In contrast with the rigid structure of the mind map, the concept map maintains a flexible layout. It allows you to move your topics anywhere on the map canvas by dragging them and organize your map as you see best.
Whenever you add a new topic in your concept map, you can instantly explain how it’s linked to the previous one by labeling their connecting lines. As you add more topics, you may even see new connections between your ideas.
Concept map creation
- Click on the Create button on the top-left corner of your dashboard and select Blank Concept Map
- Add a title for your concept map
- Click on Create
- hit ENTER (insert topic) or TAB (insert subtopic)
- click on the "+" button on the top toolbar
- hover over a topic, and drag&drop the arrow located below its text
- open the context menu on a topic (click on the white triangle from its top-right side)
In a concept map, any connecting line between a parent topic and its child subtopics comes with a label, so the line will work as a relationship between the topic-subtopic.
Relationships between topics
Add a relationship between unconnected topics:
- Hover over a topic to see the arrow located below its text
- Drag the red "+" sign towards the topic you want to connect to
- Drop the red "+" sign to create the relationship
- Click on the relationship to see its label. Now you can add text to your label.
- Click on the triangle on the label's top-right side to open the context menu
- Change the color, weight, shape, pattern, and arrows of the relationship
- Edit the label, delete it or copy its style
- Delete the relationship
- Set the relationship as default - any future relationship will have this style initially
Due to its high level of flexibility, the concept map allows you to freely customize its layout - move around topics and relationships, customize their orientation - while still maintaining the visual integrity of each element on the map.
Change the concept map into a mind map
- Click on the arrow on the central topic to open the context menu and select the Layout tab
- The list of predefined mind map layouts
- The layout of the concept map (choosing any other layout will turn it into a normal map)
- The connecting line customization panel is disabled in the concept map (connection lines/relationships can be customized as shown above)
- The Settings panel is also disabled in the concept map
Much like in a mind map, the concept map allows you to customize topics, relationships, boundaries, map background, to add notes/multimedia to your topics, etc. For more information, please visit the working with mind maps section.