Archive for the ‘custom’ Category

How to manage shared resources for teams of MindManager users

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

MindManager Package Folder Types: Images, Background Images, Icons, Shapes, Map Parts, Templates, Themes, Marker Lists, Web Export TemplatesDo you want to share any of the following between team members or versions of MindManager?

  • A set of brand images you want everyone to use.
  • Map Markers for use at specific types of meetings.
  • A watermark that includes a copyright date.
  • Images of your products or people.
  • A set of questions you ask every new client.
  • A web export template which is constantly refined.

The Package Folders tool enables you to do this. Either for yourself, if you are running a couple of versions of MindManager (not sure if this function extends to Mac and Connect) or across a team by placing resources in network, Dropbox, Skydrive etc. folders.  To use the tool open this pane: File > Options > Package Folders

Selecting the resource type and location of your MindManager Package Folders
Your options:

  • Name – descibe the folder e.g. “Brand Logos”
  • Path – select the location of your package folder. It might be a folder in a mapped network drive or a Dropbox sub-folder. If you have sub-folders they will appear in the Task Panes and Template Organiser without adding them individually.
  • Resource Type – You can have everything in one folder but the Task Panes and Template Organiser will only show the relevant files.

MindManager Package Folders in the image Task PaneOnce added the new folders will appear in your Task Panes and Template Organiser. Last week I added a Dropbox folder. Later that week I took some pictures of the Royal Yacht with a mobile phone and saved them in Dropbox. They were available short afterwards to add to a map.  For example this is useful for data gathering during site surveys with a mobile device. Then writing a report back at the office using a standard report map template which exports to Word.


  1. When a resource e.g. an image is added to a folder, if the folder is open in MindManager, you will need to refresh the folder to see it. Right click the folder and Refresh.
  2. Web Export templates only work with one version of MindManager. (see Resolving problems with customised web exports in MindManager 9)

Use IcoFX to create icons for MindManager

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

The rules are simple MindManager icon files .ico have three image sizes, 16×16, 32×32, and 128×128, in 256 colors.

You can take any image and convert it into an icon with IconFX (it’s donation ware). For instance I took my profile image and turned it into icon. AndrewWilcox.ico. Andrew Wilcox image as a MindManager icon

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Restoring your Quick Access Toolbar set up after a repair

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

If you run MindManager > Repair in the Control Panel to fix a problem, the Quick Access Toolbar will be returned to its default install state with 8  tools.  I have  just had to Repair the Outlook MindManager button which adds mail, contacts, calendar and tasks to your current topic.  I lost the 18 tools I had added to the Quick Access Toolbar.
BUT prior to running the repair I exported this key using Regedit from the Registry to my Desktop as QAT.reg:

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Mindjet\MindManager\9\User Interface\BCGRibbonBar-59398

After the repair I ran the QAT.reg file and the MindManager – Quick Access Toolbar was restored to its pre-repair state.

You could use this process to create different Quick Access Toolbar sets for different applications of MindManager. I have 5 Ink tools which allow me to map in Ink without having to open the Insert ribbon.

Quick Access Toolbar

Adding new topic shapes to your MindManager library

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

In the MindManager Library there is a section called Shapes. It contains three folders: Ovals, Rectangles and Rounded Rectangles. Any of these shapes can be applied to a topic by dragging and dropping or selecting a topic and then clicking the required shape. This can be used to give another level of emphasis to your maps. If you need to change the colour of a shape or remove / add a dot, duplicate and then open in your image editor.

What about adding your own shapes to the library? Very easy add a new folder (right click the shapes folder) and then follow the instructions on my Creating New Topics Shapes in MindManager map.

I created a new shape from my logo by editing it and adding a boundary in I also gave a it a transparent background. Then I added it to Shape Library and used it for the central topic of the map. You can see in the map some of my choices may not be that clever. If the shape had been applied to the main or subtopics the background would not be an issue.

This morning I was creating a new shape from a sandcastle image during an online client training session. It soon be came apparent that the aspect ratio of the shape image is dependent on the text string height and width. You need to choose shapes that look good when crushed, stretched or otherwise distorted!

There are a few ways to mitigate the distortion:
1. Control the text width in Format Topic or by dragging the left and right text boundaries
2. Font size and type
3. Edit Content Margins in the Library Shape or Format Topic > Size and Margins. See the map.

Does anyone have some great examples of custom shapes in their MindManager maps?