Getting the most out of FreeMind

MIND TRICKS

Article from Issue 92/2008
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Learn how to master the advanced features of the FreeMind mind-mapping application to get the most out of this useful tool.

Although you might think that FreeMind is just a mindmapping application designed to help creative professionals organize their thoughts and ideas, in reality, it sports so many nifty features that it could prove to be an indispensable productivity tool no matter what you do for a living. Because FreeMind is a rather straightforward application, you can learn how to use its basic features in a couple of hours. But if you want to get the most out of this excellent application, you might want to master its more advanced features.

The first order of business is to install Sun Java Runtime Environment (JRE) on your machine. FreeMind is rather finicky about Java, and it refuses to run on anything other than Sun JRE. This can be an issue with Linux distributions like Ubuntu, which ships with an alternative Java engine.

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