iThoughts The Legend
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As I’ve indicated elsewhere we use iThoughts for outlining our podcast episodes (and use it to track completion).
I’ve developed quite a nice technique for iThoughtsX (the macOS flavour), which I’ll share with you. This is in case you’re inclined to play with newer toys.
Consider the following fragment of an outline:
You’ll see some of the nodes are filled (arguably) blue, others red and still others green. So we’ve started to colour code the nodes.
Over to the left you see a set of coloured boxes. Zooming in a bit on them:
The idea for the green is that we share with the guest the outline by screen sharing when recording (over Skype) and they can concentrate on just their bit.
So this is a kind of legend, describing the colour coding of the nodes.
But there are other times when I want a legend. Namely when I’m abusing mind maps to show, for example, which CICS regions connect to a particular DB2 subsystem.
This Is The Stuff Legends Are Made Of
You can change the shape to a square as I have done. You also want to set its colour using the colour palette, and those of the “in the tree” topics you want to match it. Finally you’ll want to put some text in the box.
Legends And Templates
For my other uses I use REXX code to generate the outline - in a particular form of CSV (Comma-Separated Value). I haven’t found a way to robotically generate the legend but there is a simple technique to “parachute” it in: Paste As Floating does the trick.
One example is for CICS-related regions. Specifically I colour code e.g CICS Data Tables Server address spaces but hang a child node with the text “Data Tables Server” off the node that names the address space. With a legend I can dispense with this child node and tidy up.
An Infestation Of Ticks
So, for those of you who like playing with modern tools (as I do), I hope this has been interesting.
Anyhow, more mainframe technical content soon.