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Forks are a specialized type of line that can have multiple tines. It is located in the Line menu (see image at right).

Line icon
Click on the Line button.

Fork icon
In the Line drop-down menu, click on the Fork button, then double click anywhere in the workspace to insert the top or origin of the fork. Move your mouse to draw out your first fork tine to its desired position. A text box for your linking phrase will automatically appear in the center of the fork's crossbar.

Just like other lines, you can attach forks to concepts. To snap a tine to a concept, drag the end of the line over the desired concept and then release it. When snapped correctly, the outline of the concept will flash orange. To unsnap a line, drag the end of the line away from the concept. A message will appear when the line is unsnapped.

To create more tines, select the fork by clicking on it.

Tine icon
Grab and drag the Tine button to add a new tine to the fork. The new tine will include an attached concept. If you don't want this concept, click on the concept and delete it by clicking on the circled x.

You may add as many tines as you wish by repeating these steps.

Crossbar handle icon
To adjust the height of the fork's crossbar, grab and drag the handle to re-position the line.

To edit a fork, click on the fork's crossbar once to open the Fork Editor window. Properties that my be edited are:
  • Opacity
  • Thickness
  • Color
  • Fork orientation (which can be adjusted 90 degrees)
If you click on an individual fork tine, a menu will open indicating whether the arrow head has been turned on or off, and you can use this to toggle them on or off.

To edit a fork's linking phrase, click the phrase once to open the Text Editor window. Properties that my be edited are:
  • Font size, style, and color
  • Opacity, color, and location of the text box along the line
  • Opacity, thickness, and color of the text box outline
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