Moving and Reconnecting Topics

Easily move and reconnect topics

Our developers have added some functionality to make it easier to move topics and connections in non-auto generated maps.

If you hold the left-mouse button down on a topic for a bit, BigPicture will go into a mode that allows you to move the topic (and optionally, its children) and connect to a different topic. You’ll see the topic temporarily change color when it’s in this mode. Then, when moving topics around with the mouse down, the red square highlights the closest available connection point on other topics. When you release the mouse it connects to that red square connection site. 

You can move and reconnect more than one topic at a time:

Hold the <SHIFT> key down while clicking on the various topics that you would like to reconnect elsewhere. After you have all of the topics selected, hold the left-mouse button down on one of the selected topics and move/reconnect it as you would with just a single topic.

If you would like to move and reconnect a group of topics that is made up of a parent topic and corresponding children topics see the next item below.

Move and Reconnect Multiple Topics that are Connected to a Parent Topic

If you would like to move a group of topics that is made up of a Parent Topic and its Children Topics:

  • Simply depress the left mouse button on the Parent Topic for an extended amount of time and it will automatically include the children in the selection
  • BigPicture will go into a mode that allows you to move the topic and connect to a different topic. You’ll see the topic that you clicked on temporarily change color when it’s in this mode.
  • Move the topics around with the mouse down, notice that the the red square changes and highlights the closest available connection point on other topics.
  • Release the mouse to connect to the current red square connection site.

Alternatively, to expedite the amount of time it takes to have it automatically select the children topics, you can also hold the <SHIFT> key down and click on the Parent Topic to let BigPicture know you would like the Children Topics included in the move.  

Note: <SHIFT> only matters when starting the move. Once the topic changes color you should release the <SHIFT> key. If you continue to hold the <SHIFT> key down while moving the topics, it will constrain the move to be only horizontal or vertical.

Ability to connect multiple topics to an additional parent topic

Utilizing the above instructions for easily moving and reconnecting a topic(s) you can also opt to have the topics that you are moving connect to an additional parent topic by holding the <ALT> key down at the start of the move.

Pressing <ALT> maintains the existing connection while adding a new one at the red "hotspot” of your choice.

Note: <ALT> only matters when starting the move. Once the topic changes color you can release the <ALT> key.