My final Road Show of the tour. Good choice for the venue Rachael, Manchester United’s boardroom. Yes, we did get to see the football field and the red terraces. Click the photo to see that those extra goalposts have a growing purpose.
Twitter scored two goals this morning. Someone outside of the meeting spotted two of us twittering from within and told us . Which provided me with the ice breaker, “Mike Thomas (aka @thomasmike) please identify yourself”. Secondly Pascal Venier (aka @pascalvenier) noticed halfway through the morning that we were a couple of miles away from him, so I invited him to join us and he jumped in a taxi. Good to meet you Pascal.
I had spoken on the phone to Peter Maddern (aka @speechem) a few years ago. It was good to meet him face to face and learn a bit more about speech recognition. He took particular interest in using MindManager with a Tablet PC and posed the question “Can you use MindManager with a graphics tablet in ink mode?” The answer is yes and we worked out how the following day. For Windows 7 go to Control Panel > Programs and Features and in the left hand colum click “Turn Windows features on or off”. Tick the Tablet PC components. This works with Wacom graphics tablets and maybe others. Vista has something similar. I can’t find any references to achieving in XP but I believe it was possible with some registry hacking.
Steven Bashford, Senior Product Manager, Mindjet, Germany took the main role for Mindjet. He lead the group through the improvements and changes in MindManager 9. He dwelt on the Gantt view, Outlook parts and Slide view giving the audience time to ask questions and dealing with their concerns. He even told a joke but we all agreed it didn’t work and he should try it again tomorrow in Dublin. Did it work, Steven?
Here is my map of Bill Creekbaum’s version of the same session “MindManager 9 Overview and Product Demonstration“. I mapped it in ink on MindManager with my Tablet PC, converted it to text, added styles, links and published it to the internet within an hour of Bill’s session ending.
James Hoggett of Contact and Code repeated his overview of SharePoint and MindManager Explorer for SharePoint from the Birmingham Road Show. Must get that link to the free SharePoint server and look at the polling (survey) tool in SharePoint that James mentioned. James provided these links : The free version of SharePoint 2010 foundation is available for download here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=49c79a8a-4612-4e7d-a0b4-3bb429b46595&displaylang=en. Probably a better solution is to use the full SharePoint 2010 VHD (Virtual Hard Drive i.e. a SharePoint sever running virtually on your PC) that Microsoft have provided on a trial basis here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=751fa0d1-356c-4002-9c60-d539896c66ce&displaylang=en
There was some good news and some bad news during the morning.
Bad news: Outlook parts no longer track the contact, email, task or note if they are moved in Outlook e.g. to another folder. Pity, I enjoyed demonstrating that working in previous versions. Mindjet have changed to a different process for linking/integrating with Outlook which is more reliable and uses less processor time.
Good news: I have nearly mastered the slide viewer. Big tip: Do not include too much on a slide or open up topics with large numbers of sub topics e.g. a Google map part with 10 sub topics. Create extra slides which focus on details. I will publish the map I used for my presentation after I have tidied up and remove links to pages I don’t want you to access on my PC :). In the mean time here is a Mindjet Player version I upload during one of my presentations “Turning Ideas into Accessible Information”
Neutral news: The slide frame in the slide view is the same size as the paper selected in the Page Setup (Slides). The default is likely to be A4. Some printers will give you more page sizes than others and even a custom size. It may be worth chaning your default printer and playing with different page sizes, if slides do not fill your screen. May cause problems, if your last print job was to DL Envelopes!
Must get back to encouraging people to update to MindManager 9 prior to the 30th September launch discount deadline. Two orders arrived on the day of this Road Show, one via LinkedIn and the second via Ecademy.