Brainstorming Ideas, Mapping and Modeling Software, Creative Thinking Software, Visual Thinking Software

Brainstorming Ideas, Mapping and Modeling Software, Creative Thinking Software, Visual Thinking Software

Brainstorming Ideas, Mapping and Modeling Software, Creative Thinking Software, Visual Thinking Software

 

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TUTORIAL ONE

When you open the programme you are presented with a ‘whiteboard’ area on a tinted background. Around you are the tools to begin your thought process. Down the right side are the graphic Shapes and Tools you need. Across the top on the upper bar are the familiar tools; File, Edit, View,Windows and Help, each with drop down menus, and some unfamiliar ones, Zoom, Options, Model, Object and Tools. A quick scan of the drop down menus will give you an idea of what each is about. The lower toolbar displays icons. As you place the curser over these, a flag tells you their function. Across the bottom is a toolbar with a text window (more of that shortly) the current colour, a position indicator and the current zoom factor.

Use is made of both single and double left and right clicks of the mouse to trigger menus and actions in the modelling environment. The keyboard commands enable many shortcuts to be taken, so speeding up your thinking processes.

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Before we go further you may like to change the appearance of your models. Firstly you might think about how your first effort looked and maybe change to upper case for text and maybe also change the typeface and size to improve legibility. Upper or lower case is a keyboard choice but to change the typeface you need to select Set Default Options in the Options menu. In time you will develop a style which suits you. While you are in the Options box look around and discover other aspects you may wish to change – cluster shapes, colour and so on, perhaps. Of course all these variables are available to you for each individual object with a Right Click on whatever object you wish to vary so you can add emphasis by use of colour or text size or squeeze more words into a hexagon by reducing text size and so on.

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