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.