Palisade DocumentationBigPicture 2015 Manual Map BasicsCan I create several topics all at once?

Can I create several topics all at once?

Yes, this is possible from the New Topics From Cells command described below, as well as via the Add Children command or via the Outline Pane.

Add Topic via the New Topics From Cells Command

Begin by adding topic labels to a range of cells. This is often a good idea in any case, because it helps you to think about the topics you want in the map. Alternatively, if there are already cells with text and numbers, you can use them to label your topics.

Add Topic via the New Topics From Cells Command

Select New Topics From Cells

Click the New Topics dropdown arrow. Select New Topics From Cells. NOTE: You can also select this command by right-clicking a cell and selecting New Topics From Cells from the BigPicture pop-up menu.

Select New Topics From Cells

Select Parent Topic

If you want the new topics to be connected to an existing topic, select the Parent Topic here. Simply click the topic shape in the map. If you accept the <no parent topic> default, as is done in this example, the new topics will be unconnected.

Select Parent Topic

Select label range

Select the range that contains the topic labels. NOTE: You can also CTRL+Click to select columns of data that are not located next to one another.

Select label range

View the topics

A separate topic is added automatically for each label cell. You can then move them around and connect them as you like. This is especially helpful when you are creating a free form map.

View the topics

(Optional) Change labels

The topic labels are linked to the cell labels. In this example, the first cell label was changed from "Number mailed" to "# mailed", and the topic label changed automatically.

(Optional) Change labels

Number of topics created

The number of new topics BigPicture creates depends on the type of range you select and the data in the range. BigPicture tries to determine what topics you want from your range and create them automatically. Below are some typical examples. NOTE: You can also specify the # of cell per topic label by <Shift> clicking on OK.

Number of topics created

Label with number next to it

If you select these two cells, BigPicture will create a single topic with both cells as labels.

Label with number next to it

Label with number below it

This will also result in a single topic with both cells as labels.

Label with number below it

Multiple labels and numbers

If you select this range, BigPicture will create three topics, one for revenue, one for cost, and one for profit. Each will show the text and the associated dollar value.

Multiple labels and numbers

Stacked multiple labels and numbers

This range will also lead to three topics, the same as in the previous example.

Stacked multiple labels and numbers

Create topics from a non-consecutive range

For this example we only want BigPicture to display the information in Columns A,B,C,F and G. In other words, we would like to have each topic display the player's number, name, total points, # of rebounds and # of steals.

Create topics from a non-consecutive range

Add Topics via Add Children Command

  • Click on the topic that you would like to be the Parent Topic. (See#1 - For this example we have converted a picture into a BigPicture Topic)
  • Right-click and select Add Children from the BigPicture pop-up menu. (See #2)
  • Select the cells that contain the label that you want as Children Topics (See #3)
  • Click OK (See #4)
  • BigPicture will automatically draw out the map with the Children Topics connected to the chosen Parent Topic. (See #5)
Add Topics via Add Children Command