Mind maps etc
- There was a reasonably recent message from Carl Swann whether I had looked
at Literary Machine, and like him I have started to tackle it to see what
potential it has, and where I might use it.
So it seems there are a number of options:
Outline files - these, as I was properly corrected, are three stage files
(not two). The filename, the outline headers and the content.
There are various Mind Maps, one being eMindMaps, which are visual and
allow the logical order of sections to be shifted from one branch to
another. Hyperlinks and notes (like tooltips) are given and export to HTML/
gif. Where the structure and visual presentation are importance, this is a
Then there is something like TreePad, which is the textual equivalent of
Mind Maps, able also to shift branches to another trunk, and have
hyperlinks to any external file. Choose this if notes are more important
than visual appearance.
Then Literary Machine works with Note Tab especially if the MS NotePad is
replaced. Unlike all the others, Literary Machine allows a lower order
element to link upwards to several higher branches, as well as the usual
situation of higher orders linking to several branches. It puts keywords
into a ladder, which can be grouped in different concepts and concepts can
link to a number of items of text, as well as items go back up to several
concepts (and therefore keywords) and all by dragging and dropping and
cascading. But click on the top left of a textual item and it opens up in
Note Tab for editing, and there is a full use of the clipboard. I am not
quite sure yet how Outline files might relate back into this other
software, but presently Note Tab works as a supporting editor with its text
processing functions and clips.
My website refers to Mind Mapping in study skills (because it aids logical
thought) but the Literary Machine is as concepts linking texts because the
qualitative potential of a matrix of connections rises. This doubles as a
On which point I downloaded version 4.85 and used the opportunity to prune
my clipbooks and remove the downloaded ones that repeated or conflicted. I
find it more logical to have Autocorrect, Email, HTML (though I am
temporarily keeping DHTML separate) and Processing. I have them on my
website, which shows how they are used.
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