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Pocket Mindmaps Task List is one of the more powerful features of the program, due to its ability to filter the topics of a mind map. Despite its name “Task List”, which suggests that only tasks are involved, the list can actually handle all kinds of topics. The filtering for tasks is just one possible application of the filter functionality.

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Filter Settings

You can modify the filter settings via the menu in the Task List. The settings for the filter include the following options:

-         Disable Filter.
This is the filters main switch. If you disable the filter, all topics are displayed in the list.

-         Only Tasks.
If you check this option, only tasks are included in the list. This includes topics which inherit their task state, except, if the next option is checked.

-         Only direct Tasks.
Tasks which inherit their task state from sub tasks are excluded when this option is checked.

-         Text Filter.
This option, if checked, searches for the text specified in the options text field. Only topics containing the given string are included in the list.

-         Exclude internal.
Topics marked as “internal” are excluded from the list, if this option is set.

-         Sort property.
Here you specify the sort order for the list. A drop down list gives you the choice to select the property to sort for. You always could change the sorting afterwards by tapping on the column headers in the task list.

-         Ascending.
This option allows you to define the sort order (ascending or descending).

-         Map.
This option activates the map filter. The filter is defined on the “Map” page of the filter settings, where you can select the maps to include. Only topics from selected maps are included in the list. If you disable the map filter with this option, all maps are included.

-         Custom Properties.
This option activates the filtering for custom Properties. The details for this filter are defined in the “Custom Properties” tab of the filter dialog.  The filtering can be either by the property name only, or by name and value, depending on what you enter into the filter. If only a property name is given, all topics with that property regardless of the value are shown. If a value for the property is entered into the filter, only topics with exactly that property value are shown.

-         Symbols.
This option allows you to filter your topics for assigned symbols. If you activate this option, you can choose the matching model for the symbols. See explanation of “Matching Model” below.

-         Categories.
This option allows you to filter your topics for assigned categories. If you activate this option, you can choose the matching model for the categories. See explanation of “Matching Model” below.

-         Marker.
This option allows you to filter your topics for assigned marker. If you activate this option, you can choose the matching model for the marker. See explanation of “Matching Model” below.

-         Resources.
This option allows you to filter your topics for assigned resources. If you activate this option, you can choose the matching model for the resources. See explanation of “Matching Model” below.

Matching Model

Symbols, Categories, Marker and Resources can be filtered with an advanced matching mechanism, allowing you several choices. The Description here refers to the little sample map shown below.

Assumption: You have a map like the one in the picture below. In the symbols tab of the filter settings you have selected the "person" and the "shaking hands" symbol.

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-         Selected
will match the topics which have at least all selected criteria associated.
=> Any topic having the symbols "person" and "shaking hands" associated will be shown. Also a topic with the additional symbol "question mark" will also be shown in the task list.
Topics visible: "S. Ballmer", "B. Gates".

-         Only all Selected
will match the topics which have only the selected criteria associated.
=> Any topic having the symbols "person" and "shaking hands" associated will be shown. But a topic with the additional symbol "question mark" will not appear in the task list.
Topics visible: "S. Ballmer".

-         None
will match the topics which have none of the criteria associated. Any selected item on the corresponding property page will be ignored.
=> Any topic without a symbol will be shown in the task list.
Topics visible: "Sessions", "Day 1", "Day 2", "Labs".

-         None of Selected
will match the topics which have none of the selected criteria associated.
=> Any topic without any of the selected symbols will be shown in the task list.
Topics visible: "Sessions", "Day 1", "Day 2", "Labs", "Session 2".

-         Any
will match the topics which have any of the criteria associated. Any selected item on the corresponding property page will be ignored.
=> Any topic with at least one symbol will be shown in the task list.
Topics visible: "S. Ballmer", "B. Gates", "Session 1", "R. Westphal", "A. C. Clarke", "Session 2".

-         Any Selected
will match the topics which have any of the selected criteria associated.
Topics visible: "S. Ballmer", "B. Gates", "Session 1", "R. Westphal", "A. C. Clarke".

 

Samples

Here you see the Task List with several sample filters in action:

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Filter in action: Symbol "person", Matching Model "selected".

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Filter in action: Symbol "red flag", Matching Model "selected".

With this filter mechanism, the Task List can be a list of ideas, show tasks assigned to specific resources, list topics marked for a review (with the marker function),  be a shopping list and so on. Many applications are possible.