Context Organizer has been recommended to me in the past by several colleagues and I have never found the time to investigate this summarising tool in any detail. Until now.
I don’t think I ever really “got” summarising tools before – I seemed to be concerned with what might be being left out. Having experimented with Context Organizer for a while now, this view is changing. Undoubtedly the text summary is useful but for me the key to this lies with the keywords.
Prompted by several postings by Andrew Wilcox on the Applications of MindManager Blog, it occurred to me (Doh!) that scanning the list of keywords gives a quick way into the text and easily highlights what was important to the author. The text can then be explored via these keywords – helping you to focus on what attracts your interest and helping you navigate the text in a non-linear way. All this, I have found, provides a faster understanding of the text and greater retention of the key themes.
Users of Context Organizer will know that text can be analysed in the software’s own window and also from within MindManager if the text is linked to a topic as an attachment or hyperlink. Both methods provide great ways of exploring the text. Using the Context Organizer window allows the text to be searched and filtered by selecting or checking the keywords once the initial analysis is complete.
Context Organizer links sentences containing the keyword as sub-topics. MindManager’s drag and drop tools allow the summary and analysis to be moved around and presented more visually.
New links between text can be added as relationships, icon markers can be added and the map filtered using these.
The more I use the tool the more I get from it – it is beginning to change the way I study documents. There is more than one way of absorbing the contents of a piece of text – and they are not all linear. Happy reading.
The next 6 keywords were:
A pretty clear summary of what Context Organizer is about, I think.