Well I have been mumbling for a few weeks now about this "Flo" project and so far I have gotten a ton of encouraging feedback. For those of you who don't know what Flo is, here is a gentle introduction.
Flo is a multi-platform mind mapping program. I have been interested in mind mapping for some years and have written an application that can help express mindmaps and translate them into various document formats. Mind mapping for those of you who don't know about it is a way of brainstorming. One of the main ideas of Flo is to take these brainstorms and create outlines and various documents. Mind maps can be used for everything from project planning to designing software test cases. Pretty much anything that can be expressed in an outline can translate into a mind map quite painlessly. The main advantage of a mind map is that it is easier to reorder and reorganize ideas in a visual fashion before applying them to something more rigid like an outline.
Flo on Ubuntu Linux
So now on to the features! Flo has quite a few small features that I have added as I needed them for work. One big problem with me working on it for two years now is that a lot of little undocumented features have slipped in that I have used once or twice and then forgotten. These features need to be debugged a little bit, but in my opinion they are useful still. Here is a taste of what I have so far.
So as you can see its got a lot of little features that make it usable for every day use at this point. I am finishing up the documentation of the whole application and it should be available in the next few weeks.
Now most importantly how to get Flo! If you are using a Debian based system you can just add the following to your /etc/apt/sources.list file: deb http://apt.geiseri.com/flo/apt/ $YOURDIST contrib Where $YOURDIST is one of the follwing: sid, etch, lenny, feisty, gutsy, hardy, or intrepid. I have amd64 and i386 builds. PowerPC builds are pending on me getting a new hard disc for my system. Jaunty will be available as it is updated. I have a basic spec file present for SuSE and Red Hat based systems, but I have not been able to get automated builds for those dists done. If someone wishes to provide me builds I will more than gladly post them. If you are stuck on windows you can also download an installer here. Mac users are out of luck until I can fix a problem that causes Flo to crash when you move multiple objects. I think this is manifested as a performance problem on Win32 and Linux, but its fatal on MacOS X. The main webpage is at http://trac.geiseri.com/wiki/FloMain.
Lastly, I consider this a Beta release. I use Flo every day and have stopped adding new features. I will finish the remaining todos and finish the documentation and hope to release the final version on the 1st of December. Until then please everyone take it for a spin and crash it any way you can. I want to release something solid here. Please give it a whirl and have fun!