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I have written before about mind-mapping software, and I heartily endorsed FreePlane as an Open Source tool that was light and easy to use. And it still is.
But just today, while researching LMS's I came across this little nugget:
it's another mind-mapping tool, but this one is based on the eclipse IDE platform. It's a heavier download/install, but the d/l package immediately includes the mac, windows & linux variants, and they are self-contained, so there's nothing more to installing them than to drag the appropriate app folder somewhere sensible, double-click on the application, and voila! it opens.
The app itself is running very smoothly, allows drag-and-drop re-ordering of your mind map/tree, and has several built-in themes (almost all usable!), and several dozen pleasing graphics to spice up your nodes.
Arrived at via a circuitous route: A Blast from the Web's Past (dig that background gif!)
And, yeah, I'm guilty of a few of these...
iterative arts, indeed!
A useful-looking bit of kit to help you locate chunks of code (widgets) that you can incorporate into your own web designs. Requires Adobe AIR installed, but you've already got that sorted, haven't you?
Download Adobe Dreamweaver Widget Browser - Adobe Labs.
Ever wanted to work with Web Animation?
Want to get your animation playing on one of those "closed" devices from Apple?
[to be clear: I didn't create this animation or any of the artwork in it. That's all ©opyright Adobe™, Inc. I'm just putting it up here because I think it's damned cool.]
I want to shake the hand of the clever person who thought of this idea. Very smart way to engage teens with reading and writing, with very little cost to the library.
To postmodernists et al: Korzybskis oft-quoted "the map is not the territory" presupposes there is a territory. And he went on to say that "a maps usefulness lies in its structural similarity to reality." Maps are not arbitrary; they should be rational. We understand the universe through mental models - maps - but some maps are plain wrong, while others are the best we can make so far.
via John Meaney, writing Big Ideas, Little Ideas - Charlies Diary.