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When you create a new project, you have different options of creating and relating new Notes and Sheets:

1.create new Sheets, open them and create and visualize new Notes in them all at once
2.create new Sheets and put old or new Notes in them without visualization
3.create new Notes and put old or new Sheets in them for later use in those contexts (=Sheets)


As a first try, let us now try out the first option, creating Sheets and put Notes into them right away.


Start CRPA. Click the CRPA icon on your desktop.


CRPA logo


When you start CRPA for the first time, a new project is started automatically, called "Noname.CRPA".


It is best to start saving a newly created Project as one of the first things you do, since CRPA has a habit of backing up regularly and then it wants to know where you would like files to be saved.




After renaming the project, the name of your window in the blue bar at the top has changed.The project tree contains branches for Attachments, Notes and Sheets.


Create a new Sheet by clicking the New Sheet icon New Sheet icon. On the right of the window, the Sheet window opens (and is still empty). This is where you will create your new Notes and Relations between them (the "entity-relations-model" as it is called in ICT terms).




The Sheet is added to the Sheets branch of the project tree. Other new Sheets will be added below it, chronologically. You can sort Notes by Sheets, alphabetically or chronologically.


Add a Note. Drag one from the 'Note stack' as I like to call it.




The name of the Note will be 'New Note' by default. It opens as if you had double clicked it already, to enter anything you would like to keep about it. Its name, description, attachments, properties (color, shape) and the Sheets it is assigned to as future contexts.




For example, write your memo label in the Note's header. You can simply overwrite the highlighted text (default "New Note") and it will disappear at your first key strike. Just make sure that whatever you type will remind you of what it was you wanted to keep or be reminded of when the Note will reappear whenever it does. In this case, I only type one thing that is on my mind right now: "What I see". (Don't ask me why that is on my mind, for I don't know either. Just want to give you a good example. )




Close the Note, by clicking the Close-icon icon on the upper right corner of the Note. You must close it before you can continue and create other Notes. Now drag another Note from the stack into the open 'New Sheet' window on the right, next to the Project Tree on the left.




The new Note, if it must be related to the previous one, must carry an idea that can somehow (for example: logically) be related. In this case, we choose "What I get" as an association to "What I see" in the first Note, so that a relation can be created, for example "assumes". The logic is just the saying "what you see is what you get" ('wysiwyg'). Then close the second Note clicking Close-icon.




Now we will create a Relation between the Notes to turn the Sheet's content into a concept. Creating a link or Relation can only be done visually, using an open Sheet window. Drag the first Note to, and over, the second Note, until the message 'link to this Note...' appears.




Choose a link from the pull-down menu.




Click Ok. There is your first concept, visualized by Notes in a Sheet! Look at what happened to the project tree on the left. Notes were added to the New Sheet, but also in the section just for Notes.




Now let us see what a next Sheet may add. Other Sheets can contain the same Notes, and/or different ones. Before we create a new Sheet, we must rename the present one from 'New Sheet' into something more sensible. Open the project tree panel by clicking the 'show / hide properties' icon icon show hide properties pointing right while the name of the present Sheet, still called 'New Sheet' by default, is highlighted (blue). On the right hand side of the project tree, a panel is opened that shows the properties of the Sheet. This is called the 'Sheet panel'.


sheet name change


Change the name of the Sheet. Right click the name of the Sheet and click 'rename' or highlight the name and hit F2. The name is then highlighted and you can start typing right over it. Then click the New Sheet icon New Sheet icon again to create a second Sheet.




Again, model a concept on this Sheet. It would be nice if you could relate it to the previous one. Give it a proper name as well.




Now we shall discover one of the most powerful features of CRPA. Different Sheets, carrying different concepts shaped as Notes and Relations between Notes, can be integrated into new concepts! Take a look at the following figure.




Here we see how both previously created Sheets, Notes and Relations all come together to form a new concept. An asterisk (*) means that the Relationship is known or memorized, and copied from previous Sheet.


Congratulations. Your first try succeeded!


If you would like to play around using Notes and Sheets in a project, you can open Marilyn.CRPA that was used creating this help file. Select menu option [File|Open] and navigate to C:\...\My Documents\My CRPA files\Example project\Marilyn.CRPA.


After you opened the file, CRPA will look like this:




Without registration, you can create up to:

25 Notes
10 Sheets
100 Notes in Sheets
250 links between Notes
5 Relation types
10 Attachments


in any new project you start. You can continue developing after registration. Use menu option Help|Register!