Random Item Window
item without link to an image
item is a window showing a single item in a random position.
The item is normally shown as multicolored text tag carrying the
respective title. However, the text tag of an item can be replaced by an image
thumbnail if the item has, in its contents, a link to an image file.
figure below shows an example of random item containing an image.
item with a link to an image
items can also show the collection and category of the selected item, as in the
item with collection and category visible
of random items as mind stimulator
items may be used as mind stimulator thanks to features such as:
position of tag
color of tag
to set tag in a slow motion, similar to that of fish in an aquarium
to select a new item manually or automatically at custom defined intervals
to hear wave files associated with particular items
to see images associated with particular items
What APO does that other PIM’s do not
and How APO can improve your life
for more information on how random maps can help you to improve your mind
random items as a quiz coach
items can also be used as a tool to learn names and sentences, or answers to
this, you should prepare your quizzes as a set of items putting questions in
item titles and answers in the respective item contents.
then train yourself to remember the content associated with each title. You can
quickly verify the right answer for each item by pointing to the item tag with
your mouse and wait about one second to see a ‘cue card’ displaying the item
the random item view (how to choose the items to be included)
are ways to start the random item view and choose the items to be included in
the APO main window when no other APO windows are open: click on the appropriate
icon of the toolbar (
or select the
appropriate command in the main context menu. Then select the collection and
category. All items belonging to that category will be included.
Starting from a
given tag map. Make sure the tag map has focus and click on the appropriate icon
of the toolbar (
) or select the
appropriate command in the main context menu. All items belonging to that tag
map will be included.
Starting from a
given table. Make sure the table has focus and click on the appropriate icon of
the toolbar (
) or select the
appropriate command in the main context menu. All items shown in the table will
be included. This allows you to include filtered items in a random item view.
be positioned automatically or manually. Manual positioning can be obtained by
dragging and dropping tags. Automatic positioning is obtained by selecting
‘auto change’ and ‘position change’ in the context menu.
item has, in its content, a link to a wave file, you can hear this file when the
item is selected.
item is shown as an image thumbnail, you can view the image in normal size by
double clicking on the image thumbnail or using the appropriate command in the
tag’s context menu.
random thumbnails of images from a given directory
want the random item to show thumbnails of all the images contained in a
directory, you have two possibilities:
can use command ‘open random item from pictures in a directory’ in the APO
main context menu and then select the directory.
should prepare an item with any title and the following expression in its
is the directory containing the image files. You should then select that item in
a tag map or table and then run the command ‘random item view of current
item’ available in the tag map o table context menu.
of the ESC key
‘auto change’ is on, pressing the ESC key will set auto mode to off, which
will stop any automatic change of the random item.
‘auto change’ is off, pressing the ESC key will close the random item view.
Commands and Functions
Random Item Context Menus
for a description of all the available commands and related functions.