Getting Started

 

If you can spare 5 minutes then please take a look at the following YouTube video demonstrating some of the basic functionality provided by iThoughts.


No time? Scroll on past the video and I’ve summarised some of the basics.

The Basics:



Creating a map

  1. Tap on the + symbol (bottom right toolbar button)

  2. Enter a name for the map

  3. Tap on 'Save'

  4. A new map will be created and opened.


Creating a topic (first way)

  1. Double tap on the background canvas and a new topic will be created.


Creating a topic (another way)

  1. Tap on one of the two ‘topic creation’ toolbar buttons (top right) to create a new sibling or child topic of the currently selected topic.

  2. NB: More creation options are available by pressing and holding one of the ‘topic creation’ toolbar buttons.


Creating a topic (one final way)

  1. Whilst editing a topic, tap SPACE 3x to create a new child topic or RETURN 3x to create a sibling topic - especially handy when using an external keyboard.

  2. NB: Type SPACE/RETURN 3x in the middle of some text to split the topic into 2 at that point.


Editing an existing topic

  1. Double tap the topic (the keyboard will pop up.)


Changing the topic attributes (colour, shape, icon, etc.)

  1. Select the topic by tapping on it once.

  2. Tap on the blue and white ‘disclosure’ button to the right of the topic.


Inserting an image

  1. Select the topic by tapping on it once.

  2. Swipe the toolbar to the left then tap on the 'paperclip' button and select an image from the built in library, camera roll, camera or Doodle yourself one.


Changing the text size

  1. Select the topic by tapping on it once.

  2. Drag the ‘Pointing Finger’ vertically to adjust the font size.

  3. Drag the ‘Pointing Finger’ horizontally to adjust the maximum width of the topic (before the text is wrapped.)


Deleting a topic

  1. Select the topic by tapping on it this will show the popup menu (Cut, Copy, Paste, Delete)

  2. NB: You can also delete all the text then hit BACKSPACE 3x to delete the topic and start editing the parent.


Cut/Copy/Paste

  1. Select the topic by tapping on it once this will show the popup menu (Cut, Copy, Paste, Delete)


Changing map settings such as background canvas

  1. Swipe the toolbar to the left then tap on the ‘Gear’ button


Sending your map via email or to Dropbox etc.

  1. Swipe the toolbar to the left then tap on the ‘Send’ button


Saving your changes

  1. No need...

  2. Every 20 seconds (or if the app is closed) the map is automatically saved.

  3. Every 10 minutes (or if the app is closed) a complete 'snapshot copy' of the map is made. This can subsequently be recovered. The last 100 snapshots of each map are stored.

  4. Every day all maps are zip’d up into an archive (the last 30 archives are kept.)




For more instructions please take a look at the HowTo pages.