Video: 2 minute intro; Tutorial: Worked examples; Help: Contents

Jan 7, 2010

Making a PowerPoint presentation

While bCisive Online is great for capturing a group discussion or problem-solving session, the resulting map can be large and difficult to present to others in a way that's compelling and encourages buy-in.

Using parts of your map to tell a linear story in the form of a well-crafted PowerPoint presentation can be much more powerful. And it's easy: no copy-and-pasting required. Here's how bCisive Online's built-in export-to-PowerPoint feature works.

1. Take your slide snapshots
Hover over a box and click the small camera icon in the bottom right corner to take a slide.

A slide will be created containing your selected box and anything below it: its entire branch (excluding currently hidden boxes).

Tip: Use hide and show to arrange the map as you want it to appear on your PowerPoint slides, hiding unnecessary sections.

After a few seconds, the slide counter in the menu bar above the workspace will update from 0 to 1. Continue taking slide snapshots of other parts of your map until you are happy.

2. Export your slides to PowerPoint
When you are ready, click the Export button on the toolbar, and the Slide Presentation panel will slide out:

Clicking on the panel's Export button will download a PowerPoint presentation containing -- as separate slides -- the snapshots of the bCisive Online map that you have just taken.

3. Edit your presentation in PowerPoint
Add style templates, your company logo, headings, notes and so on around your map images to flesh out the presentation and tell your story. So much better than endless bullet points!

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Uploading and attaching documents

Uploading and attaching supporting documents to your bCisive Online map is often a helpful way to keep information relating to an issue together.

To attach a document, select a box, double-click to open the text edit window and click the Edit Hyperlink/Attachment button:

Next, click the Link to uploaded file button, and either select a file from the list or click the + button to navigate and add one.

Select a file from the list or click + to add one

Click OK and the document will be uploaded, and a link to it will appear in the selected box. When clicked, the link will open the document.

Clickable link to document appears in box

The document also appears in the list of attached files in the header bar of the workspace.

Jan 5, 2010

Adding hyperlinks

When you're working with bCisive Online, it is often helpful to include in your map hyperlinks to useful websites and online information.

To insert a link into a box, double-click on the box to open the text edit window, and click the Edit Hyperlink/Attachment button:

Next, enter the URL to which you'd like to link.

Pro tip: You can also enter a text description if you want to. If you do, the text will appear as a link in your box; if you leave the Text field blank, the URL will appear as a link in your box.

When you're ready, click Save and your link will be displayed at the bottom of the selected box. When you click on the link, the website will be opened in a new window in your browser.

Clickable link appears in box

Note: You can also insert links to documents.

Jan 4, 2010

Excising a box

Deleting a box from your map without removing its children is called 'excising'. To do it, select the single box you'd like to remove and press Ctrl+Delete (for both Mac and Windows users).

The selected box will be deleted and its child or children attached to its parent:

After excising the Idea box

If you make a mistake, it's easy to undo.

Adding a box by double-clicking

In bCisive Online, you can add a new box of your choice to the workspace by dragging it out from the left panel and dropping it onto the space.

There is another easy way to create a new box: simply double-click on a clear area of the workspace and a plain box will appear.

To enter text into your new box, simply start typing. When you are ready, you can connect it to your map by dragging it near an existing box and releasing, or change it into a different box type.