.cxl files as resources?

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.cxl files as resources?

Post by dgroos » Tue Nov 07, 2017 6:59 pm

I made a style template and want students to be able to import it easily. Is there some way to do this?

I considered putting it in a common folder on my cmapserver with the thought that students could navigate to it and try to install from there but ran into the problem that I couldn't find the .cxl file type for the resources. There may be a better way... Ideas?

Thanks,
David

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Re: .cxl files as resources?

Post by cmapadmin » Tue Nov 07, 2017 9:41 pm

If you right-click on a template you can export it. Then others can use the import button. Or am I missing something?

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Re: .cxl files as resources?

Post by dgroos » Tue Nov 07, 2017 10:18 pm

I've exported the template--that's the .cxl file, right? Then that file is in my downloads or where ever I choose (as I remember) and I can move it anywhere. Is there some place on the file system where I should put this .cxl file so that when another user will find it? Or, am I being confused and does this template automatically get added to some common network location?

Actually I could put it in a common place on all the client computers, quite easily, such as in the /usr/share/applications/IHMC_CmapTools directory.

I thought it would somehow have to be put in a ~/ location for each user or somewhere in our cmapserver where a user could download.

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Re: .cxl files as resources?

Post by cmapadmin » Tue Nov 07, 2017 10:56 pm

Export the CXL file and import it again. Share that imported Cmap, eg in a shared folder in the Cmap Cloud. Have the students copy it, open it, and create a template from it.

Yes, it should be easier, and will be in a future release. We are working on it.

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Re: .cxl files as resources?

Post by dgroos » Tue Nov 07, 2017 11:13 pm

I'm just so thankful that you made this functionality. This functionality removes, in my way of working with concept maps with students, a rough edge.

I've not used the Cmap Cloud but I could simply do this as a file download on many web services to which I have easy access, why didn't I think of that? Thanks again!

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Re: .cxl files as resources?

Post by cmapadmin » Wed Nov 08, 2017 7:13 am

Glad you find it useful.

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Re: .cxl files as resources?

Post by dgroos » Sat Nov 11, 2017 1:19 pm

Ideas...
  • Allow teachers to create a bundle of styles that can be placed in a common location such as the Cmap Cloud or (my pref) a CmapServer
  • By clicking on the bundle, student would get the option to replace their default set of styles
  • This would allow for easy teacher updating the bundle and student's updating their default set

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