Tinderbox User's Manual : Views


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Most of what you do in Tinderbox takes place in two types of windows:

A note window shows information about one particular note (such as the text of that note, or the values of the attributes of that note).

A view window depicts some, or all, of the notes in the document; some of the document’s hierarchical structure; and possibly some of its links.


There are seven types of of view windows:

You may keep many view windows open while working in Tinderbox, of whatever types. Keeping several view windows open can be very helpful. A chart window might, for instance, show you the entire structure of your work, while a map window lets you work with the details of one section. Or, if you are creating many links between two parts of your document, you could have a view window open on each area.

To open a new view window choose New ... view from the Views menu; or use a keyboard shortcut:

Cmd-option-M new map window

Cmd-option-Cnew chart window

Cmd-option-Onew outline window

Cmd-option-Tnew treemap window

Cmd-option-Nnew Nakakoji view window

Cmd-option-Hnew HTML view window

Cmd-option-Enew explorer window

If you open a new view window when a text window is in front, the new view window will show the portion of the document’s hierarchy that includes that note.

If you open a new view window when another view window is in front, the new view window will show the portion of the document’s hierarchy that includes the selected note.


Click-and-drag with the hand cursor to move the view in a window. (If the marquee tool is active, hold down option to switch temporarily to the hand tool.)

Use the horizontal and vertical scroll bars to move around in a view window.

To scroll directly to a specific note, simply type the first characters of the note’s name.


Menu of notes

Go Up will change the view to show the portion of the document one level higher up in the hierarchy. (In a map view, this will change which note you are seeing; in other view windows this will make more of the document visible, including what you were seeing before.)

The note contextual menu also contains useful commands that apply to the selected note.


Choose the scale at which you see a view with the Scale popup menu, near the bottom-left of a view window. (Does not apply to Treemap views.) At large scales (+3, +4), you can see a small area of the view in detail. At small scales (-3, -4), you can see a large portion of the view, but without much detail.

The bullet • in the menu indicates the current scale.

New view windows open at Normal scale.


You can use the arrow keys on the keyboard to change which is the selected note in any view window. If there is no note in the chosen direction, pressing that key will do nothing.

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[Last updated: 26 Jul 2009]

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