In order to play multimendia documents associated to a concept, is it necessary to have installed some other program in my system?
Assigning an Internet address ("www...") to a concept, causes the loss of other attributes?
No. Knowledge Master resolves it on its own,
the user does not have to install anything in the system. The question is pertinent only
in the case of proprietary formats, that require the presence of the corresponding viewer
(Word for '.doc', Excel for '.xls', Acrobat for '.pdf' and so on). Formats like e.g. AVI,
WAV, MPEG, MP?, Animated GIF, and so many others, are displayed and managed directly by
No. Concept attributes are maintained as a set, attributes are not
exclusive among them.
Which are the minimum necessary computer resources to execute Knowledge Master?
Supported operating systems and hardware
requirements for Knowledge Master:
- Windows 98
with 64 MB RAM
- Windows 2000
with 128 MB RAM
- Windows NT
(Service Pack 5) with 128 MB RAM
- Windows XP
(Professional, Home or Tablet edition) with 128
- Windows Server
2003 32 bit with 512 MB RAM
- Windows Vista
(Home/Ultimate/Business) with 512 MB RAM
- Windows 7,
with 1 G RAM
- Mac with Virtual PC.
There's no need
for third party software.
I'm working on a very complex map: how many levels or strata may I create?
What's the difference between a concept map and a knowledge base?
Up until now, a limit to the number of levels has not been found; in our tests, we have
not found it, and in theory a practical limit shouldn't be reached. We are aware that one
of our users has developed a map with 36 levels. We think it is not very common, though it
may evidently happen.
and so much. As the concept map concept is
frequently associated with that of a mind map or even with a simply drawn schema, the
difference depends of what is it that we want to obtain: When relations among concepts in
a map are correctly defined, it is possible to ask the map for answer, through semantic
searching. This is really the most useful resource for interacting with knowledge.
When e-mailing knowledge bases, how much does it grow the file to be sent, in K?
It does not grow. A map by itself is no bigger than 10-20 K. When it is to be sent it
is compressed to about the 20% of its "weight". If the map has external
documents associated and the user selects to include them, also these are strongly
compressed, except for the files that do not admit any further compression.
I have e-mailed a concept map to a colleague, but he cannot read it with any imaging program.
I have downloaded your example maps, but I cannot see them, neither in your sites or in my PC.
Knowledge Master normally e-mails the full interactive map, operational by the
receiver with the program, it does not send a graphical image. If what you want is to send
an image of the map, then you may export it as an image file and send it attached as any
The reason is very simple, concept maps are not just images. An image can
be created with any graphics software, with results more or less approximated;
what defines a concept mapping software is not only the
resulting image "graphical quality", but the cognitive tools available
for map creation and navigation.
To obtain a map "image", it must be exported from the program
internal format to a common image format (BMP, PNG, JPEG, etc.), and this is valid not only for Knowledge Master, but
for all concept mapping dedicated software products: all concept maps shown by
other software producers are also exports to a graphical format. From Knowledge Master
it is also possible to export a map image to a graphical format, but we haven't
found it useful or technically rigorous to insert these images in our sites
as this flattens the map instead of making it fruitful in all aspects.
It is important to bear in mind that a graphical image may be created
with any graphics software. The concept map is not an image. That's why we
insist that the maps must be seen with the software. The software, besides
being the ideal interactive platform for cognitive analysis, for the map
author (that may be a student or either the instructor), is a high
productivity and precision tool.
I want to see your maps to evaluate your software through them.
Maps constitute the result of a very personal work: as a matter of fact,
everyone constructs the map in a different way, just as he/she
"sees", perceives or conceives the subject an object of
representation: that's why it is not opportune to evaluate any concept mapping
software through other people's maps, it is much better to try to build your
own maps, to understand the Knowledge Master's
expressive and cognitive power. Else, while it is practically impossible to
evaluate maps built by others (because it is like wanting to evaluate art, or
an author's opinions), what is possible to evaluate is the knowledge
represented in the map.
I'm interested in creating an application with data structures associated to the map for calculations, searching, etc., but I don't know where to start from.
The first step is
to start from the menu item "Data management"
and create your own data structures, just as
specified in the addendum to the main manual, that
describes in detail these simple procedures. If you
don't have the manual, you can request it from our
Support Service. If you have bought the CD
after June 2008, you can find it in the