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One of the hardest things I have done with MindManager

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

Is to write a eulogy. It also made it easier.

The same rules apply for a eulogy as when you write anything:

  • Think about the audience
  • Research the subject
  • Create an outline
  • Write the speech
  • Rehearse, edit, fit to time allowed

I delivered the eulogy from a map which had a couple of key sentences but it was mostly topics with a few words to guide me through the 4 minutes of speaking. I rehearsed and edited it several times. It worked.

I have described the process very briefly and unemotionally above. Doing it takes time and is emotional. But mapping it helped me considerably.

Overview of Mindjet’s new product launch for 22 September 2011

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

These maps are my notes plus a few personal comments  and questions. Come back again at the end of tomorrow and I will provide some links to relevant information.

My personal recommendation to you is, if you have MindManager 9 and  particularly if you have an older version is order the upgrade now. It’s £79 plus VAT, it will be £99 from the 22nd September. If you don’t have MindManager 9 Windows, buy it now for £199 plus VAT with a free upgrade to MindManger Professional 2012 because from the 22nd it will be £299 plus VAT.  Please contact me for more information on how to order. 🙂

Click the maps to see full size images:

Overview of the Release

There are two new products:

  1. Mindjet MindManger Professional 2012 (Windows desktop application)
  2. Mindjet Connect (Cloud based collaborative workspace with mobile access)

MindManager Professional 2012

This replaces MindManager 9 for Windows. There are two significant previously paid for add ins: Power Markers and Sharepoint Integration incorporated in the product. Plus the Project JetPack templates, a new brainstorming mode, 2×2 matrix analysis and enhanced task management.

Mindjet Connect

This replaces Mindjet Catalyst. There is a free version offering basic facilities to individuals and collaborative groups. The subscription Business version provides features for larger groups and for storing maps and files in a folder and sub-folder structure with different access rights.


iThoughtsHD has released version 2

Sunday, April 24th, 2011

I don’t have an iPhone or an iPad but I know many people who do have and use iThoughts HD. They are always very complimentary about the product. Today one of those people, my younger brother as it happens, emailed me that they have released version 2 of iThoughts HD. Click the link to find out the details of the improvements around topic images, hyperlinks, text styles and width plus improvements to the notes view.

Why mention iThoughtsHD here, because it is compatible with MindManager files. You can share files via DropBox and other cloud services between the mobile device and your desktop or laptop.

Making the Most of LinkedIn and Thinking Space

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

I am experimenting at the moment with the Thinking Space app for the Android Smartphones. An HTC Wildfire in my case. It allows you make maps and save them in MindManager xmmap file format. It will also import xmmap (it’s one of the MindManager save options) within reason.

This evening I went to a presentation in a very pleasent new hall in the Hampshire County Council offices in Winchester organised by Wired Wessex.  I decided to leave my Tablet PC behind and map the event on my phone.  Not an easy thing for me to do. 🙂

The presentation was given by Stephen Dann a veteran of LinkedIn and a very professional user of the platform.  Using Thinking Space presented two problems for me: 1. I am still learning the UI. 2. You have to be concise. You can’t type in a phrase quickly enough.  Here is the result which  you can make appear by magic in the My Pictures folder of my Tablet PC.

Stephen Dann - How to make the most of LinkedIn

Then I opened the Thinking Space file from the folder in my smartphone via Bluetooth and edited it in MindManager.  The unusual thing about Stephen’s presentation was that he used presentation mode with MindManager 7.  There was a lot of talk about groups but Stephen is not a member of those groups.  So I have added links to them to this map and some expansion on the topics in the original.  You would be very welcome Stephen.

Making the Most of LinkedIn Stephen Dann at Wired Wessex 14/10/20

Is the phone and Thinking Space better than pen and paper? Yes if you want to publish to Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, WordPress quickly or export to MindManager. No it is not as fluid.

Is the phone and Thinking Space better than MindManager in Ink mode on the Tablet PC. No but it does weigh a lot less and I cycled the 8 miles to Winchester.

Here is Stephen’s PowerPoint version of the presentation as 10 second per slide silent video. Change to 720p resolution and full screen for clearer slides.

Connecting People with MindManager

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

Last night I met with an ex Unilever colleague in Gulidford who had recently returned from 20ish years working in Europe for various companies in Operations and Supply Chain. We had not been face to face for twenty years. It was a very comfortable discussion over a pint of beer. During the evening I mentioned several groups and people he could contact.

He will be getting a map like this very shortly with slightly more info than you can see as a clickable web page. It was very quick to construct with MindManager just dragging and dropping links from various web pages and using the Outlook MindManager contact buttons. In my friends version the Outlook panels are open and he will get an outline version as well, so he can copy and paste information to his “database”.

MindManager is brilliant at doing this.  I will also supply him with a  link to the MindManager 8 Mac and the orginal map.

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Design & Politics – Engaging the electorate

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

Design and Politics - A conversation with Scott Thomas - MindManager mapYesterday I watched and listened on-line to a master class (presentation with conversations via a facilitator) on design for political campaigning given by Scott Thomas, the Design Director for Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. I liked his empahsis on keeping it simple and engaging the electorate in the process, so they became the brand. His one question at a time process for helping people to register to vote was an excellent deviation from the norm.

You can see my outline of the hour here: Design & Politics – A Conversation with Scott Thomas – Design Director for the Obama ’08 Campaign.

I suggest you follow the links to Scott’s web pages and the Obama site to see his work in practice.

Some work to do on achieving Scott’s simplicity with my map.

Creating Twitter Feeds in MindManager Map Parts

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

Twitter RSS feeds no longer work after they changed their API in March 2013.

However the principles outlined above do work for web sites that have RSS feeds.

I decided to have a go at using the Map Parts – News Feed for adding Tweets to a map this afternoon. I had heard that people were not succeeding in making this work. I have it working for individuals, searches, hash tags and lists. Follow the process below.

This is a clickable map. The Twitter icons will click through to Twitter and the Central Topic downloads the MindManager map. You will be able to see the most recent Tweets from all these sources.

Copy a Twitter RSS feed from the icon on Twitter and Twitter Search pages. You will not find it on Twitter list pages. See the last topic on the map.

Creating Twitter Feeds in MindManager Creating Twitter Feeds in MindManager.mmap Creating Twitter Feeds in MindManager.mmap

Repeating some of the text on the map image for Google and text readers:

Creating Twitter Feeds in MindManager

1. General Comments

1.1 MindManager accepts feeds in the form:

1.2 It does not work with feeds with “atom” in them

1.3 Replace atom with rss and it works

2. Creating a new News Feed

2.1 Open Map Parts pane
2.2 Right click News Feeds
2.3 Add new News Feed to Library
2.4 Paste in the URL and OK

3. Using Twitter (News) Feeds

3.1 Open Map Parts Pane
3.2 Drag feed on to map
3.3 Click plus sign to see the Tweets
3.4 Refreshing
3.4.1 Feeds are refreshed when map is opened
3.4.2 Right click feed topic: Map Part > Refresh
3.4.3 Select feed topic: Press F5

3.5 Notes contain:  Tweet plus time and date

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

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

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?

The MindManager Brainstorm Test

Monday, January 19th, 2009

Many of you will be using MindManager to brainstorm, mind storm or word storm. I wonder how quick you are at it?

Take this test and then publish your results by commenting on this blog.

Normal brainstorming rules apply:

  1. Don’t argue with yourself as you enter the words
  2. Try to use single words. Perhaps word pairs but not sentences! It will slow you down.

Here is how I would like you to proceed:

  1. Make sure you can see a clock with a second hand.
  2. Clear your mind.
  3. Pick your topic and think about it for 30 seconds. For this speed test I suggest it is something you have been thinking about recently or are currently working on and not a brand new topic.
  4. Start the clock. You have three minutes.
  5. Open a new MindManager map and enter the Central Topic
  6. Start entering your words as Main Topics. Don’t organise them or add Sub-Topics. Main Topics only.
  7. Stop when three minutes have elapsed. Count the Words and Topics entered. Hint: MindManager Button > Prepare > Properties > Statistics
  8. Publish your result as a comment in this blog.

I will publish my result and my tips for this process in a couple of days.

If you want a more elaborate test. Record how many topics and words after 60s, 120s & 180s. Just put a marker in the map and count them at the end of the test. I wonder if there is a trend that one third is more productive than another.

If you are not a MindManager users but you do the test, please publish your results and the application you used.

Have fun.

What are your favourite applications of Mind Mapping software and why?

Monday, March 3rd, 2008

I recently posed this question to my friends and to the general membership on LinkedIn.

A friend replied:

I use MindManager for the following:

1) Project management planning: I create templates for projects that are re-usable, this means I save time on subsequent projects. I also like the fact that an incredibly complex project can be managed from one dashboard. With the ability to link every conceivable form of document and media in one source I don’t know how I could plan and manage projects without MM.

2) Client workshops and problem discovery sessions: Clients find MM a great tool when I use it for workshops as it helps us brainstorm but always in a focused framework, it also means that nothing gets lost. I always record brainstorming sessions with a dictaphone and attach the audio file to the MM file for a complete record of the session.

3) Website design & planning: I now run 3 websites so it really helps to design, plan and administer my sites using MM as I can store all my images, pages, content and updates in one place.

4) Presentation planning: MM is fantastic for designing a presentation as you can create a basic template and then build out from that based on the specific requirements. I find it provides a more creative medium than just relying on powerpoint templates. I frequently save time by just using MM as the presentation tool, clients appear to prefer it to PowerPoint etc.

5) Knowledge management: Part of our core service is providing detailed audits and reports to clients. One of the deliverables we now provide is a MM of all the findings. It provides a much richer and simpler way of navigating through all of our results as opposed to a bland, one-dimensional Word document or printed report.

This is from Dylan Jones at IQ Solutions Online and his recently launched Data Migration Pro a global professional community.

You can see other answers at LinkedIn at What are your favourite applications of Mind Mapping software and why?