Check out the Mindmapping software blog for my series on mind mapping and strategic planning

With the kind cooperation of Chuck Frey I have started a series of articles titled Mind map your way to a successful strategic planning day on the Mindmapping Software blog.

These posts commence by explaining the advantages that mind mapping has over the traditional whiteboard as a tool for managing and recording strategic planning sessions, particularly for smaller and non-profit organisations. In the later articles I will describe in detail how to prepare for and then run a mind-mapped planning day. While I am obviously drawing on my experience with MindManager these techniques can be applied with any reasonably well-featured mind mapping program.

The first article is Strategic Planning – Stuck in the Whiteboard Time Warp while the second in the series, 7 key advantages mind mapping can bring to your planning session, has just been published. Part 3 is due to appear shortly and parts 4 and 5 should be published within the next few weeks.



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New tricks with MindManager HTML 5 exports and dashboard maps

In the first couple of posts in my series on MindManager 2017’s new features I looked at HTML 5 export and dashboard maps. I’m going to look at a couple more new features shortly, but first I wanted to add a short post on some other new tricks you can do using both these features to selectively export certain aspects of your maps. The following is an expanded version of a comment I posted on a thread relating to HTML 5 export on the Mindjet community forum.

1. How to export a map to HTML 5 with a user-accessible filter. To export a map with a filter that can be turned on or off in the exported map, first create the map and then create and apply the filter, selecting show or hide matching topics as desired. Export the map to HTML 5 (see my earlier post on HTML 5 exporting). The resulting web page should include a button in the top toolbar which allows the user to toggle the filter on or off.

Example map 1

Example map

Example Map Filtered for Export

Example map filtered for export

Filtered Exported HTML 5 Map with User Accessible Filter Button Visible

Filtered exported HTML 5 map with user accessible filter button visible

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Addendum to the dashboard maps post – a dashboard map example

I have received some very positive responses to my previous post on the new dashboard map facility in the latest update release of MindManager, version 2017.1, including a request that I make available the map I used to demonstrate how to set up and use the feature

Here is a link to a ZIP file containing the map of the activities of the hypothetical stationery company I used to demonstrate roll-up maps. Most users are likely to want to set up a separate dashboard map incorporating topics from one or more project maps but for the purpose of the demonstration I included three dashboard maps based on floating topics in the same project map.

The map also includes an explanatory note but is designed to be used in conjunction with the instructions in the previous post. Please note you will need MindManager version 2017.1 or better to be able to access the new dashboard map features.

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MindManager 2017’s new features in action – 2: dashboard maps (2017.1 update)

It seems that MindManager 2017 is a work in progress. Normally Mindjet makes incremental changes between major upgrades – and these are sometimes as much about taking out features, or fixing problems with previous additions as they are about adding anything new – but this approach has been upended with the release of the latest update, MindManager 2017.1 ( which I’ll refer to as MM 2017.1).

MindManager 2017 was a fairly substantial upgrade in its own right and apart from Mindjet’s commitment to continue making improvements to its new HTML export feature there was little to indicate that the first point upgrade would do more than tidy up a few loose ends. I was surprised therefore to see that the release notes for MM 2017.1 contained a whole page of updated features.

By far the most significant of these is the new dashboard map facility which Mindjet has slipped into the standard as well as the enterprise version of MM 2017.1 with little fanfare. For the first time, users can create a single map which can pull together and summarise data from a range of other maps and, most significant of all, keep this rolled-up information up-to-date. Continue reading

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MindManager 2017’s new features in action – 1: HTML 5 export

A Happy New Year to all Sociamind readers and welcome to the first post of 2017.

What is HTML 5 export and what does it do?

While MindManager 2017 (MM 2017) did not give users everything they wanted, it did deliver a number of unexpected but mostly pleasant surprises. In this occasional series I’ll explore some of these new features, both major and minor, and provide examples of how to use them in interesting ways.

My first example is the HTML 5 export facility which allows users to export a mindmap as a web page. These maps do not require MM and in fact can be accessed by anyone with a browser. With the latest 17.1.167 update they can also use a number of layouts and are fully interactive, allowing users to expand and collapse branches and click on hyperlinks and attachments. Most aspects of mind maps including features such as topic notes are also retained in the export process. The HTML 5 export also replaces the previous somewhat unreliable interactive PDF export feature. Continue reading

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MindManager 2017 “sneak peeks” summarised: what we now know about the new version

Following on from the MindManager for Windows 2017 preview which I discussed in a recent post, Mindjet has just completed a series of five sneak peeks looking at some of the key features of the new version. These demonstrate a strong emphasis on extending Mindjet’s capabilities in relation to presentation, integration with other software and project management, but they also raise some tantalising questions about how far these new features actually will go. Here are the key links:

MindManager 2017 newtimeline feature. Source: Mindjet

MindManager 2017 new timeline feature. Source: Mindjet

I won’t go over the material in these sneak peeks in detail but I thought I’d provide a quick summary and offer some observations.

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Update: Good news on Google searching in MindManager

In my last post I described some work-arounds to cope with the recent and sudden demise of MindManager’s Google search map part, due to changes in the Google search API. The map part allowed users to undertake Google searches within MindManager (MM) and was particularly useful for researchers.

In light of Mindjet’s announcement that a replacement would not be available for at least another year I was trying to identify some alternative approaches – though none of the ones I suggested were as straightforward or effective as the original map part. Not being a programmer I also assumed that designing an add-in to replace it would be very complex.

Happily I was wrong. Nigel Goult from Olympic Limited took up the challenge and has created an add-in which effectively replicates the map part and adds some extra features. This is available in two flavours – as a stand-alone add-in called Google Search Plus and as part of the latest 2.3 version of MAP for MindManager – a handy collection of nearly 50 tools you can use with MM. Continue reading

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