We have all done it. Spent precious time creating a magnificent piece of Popplet wizardry on the iPad, or quickly saved a few important ideas on the Popplet iPhone app only to later discover, while sitting down to take a look at our popplets on the computer, that our hard work has gone! Breathe! We check our iOS devices, and there it is. Question is: Why can’t I see my Popplet online?
We have been receiving a lot of questions about using Popplet on iOS devices recently – not at all surprising since most of us access Popplet on the iPad. So, we thought we’d publish a series of short tutorials to clarify a few things.
One question that has come up recently is: What’s the difference between all the tabs I can see when I open Popplet on my iPad, iPhone, or iPod? Let’s take a look, shall we?
Popplet – the full version of the app which comes with multiple features and syncs across all your devices, including your Popplet internet account. This tutorial focusses on this version of the app.
When you open Popplet on the iPad, it looks something like this:
Note the three tabs in the top left-hand corner:
iPad (if you’re using an iPhone or iPod this will be “iPhone” or “iPod”)
The “iPad/iPhone/iPod” Tab
Popplet work you do in this tab can only be accessed from the iOS device on which the popplets are created. This is your ideas tab, the nursery if you like, a place to keep notes and lists, or make popplets that you know will be temporary. These Popplets will not sync across your devices. If you want to ensure a Popplet is available in your internet account when you access Popplet on the web for example – you guessed it – you need to use the online tab.
The “online” Tab
On opening the online tab for the first time, you might be asked to log in – simply enter the same username and password you use for your Popplet online account. It isn’t necessary to create an online account to use Popplet on your iOS device. You can sign up on the device. However, an online account will be created for you when you sign up to use the app for the first time. Let’s take a look at the online tab:
All of the popplets created and saved within this tab will sync across your devices and be available in your online account. Popplets created in Google Chrome, for example, will appear here. This is especially useful if you need access to all of Popplet’s features for formatting, adding video, and other powerful tools only available on the web version of Popplet.
You can tap logout to sign into a different Popplet account – useful for schools or other situations where iPads are shared.
You can access your Popplet mailbox allowing you to view popplets sent to you by prospective collaborators, and if you agree to collaborate with them, these popplets will also appear in this tab.
Likewise, you can view and add collaborators to a popplet by tapping the icon that looks a bit like like two people, which you’ll find in the top right-hand corner:
The “public” Tab
Tap the “public” tab and you’ll have access to an abundance of Popplet work:
Public Popplets is Popplet’s public sharing forum. A rich well of Popplet creativity. It’s where the Popplet community share their hard work with others, with around one-hundred and twenty new popplets being added every day. If you’re searching for ideas or inspiration, Public Popplets is where you will find it.
We hope that you learned a little, or even better, a lot from this tutorial. If you have any questions at all, we might already have an answer for you: type your query into the search window above.
We have rebuilt our iPad app from the ground up to create the best visual thinking experience possible! The new version of our iPad/iPhone/iPod app is now available in the iTunes app store and makes the most of all the capabilities of the latest iOS operating system.
Get inspired to create visual thinking maps and concept outlines that help you remember new information, make connections between ideas, and share your thoughts and unique perspective.
This year, we have some great new features planned, including tagging popplets to help you better store your popplet creations with key words and subject categories. We are also looking forward to offering you a new way to share your popplets with the world, with new popularity rankings of public popplets.
While we put the finishing touches on these features, you can get inspired to create new mind maps and concept outlines with our online, iPad, iPhone and iPod apps by viewing some Popplet examples on our new Pinterest account.
We admit, we have been a bit slow to jump on the Pinterest bus. It is a great tool for sharing images, but we love how a publicly shared Popplet is interactive and lets you move around it, zoom in and out, play videos and jump to links. We were worried that none of that interactivity is available through Pinterest.
But on the other hand, we know many of our users are on Pinterest, and sometimes, you want to get inspired by seeing other Popplet examples and learn from how they have been laid out, color coded, and organized. You might not be so fussed about the actual content, so you don’t need to move about so much or click on and watch a youtube video: what you want to get inspired by is the overall organization and mind map design. Well, if that’s the case, our set of Pinterest boards are ideal mind fodder for you! Continue reading →
Popplet allows users to combine text, graphics and images together on a ‘popplet canvas’ in order to make new connections between ideas and concepts. It is used for workflow mapping, idea generation, research collection, design outlines, and note taking.
Popplet on the iPhone
The iPhone version of the app is available from the iPhone app store, iTunes, for $USD4.99 (€3.99) and comes with the following features:
Boundless canvas that can store ideas in ‘popple ballons’ of text, images and video
Pan and zoom functionality to navigate quickly and smoothly across a popplet canvas
Realtime collaboration between iPhone, iPad and web app users
Capacity to export popplets in jpeg and pdf formats.
The new iPad app version has an improved user interface and is provided as a free upgrade to current users.
“Popplet is more than just a mind mapping software,” said Popplet co-founder, Jared Schiffman. “Our app lets users think visually and makes us of how creativity works to connect ideas in a completely new way. You can work with text, images, photos and video on the one popplet canvas to explore ideas and collaborate in realtime across teams.”
Popplet is used by creative professionals as a productivity software tool and has a large following amongst the education sector where it is used by students of all ages across a range of school and college subjects.
The iPhone and iPod versions have been keenly requested by current app users and means the app is now available for use across iOS devices.
We encourage our Popplet users to please leave review feedback on the iPhone App Store after downloading.