Tutorial: Transform your mindmap to video using iMindMap


Have you ever wanted to show your iMindMap presentations on video? With iMindMap 6 you can easily export your mindmaps and make impressive animations!

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You have made a solid mindmap using iMindMap and you wish to share it with the rest of world? Now, all is possible with iMindMap version 6 –  the software from Tony Buzan and Chris Griffiths.

 You can download the iMindMap mindmap from the Biggerplate website. Double click the image for maximum enlargement.

mindmap about video and online games made with iMindMap
Why Games Matter : an iMindMap map !

You can adjust your presentation and then export it as a video. Like me, you can also choose to post your video directly from Youtube.

 A video of your mindmap on Youtube

Here’re the steps.

First, realize your mindmap as usual.

Then, create a presentation by clicking on the “View” menu as shown below:

How to go to the presentation view
Click on the Presentation View

Set your presentation: self-presentation, order of branches, etc..

Then, when your settings are complete, click the “Export video” button as shown below:

Exporting your presentation as an Youtube video
Click the Export Video button

If this is your first attempt to export a video, the software will ask you your login and password (it’s usually the Gmail account that manages your Youtube channel).

Then pops up a dialog box that gives you the opportunity to make your video settings: resolution – I opted for 720 pp, which takes a little more time but gives better results – time pause for each branch, etc..

Export your video to Youtube using the dialog window !
The Export Video dialog window

After that, pops up another dialog box where you enter the title of your video, a short description and keywords that allow Google to find your masterpiece. Bare in mind that YouTube, is not only owned by Google, but also the second largest European search engine, before Bing or Yahoo, for example!

another dialog window to complete your Youtube video description
Put your title, description & keywords in

After completion, simply click the “Upload” button and iMindMap will start exporting your video and transfers it to your personal YouTube channel.

Uploading your presentation to Youtube !
iMindMap is uploading your video

Finally, you will receive the long-awaited message stating that your mindmap has been converted into a video and is uploaded on Youtube!

Your presentation is now an Youtube video !
Your video is uploaded !

You just have to go to your Youtube channel and check if everything works accordingly.

In reality, iMindMap has done most of the work for you! Your video already has a title, description and keywords. You can always change it if you are not satisfied with the result!

Of course, like any Youtube video, it can be shared, integrated into a site, etc.. This is what I did with my mindmap video titled Why Games Matter. The music was added later on the Youtube channel.

Enjoy!

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Wine mapping : taste your wine with a mindmap !


In one of his blog posts, a French winegrower Hervé Bizeul proposes a unique way to taste your favourite wine : Wine Mapping !

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A French winegrower Hervé Bizeul wrote on his blog Clos des Fées – which is also the name of his vineyard – proposing a new way to taste wine : Wine Mapping !  Instead of jotting down a linear appreciation of your wine, just draw a nice mindmap !

But Bizeul also stresses the point that most mind mapping software lacks the graphic capability to interpret such an endeavour.

So, I tried to capture the memories of one of my very old wine tasting experience into this iMindMap mindmap that you can also dowload for free on Biggerplate !

iMindMap mindmap about wine mapping
My first wine mapping experience

I tried to make the memories and impressions of Lalande de Pomerol 1982 that I drunk in the mid-1990s.

A non-linear description of tasting

I drew this mindmap without any notes, thanks to the olfactory memory, which is a prodigiously long memory. What awakens the memories in Marcel Proust is not the taste of the madeleine, but its flavours which are far more numerous and richer.

After all these years, the impressions of heat, intense nature, both wild and tender, and the aromas of pine barrens are still fresh in my mind and still trigger some daydream.

I also described the place – a Chinese restaurant – and the of wine beautifully matches the dishes mixed with spicy, sweet and sour tastes. The owner of this restaurant was voted as the best sommelier (wine steward) of Belgium.

Finally, I described the final stage without using any images, only adopting the length of a branch and using bold text option to indicate another long finish and the supremacy and influence of each word…

What about you? What do you think? Would you also try the “non-linear tasting”?

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Project management : visualize your timeline with XMind fishbone


How to visualize the different stages of your project?  How to draw a clear and efficient timeline? Answer: with XMind ! And by using a very peculiar structure : the fishbone, also known as “Ishikawa”, from the inventor’s name.

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Here I’m using a method in three steps :

  1. Brainstorming : to gather the content of the project
  2. Asking questions about all the dimensions of the project : When, Why, Who, How, Where, What, How Much ?
  3. Visualizing the project steps with a timeline

In this article, I will emphasize more on the 3rd step.

I already used a timeline to help startups creators to visualize their project on the long run.  I also used a iMindMap mindmap to explain the principle of such a tool.

An iMindmap mind map illustrating the principles of a project management timeline
Timeline principles with iMindMap !

Last week, I had the opportunity to lead a workshop regarding “project management with visual thinking” in Belgium and I applied that three steps technique and, of course, a timeline during the session.

A timeline with XMind fishbone

XMind offers the fishbone or Ishikawa structure as their default timeline. Unfortunately, the default timeline provided by XMind start menu is on a yearly base which is divided into quarters. Regrettably, it is unsuitable and doesn’t synchronize with our needs.

Hence, we’ll create our own timeline by starting with the “blank map” and choosing the “Fishbone structure”.

To do so, open the Properties Menu in XMind.  Click on the Structure command and select “Fishbone (Left Headed)” as shown below:

XMind Fishbone Left Headed Structure in the Properties Menu
Select the Fishbone structure

At this point, the mind mapping software gives us a Central Topic in the shape of a fishhead, directed to the left side of our screen.

What is the first move? Should we start with the dates? Or perhaps should we key in the main stages of the project and later add in the dates?

Planning your project stage by stage

Finally, we selected the second option. Why? Because if we illustrate a past project, we can surely key in any sort of date as the data given have already come to pass. But for a project which is still in progress or has not yet begun: many unexpected things can still happen along the way and could change its course from its original  path!

 Here is our final version of this Project Management Timeline, built upon the Fishbone structure.  (Double-click on the picture to maximize it – you can also download that timeline for free on my Biggerplate page !)

Project Management Timeline : visualize your project growth step by step
XMind Fishbone Timeline

Mark the length of an activity with a relationship

Note the use of the relationship to express the length of action. In fact, all the steps do not necessarily follow a strict chronology.

For example, the advertising stage began at the start of the project, but continues up to the candidate selection stage. We expressed this relationship using a red dotted line underlining the subject “Advertising” and linked it to “Selection” . The best convenient way to visualize the entire process.

To avoid any overlapping or interfering the subjects written on other branches, we chose the ” Zigzag” option to the relationship line. This technique follows the rise of the central branch to the topic “Selection” without compromising the readability of the timeline as a whole.

Clarify project milestones with markers

Note also the use of markers – these small images delivered with the software – and of a Legend (situated on the lower left side of the mindmap and which explains the meaning of each marker). We used the small blue and green characters to symbolize the candidates for training. We used the bomb to illustrate a risk: emphasizing the deficiency number of candidates to start training !

We finally used the exclamation point to show that this step was conditional : we will make a new mailing with the Unemployment Agency if we do not have enough candidates. If we fill in, this step will not take place .

The Legend explains the function of these self-explanatory symbols more clearly. To display markers in the Legend, apply the following procedure : first, click on the background of the mindmap to avoid selecting any subject. Click the “Properties” menu, check the little box next to ” Show legend ” . A Legend is displayed at the end of your mouse pointer . You can place the Legend wherever you want on your mindmap. In this case, mine is situated on the lower left side of the mindmap. The Legend is updated automatically as and when you add or remove markers.

To change the text next to the marker in the Legend , just double click it and the text field appears! Fill in your own text. That’s it!

Try it for yourself and plan your project using this technique and do not forget to send us your comments or mindmaps.

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