Tutorial: 2. Adding Text To Popplet – Bright Ideas

School’s almost out for the summer – in at least one half of the world anyway, and for those lucky enough to be nearing summer vacation, our thoughts might be on things other than study. Does that mean we stop learning? – of course we don’t, there’s always more to learn.

Welcome to the second part of Adding Text To Popplet,  the most recent addition to our inspirational collection of Popplet tutorials, help, and ideas.

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Tutorial: 1. Adding Text To Popplet – The Basics

We are constantly impressed, astonished and even amazed at the incredibly innovative, creative and highly practical uses people find for Popplet. Organizing ideas, creating presentations, studying for exams, creating business plans….the list might just be endless. For education and classroom learning, for creative projects, and for business, Popplet is the go-to app for brainstorming, organizing, outlining concepts and thinking visually.

Text is a visual element, and there are very few popplets that don’t contain words of some sort. In fact, no small number of popplets contain anything other than text, relying on Popplet’s “blank canvas” and formatting features to share and express ideas. Words are often a vital feature of Popplet work, so let’s see what we can be done with them by first learning how to add them.

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Tutorial: Adding Images To Popplet

Here we have the latest installment in our new set of Popplet tutorials. If you have been paying attention, you will already know that the basic building blocks of any Popplet are called popples, and that they can be managed in multiple ways to store and display information. If you missed our previous tutorial, don’t worry, you can easily catch up by following the link at the end of this post. Now we’re going to focus on the different types of information that can be added to Popplet and how to add it.

As you can see from above, Popplet is a very versatile tool that allows information to be added in a lot of different ways. Fortunately, Popplet is also incredibly intuitive – most five-year-olds get to know their way around a popplet board in the first thirty minutes or so. Alas, not all Popplet users are quite that young, so we decided to create a set of tutorials. In this one, we’re going to take a look at how to add images to popplet.

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Tutorial: Getting Started – All About Popples

Welcome to a brand new set of Popplet Tutorials. We have listened to your requests and over the next few weeks, we are going to do our very best to make the Popplet experience more accessible and enjoyable for everyone. Let’s begin at the beginning, with every Popplet’s essential element: the popple.

Popples
The basic building blocks of popplets are called popples. They are to Popplet what the humble cell or the mighty atom are to the physical world: with no popples, there can be no popplets. Fortunately, popples are much easier to understand than cells and atoms, and are regularly produced by the under-fives. Creating and working popples is simple:

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Adding Non-Latin Based Text To Popplet

The Popplet community is worldwide, and a quick stroll through Public Popplets, an open forum where the Popplet community shares their work, will reveal impressive Popplet work in a multitude languages that come from all over the world.  With Popplet’s global success came a few glitches, one of which was that non-Latin based text sometimes caused problems.  So, we quickly added a feature to fix this.

Like all things Popplet, it isn’t complicated. The languages feature employs styles and fonts that correspond to whichever language is chosen, producing optimal results. Below, the Japanese text on the left was added using the language feature. Compare this to the exact same text on the right added in the (Latin-based text) default mode. There are some character and punctuation differences between the two, and the script added using the Japanese language option looks more elegant.

It is possible to import text in its original font style, however, there are occasional issues when adding some non-Latin based language scripts. If you do experience problems, try the popplet language feature.

Using the Popplet Language Feature

  • First, click on the blue cog menu directly below your popplet’s title, and a menu will appear.
  • Next, choose languages from the very bottom of the menu:
  • A new window will open offering you a choice of language inputs:
  • Choose the language you want to use, or that is closest to your languages text style.

For now, there are only four choices: none (Latin-based text), Japanese, Korean and Hebrew, where “none” is the default mode. If the default mode doesn’t return satisfactory results, and your input language isn’t one of those listed trying any of the others may improve the look of your text.

The language chosen determines the text style for the whole Popplet and it can be changed at any time. It isn’t possible to use different styles within different popples on the same popplet using the language feature, however, this is possible in the default mode. Text size and alignment can always be edited within individual popples.

Are you using this feature to add create Popplets in your language? If you are, we would really like to know what results you have been getting. Share your experience with us on Twitter, and our Facebook Page.

To browse Public Popplets, open a free Popplet account on the Popplet homepage, where you will receive ten complimentary Popplet boards to get you started.

 

Adding Video to Popplet: Go Vimeo!

There is currently an issue with YouTube videos and Popplet: you can add them to, but they won’t play. This affects all YouTube videos added to popplets, past and present. The issue occurred after a recent API change by YouTube. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may be causing. We are laboring hard to resolve this matter and are confident of finding a solution soon. However, until we do, we have a couple of simple alternatives that will help when it comes to adding video to your Popplet work.

Choose Vimeo

YouTube is by far the world’s most popular video platform. That’s why, back in the day, we chose it as Popplet’s integrated platform for the sourcing and addition of online videos. Soon after, there were a lot of requests from the Popplet community for Vimeo, so we added that too. We are grateful we listened to you because Popplet has an entirely adequate (some might say better) alternative to YouTube.

When everything is in working order, it’s possible to choose to add videos from either YouTube or Vimeo to Popplet: to learn more, check out this quick tutorial. But for now, it’s Vimeo only!

Simply search for the video you want by keyword, and when you find it, drag it as a full popple into the popplet you’re working on. Alternatively, add the video’s URL.

We searched for “popplet” in the above example and scrolled down to view the results. If you are going to do a search, be sure to select the Vimeo tab in the bottom left-hand corner.

One of the main differences between YouTube and Vimeo is the number of users. YouTube has a lot more, is much more widely used and as such has a greater selection of videos. Vimeo has fewer users but is good in other ways. Just like YouTube, Vimeo has a free plan for those who prefer to upload their own work. Unlike YouTube, Vimeo’s free plan is completely ad-free. Since most Popplet users upload clips that they themselves create, it’s definitely a viable alternative. And, maybe more importantly, right at this moment, it works!

A Simple Workaround For YouTube Users

While recommending Vimeo at this time, we appreciate that there are many reasons why YouTube is the undisputed king of online video sharing. So we understand that many will want to continue to use YouTube. Fortunately, there is a way to make it work with Popplet. It’s not as elegant as the Vimeo solution, but it will allow you to add links to YouTube videos in your popplets. Here’s how it’s done:

  • Begin by locating the YouTube video that you want to add to your popplet, and click share to reveal the video’s URL:
  • Then, copy and paste the video’s URL into to a popple as text – you can learn more about this in our Adding URLs to Popplets Tutorial.
  • Next, return to your chosen YouTube video and take a suitable screenshot. We chose Harry Potter in our example, well, because it’s Harry Potter! But something that speaks to the subject of the video is best. Or, you could omit these two steps entirely and use only the link.
  • Finally, upload the screenshot to the popple that contains the URL. 
  • Click on the go to link window in the bottom right-hand corner of your popple to open the video – try it now in the popplet above.

Have you been experiencing any difficulties adding videos to Popplet? Have you come up with any solutions other than the ones suggested above? If you have, we would really like to hear about them. Share with us on Twitter and on our Facebook page. To sign up for an online Popplet account, with ten complimentary Popplet boards to get you started, visit the Popplet Homepage.

 

 

 

Tutorial: Adding URLs to Popplets

Imagine for a moment or two just how perfect Popplet would be if you could add URLs, linking your creations to any information available on the internet. Well, the truth is, connecting Popplet creations to the world is not something that you need to imagine since this feature already exists.

Now, for those of you who have requested that we add this feature, we have heard you and we understand: links cannot be added to text in Popplet, as they can in this article, a document or an email for example, and that’s not going to change. Reason being Popplet likes to keep it simple, and that’s why adding URLs to a popplet is as simple as adding text. However, Popplet knows a URL when it sees it and comes fully equipped with functionality which is designed to facilitate immediate access to a link’s destination. Used creatively, this feature can visually enhance Popplet work and could greatly increase its scope and appeal. Here’s an example of a Popplet with links to some blog posts:

First, we are going to learn how to add a URL to a popple – it’s very much like adding text. After we’ve mastered that – in no time at all! – we’ll show you how to put this knowledge to good use: for example, by adding videos, a feature which is no longer available using the add video widget. You can still add Vimeo content this way, however.

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Two Minute Tutorial: Popplet Linker

Popplet offers a creative and almost limitless canvas for ideas and information. Sometimes though, it’s just not productive to all that much information displayed together in the same place. In fact, the same could be said about most other things, which is why we have files, and more files – to keep things nice and tidy! Well, Popplet doesn’t have files, instead, it offers an efficient, visual solution for storing and connecting Popplet work – we call it Popplet Linker.

With Popplet Linker, popplet boards of any size and complexity can be effortlessly linked and added to other popplets as popples. The two main ways people use Popplet Linker are:

  1. To organize popplet work: think visual files, when you need to keep stuff together and keep your work ship-shape – as in the popplet above.
  2. To create links to popplets and add these to other popplets, saving space and creating a more enhanced visual, with the the option to add more information: think multidimensional.

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How To Find Inspirational Popplet Ideas

Popplet is a mind-mapping graphic organizer which can be used to visualize and expand pretty much anything you can think of: a business plan, a class activity, a math project,  a map of the stars…We are fairly certain at this point that there is little that exists which cannot be captured, organized and made more presentable by displaying it on a Popplet board.

A bold claim, but we have we proof! Thanks to the Popplet community, who constantly share their thoughts, work, and creations with the world. So, if you have an idea and are looking for some help with it, or if you are searching for an idea, we hope you’ll find plenty of inspiration in the places below.

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