Two Minute Tutorial: Using Presentation Mode 2

One of our most recent swag of new features offers you another way to present your popplet creations to the world. Now you can show multiple popples in the one slide. Read our two minute tutorial to see how it works.

Creating tools that enable you to collaborate on ideas is one of our main priorities at Popplet HQ. We are proud to see that Popplet is used in business, education, community and creative circles as a brainstorming tool, for example. And it is wonderful to see how teams use Popplet to map out their workflow or contribute new ideas around a central concept. Popplet has also long been used as a presentation tool. Continue reading

New Popplet Features Now Available Online!

Over the past month, Popplet has released a set of new features for our web-based Popplet community.

Now you have greater flexibility with how you present your popplet creations, can add new videos, and save presentations in high definition. We have more features to roll out soon, but here’s a quick summary of some of our new features that you may not have noticed… Continue reading

Saving Popplets in High Resolution: Two Minute Tutorial

You can now save your Popplet creations in high resolution format! The online Popplet canvas is practically infinite, and more of our community are taking advantage of the size of the canvas to collect visual and text information all in the one place.

Whether it be creating a sitemap for a web design project, sharing revision notes on literature studies for an English lesson, or designing a project to address global food security, more of our users are making the most of the size of the Popplet canvas to think visually and see at once a large web of detailed information.

While we have had functions to allow you to save your Popplet creations in PDF and JPEG format since we started, these lost some clarity if you were trying to save large Popplets in a readable, printable format.

…Here’s how to save your Popplets using our new high resolution format. Continue reading

Adding Text Heavy Documents to a Popplet: Two Minute Tutorial

We are always excited by the myriad of ways that people use Popplet. For hobbies and personal interests, for education and classroom learning and for creative projects and business, Popplet is the go-to app for brainstorming, organizing ideas, outlining concepts and thinking visually.

This is great for “thinking out loud” on projects that require you to show videos, collect images, organize weblinks, and connect ideas. But sometimes, we want to use a Popplet as a complete project resource, which means getting text heavy.

For example, Adam Iscrupe talks about how he uses Popplet for creating a sitemap. What if he wants to add to his Popplet with the text for each webpage in his site structure?

Or if a classroom activity wants to include a downloadable worksheet?

Or if your Popplet is a collection of all your research notes on a particular subject?

For anything longer than a paragraph or two, including text in a popple begins to look cumbersome and destroys some of Popplet’s ability to help you get a global view of all the connections between various concepts in your overall idea.

Our Twitter follower @Raff31 recently had this same problem and asked:

Are Word documents uploadable to Popplet?

Here are two solutions if you want to include larger text documents in your Popplet. Continue reading

Moving Popplets Between iPad and Online: Two Minute Tutorial

Our latest two minute tutorial is ideal for all you iPad and iPhone Popplet users who want to access your popplets wherever you go.

If you have created your popplets on your iPad (or iPhone or iPod), here’s how you can access your work from your online web-based account.

This tutorial also works if you have multiple iPad and iPhone devices. You can create popplets on any of your iThingys and then follow this tutorial to move them between your devices. Continue reading

Gamification, Meetup Note-Taking and Why Toronto is Fertile Start-Up Territory: An Interview with Mark Reale

Mark Reale is the Community and Culture Partner at Canadian tech company BNOTIONS, and has been using Popplet to organize his ideas, map brainstorming activities, and present at conferences since 2010.

Mark Reale

Mark Reale

BNOTIONS is at the center of the Toronto start-up scene, releasing an ongoing schedule of mobile and app products. Despite the hectic nature of being part of a business that is on Branham’s Top 300 list of best performing companies in Canada, and with an ever-growing catalog of mobile apps in development, Mark still helps host the weekly Lean Coffee entrepreneurs’ meetup, and manages the company’s not-for-profit initiative the YMC.

“We were 4 guys for a really long time, and now we’re around 60”, he says, explaining why BNOTIONS was ranked Number 5 on Branham’s Top 10 growth companies for 2012.

Mark recently shared a Popplet from the latest Lean Coffee meetup (see below). We asked him what Lean Coffee is all about, why the Toronto tech scene is getting some buzz, and where Popplet fits in to his creative, working life. Continue reading

The Pitfalls of Sharing Content Publicly

Sharing content shares the love! But there are some pitfalls. This is how Popplet manages inappropriate content in our public boards…

Part of the amazing growth of Popplet that we didn’t quite predict is how well our visual thinking app can be used by learners of any age. Popplet has been designed with a minimal aesthetic in order to help you to keep the focus on your ideas and information. While other mind map and content collation apps offer you more bells and whistles, our minimal interface gives you a toolset that can get you started straight away. We let you focus on connecting ideas and organizing concepts rather than wasting several hours picking a font or choosing which type of end arrowhead to use (yes, we know what that’s like too!).

This design approach has meant that Popplet is accessible to anyone in any language, which has lead to a globalization of Popplet. The second impact our design style has had is the one we didn’t expect in such large numbers: that Popplet would be loved and used by learners, hobbyists and professionals of all ages. Alongside our many creative professionals and businesses using Popplet, we have also grown a large primary (elementary) school contingent of Popplet users. We are proud that Popplet has become a central resource, for example, amongst kinderchat classrooms around the globe.

With the launch of our new Public Popplets, it is exciting to see more examples of how Popplet is being used by all ages, but with this comes the responsibility to make sure that the content that is shared is age-appropriate to potential readers.

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Find the A-Ha Moment! Genius Hour with Popplet

Popplet is playing a central role in the new global productivity movement, “Genius Hour”.

Coined by a credit union manager Jen Shefner, and popularized by productivity guru Dan Pink, Genius Hour is about freeing up a regularly scheduled block of time each week for students, employees, entrepreneurs and creative professionals to follow their own interests, ideas and creative pursuits.

Dan Pink – author of provocative business books like Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us and A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule The Future – blogged about Genius Hour back in 2011, and his readers have taken to the idea across all industry sectors and professional roles.

Why Businesses Need a Genius Hour

In the business world, it is easy to get focused on reducing the costs of production while generating the profits of consumption but eventually, this can lead to a narrow-minded market position that depends on the same operational process all the time. Meanwhile, what people want from businesses changes, the technologies available change, and our social values mature. Over time, the business model becomes outdated and no longer matches what people want or need.

Giving space to workers to pursue their own line of enquiry, develop new ideas, and extend their skills is being recognized as an investment by businesses not normally attuned to encouraging an entrepreneurial flair and creative spirit amongst their staff. While innovative companies may be dedicating much more time to this spirit of enquiry, even the more conservative industries are beginning to recognize the value of a Genius Hour for their workforce. Continue reading

A Day In The Life of Popplet

We’re always proud to see new user-generated content about Popplet. Around the world, it is exciting to see how students, creatives, businesses and community leaders are all using Popplet to share ideas and connect with others.

Let’s look at just one day’s worth of user-generated activity: 23 April, 2013. Just an ordinary day? Not amongst the Popplet community! Let’s take a look at all that happened last Tuesday in the world of Popplet… Continue reading