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Mindjet 11 and Windows 8 – My experience

Monday, November 5th, 2012

I have just installed Windows 8 and added Mindjet 11 to the suite of applications. Here is my summary:


It works, Mindjet 11, Windows 8, Thoughts

It works

I am preparing this blog with Mindjet 11 running on Windows 8. My hardware is a HP 2740p Tablet PC which has a touch screen in addition to the Wacom Pen. I treated myself to a Solid State Drive (my best buy is a Kingston 256gb on Lambda-Tech n.b. resale value of old 256gb 1.8″ drive on eBay £60-100). The PC and Mindjet are now running much faster than on Windows 7 and the traditional drive.  For previous versions of MindManager, Nigel Goult at Olympic Limited has tested them and they work from version 4 upwards. Here are his results MindManager and Windows 8.

Mindjet 11

There is no difference to my experience. Nothing changes at the moment stick to Office 2010 32 bit. Mindjet state in this blog Update on Mindjet for Windows version 11 and Microsoft Windows 8 that a service pack will be released by the end of November. This will allow you to use Mindjet 11 with Office 2013. No information given about Office 2013 64bit.

Windows 8

What is my reaction to Windows 8:

  • Initially confused by the new UI
  • Started to use the touch screen and things got better
  • Started using the Windows keys on the keyboard
  • Found out how to switch between the new Start UI with it’s tiles and the old style desktop (press the Windows key)
  • The virtual keyboard and ink entry is in a new place (get the task bar up and tap the keyboard icon). Windows 8 apps automatically pop up the keyboard when you tap an entry field. Legacy ones like Mindjet 11 don’t. I liked it lurking at the edge of the screen.
  • The new apps that arrive installed (many more can be added for free e.g. Evernote, eBay, Skype) make the Tablet PC feel like an iPad with a PC bolted on the back. Lots of stroking and tapping!
  • Seeing photos of your friends as soon you install Windows 8 on the desktop is a bit scary. How does that happen? You need to have or set up a Microsoft account to install Windows 8. Your e-mail address immediately links you to stuff!
  • I am enjoying it. It’s much faster than Windows 7 on a rotating drive.


What will Mindjet do to exploit this new OS?

  • Upgrade the Tablet PC tools?
  • Introduce a free tile app?
  • Introduce a low cost version for Windows 8?
Like you I will just have to wait and see.

Mindjet Connect – Has it got enough oomph?

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

As a long term user of MindManager I expect new products to be as useful as the ones I have been using since 1996. It’s a high threshold!

Mindjet Connect enables collaboration but lacks features that I use regularly. So is it worth the effort when you only have access via the browser interface? If you use it via MindManager 2012 many of my issues go away.

There are major benefits to using Mindjet Connect:

  • Shared folders and files with read/write access settings
  • Editing via any browser anywhere
  • Archiving/version control
  • Simpler to use than the desktop product

BUT there are significant functions missing e.g.


  • You can have multiple maps and file manager windows open. Right Click a map in the Files Window to Open in a New Window (Tab)
  • Beware renaming maps and folders that are open in other windows or tabs.
  • Maximise your screen
    • Full screen your browser
    • And click the full window button top right of Connect screen


  • The map goes off line every few minutes for 30 seconds. This disables editing.
    • You can continue working in MindManager 2012 but not the browser
    • The regular save is not a problem
  • There is only one short cut key that I have found. I only use half a dozen but without them rate of use goes down:
    • e.g. No Ctrl-F5 to fit the map to the screen
    • But Ctrl-Shift-D will toggle the level of detail

Pleasant Surprises

  • The UI is fast and easy to use. Right click to get more options

What delights you about Connect?

What is makes you hestitate to recommend it or use it yourself?

Mindjet have a new Community for logging problems, suggestions etc. Please make your views on Mindjet Connect and other products in there.  I have linked to the threads in the Community where I have commented. If they are important to you to, please add your comments and press the voting button – the +1 sign below the opening question.

Draft Results – Mind Mapping Software, MindMananger & User Groups Survey

Friday, August 27th, 2010

Just to keep the appetites wetted while I take the long weekend off to play cricket, commentate on cricket, drink refreshments, eat cake and run another MindManager License competition! Here is a draft map of your survey comments and inputs. There is a lot more to process and react to particularly individual comments people made, which I will be responding to personally.

Click the little map to get the bigger draftier map.

Map linking to draft survey results

Thank you for taking to the time enter the competition and complete the surveys.

The winning answer was 6527 and the winners have been declared here.

Special Message for Blog email Subscribers

Friday, August 20th, 2010

You have not been receiving the emails for blogs since February this year. The RSS feed location in WordPress seems to have changed and Feedburner was not picking up the blogs! I have revised it and you should get this email! Thank you Richard Parsons for alerting me.

Here is a digest of recent posts. Click to view.

Applications of MindManager

Note the map was created automatically with the Map Part -News Feed {right click the News Feeeds folder} (which no longer seems to be a refreshable part).
The Notes icons were hidden in the View > Show/Hide.
The map was exported to the web using the Clickable Image template.
I uploaded the resulting gif file (In Customize > Advance Settings > Turn off the map background) to my WordPress server.
The index.html.txt was pasted in to the blog and the ing src pointed at the uploaded gif.

Easy when you know how. I could do it quicker in MindManager 7 because the Web Export could be added to the Quick Access Toolbar 🙁

Strengths and Weaknesses of MindManager 9

Friday, August 20th, 2010

Back in October 2009 I created a MindMeister Wiki Map (anyone can edit) about the Strengths and Weaknesses of Mind Mapping Software.  Soon after a sub map for Mindjet was added.  Today I have added a new node to that map for MindManager 9, plus some initial thoughts.  Please add yours. 

My other thought is why don’t Mindjet have a free wiki map tool?

First Anniversary Index of Applications of MindManager

Thursday, February 12th, 2009

Its been bugging me for a few days that I can’t see an index of my blogs. I am hoping that someone will point me to a useful Blogger add-in after this posting. In the meantime I have constructed a few with MindManager by dragging and dropping titles and links via a Google search.

Applications of MindManager Index Map

You can view the index:

  1. As a large clickable image map
  2. By downloading the Mindjet Player PDF
  3. By viewing the Mindjet Player Flash Page
  4. As a text linked outline
  5. And I only just thought of this, you can download the MindManager map.

The clickable image map shows the original map full scale but I replaced the standard jog file with a gif so it loads faster.
The PDF file alters the formatting and produces a very large file.
The Flash is also big which is why I put it on a separate page.
I need to write a version of the outline template so it is fit for the purpose of adding linked text to a blog. The styles and structure make it too complicated at the moment. Use view source to see what I mean.

The easiest way has got to be publishing it as map and letting you download it. It is also bar far the smallest file size.

The First Part of a Book Review – Time Management for Dummies

Monday, September 29th, 2008

time management for dummies hyperlinks links to applications and web pages mentioned in the textTen days ago I sat down with Clare Evans at the Guoman Tower Hotel. We have been living parallel lives on Ecademy occasionally interacting but never really getting to know much about each other. Now we have 90 minutes of face to face insights and I have volunteered to publish some maps of her new book Time Management for Dummies.

Its a comprehensive book covering a wide range of time management issues. There are a few helpful chapters focussed on home workers and small businesses. I recently exchanged messages with an ex-Lehman Brothers employee on Ecademy. More and more of us will be running our own business or at least considering our employed position as our personal business.

The book is full of useful tips “Focus on important tasks not just urgent ones” and processes such as the Wheel of Life, for improving your time management.

Here is the first map, the links mentioned in the book plus some extras. I am trialling the scary: Rescue Time, it records and graphs the web sites and applications you are using on your PC!

Time Management for Dummies – The Links