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Flower Platform 4 v0.1.0 Released. Share and Collaborate on Freeplane Mind Maps. From web and mobile

May 15, 2014

After many months of hard work, the Flower Platform team is very proud to announce the release of:

  • Flower Platform 4 v0.1.0: Core and Mind Map Extension - The very first public version, which is a proof of concept version. It’s far from being stable, but it illustrates what the platform is capable of.
  • Flower Platform Hub, available at - Take a look at Flower Platform 4 online, without installing the server on your computer.
  • The new web site - Flower Platform 4 is different from its predecessors both conceptually and technically. We have updated the content of the web site to reflect the specifics of Flower Platform 4. Take a look at the home page to learn more about Flower Platform 4.

Guide! We have prepared a small guide that would help you make a quick tour of Flower Platform. More precisely:

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From the web browser:

  • manage files
  • upload/download files (and Freeplane mind maps)
  • work and collaborate with other people on Freeplane mind maps

And then use Flower Platform Mobile for Android.

Flower Platform Web App

1 Go to Flower Platform Hub. You can also download and install Flower Platform on your system, but for a quick start, we recommend Flower Platform Hub.

The first thing you’ll notice should be the root editor that is already open when the application is loaded. There is a repository node (containing data about the existing repository on the server) and a _debug node (containing technical data, e.g. active sessions, open resources, etc.).

2 Navigate to the repository/fileSystem node. It lists directories and files on the file system.

3 Create a directory (e.g. myFirstName-myLastName): right-click on the fileSystem node and choose New File/Folder. This will be your playground.

Tip: More details on working with the file system are available in the file system section.

Upload your mind maps

1 You can upload an existing mind map file from your local file system to Flower Platform’s file system, using the Upload action on your directory. The file will appear as a child node of the directory node, and can be opened right away.

2 Of course, you can also create a new mind map from scratch, using the New File/Folder action. Make sure to append the .mm extension; this way the file will be processed as a mind map and opened in the corresponding editor.

3 Now that you have a mind map, you can view it, edit nodes and save your work, almost as if you were working with the Freeplane desktop application.

Tip: To see what’s available for the mind map editor, visit the mind map section. We are working on supporting more and more features from Freeplane. Working with editors in general is detailed in the editor section.

Share and collaborate on your mind maps

You can easily share and collaborate on your mind maps with others. any modification you make on your mind map will be automatically propagated to any other user who has the file open in an editor.

1 To invite others to a collaborative work session on one (or more!) of your mind maps, go to the Navigate > Get/Follow Link action in the global menu. We provide a link to the currently active editor, as well as to all the editors that are open.

2 Give the link to other people, or use it yourself in another browser window (or another computer).

  • The link may be pasted in the browser’s address bar.
  • If you already have Flower Platform open in your browser, you can also paste the link into the Follow text input in the Get/Follow Link dialog. This will open editors in the same browser tab.

Download your mind maps

After saving your files, you may download them with the Download action in the context menu. Download individual files, or your entire directory, in which case the contents of the directory will be packed as a .zip file.

Flower Platform Mobile

Download Flower Platform Mobile from Google Play.

The app is configured to connect automatically to the Flower Platform Hub.

Tip: The mobile section details the server accounts management.

1 Same as with the web application, the root editor is already opened. You can work with the editor almost in the same way as in the web environment.

2 On the mobile app, global and contextual actions can be run from the menu button.

3 You may open as many editors as you’d like. To switch between editors or close an editor, tap the Editors button. This will display a callout component that contains the opened editors.

4 To save, go to: Menu > File > Save.

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