About Concept Tree Builder

Concept Tree Builder


Concept Tree Builder is a powerful tool that lets you to visually leverage current ideas to generate more others to allow you find a unique solution to your problem. This is an excellent tool for helping you to choose between several courses of action. By  providing a highly effective structure within which you can lay out options and investigate the possible outcomes. Concept Tree Builder lets you to form a balanced picture of the risks and rewards associated with each possible course of action.

Concept Tree Builder is very easy to use, it utilizes the Parent->Child relationships to construct a Concept Tree within the shortest time possible(No Drawing Hassles,Concept Tree Builder Automatically draws it for you). Simply enter an item and select the Parent and Concept Tree Builder will Complete the Join.

*Concept Tree Builder is also available for iPad.

System Requirements:

-Concept Tree Builder requires OS X 10.7 or higher


-Instantly share your concept trees to the recipients of your choice via email in PDF or PNG formats.

-Save your concept trees for future use or edits.

-Render full screen

-Easily move your concept trees to other Mac applications including Pages, Keynote & Numbers.

-Define the look and feel of your concept trees by easily customizing the colors for each item using inbuilt color picker.

-Automatically expands canvas to fit long & wide charts.

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Creating a Concept Tree


To create a Concept Tree click File > New  and Type your Top Level element in Row 1 & Type all your other items from Row 2 down. For each item you type, Click the ‘SELECT’ button to Choose the Parent & node position.[Only the position for Items directly under the top level item can be changed]. Items can be aligned left or right of the top level element. If you type a new item and wish to set it left or right of the top level element, simply set the parent for that item to be the Top Level element to activate the positioning buttons. Or you can set it’s parent to be an item that’s already aligned to the position that you wish.

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Breaking leaf titles

Creating line breaks on titles

To create a line break, simply type the opening parenthesis sign ‘(‘ where you wish to break the line. All text after the opening parenthesis ‘(‘  will be pushed to the next line. If the text gets hidden, consider changing the node size from the ‘ FORMAT’ button.

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Choosing Parents

Selecting Parents

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To select a ‘PARENT’ for an item, click on the ‘SELECT’ button on each row to launch the parent select popover. To choose a parent once the popover is active, click on the desired name from the list. You can also choose the desired position from this modal. You can position the node on the left, right or bottom of the  parent that you select.  Please note that you can ONLY type on the yellow cells, All white (Parent) cells can only be filled with the ‘SELECT’ button. Once the parent is selected, the change is effected immediately on the Concept Tree.

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Copy Paste in other Apps

Moving Charts to other apps

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Use the Copy button on the tool bar or click the Edit > Copy  in the top menu to move your tree to the clipboard. Simply Copy the chart and Paste it in the other app. The above screen is an example of a copy & paste in Pages App. You can copy and paste Charts in Pages, Keynote, Numbers  &  in other Mac applications.

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Customizing Chart Colors

Customizing Colors

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To Customize chart item colors, simply  click on the color picker icon next to the item you want to update.

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Deleting Leaves

Removing Nodes

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To delete nodes, simply clear the text of that item in the yellow cell and it will automatically disappear from the Chart.

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Displaying hidden items

Scrolling & Resizing Org Window

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If your Concept Tree  is too wide, or long, it may not display fully on the Concept Tree Builder Window, to display hidden items, simply resize your window if using an iMac  by dragging the edges of the Concept Tree Builder Window to the right &  bottom or scroll to the right, left & bottom to expose the hidden items. You can also click on the ‘Full Screen Zoom’ button to utilize your entire screen. If  on fullscreen mode and some items are still hidden, use the same scrolling principles as described before.

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Exporting Charts

PDF & PNG Exports

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To Export your Chart in PDF or PNG format, Click on the Export icon in the toolbar.

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Formatting Leaves

Adjusting font & node size

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To  format nodes,  click on the format  button to activate the available options. You can change the font family, font size & leaf size.

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Fullscreen Zoom

Rendering fullscreen

To render your Chart fullscreen, click on the ‘Fullscreen Zoom’  button.

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Positioning Leaves

Node Positioning

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To position your Concept Tree Nodes, Click on the ‘SELECT’ button  and click on the desired position from the popover. You can position nodes ‘LEFT’ or ‘RIGHT’ of the top level(root) element. Only items directly connected to the top level element can be positioned.

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Printing Charts

Printing your Concept

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To print your Concept Tree,  Click on the ‘Print’  Icon on the toolbar or Click on  File > Print  from the top menu. Depending on your Concept Tree structure & size, you may need to choose a custom page size that can fit. Please note that long or wide charts may not fit properly in the standard size A4 paper.

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Saving Charts

Saving Concept trees

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Concept Tree Builder allows you to Save your Charts for future use or edits. To Save a Chart  simply click on the Save icon on the toolbar or click  File > Save. Once your chart is saved, the colors and other settings that you select are also saved.

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Open Saved Charts

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To open your saved charts, click on the ‘Open’ icon on the toolbar or click on the Fine > Open menu

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Sharing Charts

Emailing Charts

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To  Email  or Share your  Concept Tree, click on the ‘Share’ button on the toolbar or  Click on the File > Share option from the top menu. Select the desired format from the Share popover. This can be either PDF or PNG format.

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