- You will use Firefox 3.0+ or Internet Explorer 6.0+. Other browsers may not work.
- You will click and drag on the white background to slide the flowchart around.
- You will click on the zoom icons to zoom the chart in and out.
- You will manually adjust the vertical location of the border
that splits the window by grabbing the border and dragging it, or you will click on the arrows in the lower left corner of the top window to flip the bottom window open or closed.
- You will click on a box in the flowchart to re-center the flowchart around that box. This will redraw the flowchart so that the box you clicked on is in the upper left corner, its parents are above it,
and its children are below it. Note you can click on a parent box to climb back up the tree.
- You will adjust how many rows and columns are visible in the flowchart by changing the values in the form at the top, and then clicking the "Update" button.
- You will change the order in which children are displayed by selecting the order that you like from the menu at the top, and then clicking the "Update" button.
- You will want to see more children for each box than can be displayed at once. You will then click on the scroll boxes that appear at the left and right ends of each
row of children to scroll that row of children (and all of their child boxes) to the side to make visible more children that have been hiding offscreen in the direction of the arrow.
- You will decide that a particular child box of some parent box is worth a vote up or a vote down. You will then click on the appropriate arrow in the vote box
that connects this child to its parent box.
You will understand that you are voting on the CONNECTION (how appropriate it is for THIS child box to be under THIS parent box), and not on the contents of the box itself. Children that have been voted up
will appear more towards the left of the screen, if the order "Highest rated children to the left" is selected in the menu at the top.
- You will decide that some child boxes are your favorites for the parent box they appear under. You will then click the heart icon in the vote boxes which connect to those child boxes. You will then see your favorite
appear at the left under that parent box, no matter what the vote for the other children. This way, you can build up custom flowcharts that you can be happy with. You can break the heart icon
of a favorite child to make it no longer a favorite.
- You will want to leave a comment for a box. You will click on the comment icon in the box , and enter a comment in the lower window.
- You will want to search for boxes. You will enter a search term in the form at the top, and click search. This will show all boxes that have the search terms in the text of the box, or in the comments for that box.
- You will want to restrict your search to just the direct child boxes of a particular box. You will click the search icon of the box whose children you want to search, and you
will see search results in the bottom window.
- You will want to add a new child box below some box. You will click on the "Add Child" icon of the box to which you want to add a child, and enter the text of the new
box in the bottom window. You will see quick short-cut buttons for adding a quick green "Yes" box , or a quick red "No"
box available for you.
- You will want to adjust the colors of the box you are creating. You can choose one of the pre-defined styles, or you can create your own styles by clicking on the "Edit Styles" button. You can save as many
different styles as you want, and then you can click the "Done" button to return to creating the box.
- You will want to connect a pre-existing box to be the child of another pre-existing box, which will become the parent. You can do this in two ways: the first way is to start by clicking
the "Connect Child" button of the parent box, and then finding the child, and clicking the "Connect Parent"
button of the child box; the second way is to do the steps in reverse: start by clicking the "Connect Parent"
button of the child box, and then finding the parent, and then clicking on the
"Connect Child" button of the parent box.