Biggerplate have published their annual report based on the responses of 1,100 mind mappers. Here is my summary (click to enlarge):
All the details are here Biggerplate Annual Mind Map Report 2016
I have been off air for a while. I have been busy on other projects and reinstalling Windows 8 after two years of operation. It had slowed down to something less than a snail going in reverse up a steep hill.
My process was to make a disc image on a spare hard drive which could be plugged in later via a USB station. Then install Windows 8/8.1 from scratch followed by all the applications. That went well and I have been able to copy across files from the “old” drive. But what I forgot to do was to export the Registry specifically the HKEY_CURRENT_USER (HKCU) section and even more particularly the MindManager keys.
Why would I want to do this? Because there are a few important personalised parts of your MindManager set up which are stored in the Registry. One of these is your My Maps pane set up of collections and folders. It is an easy process to import your old registry keys once they are in *.reg file.
My problem was how to open the old Registry. Here is the solution (I won’t bore you with the things that failed to work e.g. Trying to boot from the old USB drive – Windows wanted to do a repair first and failed to get this to work)
Warning don’t dabble with the Registry unless you have backed up and created a restore point.
I wonder what other stuff I can now extract from my old MindManager keys?
I have composed a map as the image for the Cabre Facebook Page. Facebook have some guidelines for this: What are the dimensions for my Page’s cover photo? . The cover photo will be displayed 851 pixels wide and 315 pixels tall. If you submit something smaller: it will be stretched, something bigger and you will have to select part of the image. How do you compose a map in MindManager so it fits?
Here is my method which can be applied to situations where you require a map which will export to a specific image dimensions:
Click the image on the right and download it.
Download my Facebook image map template file. This has the background image and the floating topics.
This works similarly for Biggerplate cover images in the Trainer directory. The image size seems to vary depending on browser and image size/
MindManager maps place the central topic in the center of the image which may not be where you want it. For the Biggerplate image I added an offset a rectangle above the required image area which “pushed” the central topic towards the top of the cropped image I then uploaded to Biggerplate.
If you have a better process please tell me.
MindManager can help you do this.
The key tool is using drag and drop to copy URLs and title text from a web page to the map. Try it:
That’s how this map was created.
Now for something even more useful, the links on the map below of Cabre’s WordPress admin pages won’t work for you (except for the one bottom right to WooCommerce – Docs). But you can download this map WordPress Links for Cabre.mmap, use Replace in MindManager to replace all the “http://www.cabre.co.uk/” with “http://www.yourwordpresssite.com/” and this map will work with your WordPress site to. 🙂 Make sure your have the hyperlinks box ticked in the Options section of the Replace pop up. 😉
This is a clickable image map export of the MindManager map. Use the scroll bars to view the map in detail. Hover your mouse over the topics to see the links. My third tip on this blog is use the iFrame plugin for WordPress to display clickable image maps.
Add <i>scrolling=”yes”</i> to the short code parameters to get the scroll bars.
A couple of days ago I posted my record of the first Visual Thinking Webinar on Conference Reaction. I received a few how did you do that questions. This is an extended answer to those questions.
1.1.2 Topic images
1.1.7 Background Image
1.1.8 Linked files
1.1.9 Web links
1.1.11 Why are you still at work?
1.2 Not Functional
1.2.1 Outlook links
1.2.2 SharePoint links
1.2.3 Excel links
1.4.1 Don’t overload the map
22.214.171.124 Use more than one map if you need to
1.4.2 Portrait or Landscape?
126.96.36.199 Right Map or Left & Right or Tree or Org Chart
1.4.3 Export to check the image size
188.8.131.52 If the height or width are larger than required see next tip(s)
1.4.4 Layout Adjustments
184.108.40.206 Use main topic handles to move topics into better positions to maximise width or height
220.127.116.11 Adjust topic length
18.104.22.168 Use line wrap Shift-Return
22.214.171.124 Image alignment
126.96.36.199 Use topic alignment
188.8.131.52 Consider thumbnails with links to higher resolution images
184.108.40.206 Convert to text or Word etc . and link the file to the topic
1.4.6 Multiple Topic Hyperlinks
220.127.116.11 Only first is linked in the export
1.4.7 Hyperlink Alt Text
18.104.22.168 Edit Hyperlink > Options > Link Text
22.214.171.124 Text for Google to find & index
1.5.1 Mindjet Tasks
2.1.1 Map Zoom factor (%)
126.96.36.199 Adjust to fit the shared environment
188.8.131.52 86% produces a readable image with default fonts
2.1.2 Include Map Background
184.108.40.206 Yes = large jpg
220.127.116.11.1 good for photos
18.104.22.168 No = small gif
2.1.3 Root Export File Name
22.214.171.124 Change from index.html to something-relevant.html
126.96.36.199 Change to *.php if you want to use php in a modified template
2.2.3 Meta Tags
2.2.4 Map text as outline
188.8.131.52 Community is Essential to Building Brands
3.1 Local Network
3.1.1 Share folder & html file name
3.2 Web Folder
3.2.1 Upload folders to the server
3.2.2 Share the URL of the html file
3.3.1 Upload the image
184.108.40.206 WordPress Media
220.127.116.11 Any online store
3.3.2 Upload the linked Documents folder and files
3.3.3 Paste the html.txt file into a page or post
3.3.4 Edit the image URL
3.3.5 Edit the Linked Documents URL
3.3.6 Check it works
3.4.1 Use several maps on one page
18.104.22.168 Use one export as the master and paste sub map’s html in to the master html.
22.214.171.124 Remember to put all other files (image) and folders (linked documents) in the master folder.
On Thursday I have a short presentation slot at Biggerplate Unplugged London on “Search Friendly Mind Maps”. By which I mean maps that can be found by the internet search engines and be used to promote your business, organisation or passion. This blog is to prompt discussion prior to the event and an opportunity for you to improve my presentation by criticism and correction. As my research focusses on the Mindjet world, I would also be interested to hear how valid my conclusions are for other mind mapping software vendors.
Search engines are looking for indexable text, so how can they see your map?
An image or Flash file on the web is indexed by its file name and the text in the meta tag “alt”. Some Flash files do present more meta text to the search engines but I have no evidence the map exports from e.g. Mindjet make use of this feature. Adding these images and Flash to a PDF file will not help.
Briefly Mindjet’s web exports convert a map into:
The first and third produce text, and the second can have alt text on every link. These “maps” are visible to the search engines. However the HTML is archaic (developed 10+ years ago), the ability to add social tools e.g. Tweet this map, requires too much work compared to modern web publishing tools and coordinating more than one map into a multi-map web site is a pain.
There two significant map hosting sites for Mindjet maps Biggerplate and Maps for That. When a map is uploaded to Biggerplate, the main topics are extracted as keywords. You can add and subtract from this list. You can write a description but I doubt whether are many uploaders to Biggerplate that describe the full content of their map. Mindjet’s “Maps for That” does not have the keyword extraction.
For a couple of years I have been recording and publishing maps about presentations and speeches which are followed by the full text outline of the map. This has two benefits:
And more recently I have published the maps within a WordPress website.
Last Wednesday I attended a presentation about “Mobile Apps” given by a software house in my home town. I mapped it and published it in ConferenceREACTION, Biggerplate and Maps for That. Yesterday I asked some friends in the UK, Canada and The Netherlands to search for the event using a generic search and a very specific search term. Here are the results:
It’s surprising that ConferenceREACTION is in the top ten for the generic terms! If you want your maps to be seen by people who don’t use the catalogues i.e. the non-software mind mappers, then perhaps you need to post them on other sites. Obviously and unfortunately text is important. If you want your maps to be found (and maybe understood) I believe they need to be fully described.
What is your experience and your suggestions for making maps appear more frequently in search results for the non-mind mappers you want to see them?
The UK chart: Google.co.uk
The US chart: Google.com
The Mindjet Map part for Google searches chart: which I presume is via Google.com
I have recently tried using Mindjet’s applications on a variety of devices in the hands of different people. It was a frustrating and disappointing experience. Some of this is due to my lack of knowledge of how the systems function. Some of it is due to Mindjet not meeting my expectation of a transparent and integrated collaborative working environment! Please feel free to add your tips in the comments. Here are my first ones:
What tips or questions do you have for collaborating with Mindjet’s portfolio of applications?