Did you know minesweeper for windows was created to learn people how to use a mouse and get people comfortable with left and right clicking ? You can read more about that here.
That's a great way to learn. So to help you get used to Breakdown Notes we bring you games!! There's puzzles and there's puzzles. One of the world and one for Europe.
Well the layout of the world obviously, but with regards to Breakdown Notes we hope you remember the following:
The context menu is the place to find the most common opttions for the shape you just clicked: options to change the color, copy and element etc. For the puzzle pieces you will find options to get hints (see the continent, or the country name), or if you are getting hopeless, solve the piece.
The maps on Breakdown Notes are big. With reason, so you have plenty of space to make notes, diagrams etc. It will take some getting use to nagivating with zooming (scroll) and pan (click and drag the canvas). You will do plenty of that if you want to solve the world puzzle.
You can hide the edit menu (on the left) or the feedback/help menu (on the right). You can also collapse or expand part of each menu by clicking a legend. For the puzzle, you actually only need the feedback, so you best hide the edit menu, and collapse the Help menu. Also: go fullscreen (F11 on most browsers).
Solving the world puzzle is pretty hard. You might want to continue at some other time. But better save your progress first. Open the save menu (in the edit menu on the left). Check out the save options: you can download it, save it in your browsers local storage, or save it using github. You can also press F2 for quick save (in which case it will end up in your browsers local storage).
Some shapes partially cover other shapes. By moving the shape to the bottom, you can more easily access the shape or puzzle piece that were covered before. The buttons to move pieces to the top or bottom you will find in the context menu (and you can access the context menu by right clicking a shape).
You can move shapes with the arrow keys. Sometimes thas way easier then dragging. Also good to know. There's a minimum drag delta you can set: this delta is distance you have to drag your mouse before a shape actually moves. To make the puzzle a bit easier, this is set to a pretty high value. Downside of that is that it can feel like pieces are stuck to the map...
Normally, it is set lower. You can set it yourself in the Zoom and positioning menu (but advice is not change it while puzzling, because if you choose an new delta that does not wholly divide the old, pieces will no longer fall in their correct position).
The earth is sphere. That makes it hard to project in just two dimension. When projecting the earth onto just two dimension, something will get distorted: a country/area can look bigger or smaller and the shape of a country may be seriously morphed. Theres a lot to read about this. A good place to see the different projections and distortion is here.
This is important because the projection of the earth in this puzzle is the Miller Cylindrical projection. And according to the people of the Eastern Georgraphic Science center (see the previous link) this projection does not show shapes and sizes without distortion. So be carefull when comparing the size of countries. Instead check out this
There are versions with and without the coastline. Without the coastline is way more difficult.
It's to help you get to know the interface and part of the feel of Breakdown Notes. It will not be possible to make a puzzle like this yourself.
On the plus side, there are a lot of other things you can do with Breakdown Notes you have not seen yet. Check out the tutorials or blog post if you're interested
If you want to have a puzzle created (for a small fee), so you, your fans, or your students can use it with Breakdown Notes, let us know. We might be able to work something out. Also check out the Multi pricing option. With that, you can make maps you can share maps you made with others without ads, regardless off the subscription these visitors have (Although this option is not yet available right now).
Check out what more you can do with Breakdown Notes by reading one of the other blog post.
We could not find what projection is used for the map of europe. If you make both the world and europe puzzle, you will definitly notice some differences
The svg's that were used for the world puzzle and europe puzzle can be found here:
Visit highcharts for the source data of the world
and visit d-maps.com for the map of Europe