MindManager and PowerPoint Brainwave

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

About Andrew Wilcox

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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9 Responses to “MindManager and PowerPoint Brainwave”

  1. Alex says:

    Hi Andrew,

    That’s a great tip for overcoming one of MindManager’s great failings – the ability to easily export formatted slides.

    I had a little play around and have come up with an additional and to some extent alternative suggestion, which is to use PowerPoint’s Insert Photo Album facility. This involves following the steps you have outlined above (I’m using your first example – I haven’t tried linked maps yet) to create the web export. Then sort the contents of the folder by file type as you suggested so that the Jpegs are grouped.

    Then instead of using insert and link in PowerPoint, use Insert Photo Album and select New Photo Album. When the dialogue box appears, navigate to the web export folder for the map and highlight all the Jpeg files and click on Insert.

    This should create a new presentation with separate slides for for each Jpeg. This will have the slightly cutesy title slide “Photo Album” but you can easily edit that.

    The great thing about this is that once you have created the presentation you can use the Edit Photo Album to update the presentation. Admittedly this is a little clumsy – you have to remove any topics you have edited and replace them with the new ones, but the easiest thing is just to remove the lot and replace them with the updated Jpeg files in the Web export file (I’m still playing around with this aspect of it).

    While this approach doesn’t preserve the live links and updating the photo album import will remove any editing you have done to the slides after the first import, I suspect this approach might be faster if you have a lot of slides.

  2. Andrew Wilcox says:

    Alex, Great enhancement of the process. That’s just what I was thinking there should be somewhere in PowerPoint. Pity it doesn’t Insert and Link. Wonder what happens if you drag and drop a set of images to a PowerPoint slide set?

  3. Alex says:

    Thanks Andrew.

    Actually I have to confess I didn’t come up with the concept by myself. However I did have the much more modest inspiration to Google “PowerPoint batch importing of image files” or something similar, as your post had pointed out how to generate multiple JPEGs via the web export facility. The search yielded a large number of posts and articles regarding the photo album import option and I realised this would work.

    I’ve done a bit more digging around this approach with some interesting results, and I’ve also explored a few alternatives. I was going to post something here but it was all getting a bit complicated so I’ll probably write a more detailed article on my blog – with full acknowledgement to you of course, for the key idea.

    However I can say that unfortunately your suggestion about dragging and dropping a set of images to an open and blank PowerPoint presentation doesn’t work very well, as all the images are pasted onto the first slide. Similar behaviour applies to all Office products except Word, where the images are posted sequentially. This is somewhat more useful and opens up some interesting possibilities, for example if you want to document a set of slides.

  4. Andrew Wilcox says:

    Cheers Alex,

    Ah well!

    I look forward to your sequel.

  5. […] Wilcox, a leading UK mindmapping expert, had a brainwave about this, as he describes on his blog. He decided to explore MM’s abilities to export web pages. These turn out to consist of a set of […]

  6. Alex says:

    Andrew, here’s the link to my latest post on MM exporting to PowerPoint. Your brainwave is duly acknowledged:



  7. […] workaround drew on a method described by UK mindmapping expert Andrew Wilcox in his blog, which involved using MindManager’s Web export facility to create JPEG image files. I discovered […]

  8. Alex says:

    Another update on how to export MindManager slides as graphics to PowerPoint, this time using an image printer program:



  9. […] pasting them in PP one-by-one. As a result a number of enthusiasts have tried to develop workarounds based on various undocumented aspects of MM, combined with little-used features in PP. I’ve […]

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