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Clarification on mindmapping stuff 
13th-Mar-2007 08:50 am
Hearth
I have a program already. I want to promote said program to y'all. What I'd like to know is how I can best do that. Yes, I have Shayara workspaces set up, but I want to know what you would use a mindmapping program for, so I can show you how shiny this tool can be.

Sorry for my rushed lack of clarity and lack of feedback yesterday. *nods* Work/nap/parents. Today, parents all day. Should start to return to normal tomorrow.
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13th-Mar-2007 12:53 pm (UTC)
Well, if a mindmapping tool is what I think it is, I think I'd probably use it for creating relationship maps (people, places, groups, objects) for my various tabletop RPGs.
13th-Mar-2007 12:59 pm (UTC)
The aforementioned CCG project, which I am in the process of tying into some other ideas that have been bouncing around -- but which absolutely needs that kind of structuring. That project is on hold until after Anime Boston, but I'm going to be having to do it on paper without a tool.

LARP planning, where it would be useful for illustrating relationships between characters; I could tell at a glance what any given section of the game "looks like" instead of having to work it out in my head. (The last thing I want is a player who knows nobody ...)
13th-Mar-2007 01:03 pm (UTC)
Coordinating the writing of a multi-author reference work.
13th-Mar-2007 01:04 pm (UTC)
And about 24,091 other projects, including the card game I'm working on.
13th-Mar-2007 01:10 pm (UTC)
Definitely gaming as others have said. Additionally, I would like to try using something like that while laying down guidelines for how my work reviews companies.
13th-Mar-2007 01:39 pm (UTC)
You may want to ask this in one of the adhd communities. Mindmapping is so helpful for mundane things. Like, salient points in an argument. Or organizing a day by what meds to take when and what needs to be done and what timeslots are already occupied. Or having a visual references for the how-tos and whys of work tasks.

Adhd people makes lists and have to sort their minds to function on a regular basis, at least, I do. :)
13th-Mar-2007 02:07 pm (UTC)
I'd use it for managing software development projects. It would require things like multiple stages, subtasks, annotations, multiple parent tasks, multiple child tasks, collapsible subtask groups, multiple task states.

My wife is planning to build an addition on our house. She'd might use such a program for that. I expect she'd require similar features.
13th-Mar-2007 02:50 pm (UTC)
Working with several stories and meta-stories I'm growing.
13th-Mar-2007 03:00 pm (UTC)
I use mine for web development. My main map right now has two parents, a web dev one and a database one. The dev one is grouped first according to page types (static, temporary php-created, script driven and ecommerce) and then according to user paths.

Subsequently the db one shows all the databases, and their tables and fields, and in the web dev one, there are extensive notes (at this time, this page will hit X db for (info) ).

The other thing I use it for is messier, and that's story plotting. Which tends to be done as Parent, about 20 children telling the general story, children of them with details and prewritten bits of story and, since I the story I'm currently working on is near-future SF, using a pile of tech I'm familiar with, several children also have a child node named research, which has a pile of URLS and science comments (this is part of why I wanted the bulleted points I mentioned yesterday; since I'd like the *children* of RESEARCH to be me organizing my thoughts, I'd like the bullets to just collect the information in a list until I use a particular URL)
13th-Mar-2007 04:41 pm (UTC)
Hmm... I'm chronically disorganized, going in six different directions at the speed of light, to borrow a quote.

I'm in the early stages of planning a Real Life intentional community, assuming it ever happens, and planning on moving literally half-way around the world.

Methinks, I shall need all the help I can get, being organised. I also think that it's probably easier being organised from the start, rather than just building a big heap of info and plans and ideas etc.. and then trying to organise it. Which is my usual method.
13th-Mar-2007 05:32 pm (UTC)
I use them for problem solving visualisation... in that sense, it's more morphological analysis than mindmapping. The classic grid approach is too linear and disconnected to be of much use to me.
13th-Mar-2007 07:40 pm (UTC)
For me, it can't be purely web based, as I loathe editing text in a browser (really, the editing capabilities of a <TEXTAREA> sucks). It has to feel quick (it doesn't have to be quick) and it should be easy to create new nodes, notes, blobs or whatever. I would like the ability to customize the key bindings (Home goes to begining of a line, Ctrl-Home to the start of the document, etc).

Oh, and multiplatform (at a minimum, Linux and Mac OS). Given that, I would want hooks for loading and saving to throw the document into and out of some form of version control software (because I want the ability to edit the master copy reguardless of which computer I'm on, and yes, I do use multiple computers at multiple locations on a regular basis).

So far, nothing has beat logging into my home computer and using a text editor.

13th-Mar-2007 11:13 pm (UTC)
I still don't know what a mindmapping program is.
14th-Mar-2007 01:10 am (UTC)
I'm not overly familiar with the concept in general, myself. After reading the comments, I suspect it'd be rather useful with my book idea. Massive story, based in history & myth, lots of characters, haven't yet decided from what perspective story will be told, must sort out my three million tons of research (historical, "bits of myth what have been told by other people," "myth as accepted by general populace," "bits of myth I accept vs bits I categorically toss out yonder window," etc.)
14th-Mar-2007 02:05 am (UTC)
Since before your earlier post I had no idea what a mindmapping program was (and I'm still not /quite/ sure I'm clear on it), I can't help.

But I wanted to say you'd at least educated me that something like this exists.
14th-Mar-2007 05:04 am (UTC)
There's a definition over at Wikipedia. Hope that helps some.
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