This video provides an overview of the “Idea Shuffler” software. The “Idea Shuffler” is a great thinking tool that lets you visualize ideas with diagrams and give you new and unique ideas. We call this visual thinking. Visual thinking increases understanding, helps improve memory and facilitates communication. The Idea Shuffler is also a great brainstorming tool. Go to http://www.ideashuffler.com for downloads of the software.
The “Idea Shuffler” applies to: work, school, investments, hobbies, and anything else you can think of. It has been used for: writing fiction and nonfiction, organizing and analyzing legal cases, taking notes, developing software, trading stocks, studying academics, and even training dressage horses.
Ideas are expressed in diagrams. Each idea/concept is represented by a shape. Associations among ideas/concepts are represented by lines. As you add concepts, the “Idea Shuffler” software places them on the diagram. Unless sequence or hierarchy is important, don’t bother with the order of the concepts, the “Idea Shuffler” proprietary shuffle algorithm will take care of that for you. Associations among concepts are formed by dragging the mouse between concepts. The “Idea Shuffler” does the mundane work so you can think. The “Idea Shuffler” diagram organization is in harmony with human thinking and memory. “Idea Shuffler” software acts like your personal diagram designer.
The “Idea Shuffler” proprietary shuffle algorithm reorganizes diagrams of your ideas, making them easy to understand and giving you new ideas. A diagram with just 10 concepts has 3,628,800 possible diagrams. A diagram with 14 concepts has 87,178,291,200 possible diagrams. That is why optimizing the diagram organization is a job for the computer, not for you doing it manually.
The “Idea Shuffler” creates diagrams that are easy to understand for both hierarchical and nonhierarchical associations among concepts. Most diagram techniques do not handle nonhierarchical associations well. This is a big advantage for the “Idea Shuffler” because most real world problems will require some nonhierarchical associations.
Every concept on an “Idea Shuffler” diagram can have its own diagram, accessible by double clicking the concept. If the diagram does not exist, the “Idea Shuffler” software will ask you if you want to create it. This is called layering. You can go back up a layer with the click of a button on the main user input window. You can create as many layers as you need, allowing you to model very large projects with multiple inter-connected diagrams.
The “Idea Shuffler” provides single click documentation options. Documents can be created for every diagram, accessible by clicking the “Document” button on the main user input window. A document is accessible for every concept by right clicking the concept. Documentation gives you the ability to further describe diagrams and concepts and gives you the ability to add internet links, pictures, or other resources to every diagram and concept of your model.
There are many diagram techniques available. Two popular techniques for representing relationships between Ideas are concept maps and mind maps. Why use the “Idea Shuffler” instead of concept maps or mind maps? 1: The “Idea Shuffler” can represent both hierarchical and nonhierarchical structures that are easy to understand. Concept maps and mind maps only handle hierarchical structures well. 2: The “Idea Shuffler’s” proprietary shuffle algorithm organizes your diagrams in a way that is easy to understand. You don’t bother with the order of the concepts as you put them in. Most concept map and mind map software require you to manually place the concepts on the diagram. 3: The “Idea Shuffler” allows you to model your project with as many layers of diagrams as you need. This allows you to model very large projects. Most concept map and mind map software does not have this feature. 4: The “Idea Shuffler” provides single click documentation of every diagram and concept with the application you have chosen for rich text format. Documentation options in most concept map and mind map software is more limited.
So visualize ideas with diagrams. Go to http://www.ideashuffler.com for additional information, videos and downloads of the software.