Presenting using iThoughts
iThoughts is a great tool for presenting your ideas to colleague. The following short video demonstrates how you might create a presentation then play it back.
Things to know
- The idea is that you configure the map as you want it presented (expanding/collapsing the branches etc) then select those topics you want to focus on - then save that snapshot as a slide.
- The current zoom level and scroll position is NOT saved as part of the slide - this is set automatically when you run the presentation (the selected topics will be entered and zooming will follow the current zoom settings.)
- The order of the slides can be changed in the slide picker window - just drag/drop.
- Slides can be deleted by selecting them and tapping on the '-' toolbar button (or selecting the menu option)
- Presentations are stored inside the map itself - meaning you can only have one presentation per map.
- PDF slide notes can be created automatically - just tap on the Share toolbar button at the bottom of the slide picker window. NB: This is quite a good way of splitting a map up into multiple pages within a PDF - regardless of whether you intend to present it!
- If you change the theme of the map then you probably want to refresh the slide thumbnails - you can do this by clicking on the Refresh button at the bottom of the slide picker window.
Tips and Tricks
- It's often a good idea to engage 'Focus' mode during a presentation. This will 'dim' any topics that are not selected - so removing any distractions from the current point but also keeping a sense of context.
- Auto Zoom is another nice option - it will zoom in/out to fit the current selection automatically (although some can find this a little sea sick inducing :-)
- Animation is good - but:
- The expand/collapse status of the branches will be animated between slides. This looks good but again can distract from the presentation.
- Sometimes it's better to have the whole map expanded then use focus mode at a fixed zoom level (removing all animations other than the panning effect.)
- If you do plan to expand/collapse branches as part of the presentation then another approach is to make the map 'manually aligned' - this will mean that whilst the expand/collapse will be animated, the rest of the map will not be 're-jigged' as part of that process.
- You can interact with the map during a presentation (edit a topic etc) - then hit 'next' and it will resume the presentation.
- It will work with a remote 'bluetooth clicker'. In this case, if a topic has an attachment you can hit the 'stop' button on the clicker and it will show the attachment full screen (then again to close it.)