Getting Started

 

If you can spare 5 or 6 minutes then please take a look at the following YouTube video demonstrating some of the basic functionality provided by iThoughtsHD.


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 (top left 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 options are available by pressing and holding one of the 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.)


Adding a note

  1. Drag the black tab (beneath the map name in the toolbar) downwards to reveal the notes window (tap in it to edit.)


Changing the topic attributes (colour, shape etc.)

  1. Select the topic by tapping on it once.

  2. Tap on the 'i' toolbar button to display the inspector then tap on the appropriate tab (Icon, Colour, Shape, Text, Task, Link)


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.)


Inserting an image

  1. Select the topic by tapping on it once.

  2. Tap on the 'paperclip' toolbar button then select an image from the built in library, camera roll, camera or Doodle yourself one.


Deleting a topic

  1. Select the topic by tapping on it this will show the popup menu (Cut, Copy, Paste, Delete) or drag the topic down to the bottom right of the screen and drop it on the wastebin.

  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)


Saving your changes

  1. No need...

  2. Every 30 seconds (or if the app is closed) the map is automatically saved.

  3. Every 5 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.