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10 Freeplane features you were missing in FreeMind

10 Freeplane features you were missing in FreeMind

Postby boercher » Thu Jan 31, 2013 4:35 pm

quinbus wrote:It's been so long since I used FreeMind, that I'm not sure I'm aware anymore of what the key distinctives are.


I think that it would be great if we had a list of Freeplane's "killer features" in the wiki. What were your reasons to switch to Freeplane and which are the features that makes the difference for you now?

Here is a list of some of my favorites:
- Simple script invocation
- Simple hotkey assignment
- Add-ons
- Format panel
- Formulas
- Node formats
- Attributes panel
- Integration with Docear
- Free nodes
- Future: Inline LaTeX
- Node details
- Summary nodes

Please post your lists here. We could use a poll to find out the all user's top 10 later.

Regards, Volker
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Re: 10 Freeplane features you were missing in FreeMind

Postby quinbus » Thu Jan 31, 2013 11:20 pm

I would add Styles, and by inclusion, Conditional Styles!

But as I look at this list, it strikes me that we need something more. The real difference between the two platforms isn't so much a list of feature differences, but really one of capability and potential, if that makes any sense.

For example, you've included add-ons and scripts as two of the differences between FP and FM. But I think it should go without saying that these features are HUGE, in that they have essentially elevated FreePlane into a completely different product space. These wonderful tools have harnessed the idea of an open architecture where users can interact in the development of new applications/innovations. A quick look at FP's add-on page demonstrates this power:

  • Insert InLine Image (an alternative way of bringing images into FP and attaching them to nodes via details or node core)
  • Wikdshell (test platform for building and testing groovy scripts)
  • Wikdnode (comprehensive set of node text editing tools)
  • Pack and Go (ability to pull all FP dependencies into a single zip file for sharing with others)
  • Study planner (tool for assisting with the efficient use of study time, including pomodoro timers
  • Additional icon libraries
  • Developer tools
  • Getting Things Done (task management application)

While these "bolt-on" tools aren't technically included in a list of technical differences between FP and FM, they have significantly improved FP's usefulness when compared to other choices. Clearly FP has grown beyond its origins as yet another mindmapping tool and now offers users a full suite of knowledge management capabilities--from idea creation all the way through project tracking, reporting and presentation. And because of scripting and add-ons, FP users have every reason to expect continued innovation. History has shown that the sort of collaborative power now embedded in FP always grows.

So as they say, "The Best Is Yet To Come!"

Q

P.S. Maybe when we get a working list of the differences between FP and FM we could pull together a little video that would quickly capture how these differences are important enough to consider giving FP a try...
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Re: 10 Freeplane features you were missing in FreeMind

Postby kunkel321 » Fri Feb 01, 2013 4:35 pm

Personally, I think that
-Conditional Formatting (i.e. Styles)
-Support for Custom Icon Libraries
-Macro/Script Support
Are the most important things.
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Re: 10 Freeplane features you were missing in FreeMind

Postby boercher » Sat Feb 02, 2013 1:42 am

we could pull together a little video that would quickly capture how these differences are important enough to consider giving FP a try...

Yes, much better than just a wiki page on this topic :!:

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Re: 10 Freeplane features you were missing in FreeMind

Postby fnatter » Sun Feb 03, 2013 4:37 pm

not spectacular, but still very useful for me:
- good printing support: freemind does not have the options "fit width to one page" and "fit height to one page"
it only has "user defined" and "fit to one page" (which is not useful for large maps, so essentially you have to use user defined scales)
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Re: 10 Freeplane features you were missing in FreeMind

Postby dpolivaev » Fri Feb 22, 2013 8:37 pm

Could somebody take care about the wiki page carrying this content?

Thanks, Dimitry
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Re: 10 Freeplane features you were missing in FreeMind

Postby jkrakowski » Fri Feb 22, 2013 9:50 pm

Different export features, also mentioned the scripted ones. if freeplane could adapt a feature from freemind, it should be the new collaboration mindmapping ability.
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Re: 10 Freeplane features you were missing in FreeMind

Postby fnatter » Sun Mar 10, 2013 10:50 am

hi,

I've created the basic wiki page:
http://freeplane.sourceforge.net/wiki/index.php/Freeplane_features_you_were_missing_in_FreeMind

Please discuss, change, add links to other wiki pages, add stuff etc.
I've added approximate search because I find it useful personally, but if you don't agree then I'll remove it!
Should we limit this to 10 items?
Should we link this somewhere (on the homepage)?

Best Regards,
Felix
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Re: 10 Freeplane features you were missing in FreeMind

Postby dpolivaev » Sun Mar 10, 2013 3:34 pm

fnatter wrote:Should we limit this to 10 items?
Should we link this somewhere (on the homepage)?

1. Certainly not. 2. Done. Dimitry
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