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What is the missing link for MindManager? The killer add in you really want!

There are a multitude of add-ins for MindManager ranging from free to those costing more than a MindManager license. Some enable MindManager to emulate processes both proprietary and public. Others enhance an existing MindManager export or make a connection to a non-MS Office application.

Probably like me there are some you use frequently and others which you have no use for. There are probably many you unaware off or only just on your radar.

BUT what add-in would make a big difference to you? Here are a few of mine:

  • Social networking dashboards for LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter & Ecademy
  • Synchronisation with Above & Beyond
  • A tool to help me manipulate XML files either pre-import or when in the map to add or remove information based on content of the file.
  • Alternative ink sketching tool e.g. embedded ArtRage2
  • An HTML based notes word processor

Or perhaps a better way of looking is there a market waiting for a MindManager combo?

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Andrew is an experienced user of MindManager who shares his knowledge and advice for free here. And provides commercial training and consulting on how to exploit MindManager and other mind mapping software applications in business, organisations and for individuals at Cabre For more information about Andrew please visit his Google + profile.

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11 Responses to “What is the missing link for MindManager? The killer add in you really want!”

  1. johan@leveraged says:

    A tool where I can make a template with variable dates.

    Example : I’m doing a training : mindmapping

    A : close the list with participant 😡 – 12
    B : make syllaby with names participants x- 10
    C : confirm participants and give them iternary x -7
    D : workshop : x
    E : demand feedback x+2

    I give a date and the other dates are automatic in my mindmap. I can export to outlook..

  2. Arthur Vanderbilt says:

    A really good connection with the Evernote desktop application. This could be fixed by Evernote restoring the functionality to create program links to notes, like they had in older versions.

    MindJet Connect should be free for people who own MindManager. I mean, come on. The thing costs a fortune. Throw me a bone.

  3. Andrew Wilcox says:

    Not sure I have grasped your requirement Johan. Can you provide a map or diagram and I will include it.

    Arthur, I read lots about Evernote on the MindManager tweets. Perhaps I should take a look at it.

    Interesting view about Connect. Suggest you take that direct to Mindjet. I think that the more people that see the power of using MindManager via MindManager Web the better for all MindManager users.

  4. Andrew Wilcox says:

    Great solution Activity. Thank you for the contribution.

    Click here to go to Activity’s set relative dates solution for MindManager

  5. Leap of Faaaith says:

    Time lines! time lines!

    I am amazed no one has come up with an app for this in mindmanager (see the openmind program…it works great)

  6. Andrew Wilcox says:

    Leap of Faaith,

    What do you want that JCVGantt does not do?

    Personally I want to be able to enter task dates back to the middle of the last century, so I can produce a personal timeline. It won’t go back before 1970.

  7. Alex says:

    I am a great fan and frequent user of MindManager, but it is expensive.

    Given MM’s price, at least some of the current crop of add-ins should be built in to MindManager – in particular JCVGantt and GyroQ and the various programs that allow you turn a map into an Excel spreadsheet.

    This comments also applies to some of the add-ins I’d like to see written, which include (in no particular order):

    1. A program combining the ability to roll up amounts (not just project management resources) in sub-topic custom fields to a topic(like in TPAssist, but simpler and easier to use) with simple arithmetic (like Realtime Calculator) in topics and custom properties and with conditional formatting of topics

    2. As an extension of this, the ability to do date arithmetic in topics, notes and custom properties – Activityowner’s template is great, but there should be a simple add-in to do this (or it should be built into MM)

    3. The ability to fill custom properties fields from a drop-down list of values and to more easily extract custon properties and use them elsewhere, eg in notes (I think that custom properties offer a lot of potential, but currently are very underutilised in MM)

    4. A beefed-up notes editor, with numbered lists, fields, etc (this should also really be part of MM itself). It would be great if these lists could also pick up from topic numbering

    5. As Leap of Faaith said, a project management add-in with a proper timeline like OpenMind – not just a gantt chart

    6. The ability to write OPML files for outlines (which I understand the Mac version of MM can do)

    7. Not quite an add-in, but some sort of universal mind-map translator – given its market position, most competitors seem to be able to read MM maps, but comparatively few write them

    8. An add-in to sync MM with a wider range of calendar programs, WP and spreadsheet programs, especially Google/OpenOffice applications, to-do lists, online project managers, etc

    That’s enough to be going on with!

    Alex

  8. Leap of Faaaith says:

    Regarding Timelines

    The date limitation drives me crazy. If I want to do a history project and set up a time line. or chart my own personal life, I can’t go back beyond, as you said, 1970. It’s a frustrating limitation that I don’t know how to get around. In my dreams, it would also allow such a project it to be viewed in a real time line. There are other Mind mapping applications that do it, but Mindmanager is the one app that everyone can interact with. If mindmanager’s primary focus is project management, then such a request for added flexibility will continue to go unaddressed. It just stinks that I would have to buy a completely different program just to accomplish what I want to accomplish in Mindjet’s mindmanager

  9. Alex says:

    Although I agree that timelines should be part of MindManager, I’m really surprised that nobody has written an add-on to do this.

    As far as I can tell – and correct me if I’m wrong – none of the project management/gantt add-ons to MM can do a simple timeline. About the only work-around I can think of (and haven’t yet tried) is to export/sync to Outlook and use its rather basic and clunky outline.

    Alex

  10. TonyP says:

    I've been using the product for years, and it is better than the rest overall, however it has gotten too expensive. MM 8 was a bad ribbon implementation, not all menus/commands are intuitive as to where they can be found.

    – Add Calculations Module, to be able to calculate totals up branches.
    – Add improved Excel & XML integration import and data features.
    – Add Dashboard module to be able to drill down into data or graphs into the underlying data (Excel or Database)
    – Import Powerpoint Presentations
    – Updated Macro Manual for MM8 & MM7 Pro
    – Timelines

    Tony

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