May 13, 2013 Kevin Achtzener Leave a Comment
In this post I like to cover how to delete revisions in XMind. XMind is my current favourite mind mapping program, and I’ll be doing some periodic tutorials on YoureMakingMe.com
OK, so why should you care?
When you working with XMind, or other programs with revisions for that matter, you can quickly build up a lot of different revisions.
By periodically going in and deleting revisions, you’re able to keep your workflow streamlined and effective. It also keeps the file size lower (which isn’t a huge deal).
This video shows you exactly how to delete revisions in XMind 2012 and up:
Strongly Worded and Stern-faced Recommendation
Although I feel this is a basic procedure, I highly recommend that you back up your XMind file before doing this.
There’s not really a risk, but I don’t want you coming back later and being upset because you need something from 10 months ago and you deleted the revisions without making a backup.
I’ve never had to use my revisions, but I regularly backup my data.
6 simple steps to delete revisions in XMind
- Make sure you backup the current file. If you start deleting revisions you’re eliminating any chance of going back to previous versions of your mind map.
- In XMind, go to the VIEW menu
- Click on OTHER at the bottom of the list.
- When the pop-up box comes up, select Editing History. Click OK.
- Select the revisions you want to delete. Use the dates to figure out how far back you want want to save. I’d recommend keeping at least four or five revisions depending on how long how often you use XMind.
- Click the Red X button at the top right of the window.
And there you have it. If you’ve backed to your hard drive, removable media, and to the cloud, you should always have enough information to get whatever you’ve stored, even if you need to back months or years.
May 10, 2013 Kevin Achtzener Leave a Comment
Key Points from the XMind Interview:
In this episode of your making me podcast we go over some of the key points from the XMind interview I did with Steve Yang on a number of mind mapping topics.
I wanted to use the podcast to go over a couple things that I thought were really important from the interview, and I wanted to also let you know about something new I’ll be doing this week.
This coming week I’m doing a 3-day blitz for my new mind mapping book. It’s going be a lot of work, but I’m very excited about it and I can’t wait to share the results next week.
In the podcast I also call for submissions. If you done something awesome this week, feel free to share with me. Head over to YoureMakingMe.com/episode28 and leave a comment.
You can also now leave audio feedback on the site so love to get your feedback there as well.
Other items mentioned in the podcast:
Fulll XMind Interview (In case you missed it)
April 29, 2013 Kevin Achtzener 1 Comment
I was thinking about all the uses for mobile devices, and the natural question came of of which one to choose. The iPhone, iPad, or iPad Mini (sorry Android fans, I haven’t owned one ‘yet’).
Fortunately my friend Greg Gazin, The Gadget Guy, from Digitally Speaking stopped by one day, so I asked him to give some insight on each of the devices.
Here’s the video:
Something I learned
One thing I learned from Greg during the interview was that the iPad and iPad Mini both have the same screen resolution.
In my mind, that makes a discussion about buying a Mini way more relevant, as you can present with the Mini, and not have to worry that something created on a regular iPad won’t look the same on the screen (or projector).
Which one do I need? The iPhone, iPad, or iPad Mini
Greg goes through a few scenarios and describes some different uses for each device.
P.S. Starting at about 4:06, you can watch what Greg says when I ask which one people should get (link to 4:06 of the video). Too funny.
If you have any questions for Greg about the iPhone, iPad, or iPad Mini, you can leave them in the comments below, or connect with him via social media.
Greg Gazin a.k.a “The Gadget Guy” is a Tech Columnist, Small Business and Technology Speaker. He can be reached at Gadgetguy.CA on Twitter @gadgetgreg or you can find him on Empire Avenue at (e)GADGET1.
April 22, 2013 Kevin Achtzener Leave a Comment
I managed to get an interview with Steve Yang from XMind and I’m excited to share it with you. Xmind produces Mind Mapping software with both free and paid versions.
Here’s the quick backstory:
I’ve been using Xmind for the last 6 or 7 years and have been really happy with it, but I wanted to make sure that I was still using the best software, so I thought I’d put it to the test.
That led me to do a series of 7 mind mapping reviews, which I aptly dubbed 7 Reviews in About 7 Days (That link goes to YouTube so you can check them out).
I had a great time trying out all sorts of software and apps.
In the end, I was STILL very impressed with XMind, and it got me talking to their Marketing Manager Steve.
I asked a million questions and got some great answers, so I thought I’d share some of the results. We talk about a new version, iOS/Android, free and paid versions, and much more.
Here’s the interview:
Why the free version?
Kevin: I’m blown away by what XMind offers in the base version. I guess my question is, why do you give so much away for free?
Steve: In my opinion, mind mapping is an very intelligent way to boost productivity and creativity. However, we know that most software tools are hard-to-use or very expensive. In 2008, we decided to release XMind as open source. So we made that decision to offer a free XMind with all basic mind mapping features.
The current version, XMind 2012, is powerful and easy-to-use and plays well for multiple contexts.
Any new mind mapping products in 2013?
March 29, 2013 Kevin Achtzener Leave a Comment
Almost everyone would like to write a book some day. Unfortunately, that day never comes for most people.
If you want to write a book in 3 days, or are just wondering how to get your projects done faster, this episode of the You’re Making Me Podcast can help.
Can you actually write a book in 3 days?
I go through a simple system (using all free software and tools) that will teach you what it takes to go from a prospective author, to someone with a book in your hand.
In three focused days, with a little prep work, you can create the first draft of your masterpiece.
The goal is for you to finally complete that book that you’ve been threatening to write for the past X number of years.
In the Top X of a Topic section, I’ll go over 4 things you can do before you start writing, including software, and then the specific 4 part process for getting down and finishing the book.
You can still learn a lot, even if you don’t plan on writing a book right away.
In this episode you’ll learn:
- How to write a book in 3 days (and no, not a junky book)
- I’ll tell you what the novel Frankenstein has to do with writing books fast
- The little by little approach vs. blitzing
- What you should be collecting for your book
- How to find 3 days in your hectic schedule
March 23, 2013 Kevin Achtzener Leave a Comment
In the last episode of the You’re Making Me Podcast, we talked about the WHAT of mind mapping. What is it and WHAT can you do to get started.
This podcast episode focuses on the HOW of mind mapping for productivity.
In The Big One, I talk about the importance of the data in your mind maps.
The Top X of a Topic this week is a countdown of two. I know it doesn’t sound like much, but it’s packed with plenty of good stuff. We’ll go over the Top Two Ways to Use Mind Maps for Productivity.
In this episode you’ll learn:
- When you should avoid Word documents
- How to get your mind mapping questions answered during my upcoming exclusive interview
- How I lost 3 months worth of work
- How to keep your day-to-day list “Clean”
- How to implement the Top 3 ideas from last episode’s Top X of a Topic [Continue Reading...]
March 15, 2013 Kevin Achtzener 1 Comment
In this episode you’ll learn:
- What is a mind map?
- How Mind Maps relate to the 3 Phases of Work (from Episode 23)
- Why you should be on the lookout for Toni Braxton
- What I consider a mind map my first line of defence in my productivity system
- The 3 Basic ways to mind map
- Why some Mind Mapping systems will make you look like an amateur
- and much more
What’s in this episode:
1:50 – The Big One: Why bother with mind maps?
3:55 – BiggerPlate.com
4:35 – Mind Mapping Reviews (7 in 7)
8:02 – Top X of a Topic: The 10 Reasons You Should Use Mind Maps