What should I know when using Docear on a Linux system?

The Java Virtual Machine (JVM)

Different JVMs come with different strengths and weaknesses when it comes to using them on a Linux system. While Open-JDK versions often had issues with distorted fonts, the older Oracle-Java versions had issues with menus and mouse positioning. While Oracle-JDKs are not open source, version 8 seems to fix both […]

I lost a mind map. How can I restore/recover it?

It has happened that users lost some mind-maps and hence the work of days, weeks, or even months was lost. There is a number of reasons why users lost their data. Some had a virus, others bought a new computer and forgot to make a backup of Docear’s data, and a few just deleted their […]

Why is Docear not starting on Mac OS X?

Mac OS X 10.9.x requires all software to be signed, otherwise you might experience errors and warning messages when trying to start a software. Docear is not signed for Mac OS because Apple charges money for this. Hence, you might receive warning messages or a message that Docear is damaged when you try to start […]

What is a project and when should I create a new one?

In Docear, you may work with multiple projects that are all listed in your workspace panel. We are often asked what a project is intended for and for what kind of work exactly one should create a new project? We suggest that you create different projects only for entirely different and independent kind of works. […]

Why is Docear not starting on Microsoft Windows?

A few Microsoft Windows users have trouble to start Docear. These two hints have helped them:

Delete Docear’s installation folder and install Docear again afterwards

When you have used older versions of Docear succesfully, but the new version does not start, you should delete Docear’s installation folder and install Docear again aftwerwards. Docear’s installation folder […]

What has Docear to do with Freeplane?

Docear is based on the mind mapping software Freeplane. That means, we adopt the source code from Freeplane, extend it with further functionality e.g. regarding PDF and reference management, and build Docear from it. That means, every change the Freeplane team is doing in Freeplane, is automatically available in Docear (as soon as we update […]

Why should I use a mind mapping tool to draft my documents?

Mind maps are suited perfectly for organizing your ideas and drafting your documents, since:

you can store the information hierarchically (instead of using a plain table or a list of nodes) you can hide/show (un)necessary information really fast by collapsing or expanding any nodes. you can outline your document by using 1st level nodes as […]