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Scroll down to and locate the '''core text''' section.
Scroll down and locate the '''core text''' section.
First, let's '''number''' and '''renumber''' the child nodes.
First, let's '''number''' and '''renumber''' the child nodes.
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|| Now, let's summarize.
In this tutorial, we * Numbered and renumbered the nodes
In this tutorial we,
* Numbered and renumbered the nodes
* Exported a concept map to a structured text document
* Exported a concept map to a structured text document
* Created a concept map from a structured text document
* Created a concept map from a structured text document

Latest revision as of 17:45, 30 June 2020

Visual Cue Narration
Slide Number 1

Title Slide

Welcome to the tutorial on Structured Text to Map Conversion.
Slide Number 2

Learning Objectives

In this tutorial, we will learn to,
  • Number and renumber the nodes
  • Convert a map to structured text
  • Convert structured text to a concept map and
  • Move a sibling node to a child node
Slide Number 2

System Requirement

To record this tutorial, I am using
  • Ubuntu Linux v16.04 OS
  • Freeplane v1.7.10 and
  • LibreOffice v5.1
Slide Number 3



To follow this tutorial,
  • Learner must be familiar with the Freeplane interface.
  • For pre-requisite tutorials, please visit this site.
Slide Number 4

Code Files

  • Files used in this tutorial are provided in the Code files link.
  • Please download and extract the files.
  • Make a copy and use them while practising.
Show screenshot of Desktop. I have copied all the input files to my Desktop directory.
Open Freeplane.

Press Control+O.

Let’s open Freeplane.

Press Control and O keys together to open the Open saved map dialogue box.

Select solar-systtem.mm file from Desktop folder.

Click on OK button.

Go to the Desktop folder and select solar-system.mm file.

Click on the Open button in the dialog box.

Cursor on the map. The map opens.

This map is about the Solar system.

Hover mouse over image and mp3 file. Notice that, the map has an image and an mp3 file attached to it.
Slide Number 6

Map to Text Conversion

* Freeplane allows conversion of a map to structured text.
  • This is a useful feature in teaching and learning.

Click on the right middle side arrow to open the Tool panel.

Scroll down the Tool panel.

Open the Tool panel.

Scroll down and locate the core text section.

First, let's number and renumber the child nodes.

Hover mouse next to core text, node numbering check box. Notice node numbering option.
Press Ctrl+A. To number all the nodes first select all the nodes.

Press Control and A keys together to select all the nodes.

Check the box for node numbering. Check the box for Node numbering.

Freeplane automatically numbers the nodes in a structured manner.

The numbers appear next to the nodes.

Hover mouse next to Mercury node number. Notice that, Number one, appears next to Mercury.
Select Mercury node. To renumber the Mercury node, we will select it and adjust the node position.

For this, Press the control & arrow keys to get the desired number on the node.

Select the Mercury node.

Press Ctrl+ up arrow key twice.

Change mercury node numbering twice using control and Down arrow key.

Notice the change in the numbering of the nodes in the map.

Press Ctrl+ down arrow key twice. For now keep the numbering as before.

I will change it back to one, by using control and up arrow keys.

Click on Edit, Move and sort. Menu alternate to move the node position is Edit, Move and sort with sub menu.

From the submenu, click on Move node sibling up or sibling down position.

Press Ctrl+S. Press Ctrl+S, to save the map, before exporting it in text form.
Click on File, Export map. Click on File, Export map.

The Freeplane export dialogue box opens.

Click open Files of type pulldown. In the box click to open the Files of type pulldown.
Choose Open office write document from the pulldown. I will choose the Open Office Writer document option.

This is similar to the MSword editor.

Type export.odt, save in Desktop.

Click on the Save button in the box.

Type export.odt for file name and save the file in Desktop directory.

Click on the Save button in the box.

Cursor on the map. Let’s open the exported file and examine it.
Go to Desktop and show export.odt icon. Go to Desktop and notice the exported text document.
Double click on export.odt file icon. Double click on the export.odt file icon.
Cursor on the Libreoffice document. The writer document opens.

The map is converted and exported as structured text.

Hover mouse next to title, Sun. Here title of the document is the parent node, Sun.
Scroll down the document. The exported document has a title, heading, subheading and text body.

Child nodes of the parent are classified into sections, and subsections.

Scroll down.

Hover mouse over Mercury, Earth, Moon and Hubble telescope.

Each planet appears with it’s own section.
Hover mouse over Mercury. Mercury being closest to the Sun, is number 1 on the list of sections.
Cursor next to text body of Moon. Notice, the notes under Venus node are exported under the sub-section on Venus.
Cursor on export.odt file. Writer documents are a popular form of share and distribution.
Show screenshot of the map. Recollect that, the map had image and mp3 file attached to it.
Cursor image and mp3 files in the screenshot of the map. Currently, image & media files are not exported or imported.

This may change with future versions.

Close the export.odt file, Go to Freeplane. Close export.odt and go back to Freeplane.
Press Ctrl+A.

Uncheck the node numbering box.

Select all the nodes and uncheck the node numbering box.
Press Ctrl+S. Press Control S to save the map.

Export the map as an openoffice document again.

Give filename nonumber-export.odt and save on Desktop folder.

Click on the Save button to save.

I will give the file name as nonumber-export.odt.

Click on the Save button to save the file on Desktop.

Go to Desktop. Again, go to Desktop.
Show nonumber-export.odt file. Please pause the video and examine the newly created file.
Show screenshot of newly exported file. The output file format will look different without node numbering.
Slide Number 7

Text to Map Conversion

  • Next, let's look at conversion of structured text to map.
  • Here, we will condense long documents into a map without losing it’s structure.

Go to Desktop. Go to Desktop directory.

I have made a structured open office document named import.odt.

Open import.odt. Double click on import.odt file icon and open it in Libreoffice.
Hover mouse over title, index, page 5 and chapter number. It is titled Solar system, has a table of contents with sections.

It is 5 pages long.

Cursor on the text file. This text is about Solar system.
Cursor on Mercury. Notice the font formatting in Mercury.
Press Ctrl+A, then press Ctrl+C. Let’s select the whole document by pressing Ctrl+ A.

Copy the whole document with the command Ctrl+C.

Press Ctrl+N. Go back to Freeplane and press Ctrl+ N to open a new map.
Click on the OK button. A dialogue box appears, prompting to choose a style template for the new map.

Retain the default and click on the OK button.

Click on Edit, Paste as. Click on Edit, Paste as to open the paste as dialogue box.
Choose the Html as node hierarchy option and Click on Ok. Choose the Html as node hierarchy option and Click on Ok.
Hover mouse over the pasted text. The 5 pages long document is pasted into the concept map in a structured form.
Select root node and Unfold all nodes in the map. Select the root node.

Unfold and show all the nodes in the map.

Notice that title and index is seen as a separate child node.

Cursor on the map. Each section in the text document is imported into a different node in the map.

Sub-sections are structured into child nodes.

Cursor next to Mercury node. Notice, the font formatting of Mercury is also retained.

This formatting is different from the rest of the nodes.

Hover mouse over Sun and planets. Mostly the software has read the formatting as desired.
Cursor on the map. However, there are few minor issues.
Cursor on the Sun node and on the details of Sun. Text body of Solar system appear as sibling node instead of child node or notes.

We can change it to a child node or as notes to the Solar system node.

It would improve the map formatting.

Select the three nodes which give details of Sun as sibling node. Select and copy the details of Solar system appearing as sibling node.

Drag them towards the Solar system node.

Drop the three nodes on Sun node. When the Solar system node turns to light grey, drop the sibling node.
Cursor on map, showing child nodes of Sun. Now it is a child node instead of being a sibling node.
Show Edit, Move and Sort submenu. Menu alternate to this is the sub menu, in Edit, Move and Sort option.
Go to Earth Node. Go to Earth Node.
Unfold and hover mouse over Earth and 5 child nodes. Moon, satellites and Hubble telescope appear as children of Earth.
Hover mouse next to satellite node. Notice the 3 sub sections in the satellite node.

There three sections were structured so in the text document.

Cursor on the map. Pause the video and practice formatting to your choice.
Cursor on the map. Here too if images are present, they will not get imported to the concept map.
Show screenshot of Freeplane user forum. When using advanced features, users may come across few issues in the software.

For such queries, check Freeplane updates and user forum for latest information.

Press Control S. Press Control S to save the map.
Type filename imported- document.mm, and click on Save. Type the filename and save in the Desktop directory.
Click on File, Quit Freeplane. Click on File, Quit Freeplane to quit Freeplane.
Slide Number 8


Now, let's summarize.

In this tutorial we,

  • Numbered and renumbered the nodes
  • Exported a concept map to a structured text document
  • Created a concept map from a structured text document
  • Moved a sibling node to a child node
Slide Number 10


For assignment activity, please do the following.

Using the file, assignment.odt provided in the code files link,

  • Convert the structured text to a concept map.
  • You may also use your own choice of document.
  • From a concept map of your choice, create a structured text.

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