CmapTools for iPad FAQs

Is CmapTools for iPad compatible with Cmaps created with CmapTools for the Desktop?

CmapTools for iPad and CmapTools for the Desktop both use the open CXL format for concept map files. Cmaps created with one tool can be opened and modified in the other.

Which Cmap features does CmapTools for iPad not support?

The iPad version does not currently support the edition of the following features. However, if a Cmap with one of these components is opened and modified on the iPad, these are not altered and are saved back with the Cmap.

  • Annotations
  • Nested Notes
  • Additional info associated with concepts
  • Recorder
  • Presentations
  • Curved connecting lines
  • Discussion Threads
  • Knowledge Soups
  • Tiled backgrounds
  • Text with multiple styles
Does CmapTools for iPad support synchronous collaboration?

No, the iPad version of CmapTools does not support synchronous collaboration.

How do you exchange Cmaps between the iPad and other versions of CmapTools?

The exchange of Cmaps between the iPad and other CmapTools clients can be done through the Cmap Cloud or through the Share function in the iPad. Both require and in-app purchase.

The easiest way is through an IHMC Cmap Cloud account. A Cmap Cloud account allows CmapTools for iPad and other CmapTools clients to share Cmaps through the Cmap Cloud. The iPad version will synchronize its resources with the Cmap Cloud when the user taps on the sync button. The CmapTools desktop client (v6 and above) can access the Cmap Cloud through the Cmaps in the Cloud tab in the Views window.

The Cmap Cloud can be created at on the Web site, on the CmapTools desktop version, or directly on CmapTools for iPad.

CmapTools for iPad is also able to open Cmaps in the CXL format and import them. To move a CXL file from the desktop to the iPad: Open the Cmap in CmapTools for the Desktop, select the "File -> Export Cmap As… -> CXL file…" menu entry. Now move the CXL file to the iPad via email, Dropbox, etc. On the iPad, select CmapTools as the App to open the CXL file. The Cmap will be copied to CmapTools.

To move a CXL file from the iPad to the desktop: Select the Cmap in CmapTools for iPad. Tap on the share button on the right of the top menu in the App. Select the Cmap icon, and then the medium to use to move the file (e.g. Mail, Dropbox, etc.). On the desktop, drop-and-drop the Cmap file onto the Views, or in the Views, select the Menu entry "File -> Import -> Cmap from CXL file…".

Is there a way to display a Cmap full screen on the iPad (without the top menu)?

No, not at this time.

Can CmapTools on the iPad synchronize resources with other CmapServers (i.e. Public CmapServers or private CmapServers)?

No, it can only synchronize resources with the IHMC Cmap Cloud.

Can you create folders in CmapTools for iPad?

No, the iPad version does not currently support folders.

Can Cmap for the iPad synchronize folders in the Cmap Cloud?

No, Cmap for the iPad only supports one flat list of resources, and synchronizes it with the user's root level resources in the Cmap Cloud.

Can I switch to another Cmap Cloud account?

If you switch to another Cmap Cloud account, the Cmaps and resources are deleted from CmapTools on your iPad. The Cmaps and resources on the original Cmap Cloud account are preserved, so make sure you perform a sync before switching accounts. Once you switch account, a sync will download your Cmaps and resources from the new Cmap Cloud account.

How do I share Cmaps through a Cmap Cloud account?

The Cmap Cloud provides a repository of Cmaps and resources to be shared between CmapTools clients, including CmapTools for iPad and CmapTools for the Desktop. A Cmap Cloud account can be created on the Cmap Cloud website, on CmapTools for the Desktop or on CmapTools for iPad:

  • Cmap Cloud website: at the Cmap Cloud Web page select the option to "Create an account now".Y An email message will be sent to verify your email address. Once the account is created, the email address and password combination become your credentials to access your Cmaps and resources stored in the Cmap Cloud.
  • CmapTools for Desktop: (requires CmapTools v6.0 or later) Select the "Cmaps in the Cloud" tab on the left on the Views Window, double-click on "Click to access your cloud folder" and fill in the requested information. An email will be sent to verify your email address. Once the account is created, CmapTools will remember your email address and password to access your Cmap Cloud account. These credentails can be changed by going to the "Cloud Account" entry in the "Preferences" panel in CmapTools. If you change the password, any access from other clients (e.g. CmapTools for iPad) will need to use the new password. CmapTools is now set to use the Cmap Cloud as a repository of Cmaps and resources. The Cmaps and resources are not copied to your local drive or synced, they are stored in the Cmap Cloud only.
  • CmapTools for iPad: an in-app purchase is required to sync your iPad to the Cmaps and resources stored in the Cmap Cloud. Tap the gear icon on the lower left of the CmapTools for iPad screen, and proceed to tap on "Purchase Cmap Cloud Access and Share Options". Once the purchase is completed, you can provide the email and password of a previously created Cmap Cloud account, or, if you don't already have one, tap on "Create Cloud Account" to create a new account.. Once the account is set, tap on the "Sync" (cirle-arrows) icon on top of the list of resources to sync with the Cmap Cloud. Syncing is not done automatically, you need to tap on the icon to sync. Only Cmaps and resource son the top folder of your Cmap Cloud account are synced, folders and their contents are not synced. Synced Cmaps and resources are copied to the iPad for offline use.

Whether the account is created on the Cmap Cloud website, through CmapTools for the Desktop, or CmapTools for iPad, the email address and pasword needs to be provided to the different Cmap clients that will access the Cloud account to access the information.

If you forget your password, you can reset it at the Cmap Cloud website (click on "Sign in" and then on the option for "Forgot your password?", or at the CmapTool "Cloud Account" entry in the "Preferences" panel (select the menu entries "Edit -> Preferences" in the Views window. Note that changing the password requires updating the password on all clients accessing the Cmap Cloud account.

Through the Cmap Cloud, sharing of Cmaps and resources between CmapTools for iPad and for Desktop is simplified. Links between Cmaps and resources are preserved. Its important to note that on CmapTools for Ipad, the Cmaps and resources are copied to the iPad, while on CmapTools for the Desktop, they remain on the Cmap Cloud and therefore require an Internet connection for their access.