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MindManager 9 Service Pack 1 Released

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

Guess what Windows 7 threw a wobbly today stopping MindManager (runtime error C++) and MailWasher (.NET 3.5 problem) from running. I believe the .NET 3.5 installation was corrupted somehow. It took most of the day to try out various fixes culminating in a Windows 7 Upgrade from CD. Upgrade equals repair. You can see the trauma unfold in my tweets for today.  So I have not spent that much time on the service pack. My thoughts so far are:

You should be able to get the update 9.1.157 in MindManager > Extras ribbon > Updates or go to the Cabre MindManager page to download a trial copy.

The good news: Mindjet have reacted quickly to user issues and fixed some of them.

  • Generate Mindjet Player files locally. The install file has grown by 20gb!
  • Added print preview to the Quick Access Toolbar
  • Outlook integration issues
  • Gantt View and some parts of the planning model
  • An Import section under the File tab
  • Check out the release notes below for more

The bad news for me is:

  • I still can’t use MindManager to plan in minutes and hours within a day and have a change in task duration affect the times of linked tasks.
  • MS Office 2010 allows you to add controls under the File tab to the Quick Access Toolbar. Why can’t Mindmanager?
  • Topic Alerts did not come back. I didn’t use the Outlook integration option.
  • And somethings are still long overdue an overhaul: Word and Web Export, the Tablet PC interface.

BUT I must remind myself and you the blog reader that MindManager is still an excellent product. I still use it every day.  My concerns are about the marzipan and the icing. The cake is great although we may differ on the best possible recipe.

However a group of users and developers expressed their concerns to Mindjet shortly before the Service Pack was released.  This was summarised in the Sociamind blog by Alex Gooding.  Click here to see the map (requires Flash), go to Biggerplate to download the map or click on this link to download the letter to Mindjet PDF. We look forward to hearing about Service Pack 2.

If you still looking for fixes, improvements and new functionality make sure Mindjet know.  You can do this directly at Technical Support or Submit a Suggestion. If you would like to get help from other users with workarounds and solutions or support for your suggestions then use the MindManager user groups.   The liveliest ones are MindManager Yahoo Group, MindManager Enthusiasts Linked In, Mindjet Forum and Tweet to Mindjet and all those watching.  In Germany go for the MindManager Group on Xing.

If you had one thing you would like resolved in Service Pack 2 what would it be?  Add your comment below.

Mindjet’s announcement is here MindManager Version 9 for Windows – Service Pack 1. Here are the Release Notes showing what has been resolved, work arounds and no current solution.

MindManager v9.1 Release Notes

A Review of the MindManager 9 Release

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

This afternoon I was one of the Mindjet Partners listening to Michael Deutch give his briefing on the forthcoming release of MindManager 9 via a webinar.  As is my habit I mapped it in MindManager as he gave it.  Some of the detail is missing but the support material from Mindjet will cover that. Links at the bottom of the page.

My experience with the beta has been good.  I like the new ribbon, the reduced CPU time consumed, the SharePoint addin and I have just found those new images!  I still have many other improvements to give a real workout to: slide mode, Gantt chart pane and planning the day in tasks with durations in minutes 🙂 .

It’s a great product which I hope will bring many new users on board and provide that extra oomph to the users of earlier versions.   As someone who has used MindManager almost daily since 1996 I am looking forward to getting the release version, personalising it for my applications, listening and contributing to the MindManager community, and (fingers crossed) assisting my existing and future clients to exploit MindManager.

Overview of

Background Reading
Mindjet MindManager 9 comparison with previous versions
Mindjet MindManager 9 Datasheet

To help search engines find this page and those with impaired vision to “read” the map.
The image map content is repeated below as a text outline in one or two columns.
Overview of MindManager 8 for Windows


1. Planning

1.1 Instant transformation map to Gantt chart

1.2 For

1.2.1 (Olympic) Amateurs

1.2.1.1 Marketing

1.2.1.2 Development

1.2.1.3 Engineers

1.2.1.4 Designers

1.2.1.5 Writers

1.2.2 Imports/Exports to MS Project for the Professionals


2. Communication

2.1 Broadcast
See related topics and documents
Collaborate (Change)

2.1.1 One to Many

2.1.1.1 PowerPoint

2.1.1.2 Untitled

2.2 Collaborate

2.2.1 One with Many

2.2.1.1 MindManager

2.2.2 Section map into slides

2.2.2.1 Focus

2.2.2.2 Segment

2.2.3 Then interact


3. Information Overload

3.1 Issues
See related topics and documents

3.1.1 Application switching wastes time

3.1.2 Wide variety of information sources

3.2 Information

3.2.1 Collection

3.2.2 Organisation

3.2.3 Structure

3.2.4 Focus

3.3 Publish

3.3.1 MindManager

3.3.2 Office
See related topics and documents

3.3.2.1 PowerPoint

3.3.2.2 Project

3.3.2.3 Word

3.3.2.4 SharePoint

3.3.3 Web

3.3.4 PDF

3.3.5 Image


4. Additionally

4.1 Improved Printing

4.2 Office 2010 Ribbon

4.3 New Images, Icons and Templates

4.4 Increased Performance


5. Lost

5.1 Based on users not using

5.2 e.g.

5.2.1 Exports

5.2.1.1 Visio

5.2.1.2 MPX

5.2.2 Bookmarks

5.3 JCVGantt integration

5.3.1 Some functionality now in the product


6. SharePoint

6.1 Becomes extension (add in)

6.2 Enhanced capability

6.2.1 e.g. Search within documents


7. Catalyst

7.1 Now a compliment to MindManager desktop

7.2 Service

7.2.1 Cloud based

7.2.1.1 File store

7.2.1.2 Collaboration

7.2.2 Browser based access to Workspaces

7.3 Price reduction

7.3.1 £16 down to £9 per month per user

7.4 Discontinue

7.4.1 Web conferencing features

7.4.1.1 No new sales or renewals but continued support for current users to end of their contract


8. License Upgrades

8.1 £79 from MindManager 7 or 8

8.2 Please request a quote from Cabre
See related topics and documents

MindManager 9 License Competitions

Saturday, July 31st, 2010

You may have noticed there are a few competitions running. Here are my initial thoughts on where I will be offerring these licenses:

Watch all those spaces to increase your chances of winning 🙂

Or perhaps I should go for some more general locations.

Win a MindManager 9 Windows License – Survey and Question

MindManager 9 appears to be scheduled for release August 10

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

My lips are sealed but others are publically saying:

Mindjet web site:

New in MindManager Version 9

Power Performance

  • Faster map loading while using fewer system resources
  • Integrated Gantt Chart & Resource Planning

  • Synchronized project timelines displayed alongside your map
  • Slide Presentation Mode

  • Create interactive slide presentations in MindManager so you can present your ideas and capture feedback at the same time
  • Dynamic Outlook Dashboards

  • View and organize Outlook emails, contacts, notes, tasks or meetings within your map, without having to switch applications
  • Enhanced Usability and Interface

  • Utilization of Office 2010 usability and interface best practices make using MindManager with Microsoft applications even easier
  • A PR release says:

    MindManager version 9 for Windows will be generally available on August 10

    I expect to tell your more and give my assessment of the new release soon.

    In the meantime upgrades to and new purchases of MindManager 8 Windows qualify for a free upgrade to MindManager 9 when it is released.  You can purchase these from Cabre

    Eligible products:

  • MindManager 8 for Windows, new licenses
  • MindManager 8 for Windows, upgrades from MindManager 7
  • MindManager for SharePoint, new licenses
  • Note:

  • Upgrades from MindManager 6 or earlier are no longer available from Mindjet but I may be able to help you.
  • Customers who purchase MindManager for SharePoint during this period are eligible to receive a free upgrade to MindManager, Version 9 for Windows and MindManager Explorer for SharePoint. MindManager Explorer for SharePoint will be available as an add-on to MindManager Version 9
  • Using MindManager to take snapshots of a project or business development

    Tuesday, September 16th, 2008

    If you create a map which is linked to or has all the documents / files attached to it, you can use this to create a snapshot or version control process.

    With attached documents only (these are embedded in the map file) all you have to do is use Save As to save a version 1, 2 etc of the project.

    With linked documents use Export > Pack and Go to create a zip file with all the linked files included in it. During the process you can exclude files from the zip. Use version numbering for the zip file. The attached files will be there whatever you do.

    Warning: This will take up disk space.

    Latest version of MindManager 7 Pro and Mindjet Connect

    Thursday, June 19th, 2008

    The latest version of MindManager and the first release of Mindjet Connect were available from the Mindjet site yesterday. I am treating these as two separate entities for now.

    MindManager Pro7 (version 72.E.374) is a service pack which has a Mindjet Connect client. Use MindManager’s check for update function or go here to get it.

    You do not get access to Mindjet Connect until you subscribe. You can get a trial subscription here.

    If you would like to test your trial with me send me an invite from Mindjet Connect.