How to create a presentation
using iMindMap software

By Phil Chambers, iMindMap Master Trainer

If you do not have iMindMap installed on your computer, click here.

STEP 1:

Start iMindMap, choose the central image that best fits the topic of your presentation and type a short title for the presentation. This text will be added to the middle of the Mind Map. Click Create.

STEP 2:

As this presentation is about my company I decided that the central image should be my company logo. I used Adobe Photoshop to create a copy of my logo with a transparent background and save as a PNG (Portable Network Graphics) file beforehand. Choose Central Idea Image from the Edit Menu, then choose the filename for the image you want.

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STEP 3:

You can edit of remove the text in the centre of the Mind Map. Just double click the central image. A text box will appear. For this project I chose to remove the text.

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STEP 4:

Add your main branches. You can change the color by clicking on a branch to select it and then using the toolbar item circled below.

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STEP 5:

Add text to your branches (try to use one word per line).

STEP 6:

There two main ways to add images to your branches. You can use the built in image library that iMindMap accesses via the internet or you can use a file sourced elsewhere. I have used images from Google Images and Hemera Photo-Objects 50,000 DVD in this project.

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To use the iMind Map Image library choose view then Image Library.

A control panel will open that allows you to search for images.

 

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Type a keyword, select the the sort of image you need. You can choose photos, 3-D images, Clip art or animations. Click search.

If you are not connected to the internet you can search a smaller built-in library of images by de-selecting Search online.

Scroll through the images until you find one that you like and then, making sure you have the relevant branch of your Mind Map selected, click Insert.

Don't spend too much time searching for the perfect image. You can take ages making your Mind Map look beautiful.

To use a file from outside iMindMap click on the relevant branch to select it then choose the Insert menu and Branch Image.

You can inset floating images not associated with branches but this is not recommended, especially in presentations.

You can scale and rotate images by clicking on the image and adjusting the control points. You can adjust the position of an image by dragging it or even drag and drop it onto a different branch.

STEP 7:

You can move an image in front of or behind a branch by clicking on the image and selecting the Edit menu, then Order and Bring to front or Send to back.

 

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This is especially effective when using PNG images with transparent backgrounds like my picture of the TARDIS above.

STEP 8:

Continue adding sub-branches with images and text to fully develop your Mind Map. Think about you audience and what is relevant to them. You can add links to external files if you want to refer to other documents or show multi-media as part of the presentation.

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STEP 9:

Once you are happy with your Mind Map you need to decide on the order that you want to display the branches in your presentation. Choose the View menu then Branch Ordering. This displays numbers on each branch indicating the order that you created them (and hence the order they will be displayed). You can change the order by clicking on a number and entering a new value.

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STEP 10:

When you are happy with the order click on Mode and the Presentation View to see the final animated presentation.

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The finished Mind Map looks like this:

Finished Mind Map

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