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Thursday, 20 December 2012

Powerful Outline Review Tool in MindView 5.0

Creating documents using mind mapping software is a great way of developing traditional, 'sequential flow' documents whilst enjoying many of the benefits of mind maps.

Typically the main ideas are refined to form the headings and sub-headings and moved around the map to arrive at an appropriate structure or flow.

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The ideas encapsulated by the headings are then described more fully and this body text may be added and developed as notes to each heading or sub-heading.

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When the time comes to review progress or a complete draft, the usual map view is a great for checking the key ideas, the headings, structure and flow.

Using the outline view mode will help you envisage the structure of the finished, 'sequential' document as it might look on the page.

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Most mapping software will also let you review the notes in this mode, although nearly all are constrained to only display one 'note' at a time - that belonging to whichever topic or branch heading you have selected. It can be difficult to see all of your text - headings and notes - in one view without having to navigate the topics one by one.

A new feature of MindView 5.0 Outline View is the 'Show Text Notes' button, found on the 'Outline Tools' tab.

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When in Outline View, clicking this button will display all the notes included in the map, each note underneath the topic to which it belongs.  This gives a unique view of the content of the map. 

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This is great for reviewing progress on the document or for checking the final draft.  You can see all the content in one go, displayed in the same sequential flow it will take in the finished document when the map is exported to Word.

You can even edit a note from this view and cut and paste between notes.

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MindView 4 Mind Mapping SoftwareMatchWare have recently released version 5.0 of MindView.  To see what is new in the latest Business Edition click here to visit the MatchWare web site.

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