Can you embed the MindManager Universal File Export aka HTML 5 Interactive Map in your web page?

October 12th, 2016

MIndManager 2017 for Windows and 10 for Mac include an HTML5 export. This produces a web page that can be hosted and shared with everyone you would like to view the map. I and I guess many others would like to show the map within the frame of their blog or web site. Here is how to do it (I am writing this before I have actually done it!).

Things not to do:

  1. Don’t copy and paste the code into your WordPress page in Visual or Text mode. The edit page will freeze.

This works:

  1. Upload the html file to WordPress Media library and copy the full file URL.
  2. Use the iFrame plugin to implement this shortcode in the Text edit mode: [iframe src=""]
  3. And Hey Presto your map appears. I wonder if there are ways you can control window size, map zoom and level of detail in the export?

But perhaps it would be better to have a map display post template without all the clutter of the normal blog layout. Something which top and tails the export as produced by MindManager: MindManager 2017 and 10 Overview

Using flow charts to clarify your offer

April 28th, 2016

Speech Maps Process

I prepared a flow chart using the MindManager Flow Chart template to clarify the tasks for mapping speakers at an event.

I used callouts to expand the requirements for a step and hyperlinked to their web platforms.

Writing that up would take up more space than the flow chart and probably be less clear.

Biggerplate Annual Mind Report 2016

March 2nd, 2016

Biggerplate have published their annual report based on the responses of 1,100 mind mappers. Here is my summary (click to enlarge):

Biggerplate Annual Mind Map Report 2016 Summary

All the details are here Biggerplate Annual Mind Map Report 2016

Moving maps with Relative and Absolute Links

July 1st, 2015

MindManager Course Map

My process for setting up a MindManager training day is as follows:

  1. Copy the Beginners Course folder from the MindManager Course folder to the client’s course folder
  2. Open the map shown above. Do not let MindManager update the links.
  3. Open all the relative R linked maps which are now in the client’s course folder.
    • Edit and populate with relevant information.
    • The links back to the “Course Map” will work.
  4. Open all the absolute A links and check they work.
    • There are no links back to the “Course Map” unless you manually add them.


  1. The Beginners Course Folder contains “template” maps to be moved and edited for each course
  2. Other folders and maps in MindManager Course folder contain reference maps and other files which don’t change for each course.

If you let MindManager update the links the absolute ones will be fine but the relative ones will point back to the original folder. You may find this confusing when you are running your course! e.g. “I am sure I added all your names to the course members map”

Of course this process can be used for many applications e.g.

  • Starting a new project
  • Setting up an interview
  • Going on a trip
  • Shopping
  • Treatment plans

If you do mess up the links on a map, then do this:

  1. Find – Replace – Option – Links
  2. Replace the beginning of the link with the new folder location.
Find and replace links

Find and replace links

MindManager task management overview and relevant add ins

January 12th, 2015

Task Management Overview for MindManager - So many options and Add Ins

A client contacted me recently and asked for some guidance on how to manage his task list with MindManager. So I prepared an overview of the options in a MindManager map – Task Management Overview. It summarises what you can do with MindManager (Windows version mostly), Mindjet Tasks, Microsoft Office and Add Ins.

  • Desktop Alone
  • Desktop & Mindjet Tasks
  • Desktop & Outlook
  • Desktop & MS Project
  • Desktop & Excel
  • Addins – for Excel and “Getting Things Done

The overview doesn’t answer the client’s question it just shows the options from having a single map, through to interacting with Mindjet Tasks or Outlook, to exporting and importing from Excel and MS Project, to using add ins from the simple: My Things, to the complex: Results Manager.

The generic answer to managing your tasks (and other peoples tasks) successfully with MindManager is:

  1. Pick an option
  2. Define a process
  3. Stick to it for a week or a month
  4. Has it achieved your objectives?
    1. Yes – Repeat
    2. No – Why not? Look for an option that fills the gap
  5. Be prepared to compromise. The only software that will fully satisfy your requirements is one you write yourself! Commissioning someone else to write it is unlikely to satisfy you.  Admit you haven’t got the time or money to do that and make the best of what you can get off the shelf.

30 years ago I had a Commodore Pet which ran a chemical factories planned maintenance management system in Liverpool. It didn’t do things the way we “wanted” to but after a year even the most unionised technician on my staff was happy to have it on his bench.  It gave him a defined process, a database that was easy to edit, a range of reports and made his life easier. One of the options in the map will do it for you to.

Please download the MindManager map to see the details: Task Management Overview

An overview map of Facebook

October 21st, 2014

Have you become lost in Facebook? I have. So I started mapping it out. I have been using Facebook to advertise another venture and I needed to be more careful with my postings. This is the summary map. Click it to see the detail.

Facebook Overview Summary

Facebook Overview Summary

It’s work in progress. There is more to understand on the left hand side.

What is missing? What doesn’t make sense?

Stretch the edges of the Library panes to work faster

October 21st, 2014

When selecting items from the Library you often have to scroll down to see all the choices of images, icons, background images and shapes available to you. Just stretch the viewing pane to see more. You can drag the top up and the left hand side out. The result is in most cases you can see all the items available in that group.

Just place your mouse on the pane edge and when the cursor changes to the double arrows and vertical lines, drag the edge in the required direction.

MindManager Screenshot adjusting image selection pane

MindManager Screenshot – Adjusting image selection pane

Using Windows Environment Variables in MindManager Hyperlinks

July 1st, 2014

Windows has a set of variables which work wherever Windows is installed. Maybe you have booted from a USB drive or decided your home drive should be Z:. You can use these variables in MindManager hyperlinks.

For example:

  • “%windir%\System32\calc.exe” as an absolute link will start an instance of the Calculator (It may not be in the foreground).
  • “%UserProfile%\AppData\Local\Mindjet\MindManager\14\Library\ENU\” will open your library folder.

You need to use the Open outside MindManager option or press Ctrl when you click the hyperlink on the map.

Here are some more variables:

  • %AllUsersProfile% – Open the All User’s Profile
  • %HomeDrive% – Opens your home drive e.g. C:\
  • %UserProfile% – Opens you User’s Profile
  • %temp% Opens – temporary file Folder
  • %systemroot% – Opens Windows folder
  • %windir% – maps to Windows folder

If you send a map with links of this type to other Windows users it will work on their PC regardless of how they have set it up.

My inspiration came from here: Is there a list of Windows special directories/shortcuts (like %TEMP%)? . Many commands are listed and there is a link to a page with many more.

Perhaps I could create a PC maintenance map?


Recoverying your My Maps pane set up in a new install

June 30th, 2014
My Maps tab - folders and maps

I have been off air for a while. I have been busy on other projects and reinstalling Windows 8 after two years of operation.  It had slowed down to something less than a snail going in reverse up a steep hill.

My process was to make a disc image on a spare hard drive which could be plugged in later via a USB station. Then install Windows 8/8.1 from scratch followed by all the applications. That went well and I have been able to copy across files from the “old” drive. But what I forgot to do was to export the Registry specifically the HKEY_CURRENT_USER (HKCU) section and even more particularly the MindManager keys.

Why would I want to do this? Because there are a few important personalised parts of your MindManager set up which are stored in the Registry. One of these is your My Maps pane set up of collections and folders. It is an easy process to import your old registry keys once they are in *.reg file.

My problem was how to open the old Registry. Here is the solution (I won’t bore you with the things that failed to work e.g. Trying to boot from the old USB drive – Windows wanted to do a repair first and failed to get this to work)

  • This is how to get access to your old HKCU – How to import the HKCU values of a different profile into your registry
  • This did it for me – reg.exe load HKLM\TempHive h:\users\Andrew\ntuser.dat
  • Which gave me access to
  • Export the key
  • Edit the registry file – replacing HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\TempHive\ with HKEY_CURRENT_USER\
  • Close MindManager
  • Import or double click the registry file
  • Open MindManager and my maps and folders are back as shown in the image!

Warning don’t dabble with the Registry unless you have backed up and created a restore point.

I wonder what other stuff I can now extract from my old MindManager keys?

MindManager and PowerPoint Brainwave

March 4th, 2014
Presentation Web Export Template

Presentation Web Export Template

I just had a moment of inspiration when answering a question about exporting to PowerPoint in the Mindjet Community.  There has never been a easy way to transfer your maps to PowerPoint. The current exports to PowerPoint do not show off your hard work of laying out the map and formatting it.  They transfer the topic text to bullet points or PowerPoint objects (bullet points in blocks).  My recommendation has always been for simple maps to export the image then insert and link to a slide.  For more complex maps either use screen grabbers to capture sections of the map or sub-divide the map in to several maps using “Send to new map” then export the images.  All a bit painful.

Here is my using the web exports for PowerPoint slides brainwave

1. Use the Presentations web export

This will automatically produce a set of images intended for a set of web pages from your map. You will need to play with Customize – Advance Settings before you get the best images for your presentation.

  • Open the map
  • Export to web using the Presentations template
  • Create a new PowerPoint presentation or use an existing one.
  • Then insert and link the image files you will find in the web export folder.
  • Tip: It helps to sort the folder by file type.

2. Use Linked Map View and Clickable Image Map web export

This idea follows on from the sub-dividing suggestion above.

  • Open your parent or master map for the presentation.
  • Export this as a Clickable Image Web export.
  • Tip: In Customise – Advanced Settings: Include Map Background – True (jpg good if you have photos) / False (gif produces smaller image files)
  • Go to Linked Map View.
  • Select the number of Map Levels required
  • Select All
  • Web Export
  • You have now created a folder for each map with an image file in it
  • Insert and Link the images to your PowerPoint slide.

Why have I bolded the Insert and Link? Simple: if you edit your map, repeat the export, close and reopen your PowerPoint file it will be refreshed with the new images.  (I failed to find a Refresh button or shortcut key in PowerPoint)

Just wondering if I have missed something obvious in MindManager associated with the Slide View.  Please tell me if I have.

Laws of the Game - Linked Map View

Laws of the Game – Linked Map View