Thursday, 22 August 2013

Free Mind Scholar

FreeMind Scholar is a mind mapping tool centering on the special needs of researchers and is based on the well-known FreeMind. As such, FreeMind Scholar owns all features of the classic FreeMind plus some more. FreeMind Scholar provides you with all the functionality that the classic FreeMind offers you and that is actually a lot.  

In its existing version, FreeMind Scholar offers two main functions besides the extensive functionality of FreeMind. 
  1. FreeMind Scholar lets you to allot BibTeX keys to the mind map's entries. This way you can structure thoughts and consequences of academic articles in a mind map and directly reference to their origins.
  2. FreeMind Scholar allows the import of PDF bookmarks via drag & drop. The standard FreeMind only enables to drag & drop complete PDFs into the mind map.
FreeMind Scholar is built in Java and should run under Windows (95, etc., XP, Vista), Linux and Mac OS. All you require is to set up Java 1.6 or later which is obtainable for free. FreeMind itself is also 100% free and published under the GNU/GPL license.

Friday, 15 February 2013

Free Mind Scholar

Free Mind Scholar allows you to assign BibTeX keys to the mind map's entries. This way you can structure ideas and results of academic articles in a mind map and directly reference to their origins. The allocation of BibTex keys to the mind map entries may happen even automatically: 

If you have linked an entry in your mind map to a PDF file and you link to this PDF file in your reference management tool, too, Free Mind Scholar automatically assigns the BibTeX key from your reference management software to the mind map entry. Currently Free Mind Scholar supports only the BibTeX format (we use JabRef) but the support of other reference management tools such as Endnote and Zotero are on the top of our priority list.

Free Mind Scholar enables the import of PDF bookmarks via drag & drop. The standard Free Mind only allows dragging & dropping complete PDFs into the mind map. However, when we read a book or a paper in PDF format, we usually highlight all important passages and create a bookmark within the PDF (we use Foxit Reader 3). 

Up to now, we typed the same information into our mind map which means twice the work: Creating a bookmark within the PDF and typing the same (or similar) text of the bookmark into the mind map. Now, we just import the PDF bookmarks into the mind map and save almost half the time.

Thursday, 9 August 2012

FreeMind

FreeMind is a free mind mapping application written in Java. FreeMind is licensed under the GNU General Public License. It provides extensive export capabilities. It runs on Microsoft Windows, Linux and Mac OS X via the Java Runtime Environment.

As with other mind mapping software packages, FreeMind allows the user to edit a hierarchical set of ideas around a central concept. The non-linear approach assists in brainstorming new outlines and projects as ideas are added around the mind map.

As a Java application, FreeMind is portable across multiple platforms and retains the same user interface, causing some amount of variation from the common interface on each platform. Mac users may notice the most difference from their traditional user interface, but a MacWorld reviewer says the software's features should still appeal to the segment of users who accept function over form.

FreeMind was a finalist for Best Project in SourceForge.net's Community Choice Awards for 2008, which featured Open Source software projects.

Thursday, 9 February 2012

Red-faced Warbler

In mountains of the Southwest, the brisk song of the Red-faced Warbler is heard in summer in leafy groves surrounded by conifer forest. This bird and the Painted Redstart, both Mexican border specialties, are our only warblers that wear bright red. In both, unlike many warblers, the females are nearly or quite as brightly colored as the males. Despite their conspicuous colors, both make the seemingly risky move of placing their nests on the ground.

Friday, 16 December 2011

Red-faced Warbler


The Red-faced Warbler is a colorful bird of the Mexican mountains. In the United States it is found only in the high elevation forests of Arizona and New Mexico.

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Red-faced Warbler

Mature Red-faced Warblers are small birds, 14 cm (5½ inches) long. They are light gray on top with a white rump and a white underside. The face, neck, and upper breast are all bright red, while the crown and sides of the head are black. The spot on the back of the head where the black crown and gray back meet is sometimes speckled gray, or sometimes plain white. They also have a quirky habit of flicking their tail sideways while feeding.

Red-faced Warblers are locally common in mountain forests of conifers, spruce, and oak 2,000-3,000 m (6,500 to 9,000 feet) above sea level. In summer they frequent northern Mexico and range up into the states of Arizona and New Mexico – (the Madrean sky islands). During the winter months they migrate south into southern Mexico and the Central American nations of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. They are permanent residents of the central and southern mountains of western Mexico, the range called Sierra Madre Occidental. Nests are a small cup constructed from leaves, grass, and pine needles. The nest will be hidden amongst the debris on the forest floor, buried in the ground, sheltered under a shrub, log, or rock. The female will lay 3 to 5 eggs, colored white and spotted with brown. Incubation and nestling periods average 12 days each.