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Freehand Mode and Control Points


You can manipulate your Branches even further with our Freehand draw mode, this allows you to change the shape of the Branch through control points. This is especially effective when you want to make more creative, playful maps or for Mind Mappers that use a Stylus. There are different ways to access Freehand Mode, they are listed below:

 

 

  1. To make the Control Points visible go to the layout tab on the Main toolbar
  2. Click on hover over the Branch you wish to manipulate, this will turn the dots blue, then drag each blue anchor point across the Mind Map until you have your desired shape.
  3. Release the mouse to finish

 

You can change the location of a Control point by dragging it up or down the Branch, this will allow you to manipulate the Branch in different directions.

 

You add more Control points by holding down shift and clicking on the Branch.

 

To remove a control point, hold the shift button on your keyboard and select the control point you would like to remove. Click on the control point to delete it. Deleting control points will remove the curve at that point of the Branch.

 

Freehand Mode

 

Freehand Draw Mode allows you to have full control of new Branches you create, use your mouse or Stylus to draw in any direction, any style and any length you want.

 

 

To access Freehand Mode:

  1. In the design tab click on Draw Mode on the right-hand side of the tool bar
  2. Click on Branch to bring up a pop-up menu
  3. Click on Freehand to change to draw mode.
  4. Hover over the Branches to display the Control Points.

 

 

 

Notes- Freehand and control points are disabled in “Professional” style map. You can choose what style of Mind Map you create when you open a new Mind Map.

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You can manipulate your Branches even further with our Freehand draw mode, this allows you to change the shape of the Branch through control points. This is especially effective when you want to make more creative, playful maps or for Mind Mappers that use a Stylus. 

 

Control Points:

 

Make the control points visible please follow the instructions below:

 

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  • Click on "View" on the main toolbar
  • Click on to "Control Points" so that there is a tick icon next to it
  • Once this is turned on, hover over the branches to view the control points
  • Click and drag a control point to your desired location

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You can change the location of a Control point by dragging it up or down the Branch, this will allow you to manipulate the Branch in different directions.

 

You add more Control points by holding down shift and clicking on the Branch.

 

To remove a control point, hold the shift button on your keyboard and select the control point you would like to remove. Click on it to delete. Deleting control points will remove the curve at that point of the Branch.

 

Freehand Mode:

 

Freehand Draw Mode allows you to have full control of new Branches you create, use your mouse or Stylus to draw in any direction, any style and any length you want. To draw a Freehand branch please follow the directions below:

 

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  •  Go to tools on the main toolbar
  • Click on Freehand
  • Create a new branch ( this won't work with a box branch) and use the mouse to draw interesting shapes.
  • Let go of the mouse to create your branch

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Please note Freehand and control points are disabled in “Professional” style map. You will also need to ensure that Smart Layout is turned off or the branches will snap back to fit. You can check this by clicking on SmartLayout settings in the Tool menu, then turn the settings to Off. 

 

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