Best subject line I could think of... This is a question to anyone and everyone who write papers, documents, articles and books.
What do you use to aid the writing process? How do you organize your thoughts, your research and your ideas? Do you have a tool that can help do this as well as help plan out the structure of your writing? And beyond that, to correlate your writing to this organization?
Anyone come across anything?
I'm not sure if you received a reply to this message from the social forum. One technique I use when I'm not sure where content belongs is a mind map - its helps get the ideas down in a non linear format.
Do you have any references or tools for Mind Maps? I was kicking around a tool for concept maps, but that seemed harder than necessry.
Also Freemind at sourceforge.net if you don't mind using java runtime;
at home I use eMindMap, which was free on a mag, but might be available as a downlaod, and allows you to incorporate hyperlinks and export to web pages
For you as programmer:
- create a XML-tree end publish it with Aurigadoc (HTML, PDF, etc..)
- If you want to discuss the document in the community: D3E
- (First cut the html-document into pieces with D3E toolkit: nice tool!)
- then hang a discussion in D3E: a thread on every paragraph.
- See the magazine JIME for an example
I do a lot of site design which turns out to be a very similar set of problems. I am using Inspiration. (http://www.inspiration.com) I haven't come across freeware or open source software that is quite this good. I shelled out the $60 or so a few years ago and have felt no great urge to upgrade it.
My favorite feature (two actually) the ability to turn a very graphical mind map type of feature into a text outline. And the f9 add box feature. There is a bit of learning curve... but it is well worth the investment.
big limitation is no graphics export
Do you have a link for freemindmap?
apologies, it's actually freemind; see David's links from today.
Cheers, Andy D
Did you consider LEO http://webpages.charter.net/edreamleo/front.html
Not a mindmap but an outline approach in XML, but interesting
I have installed (but not used) FREEMIND, from:
It is an OPEN SOURCE mindmapping program and was highly recommended to me for use in school.
If some wants to trade a Dutch freemind language file for a recompiled version, please contact me
Well everyone here seems to be talking about software, I did a course on systemic thinking and we just messed around with big bits of paper and pens. I use a bit of diagramming software but pen and paper is really pretty good for students.
see http://systems.open.ac.uk/materials/t552/index.htm for diagramming tutorials from the Open Uni in the UK.
You refer to a very nice website, thanks..
Belief it or not, you can learn it without websites, even without moodle.
They call it good books. (Most Dutch Universities are now closing their institutes libraries..)
Did you look at / play with the complex tool of OU, Compendium?