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Organize your thoughts with mind map

Used extensively for ideas, inspiration and creativity, mind mapping is a great way to start incubating great ideas by connecting the dots in your head in an orderly relationship!

How to create a Fabrie mind map?



Fabrie mind maps are as easy to use as all the other whiteboard features, so let's get familiar with them.

💡 Do you know that you can create mind map with AI? Check out more about Fabrie Write.

Method 1:Use the mind map tool



The 'Mind Map' tool is displayed on the toolbar, just select it and click anywhere on the whiteboard to start creating a mind map.



The first thing you create is main topic, which is the parent node of the mind map. Each side of the central theme is marked with a “+”, which can be clicked on to create the corresponding child node.

The structure of the mind map can be improved more efficiently by using keyboard shortcuts.

- Press "Enter " to quickly create parallel branching topics.
- new topics are edited by default, allowing for quick text entry, and can be exited from editing by pressing "Esc ".
- pressing "Tab " to quickly create sub-topics
- Pressing the "Up, Down, Left, Right" arrow keys to quickly move between topics.
- pressing "Cmd/Ctrl+C, Cmd/Ctrl+V " to quickly copy topics.
- Pressing "Delete" or "Backspace" to quickly delete the current topic.

Method 2: Import a third party mind map(Xmind, Freemind)



If you have some ideas that have been accumulated in other software, welcome to upload them to Fabrie to expand your thinking! Currently, Fabrie supports directly importing mind map files in .xmind (Xmind mind map file) and .mm (Freemind mind map file) formats to the whiteboard for analysis, becoming Fabrie mind maps. You can add more detailed explanations and associations to these ideas on the whiteboard.



Method 3: Generate with AI (use Fabrie Write)



Are you lacking inspiration, or don't know how to express an idea in a structured way? Let AI help you! With the "Smart Generation" mode of Fabrie Write, you can quickly create a mind map by simply describing the theme. Why not give it a try? Learn more about Fabrie Write.




Edit mind map



Style and layout



By default, Fabrie mind maps enable "Fill" and "Auto layout" mode. This means that all topic nodes are automatically aligned and colored after creation, making the mind map orderly and beautiful. This can help users focus on brainstorming and thinking. If you turn off this mode, you can freely drag and drop mind map nodes to restore a more simple and concise style.



The "Compact Mode" can make the overall layout of the mind map more compact, which is suitable for presenting a large amount of information at a glance.

Fabrie mind maps can switch between two overall layouts with a single click. Currently, it supports horizontal and vertical layouts, which can help you display the content of mind maps more flexibly. Horizontal layout is suitable for displaying more hierarchical structures, such as project structure charts. Vertical layout is suitable for displaying longer text content, such as book chapter structures.



Mind map nodes support expanding and collapsing. Simply click the folding arrow icon on the right side of the topic node to collapse all child nodes. After folding, a number representing the number of child nodes will be displayed. This allows you to quickly view the overall structure of the mind map, hide unimportant details, and improve the browsing efficiency of the mind map.



In addition to aligning topic nodes, Fabrie mind maps allow for quick adjustments to the connections between topics. Simply drag the node between topics to reposition it, such as moving a branch topic behind another topic to make it a child of that topic. This user-friendly feature makes it easy to create and modify mind maps as needed.



The Fabrie mind maps feature lines in a variety of colors and black text, which can be easily customized using the context menu. Additionally, more styles are set to be added in the future.




Connect the thoughts



Using lines to connect mind map nodes that have dependencies is a useful technique for visualizing complex ideas.



Connect everything



Don't forget it's Fabrie, mind maps can also be linked to other content on whiteboards and tables to make thoughts richer and more complete!



Have a question about something not covered here? We're here to help!

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Updated on: 17/11/2023

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