Extra spacing between branches.

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2004-11-16
2013-04-11
  • Hi!

    I took a look at the FreeMind and it seems to be a viable alternative to the MindManager for my purposes. Lack of undo hurts, but I think I can live with it.

    However, there is one thing that basically kills the whole idea, as it seems to defeat the entire purpose of the tool -- when I create mind maps main branches are placed close together with absolutely no extra spacing in between.

    An illustration: http://mystery.nox.lv/freemind.png

    Visually it's not readily apparent that "subbr13" belongs to a different tree that "subbr31".

    Is there a way to add extra spacing between items in different main branches?

     
    • Antonimo
      Antonimo
      2004-12-07

      I use white text nodes with white edges.

      It is a clumsy solution, but it does work.

      A white "branch" situated between the braches "1" and "3" in your example would have the desired effect.

      I also create nodes with "___________" in white, placed between nodes for maps that I export to HTML as this creates a simple and effective horizontal line to seperate sections of the map when viewed in a browser.

       
      • RobP72
        RobP72
        2004-12-07

        I too use the white edged node approach.  Another option is to insert a carriage return or two before the node text in the "edit a long node" mode.

        Sometimes it would be good to manually position nodes (perhaps similar functionality to VYM http://www.insilmaril.de/vym/\).  But I think Freemind does a pretty good job of placing nodes and the ability to easily move nodes around combined with the spacing options mentioned above get the job done.