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Mindmapping on infinite paper

I am officially in love.

I can’t believe how much fun it is to mindmap with the Cintiq 12WX tablet and the free Inkscape vector-drawing program. The Cintiq’s integrated display means I can just draw on my mindmap, like the way people do on Tablet PCs. I can zoom in and out by sliding a finger along the touch strip. I can move around by pressing a button on the stylus and then moving in the direction I want. I can quickly switch to pencil mode, switch to selection mode, or delete items with a button press. And Inkscape gives me an infinite canvas to work with…

About the only thing that could make this even better would be for me to use a real mindmapping program that can hide and show outline notes–and index my handwriting, too. Oh, and it would need to run on Linux.

In the meantime, I’m going to have some fun. =D


It’s 2:51 in the morning. I’ve just spent the last… umm… six hours getting the Cintiq mostly sorted out, and I have barely enough time to get enough sleep to be barely functional tomorrow.

But it’s worth it.

Okay, it doesn’t seem obvious from the quality of my drawing, but it’s certainly fun…

Just ordered a tablet

I’ve just ordered the Cintiq 12WX, a 12.1″ pressure-sensitive tablet that also includes a screen so that you can see what you’re working on. I think it’s brilliant. It will probably be even more useful than the Lenovo X61 Tablet PC–the other gadget I was considering getting with the gadget fund I’d saved up.

I hope it will arrive in time for the four-day weekend we’ve got coming up. I’d love to use it to sketch my presentations, and W- will certainly enjoy using it to retouch photos.

I like this feeling. I knew I’d be in the market for some kind of drawing thing, so I started saving a few months ago. After I gave my Nintendo DS to my mom, I needed another drawing tool, and it was nice to know what I wanted AND know that I could freely get it.

More sketches to come!