Popplet Video: Fabulous New and Improved Features

One of Popplet’s most popular features is that video from Youtube and Vimeo can be directly and instantly added to any Popplet you are working on. Recently, we’ve made some improvements to this feature. We have added more search options and provided a new friendlier, cleaner interface. If you have been adding videos to your Popplet work recently, the process  is now so simple and so seamless, that you could be forgiven for not noticing these improvements at all! 

Just imagine the perfect video for your popplet, and a few moments later, there it is,  a part of your work forever. Of course, if you change your mind, you can change the video! With Vimeo and Youtube, you will always have a broad and rich selection available to bring life to your popplets. So how’s it done?

There are now three ways to add videos. Take a look at this Planet Popplet:

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Two Minute Tutorial: Formatting Popplets in a Grid Layout

So, you’ve had a few ideas and your screen is starting to look a little bit cluttered. Like your thoughts, it’s time to get your popples in order. Maybe you are seeking fresh perspective, just cleaning house or perhaps you feel that your creation is approaching completion: whatever the reason, Popplet’s Organize Menu contains the tools to bring unruly popples into line.

Popplet’s Organize Menu is found by clicking on the cog menu, then organize as shown below. A list containing all the organizing tools appears:

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Two-minute tutorial: Creating a Popplet Template

Popplet’s feature to let users copy a whole Popplet makes it easy to generate a template design in Popplet for reuse again and again.

Businesses can use a template to record meeting notes or to map a design project.

Teachers can use a standard template to repeat classroom activities or to hand out homework assignments.

For example, music educator and technology leader Bill Marsland uses Popplet at the start of his presentations to introduce his team:

He could create a template of this slide so he can easily update it for each presentation his team holds over the year.

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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

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.

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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?

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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

Advanced Skills with Our HTML Embed Code

Popplet offers an HTML embed code feature so you can include your popplet creations on your webpages and in your blog.

We have already talked about how our embed code can help your website create meaningful infographics to complement your written content.

For example, you could create a popplet visualizing the concept that you are talking about in a blog post. This will give readers another way to engage with your message. Sometimes, seeing the connections between your ideas can help readers to better understand the key point you are making.

Including popplets in your webpages also provides your readers with a more interactive experience. When you include your popplets as an image, your readers can view your work. But when you include your popplets with an HTML embed code, your viewers can click and scroll around your popplet without leaving your website.

Platforms like WordPress and Tumblr make it easy to use Popplet’s embed code feature. Blogger has also more recently allowed coding to be used, but we have noticed that broader Google Sites don’t allow any HTML embed codes – from any source – at this stage.

Whatever platform you use, your layout may have a specific width size. Your popplet creations may also have their own size. Is your popplet long and narrow, more of a square, or wide like a timeline? Follow our advanced skills tutorial to embed the right-sized popplet into your webpage or blog post!

Here’s how:

1. Follow our embed code tutorial instructions from A to D.

2. In HTML editing mode on your webpage or blog platform, have a look at the code you have pasted:

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Notice how it gives the width and height twice? (We have highlighted these parts.) The first time it sets the popplet size with the width followed by the height, the second time with the height and then the width given.

Our popplet HTML embed code feature always suggests a square of 460 pixels wide and high.

3. You can resize your soon-to-be embedded popplet to any size you like.

Example One: Kevin Bacon

Here’s a simple popplet showing the degrees of separation between several actors and Kevin Bacon. There is an old entertainment game where players win points by showing the movie links between any random actor or Hollywood celebrity and Kevin Bacon. (If you now search for celebrity names in Google with the term ‘Bacon number’, it will show you how that celebrity is linked through various movies to Kevin Bacon.)

Our Kevin Bacon popplet uses a simple pinwheel design, so it would suit being resized as a slightly smaller square. We will change the placement size to 320 wide and high.

In the first line of the HTML embed code, we changed both width and height to 320, and then edited the second size mention to 320 as well. This is what the final code looked like:

HTML embed code for Popplet

And this is how the Popplet would look embedded on a blog page (we have centered it):

Example Two: Civil Rights Timeline

However, for a popplet timeline, you may want to allow a greater width and less height. Educator Sean Junkins from South Carolina’s civil rights timeline is a popular Popplet shared on Twitter. Timeline-designed popplets would suit having a smaller height and a longer width when embedded onto a webpage. Here we have recreated Mr Junkins‘ work and resized it so it is 320 high and 740 wide.

This is what the edited code looks like (can you see how the first mention of size has width first of 740, then the height of 320, and the second time it is the other way around – height first of 320 and width second of 740?):

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4. With your new, advanced HTML embed code skills, you can now play around with the sizes to best suit adding your popplets to your webpage. Here are some common size formats:

  • 150w x 150h (thumbnail size)
  • 460w x 600h (portrait size)
  • 740w x 320h (average full page width for WordPress sites)
  • 1024w x 840 (an immersive experience!)

How schools can use this technique: Primary/Elementary school teacher Mrs Wideen uses Popplet in class to help students research new subject topics. Older students could embed their study popplets into a class blog and resize them to best present their final work as part of an assignment. (Thanks Jenni Van Rees for the inspiration for this blog tutorial!)

Have you used Popplet to make your website and blog posts come alive? Share examples of how you have used our HTML embed code on our Facebook page!

iPad App Tip of the Day: Transferring Your Popplet From Lite to the Paid Version

We understand that if you are new to the Popplet iPad app, you may want to take it for a roadtest first by downloading Popplet Lite.

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Try before you buy with Popplet Lite, and share your feedback in an iTunes product review

Of course, after you have had a play around, we are confident that many of our other Lite users, you will want to gain access to more popplets and all our features by buying the full ipad app version! Thanks for your support!

If you have bought our iPad app, we don’t want you to have to spend time recreating your first popplet from the Lite version in your full feature iPad app. Here’s how to move your popplet across from Lite to Paid:

1. Log in to the Popplet Lite app.

2. Choose “Select all” from the gear cog menu in Lite.

3. When all the popples are selected, choose “Copy” from the same menu.

4. Log in to your iPad paid app version.

5. Select paste from the gear cog menu. It’s that easy! Now you can spend that extra time creating more popplets.

What do you like most about our ipad app? Why note take a minute to share your review with us in the iTunes app store. Please login to our Lite or full app pages and share what you think about our app with other iPad users.