MindManager maps soon become rich containers of information. My process tends to go like this:
- Brainstorming or a record of an event or meeting
- Then I add images and hyperlinks to topics,
- Followed by notes in topics which may have more links and images.
- I could then add Excel ranges and/or Outlook items (email, notes, contacts, events, tasks)
As you go down this list your ability to share the map with people who do not have MindManager becomes more and more difficult or complicated.
At level 1 I can export to PDF or an image file and email it.
At level 2 The hyperlinks do not work in images or PDFs. They do in the web export to clickable image map but you then have to upload the files to share them first. The Mindjet Player in PDF or Flash file does not quite reproduce the map, the style and topic positions change.
At level 3 I now have to use one of the full web site exports to allow viewers to see the notes. The PDF Player and Flash do show notes but not images and links in notes. Word export can also be used. Non of these gives a overview of the orginal map, if it has more than a few topics.
At level 4 The Outlook and Excel placeholders appears in some of the exports but my experience is key data is not visible.
MindManager Web and Mindjet Connect do allow non-users to access the map and edit it. But it’s not cost effective for you (you have to pay for an account) or time effective for the user (logging in, learning how to use it) compared to emailing a PDF for example.
Have you any good strategies for or barriers to sharing MindManager maps with non-users?