Part 2. MM4XL Tools > 3. Charts and Maps > Mind Mapping > Working Environment > Drop-down menu

Project Mapping

Drop-down menu

The drop-down menu consists of six options. Clicking on File, or selecting the hot-key Alt+F, will display the sub-menu options, as shown in the picture below. This list contains commands which are common to most software applications. It is worth noting that the Save as command, which allows the active map to be saved under a different name, is a useful feature when using template maps.The Print option exports the project report containing all information embedded in the map. Additional information on printing reports and maps is provided in the Project Mapping Output Report section.

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Export option opens a form. Clicking Next will display another form, pictured below. Here you can select a format for exporting the map (it is important to note that only the map will be exported). The options on the left export the map, in the form of a bitmap picture, to the respective applications (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook).The Clipboard option saves the map to the clipboard, from where it can be pasted (through either using the Ctrl+V hot key or the Paste option) into Word or Excel, for example, or any other compatible application. The BMPand GIFoptions save the map in a file with the respective extension. Once an option has been selected, clicking Next will export the map.

Mind Mapping Software for Concept and Project Management

The Edit submenu consists of commands useful for making changes to the shape of the map.

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Select elements

To change the position or appearance of a shape,it must first be selected. One or more shapes can be selected by clicking on a blank space on the map close to the shape(s) you want to modify, and then dragging the mouse until the relevant portion of the map is selected. This process is illustrated in the picture below.

Mind Mapping Software for Concept and Project Management

Non-adjacent selections can be made using the keyboards Ctrl buttonwith the Ctrl button depressed, click on the branches you want to select with the left mouse-button. The Select all option (also, Ctrl+A) can be used to select all the elements of a map.

Move elements

To move the selected elements, click on one of the elements with the left mouse-button and drag the selection to the desired place, then release the mouse button.

Cut, Copy, Paste and Delete

The Cut, Copy, Paste and Delete options work as one might imagine; with an active selection, click on the appropriate command to perform the desired change.

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Like

This command copies the appearance of a shape and applies it to a second shape. Say you want to copy the appearance of Branch 1 to Branch 2, as illustrated in the picture below.

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Click on the Like button on the toolbar, or select the branch and then the Like option from the drop-down menu, then click the shape you want to copy the appearance from (Branch 1). Next, click the shape you want to copy the appearance to (Branch 2). The result is displayed in the picture below.

Mind Mapping Software for Concept and Project Management

Mind Mapping Software for Concept and Project Management

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When the branches are not aligned, as in the picture below, you can align them together using the Align option.

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With the unaligned shapes selected, click on the Align option. A form will appear, listing a total of 16 options in four different groups. Select the desired alignment option and click OK. Using the example in the picture above, the Horizontal Left side option aligns the two shapes (Branch 1 and Branch 2) in the format illustrated in the picture below.

Mind Mapping Software for Concept and Project Management

Mind Mapping Software for Concept and Project Management

The Tools submenu contains two options: Show legend and Options. The legend is illustrated in the floating panel below, along with the meaning of the icons attached to the map. Information on how to attach symbols, files, etc. to a map will be provided in later sections.

Mind Mapping Software for Concept and Project Management

Mind Mapping Software for Concept and Project Management

The Options command allows the selection of one of four alternatives relating to the default map displayed when project mapping is started. The Basic map is the default option. The settings in the Scrollbars frame determine the intervals at which the map will be shifted when the scrollbars on the right and bottom sides of the working environment are clicked on. The Attach dir field is used to link files to a map stored in the same directory. When a map is sent to other users of MM4XL software, they can restore the original map and its links to files by simply copying the attached material to a folder with the same name as the original one.

Mind Mapping Software for Concept and Project Management

The Examples submenu lists template maps stored in the default directory \MiM\Examples, located in the directory where the MM4XL software is installed. If maps are saved in this directory, they will be listed under the Examples menu option.

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Project mapping operates in all the languages listed in the Language submenu, plus the active one: English in our example. Simply select your language preference and the tool will work accordingly.

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Note

Do you want to use project mapping with a language that is not available from the menu? Do the translationyourself! From the directory \MiM\LNG, located in the directory where the MM4XL software is installed, open the file labeled English.lng and save it under a new nameyour language name, for example. Once this has been done, open the file, translate all text after the equals sign (=), and then save the file. Launch project mapping and you will find the new language option listed under the Language submenu. Select it and the tool will work in your language.

Lastly, from the Help submenu, you can launch the online help file, connect to MarketingStat via the Internet, and purchase MM4XL software online.

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