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.

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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Planning a Summer Party with Popplet

Dear Ivan, Blanca, Mark, Big Andy, Mum, Stephen, Carla & Logan, Brian and Karolina, Barry and Tim, Gabi, June and John, and Paul, Lesley, and the kids,

Once again summer holidays are hovering enticingly on the horizon of the not-so-distant end of our working year, and I know you’re all thinking what I’m thinking: long lazy nights, trips to the beach, and yes, of course, our annual Summer Garden Party!

This year – as you may have already guessed – the privilege of hosting our traditional fun get together has fallen to me. So allow me to take this opportunity to inform everyone that I am taking this responsibility with the same gravity I take all responsibilities I am assigned, and I fully intend to do my duty to the best of my ability, thus ensuring a fun time for all. One thing. I have initiated a small change in the planning process this year – well, quite a big change actually! – but fear not, my goal is to amplify our amusement not dampen it, and if could have your undivided attention for a couple of minutes I’ll tell you about it. Cast your eyes on my latest creation, a Party Planning Popplet:

You’re all impressed, I know you are! No? Well, allow me to acquaint you with Popplet’s finer features. What you’re looking at is a Garden Party Popplet, but that’s of little consequence, what’s really important is that it’s our Garden Party Popplet and it’s going to help us have the best time ever. Excited? Let’s begin… Continue reading

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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5 Ways Creative Professionals Are Using Popplet

Popplet lets creative professionals and their teams think visually to generate new ideas and create new concepts. You can collate images, video, photos and text onto a popplet board, share comments and invite feedback, build new links between ideas, and move information and notes around until you see things from a fresh perspective.

While Popplet has been embraced by the education sector – as was evident in our recent award as one of the 2012 Best Websites for Teaching and Learning – Popplet also has the potential to support uses in other industries and amongst other professional users. Here are 5 ways that creative professionals are using Popplet in their daily work:

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1. Map content ideas in an outline

Popplet allows writers, film-makers, game designers, and other creative storytellers to outline their ideas and to order the main points between each paragraph or storyboard frame in order to create a clear and flowing story. Last year, Laura Tucker from Make Tech Easier showed how she uses Popplet to plan her articles and create an outline in which her content flows smoothly in each blog post she writes.

2. Store research

While there are a heap of note-taking apps available for the iPad and for online use, and a pile of mind map software tools to choose from as well, only Popplet brings together the best of both types of applications to offer you an ideas platform that lets you review your research on the go and make new connections between ideas. For example, Business coach Edward Hamilton has written about how he uses Popplet for market research collation, and we have shared an example of how you can store research related to your target audience by using Popplet as a buyer persona template.

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3. Consult audiences and gain feedback

After you have researched your target audiences, you can use Popplet to speak with them directly! Popplet allows users to make individual popplet boards public so they can be shared over the internet with anyone, even readers who don’t have a Popplet account. We recently interviewed singer/songwriter Abi Robins about how she used this functionality to undertake fan polling for audience engagement. The results helped her decide which new songs to include on her forthcoming album.

4. Collaborate across a creative team

In Popplet, sharing allows users to make their popplet public and viewable by anyone via a URL link, whether they are a popplet user or not. Collaborating allows you to make your popplet boards available only to specific other users, and permissions can be set to allow teammates to view and add to a popplet or to have full access to editing anything you have already created. This allows your creative team to share ideas privately amongst yourselves and to add ideas as you progress. Shared popplets can include nametags so that team members can see who added information every step of the way. Collaboration is only available to other popplet users, but if a team member does not have an existing account, popplet creates a free user profile and provides password and login details directly to each team member’s email that you list.

5. Present creative concepts to clients

Popplet makes it easy for creative professionals and design teams to use a presentation format to show creative concepts to clients. You can send links of the prepared popplets to your clients for viewing and can also create slideshows of pages for use in presentations with clients. The presenter format allows two modes: a full page mode in which the popplet board is shown in its entirety and an animated mode in which a presentation can be created that jumps from popple to popple in sequential order to walk through a story or workflow process with the client. Videos and images can be embedded into popples so that your presentation takes on a multimedia style.

Do you use Popplet for your projects? Share examples of your work on our twitter feed or contact mark@popplet.com to be interviewed for our blog post series “Popplet People” on how creative professionals use our web, iPad and iPhone app.

Popplet Now Available In The iPhone App Store

Share the news! Here’s our latest press release about Popplet being available through the iPhone App Store!

In addition to a recent version upgrade available for the iPad app version, the visual thinking tool and ideas platform Popplet is now available for the iPhone and iPod through the iPhone app store.

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.

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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.