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Getting Started #3: Navigating the Graph

May 26, 2013

Written by

Christian Hirsch, Founder / CEO, PhD in CS

By displaying your notes, notebooks, and tags in a more visual manner, Mohiomap allows you to unlock valuable insights into your Evernote data. To complement this visual display, our goal is to make navigating around Mohiomap to be as easy and as intuitive as possible.

1. Opening Notebooks

The Mohiomap graph displays your Evernote notes and notebooks in the form of nodes and connections (the links between nodes). Within the center of each node is an icon which represents its meaning. Notebooks and notebook stacks are represented as shown below:

Shared notebooks, like the MD conference node, have a different icon

Notice that the MD Conference notebook contains a slightly different icon – this signifies that it is a Shared Notebook in your Evernote account. 

The first method of opening a notebook is to hover over its node, and then select the Open Notebook button in the hover menu. For example, hovering over the Website Redesignn otebook would reveal the Open Notebook button as shown below:

Press the open icon to add the contents of the notebook to the map

This method will load the contents of the notebook in addition to what is already displayed on the graph:

This has added the content to the same map

The second method of opening a notebook is to simply click on its node. This method will clear the graph and only display the contents of the notebook. In the image below, we have clicked on the Website Redesign notebook to view its contents:

The second option is to press navigate, so the contents opens in a new map

In this view, the current notebook and its respective notes and tags are represented as follows:

The grey circles indicate the tags, and the green represent each of the notes

We immediately see that the Website Redesign notebook contains 21 notes and multiple tags: [done], [medium], @Anthony and website content to name a few. We can also see the various connections between the nodes. For example, while most notes have been assigned only a single tag, one particular note, "Create website images" has been assigned multiple tags.

2. Opening Notes

Opening a note is done in a similar manner to opening a notebook. We can hover over a note to reveal two important options in its hover menu, Open Note and Show Preview:

Hover over the note and press navigate to see the different ways you can open it

Open Note will display items which are related to that note (in addition to what is already shown on the graph), while Show Preview will open the Infobox and display the note’s contents.

Alternatively, we can simply click on the note itself to clear the entire graph and only display that note’s contents. Below is an example of the graph view that is displayed when we click on the Create Website Images note inside the Website Redesign notebook:

Once pressing navigate, the map then centers around that 1 node

You can always press the Back button on your web browser to return to the previous graph view, or click on the Home icon to navigate directly back to the home view.

Press the back button to go back a step, and the home to go back to the very start view of your map

3. Opening Tags

Opening a tag is slightly different to opening a note or notebook in Mohiomap. Let’s say we want to open the research tag inside our Website Redesign notebook; to do so, we hover over this tag to reveal the hover menu, then click the Navigate button:

Hover over the tag to open the context menu

The graph will display all the notes and notebooks in your Evernote account which contain that tag:

Now the map has centered on the tagged node

Here we can see that the research tag has been assigned to 3 different notebooks,  Website Redesign, Shopping and Website Redesign 2012 notebook, as well as multiple notes throughout these notebooks. Once again, we can press the Back button in our browser to return to the previous graph view (in this case, the Website Redesign notebook would be shown), or we can click on the Home icon to navigate back to the home Mohiomap view.

The best way to learn how to navigate Mohiomap is to use the interface yourself. If you haven’t done so already, create an account and start exploring your notes today!

About the author

Christian Hirsch, Founder / CEO, PhD in CS

While completing his PHD in Computer Science, Christian’s research work on the intersection of data visualization, software engineering, and knowledge management, led to the technological foundations of Mohiomap.

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