list or be processed by other programs interfacing with Pocket Mindmap. Pocket Mindmap also provides a Custom Property Statistic, which provides the statistical values (Mean, StdDev, Count, Min, Max) of all numeric properties in a handy dialog page.

You can add, modify or remove values on this page. To modify a value, just tap on it in the list. It appears with its value in the name and value fields on the page. You can modify the value and acknowledge your change with the modify button.

Note that the upper button changes the description from add to modify, depending on your actions.

References

Here you can see, add and remove all references involving the current topic. You can add a new one by selecting a reference type from the dropdown list and selecting the reference partner. Then press the Add button to complete the creation of the reference. This method enables you to create references between topics on different maps.

To change the direction of a reference, tap and hold it in the list. The appearing context menu gives you the choice to change the direction, edit the reference type or delete the reference. Note that the change direction functionality is disabled on bi-directional reference types.

Floating Text

In Addition to Topics you can locate Floating Texts freely on the Map. There are two types of Floating Texts: “Map related” and “Topic related”. The “topic related” are positioned relatively to their topic, and are moved whenever the topic is moved. They are also copied to the clipboard, when the topic is copied. And they are pasted with the topic as well.

Floating Texts can be richly formatted – fonts, colors, frame, marker color, frame type and padding. And they have an optional arrow that is always directed to the corresponding topic. “Map related” Floating Texts have no arrows.

You can use these Texts to pep up you maps visually, add some remarks or hints.

Scribble

Pocket Mindmap can assign a simple scribble to each topic. The scribble is a little stroke based (vector) drawing you can enter in the integrated scribble editor. It allows you to choose the pen with as well as the pen color. You can also select strokes ether by tap or by opening a selection rectangle. Selected strokes can be deleted from the scribble. A magical symbol in the map view indicates the scribble. This symbol has its own context menu, where the scribble can be edited, deleted or saved as a bitmap to an external file. This export is not disabled by the “internal” marker of the topic because it is not part of a global export process where many topics are exported at once.

Scribbles are useful to quickly illustrate some concepts – a picture is worth a thousand words.

Mindmap Custom Properties

As in the topics, you can have custom properties on the Pocket Mindmap document level. The chapter “Topics Properties Custom” describes how to edit them.

The intention of these properties is to store Meta information within the document. It can be easily retrieved by management systems due to the open nature of the XML document format of Pocket Mindmap. The Custom Properties of the Document are exported as Meta Tags in the HTML Export.

Outline

The Outline View is a full featured view in Pocket Mindmap. It is possible to create and maintain a document exclusively in this view. All the editing functionality, insert, delete and reorganization are implemented here as well as in the Mindmap View. In addition, there are Info Icons to tell you important information on the state of each node and you also find the export functionality here: Just tap & hold on a topic.

A Toolbar gives you instant access to indenting or out denting functions or you can use drag & drop to indent, out dent or reorder your topics. Just move them with your Stylus!

References

While mind maps already provide a structure of the containing topics, it is often necessary to add other relations between the entries. That’s why Pocket Mindmap implements the concept of references.

A reference is a relation involving two topics. These relations can be unidirectional or bi-directional. And they are named – optionally having a name for each direction (R-Type or Reverse Type).

In the standard set, which Pocket Mindmap provides you can see some examples for commonly used relations, but you are not limited to them. You can freely define you own reference types in Pocket Mindmap.

Standard set of references

Pocket Mindmap defines a set of standard reference types for you to use. The reference types are:

 

Type

R-Type

Bi-directional

Comparable to

 

Yes

Derived from

Derived to

No

Predecessor

Successor

No

Prerequisite

Requires

No

Relation to

 

Yes

See also

 

No

 

This set can be edited to adapt them to your needs. Use the button "Reset standard reference types" in the references property page in the global options to restore them. They will also be restored if you reinstall Pocket Mindmap.

Global vs. Document Reference Types

The reference types you define are stored in the global list of reference types on your Pocket PC. You can use them sub sequentially in all your documents if you want.

If you use them, they are also stored in the document, so they are available on systems where they are not in the global list. If you open a document that contains a custom reference type, it is shown in the reference type manager with a different symbol. Global reference types are shown with a globe – document reference types with a document symbol.

With the Reference Type Manager you can transfer the document based reference types into your global list.

Tasks

Pocket Mindmap allows you to define topics in a way that they represent Tasks. These tasks are similar to tasks you already have in Pocket Outlook, but they integrate in the concept of your Mind Map and may have additional Information stored in them. So we enabled Pocket Mindmap to export your Pocket Mindmap tasks to Pocket Outlook and keep a living connection between them. Whenever you change the state of the task either in Pocket Mindmap or in Pocket Outlook, the counterpart task will be updated automatically by Pocket Mindmap.

To achieve this functionality, Pocket Mindmap stores some additional information within the Outlook task, which is visible when you open the task in Pocket Outlook. Don’t change or delete this information, or Pocket Mindmap will not be able to keep the connection alive.

If the PMAP File is transferred to another Pocket PC, Pocket Mindmap detects that the tasks in Pocket Outlook are no longer available and gracefully disconnects the tasks there. The same is valid when you delete the task in Pocket Outlook. Of course it is possible to export the tasks from the map on the new machine as well.

To see in Pocket Mindmap, if a task is already exported to Outlook, just tap & hold on its task symbol. The Context Menu either gives you the possibility to export the task to Outlook or to open the already existing Outlook task.

Pocket Mindmap provides a Helper Function in the Tools menu that allows you to reconnect Tasks in your Mindmap with Tasks in Outlook – given that they exist on both sides. Pocket Mindmap re-links them by matching the additional information that is stored in the Outlook task. Make sure you read the section on Document-IDs on Page 12.

Task Hierarchy

Tasks can be part of a Task Hierarchy. This allows a task to consist of subtasks in as many levels as you want. The state of the parent task is automatically set depending on the state of the subtasks. By explicitly setting the state of a parent task, the state of all subtasks is automatically set according to the state.

If you want to work with Task Hierarchies, you have to enable them in the global Options-Tasks dialog.

Options

This section of the manual describes the options and preferences available in Pocket Mindmap. The options are placed on a tabbed dialog in the Tools menu. These options are stored in the Registry of your Pocket PC, not in the current document.

General

The General page of the tabbed dialog contains the following options.

Default View

Here you can define, which View should be primarily used by Pocket Mindmap.

History Limit

Pocket Mindmap allows you to navigate your maps in several ways. Some of these ways, like hyperlinks, map links or reference jumps, are like worm holes. They transport you a long way from your current position on the mind map. By using the back and a forward button in the toolbar you can easily go back to your previous position (and then forward again). Pocket Mindmap keeps track of the topics you selected while navigating in your map, even between jumps into another Pocket Mindmap file.

In this field you can change the number of topics Pocket Mindmap keeps track of in a session.

Confirm Document Conversion

Whenever Pocket Mindmap opens a document of an earlier version, it will automatically convert the format to the new version. Having this option set, Pocket Mindmap let you choose to write the new version into a new file, leaving the old version untouched.

Capitalize topic title

When you enter new titles during a brainstorming session, you do not have to care about the case. Pocket Mindmap capitalizes them for you. If you use backspace to write the capitalized letter over with a small letter, Pocket Mindmap accepts your choice to not capitalize it.

Capitalize topic text

This is the same as “Capitalize topic title”, just for the text of a topic.

Preserve line breaks in text

When this option is set, Pocket Mindmap preserves line breaks in topic text. Otherwise they are removed, similar as in HTML.

Use ClearType™

With this option you enable ClearType™, a technology to improve the visual experience on displays. Since this does not work equally fine with all types of display, we made this an option.

AutoSymbols

In this dialog you can define text patterns for the automatic assignment of symbols. This way, one can very efficiently enter topics during a brainstorming session and have Pocket Mindmap create visual feedback based on the detected patterns. Of course, the patterns are completely user defined via a simple to use dialog. The dialog can hold as many patterns as needed. Each pattern definition also defines if the detected text should be removed from the topic or not. The patterns itself can contain wildcard characters to match any character. Here are some samples:

 

"*!"

Recognizes a text which ends with an exclamation mark.

"*?"

Recognizes a text which ends with a question mark.

"TASK:*"

Recognizes every text that starts with the keyword "TASK:".

"*PMM*"

Recognizes every text that contains the keyword "PMM".

 

Each pattern can define one or more symbols which are assigned to the just entered topic if the pattern is found in the topic. You can also define that the recognized pattern is removed from the topic title then. The assignment is only done when the topic is newly entered. The mechanism is not active when editing an existing topic.

 

Map

Connections as Bezier curve

Normally, Pocket Mindmap displays connections between topics as a straight line. While this is the most quick and performing way to do this, it may not the most beautiful. At the cost of some performance you can enable Bezier curves to have an alternate way to display the connections.

Centered first level topic origin

This option also influences the display style of a map. It tells Pocket Mindmap to origin all connection lines in the exact center of the subject of the map.

Line color from topic

If this option is set, topic lines get their color from the color of the topic.

Outline

Font size

Here you can define the font size for the Outline View.

Text window font size

Here you can define the font size for the optional visible text field in Outline View.

Show “Info Icons” on tasks

This option controls whether the Info Icons in the Outline View are displayed or not. Note that check boxes of tasks are always displayed.

Tasks

Show color codes

When set, Tasks are displayed with their color codes (according to the due date).

Run Outlook after export

When you export the tasks from the task list, Pocket Mindmap starts Outlook for you to verify your exports, when this option is set.

Strikeout completed tasks

Completed tasks are displayed with a strikethrough font, when this option is set. Note, this effect can visually interfere with the strikethrough option you can define in the appearance of the font.

Synchronize on Activate

This option controls the synchronization behavior of Pocket Mindmap with Pocket Outlook. If set, Pocket Mindmap synchronizes tasks with Outlook every time the application receives the focus. If you switch a lot between applications, this process can consume a lot of the calculation power of your device. If the option is off (default) then synchronization is only done when a Mindmap is loaded or saved, when you change the state of task or task hierarchy or when you select the “Show Outlook Task” function from the context menu of a task topic.

Show numeric priority in symbol

Alternatively to the symbolic display of the task priority in the checkbox of a task you can have the numeric priority displayed.

State Inheritance

This option enables the use of Task Hierarchies. See Page 7 for details.

Subject

On this dialog you can set the default settings for the main subject (central topic) and sub subjects (first level topics) of your maps. These settings provide the formatting of the map subject like font family and size as well as attributes like bold, italic color and also marker, which is the background color.

The settings influence all subjects without explicitly specified attributes.

First level

These settings are similar to the Subject dialog, but are valid for the first level topics of your maps. These settings influence all first level topics without explicitly specified attributes.

Topics

The same settings as for the subject and the first level topics are here for the all other topics.

References

Show References

This option defines whether references are generally drawn in the map or not. Note that some reference types have their hidden attribute set and references of these types are invisible by default. You can change this behavior in the global options.

Show hidden References

This option defines whether references or reference types, which are declared as hidden, are drawn.

Manage Reference Types

This button opens a dialog that allows you to manage all your reference types. It lists all global and document based reference types. For more information about references see the Reference section of this manual.

This dialog enables you to create new reference types, edit existing or even delete them. You also can transfer reference types between your global settings and the currently open document.

Reset Standard References

This button recreates the standard set of reference types (factory settings). Additionally created custom references are not deleted or modified by this function.

Export

Bitmap related options

Compress bitmap (RLE)

If you export a map as bitmap image, Pocket Mindmap can optionally compress the resulting bitmap file with an RLE algorithm to save valuable memory on you Pocket PC. Unfortunately the built-in software (like IE) on the Pocket PC is not able to read these compressed bitmaps. If you plan to that, you have to disable this option at the cost of much bigger files.

On the desktop PC most applications are able to handle RLE encoded bitmaps.

To export a map as bitmap, use the “Save as Bitmap…” function in the Tools menu.

Show magic symbols

As the magic symbols are mainly used to simplify navigation and tasks, they are not really of use when exporting a map as bitmap. So using this option you can decide, whether the magic symbols will be shown in the exported map or not.

HTML/Text related options

Microsoft Word 97 compatible

When you set this option, you can use the exported HTML with Word 97, which is somewhat limited in accepting specific HTML-Options. Do not set this option until you have to.

Export topics marked as internal

When you set this option, the Export functions will export even those topics that are marked as internal.

Document information

In the menu Map / Document you have a tabbed dialog with information regarding the currently open document. The user can change some of the information provided here.

General

This page shows very basic information about the current document:

  • Name
    The name of the document.
  • Directory
    The path to the currently open document (below My Documents).
  • Location
    Whether the document is stored on the storage card if available or in the main memory
  • Revision
    this number is automatically incremented if you change and save the document.
  • Creation date and time
    Date and time that the document originally was created.
  • Created by
    Name of the author who created the document.
  • Update Date and time
    Date and Time of the last update
  • Updated by
    Name of the author who last saved the document.

 

Document-ID

Her you can see the globally unique identity number of the document. This very long number is used internally by Pocket Mindmap for synchronization purposes, as used for tasks with Pocket Outlook. Here is also a button that allows you to change the ID to a newly generated one. Doing so is advisable when you copy an existing map and work on with both versions. If they have the same ID, it may be that you experience synchronization problems when both maps have tasks to synchronize with Outlook.

When you created a new ID, all living connections to Outlook tasks are lost – you have to re-export them.

Summary

This page allows you to provide additional information on the document. This concept is well known from office documents and others as well. It helps to organize your documents, and to support software like document management systems or content transition systems to organize the documents or just to display a meaningful title and subject.

 

  • Title
  • Subject
  • Author
  • Manager
  • Company

Info

On this page you can define keywords for the document. These keywords can also be used by systems to organize your documents. The same is valid for categories. Keywords and categories must be separated by comma or semicolon. Categories can be selected from Outlooks list of Categories, which is integrated in Pocket Mindmap.

The comment allows you write a short abstract of the document.

Statistics

This page gives you some statistical information on the document, like the number of maps, topics, reference types, tasks etc.

Custom

Here you can define your own named values. The concept is the same as on the topic level. You can for example create a property that reflects you own organizational number or a project number the document is associated with. There is no limit on the usages. Please note, that these properties are exported in the HTML Export as Meta Tags.

Editor

The editor is the central element where you create, view and modify your mind maps. Pocket Mindmap gives you a lot of functionality to work on your mind maps. The following sections tell you how to navigate and edit the map, as well as using the outline view and the task list. Map View and Outline View are now both full featured views to your Map. You can always change the view to best suit your needs.

Navigation

Scrolling

A map is usually bigger than your screen is capable to display. Scrolling is one way to bring the hidden parts of the map into the viewable area. You can scroll the map just like in many other Windows applications by dragging the scroll bars. It is also possible to tap the scroll bars under or above the handle to move them for certain amount. The arrows at the end of the bars are for small jumps in the direction they point to.

Panning

Another way to move the viewable area is panning – just tap on the white “paper” of your map and drag it in the appropriate direction. The “paper” of the map is moved exactly that amount in this direction.

Be careful to drag only on white background, or else you may move a topic by accident or use other functionalities of the user interface.

Search

Pocket Mindmap implements search functionality.  It can be found in the Topic menu. It opens a small window, where you can enter the search string. This window can be used for sub sequent searches very easily because it is non-modal. You can work in the map while it is opened. So it is very easy to find more than one topic and work on them in sequence.

The search not only searches in the title, but also in the text of the topic.

Center

If you ever move out of your map or get otherwise lost outside of your map, you can use the Center function from the Map menu. This brings the subject (the center of the current map) back to the center of the screen.

Another functionality is the “Set Focus” function, which not only centers the topic, but also collapse all other topic branches. “Set Focus” is also available on the Toolbar.

Another way to find back is to use the Back button from the toolbar.

Reference Jumps

If you tap on the endpoints of a reference arrow, the topic at the other end of the reference is selected and centered on the screen. This is a good way to navigate maps and follow references. If there is more than one reference to follow, a context menu shows the possible destination topics.

Hyperlinks

Hyperlinks are implemented in several different flavors in Pocket Mindmap. There are links to topics in the same map, to topics in other maps or to topics in other mind maps. They also can be links to other documents like Pocket Word or Pocket Excel. To follow such links just tap to the magic symbol representing the link.

Back- and forward buttons

The history functionality in Pocket Mindmap allows you to use the back- and forward buttons in the toolbar. This works even when you switch to another mind map during navigation by hyperlinks.

Context Menu

You can Tab & Hold on a topic to open its context menu. Here you find a lot of functionality. Depending on the mode and view you are in, the menu gives you some of these functions:

New

This creates a new subtopic below the current topic.

Add Multiple

Open the dialog to add multiple subtopics at once. Especially useful if you want to paste more than one topic or a whole structure of topics from the clipboard or from a text file.

Properties

This function opens the properties dialog of the topic.

Marker

Here you can set the Marker color (Background Color) of the Topic.

Scribble

This starts the Scribble Editor for the Topic.

Reference

Start the Reference mode. After activating it, just select the other node that participates in the Reference. A dialog appears and let you select the type of Reference you want to assign.

Promote to Map

To promote a sub tree of topics to a map, just select this function.

Delete Topic

Here you can delete a topic, just its subtopics or both. A dialog appears and let you choose what to do, if the current topic has subtopics. Otherwise it just asks you if you really want to delete the topic.

Show Children

This allows you to expand all the topics in the tree that are located under the current topic. This is available in Outline View only.

Insert Above

This allows you to insert a new topic above the current topic. This is available in Outline View only.

Eagles View

This put you on a high altitude over your map. Especially on bigger maps this is a nice way to locate things and to navigate around. Eagles View show you a complete view of you map on your screen and marks your current position with a blue frame. The size of the frame also reflects the size of your display in relation to the map. You can reposition the frame with your stylus and after tapping OK you are relocated to the position where you put the blue frame on. Due to the magnification it may not be possible to recognize the details of the map anymore – we promised you the Eagles View, not its eyes.

 

LRU

Pocket Mindmap keeps a list of the last six documents you have opened. This list is available in the Tools menu and a very convenient way to open these files. The list is also available in the Document List of Pocket Mindmap.

Editing

Adding Topics

You can add topics anytime in the map view by selecting an existing topic and pressing the new function in the menu bar. A new, empty topic is generated and added to the previously selected topic. The property dialog for the new topic is opened and you can enter the title of the topic and other information if you want. If there is no topic selected while you tap the new function, the new topic is added as a new first level topic.

Alternatively to tapping the new function, you can just start to type. Pocket Mindmap creates a new topic and starts the “In place editing”.

Insert Topic

With this function, available on the context menu of a topic, you can easily insert a new topic between the currently selected topic and its children. This saves a lot of Drag & Drop operations during reorganization.

Add Multiple

Sometimes it is easier to copy some titles from another application to your Mindmap. Or you just want to enter several topics on a fast pace. For situations like this, the Add Multiple functionality is created. Just enter each topic on its own line in the input window. Pocket Mindmap splits them to individual topics in the map.

If you start a line with a tab character (there is an aid to enter this in the toolbar) the topic will be entered as a subtopic to the line above.

You can even type some text for each topic into the same window (or copy and paste), just separate the title from the text by a tab character.

Drag and Drop reorganizing

In the map view, you can reorder the topics by drag and drop. Actually, there are different functionalities for different topic types.

The first level topics can be positioned freely on the map.  If you drag a topic onto another topic, its new position depends on which part of the topic you drop it: as peer topic above or beneath, or as a child of the topic. A little indicator shows you, where the placement is done, while hovering above the drop target.

Tap and Hold

Context menus are extensively used throughout Pocket Mindmap to give you access to many functions. Try tap and hold on topics, map background, reference arrows – they all have context menus.

More Views

The Task List and the Outline View are powerful parts of Pocket Mindmap and here most of the export functionality is located. So you can easily export only a part of the outline or a filtered list.

Task List

The “Task List”, whose name is somewhat confusing, is actually a general topic list with a default filter on tasks. You can change the filter to adapt it to your specific needs.  From here, you can easy export the tasks defined in your map to Pocket Outlook. Just select “Export to Outlook” from the Tools menu. You can also export the selected topics to a text file here.

The appearance of the List can be customized via the Tools-Options menu within the Task List.

The following filter options are available and can be combined, as you like:

Show only Tasks

If this option is checked, only topics that are tasks are displayed in the list. Remember, tasks are topics with a priority.

Show only open Tasks

This narrows the list to all tasks that are not completed yet.

Text filter

Here you can enter a text fragment. Pocket Mindmap performs a full text search on the titles and text of the topics. Only matching topics are displayed.

Symbols

Here you can choose from all the symbols used within the document. It narrows the list to topics with the selected symbols.

Map

With this option you can narrow the focus on certain maps within the document.

Custom Properties

Here you can set the filter to custom properties. This allows you to create complete customizable filter.

Categories

Filter all your topics by Category.

Marker

The Marker color can be used as criteria for filtering.

Outline View

In this view, the map is displayed as an outline. In the toolbar is a button to open a text window, where you can view and edit the text of the selected topic. In the outline view you also find the export functions for text and HTML. Since these functions are not limited to export the whole document but are able to handle partly exports as well, they are placed in the context menu of the outline view. Tab and hold on any node in the tree view and chose the desired export from the menu. Note that by default, this is not possible with topics which are marked as “internal” or whose superior topics are marked this way. If the root is marked “internal”, no export is possible – except you set the global option to allow this behavior.

Text Export

This export copies the chosen sub tree as text into the clipboard of the Pocket PC. You can change to another application and paste it into it. Try it with Notes or Pocket Word.

You can also copy a topic with its sub topics in map view to the clipboard. Pocket Mindmap supports a simple text format for the clipboard that can be pasted into other applications.

HTML Export

This export requires you to enter a filename for the exported data. The chosen sub tree is then written to that file in the HTML format. The format is designed in a way that allows you to open it on you Desktop PC with Word for Windows and work on it as a real outline. This is very useful when you created a rough outline of you ideas on the Pocket PC and want to elaborate on that on the Desktop PC where writing greater amounts of text is more comfortable. Note: If you work with Winword 97, there is a special compatibility switch in the global export options.

Of course you can also publish this format on a Web server – its HTML. Note, the Document Properties from the PMAP file are exported to Meta tags within the HTML file.

Bitmap Export

The Bitmap export creates a picture of the current map of your document. Note that the bitmap export is not located in the Outline View, but in the Map Views Tools menu. The bitmap is exported as a BMP file, and is by default compressed. This compression is known as RLE Encoding (Run Length Encoding). The resulting bitmap files take much less memory to store, which is an important aspect on a memory limited device. Unfortunately, the Pocket PC has no build in software to display such bitmaps. The intention is to use the bitmaps on a desktop PC after transfer. You can tell Pocket Mindmap in the Options to save the bitmap in the uncompressed format for usage with the build in programs. See the Options section for details.


Addendum

Magic Symbols

Pocket Mindmap indicates the state of a topic by displaying one or more magic symbols next to its title. Most of the symbols can be tapped for activation or tapped and hold to open a context menu.

The magic symbols and their description are:

 Scribble

 Text

 Task, without due date

* Task, due today or tomorrow (yellow filled checkbox)

 Task, past due (red filled checkbox)

 Completed Task 

 Map link

 Map link (Return)

 Hyperlink

 Hyperlink to a document of any type

 Hyperlink to a URL

 Hyperlink to a different Pocket Mindmap document

 This indicates a Hyperlink to a missing or unknown document.

 

Note: The task symbols can be overlaid with an exclamation sign or a down arrow to indicate the priority of the task.

Glossary

§         HTML
Hyper Text Markup Language. This is a Format in which Pages in the World Wide Web are designed. It contains information about the structure of the containing text like Headings, outlines etc. Pocket Mindmap uses this to export full featured outlines of you map.

§         Hyperlink
A Hyperlink is a reference to another location (internal or external to the document containing the link). Browsers and Applications usually allow you to jump to the referenced location by clicking the link or link symbol. The address of the referenced location is known as a URL.

§         Magic Symbols
Pocket Mindmap indicates certain states of topics with Magic Symbols within the map. See the List of Magic Symbols for details.

§         Map
A map is a layer in a Pocket Mindmap document. There can be a theoretically unlimited number of Maps in a single document. All maps are organized in a hierarchy – so one of the maps is the root map or main map.

§         References
References are relations between topics in a Pocket Mindmap document. They may be shown as curved arrows in the map view.

§         Reference Jumps
If you tap new the start or ending point of a reference arrow, Pocket Mindmap jumps to the other end of the arrow. This makes it easy to follow such references.

§         Tabbed Dialog
A dialog with more pages. The pages are accessible by tapping the tab of the page you want to open.

§         URL
see Hyperlink!

 


Index


Add Multiple......................................... 14

Author................................................. 12

AutoSymbols Options............................. 9

Back- and forward buttons..................... 14

between............................................... 15

Bezier curve........................................... 9

bitmap................................................. 11

Bitmap Export...................................... 17

button.................................................. 11

Capitalize topic text................................ 9

Capitalize topic title................................ 8

Categories....................................... 4, 16

Center................................................. 13

Centered............................................... 9

children............................................... 15

ClearType™........................................... 9

clipboard.............................................. 14

Company............................................. 12

Compress bitmap................................. 11

Concepts............................................... 3

Context Menu...................................... 14

Context menus..................................... 15

Creation date....................................... 12

Creator................................................ 12

Custom............................................ 6, 13

Custom Properties............................ 6, 16

Default.................................................. 5

Default View.......................................... 8

Delete Topic......................................... 14

Directory.............................................. 12

Document Conversion............................. 8

Document information........................... 12

Document-ID........................................ 12

drag.................................................... 13

Drag and Drop...................................... 15

Editing................................................. 15

Editor.................................................. 13

Enumeration.......................................... 5

Export................................................. 11

filter................................................. 6, 16

First level............................................. 10

first level topics.................................... 15

Floating Text.......................................... 6

Font size............................................. 10

Format.................................................. 5

formatting.............................................. 5

General............................................... 12

General Options..................................... 8

Globe.................................................... 7

Glossary.............................................. 18

Helper Function...................................... 8

hidden References................................ 11

History Limit.......................................... 8

HTML.................................................. 18

HTML Export.................................... 6, 17

HTML Export Custom Properties............ 13

Hyperlink............................................... 4

Hyperlinks........................................... 14

IE........................................................ 11

Info...................................................... 12

Insert Topic.......................................... 15

Keywords............................................ 12

Line color from topic............................... 9

Location.............................................. 12

LRU.................................................... 15

magic symbols..................................... 11

Magic Symbols.................................... 18

Manager.............................................. 12

Map............................................... 16, 18

Map Options.......................................... 9

Maps.................................................... 3

Marker........................................... 14, 16

Meta Tags........................................ 6, 13

Multi Maps............................................ 3

Name.................................................. 12

Navigation............................................ 13

New.................................................... 14

numeric priority in symbol..................... 10

Options................................................. 8

Outline................................................ 10

Outline View........................................ 16

Panning............................................... 13

Patterns................................................ 9

Pocket Outlook...................................... 4

Preserve line breaks............................... 9

Promote to Map................................... 14

Properties.................................... 4, 6, 14

Reconnect Tasks................................... 8

Reference............................................ 14

Reference Jumps............................ 13, 18

Reference Types.................................. 11

References............................. 6, 7, 11, 18

Registry................................................ 8

reorganizing......................................... 15

Revision............................................... 12

RLE.................................................... 11

Run Outlook......................................... 10

screen................................................. 13

Scribble........................................... 6, 14

Scrolling.............................................. 13

Search................................................ 13

Set Focus............................................ 13

Show “Info Icons” on tasks.................... 10

Show Children...................................... 14

Show only open Tasks.......................... 16

Show only Tasks.................................. 16

Show References................................. 11

Standard References............................ 11

Standard set of references...................... 7

State Inheritance.................................. 10

Statistics............................................. 13

Strikeout.............................................. 10

Strikeout completed tasks..................... 10

strikethrough option.............................. 10

Subject.......................................... 10, 12

Summary............................................. 12

Symbols.......................................... 5, 16

Synchronize on Activate........................ 10

Tab and Hold........................................ 15

Tabbed Dialog...................................... 18

Task..................................................... 5

Task Hierarchies.................................. 10

Task Hierarchy....................................... 8

Task List............................................. 16

Text...................................................... 5

Text Export.......................................... 17

text file................................................ 14

Text filter............................................. 16

Text patterns......................................... 9

Text window font size............................ 10

Title..................................................... 12

Toolbar................................................ 13

topic origin............................................. 9

Topics............................................. 4, 11

Update Date......................................... 12

Update user......................................... 12

Views.................................................. 16