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Quick Start Guide

Posted: Thu 09 Aug 2018 9:52 am
by Gigi
These written FAQs are similar to the Essay Writer videos, with additional descriptions of button icons, placement, etc.

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5KYuncvjpeU
Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/276016352

Welcome to your Quick Start Guide.

We'll first brainstorm some Ideas, link them to create a simple Idea Map, then start writing.

Restructuring is even easier than linking, and at the end, we'll show you how to print.


Open a new document, and double-click anywhere to start to Create Ideas.

Type a short, descriptive note for what you want to include.

This could be a topic, concept, example, task, or anything you need.

Press your 'Enter' or 'Return' key when you've finished one.

Keep going until you have as many Ideas as you can think of.


To exit Brainstorming, press 'Enter' or 'Return' again.

Click once to make a new Idea node right where you click, and again to exit the mode entirely.

If one of your Ideas should show larger title text, then hover over and press the red plus sign to Expand it.


To Link Ideas, click once and hold your Idea over another.

The second 'Branch' Idea will remain pink, a top-level Central Idea.

Keep connecting your Ideas until you have the whole list roughly how you want it.


To start writing: double-click an Idea and its section text editor will open.

You don't need to write in complete sentences here.

Bullet point reminders of what you need to include will do.

Close or move the text window, as you prefer.


Press the button labelled 'Map, Text' to enter split screen mode.

This shows both the Idea Map and its text sections.

Under any pink Central Idea are its branched Ideas.

First are purple 'chapters', then green 'sections', and further 'sub-sections'.

Each node is identified by clockwise position around its Branch Idea.


Click into any text section to start editing it.

Notice how the closest row of command buttons has changed once you interact with the text panel.

These buttons are more useful to you in text mode, and the button row will change back when you interact with the Map.

Our Introduction currently comes after one of our main body chapters.

To fix that, grab the main body Idea and pull it behind the Introduction chapter.

Introduction is now ahead of the other chapter in clockwise order, and on the text panel.

To preview how the Document will look printed, go to 'File' and 'Print Preview...'

And good luck with your work!


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