Mindmap View (iPad)

Note: Mindmap View is only available on iPad.

Mindmap View provides a free-form, graphical layout that allows you to arrange items onto an art-board and draw relationships between them. This is most useful during early brainstorming stages of a project, or when creating visual diagrams highlighting relationships between key events, people or places.

The benefit of using Mindmap View within Aeon Timeline over another tool is that the data then already exists in your timeline, and the same items can then be displayed across the other views in the application without double-handling the data. 

Aeon Timeline allows you to create multiple separate mindmaps so that you can create visualisations and diagrams for different aspects of your timeline data.

The Mindmap View Interface 

Mindmap View is a free-form canvas for you to add items, nodes and connections:

Creating a Mindmap

You can create a new mindmap by tapping on the View Selector in the toolbar, and then tapping  Create New in the Mindmaps section.

Creating new Nodes

You can add new items to Mindmap View by tapping the + icon in the sidebar and selecting the item type you wish to create. 

Items you add to your Mindmap are automatically available in other parts of the application: depending on the item type, they may be added to the chronological-order of events (and thus appear in the Spreadsheet), or appear in the Entity List panel when you view items of that type.

If you don't want this to occur, you can instead create an item of type  Node, which will be displayed the Mindmap View and nowhere else. You can of course create all items on your Mindmap as Nodes initially, and then reclassify them into other types when you are ready to make those elements available to other views.

Adding existing Items

You can add existing nodes into your Mindmap by dragging them in from other views:

  • To drag entities such as People and Places, you can open the Entity List Panel by clicking on the appropriate icon for those item types in the Sidebar, and then drag items from that list onto your mindmap canvas
  • For events and other items which do not exist in entity lists, you will need to use Split View instead, with your mindmap open in one of the views, and another view (such as Timeline, Spreadsheet, or even a different Mindmap) that contains the item you are after in the other.

Note: You must enable edit mode to drag items in the iPad app. To do this, press and hold on the screen until the toolbar changes color.

Arranging Items

You can drag items wherever you want within the mindmap canvas. The mindmap canvas has no fixed bounds: it will continue to grow as you add content, so there will always be room available.

Dragged items will automatically snap to align to the edge or center of another node if you drag them closely into that alignment. A blue line will appear indicating the alignment between the dragged node and the target node. 

To drag items in Mindmap View, you must enter Edit Mode first: press and hold on the screen until the toolbar changes color.

Adding and removing connections

Connections in the Mindmap View are shown based on the relationships that exist between items.

Any existing relationships between items will be automatically shown on the mindmap view as you add those items into the view.

To add further relationships:

  1. Long press on the screen to enter Edit Mode
  2. Tap on an item to select it
  3. Start a drag from this connection icon () , and release it on any other node within the same mindmap
  4. Choose the type of relationship you wish to create from the ensuing dropdown menu (the list of available relationship types depends on your chosen template, and the two item types involved)

You can repeat this same action to remove a relationship by deselecting that relationship type when the dropdown list appears.

Relationships created in a Mindmap will also apply to those items in any other view.

Adjusting View Settings

You can adjust settings specifically related to the Mindmap View by ensuring the Mindmap View has focus, and then tapping on the View settings icon (

 ) in the Sidebar.

Item Display Choose which properties are visible within each item card
Show Relationship Labels Toggles whether labels are overlayed on top of relationships drawn in the view.

These controls apply universally across all Mindmap Views.