You can use it to write and organize your thoughts, ideas, and projects.
(use ←, ↓, ↑, → keys.)
Watch the “Getting started” video first,
if you haven’t seen it (< 90 seconds).
Spreadsheets are such a powerful tool for handling numbers, that their first users seemed to have superhuman powers.
Gingko is like that, except it’s for handling
knowledge and ideas.
There is no other tool that lets you work on the big picture and the details in the same flow.
Whether it’s a project report, or your third novel, with gingko you’ll be able to write better, faster.
The simplest way to show how gingko lets you work with ideas and words faster than any other tool, is with an example:
Does this sound familiar?
And much more.
For more detailed examples, look right →.
Blog posts are challenging to write, because we need to keep them brief and to the point.
Here is a method that works*:
Seem like more work?
You’ll be surprised by how quickly you can write the second and third columns, once you know what you really need to say.
Stick to the word count limit at each step, even if it feels restricitve. You determine first what you want to say, and then you can think about how you want to say it.
Start with your “Executive Summary” on the far left. Then add sections such as Marketing, Product Development, etc, to the middle column. Add more details to each of those sections by adding more details to the right column.
Gingko is great for screenwriting and playwriting, because it follows the natural progression of “Logline > Act summaries > Scene summaries”.
So far, we haven’t found a single case of a project big or small, where we couldn’t use gingko to help in some way.
We use gingko for everything here. This ranges from 125 word blog posts, to our core development and marketing cycles.
We use gingko to organize our grocery lists, recipes, planning our trips, creating slideshows, planning Adwords campaigns, and even (experimentally) as a functional programming language!
Admittedly, gingko is our hammer, and we might be “seeing nails everywhere”. But we hope that by pushing the limits, we can see what needs to be added to make gingko more powerful and more useful to you.
Gingko is powerful, but it’s quite simple to use.
You only need 3 keyboard shortcuts:
Ctrl + Enter
Ctrl + <arrow>
Ctrl + Backspace
On the Mac, use
For more info on formatting, search, tags, and images, look at this card’s children →
To Search your tree, press
/ and type your query.
The search function hides everything that doesn’t match what you type in. To show everything again, just clear the search box (
Since search is also a filter, you can create your own tags in any format you like. For example, @todo, or :tag. Typing
Enter is a quick way to find your tagged cards.
Edit this card to see how formatting works. BOLD, italic,
verbatim, a link.
# Formatting ## with ### Markdown Edit this card to see how formatting works. **BOLD**, *italic*, `verbatim`, [a link](http://daringfireball.net/projects/markdown/syntax). - a list item - indented - again - back to start
To invite collaborators, or to share a read-only link, click on the tree title at the top center.
Protip: You can use your Dropbox images using the “Share link”, but you will have to change the URL from:
If you need more help, or have any questions, comments, or suggestions, don’t hesitate to contact us (Click “Contact Support” in the menu):
If you’d like, we can help you organize your gingko trees as well.
We can help you in:
We’ve gotten hundreds of emails recently from people raving about Gingko… and saying “if only it had feature X.”
Overwhelmingly, “X” was either offline mode, or more than 3 levels. So we’ve made those our top two priorities.
We also have many other features coming, which we’ve listed on the right.
To start a new tree, click on (top left).