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Resolving problems with customised web exports in MindManager 9

Monday, September 27th, 2010

I have not been able to use customised web exports which were working in MindManager 8 and earlier versions in MindManager 9.  Which is a bit of a blow because I publish a new web page or site via MindManager most days, ConferenceREACTION event record pages being one example.  Copying the folders from your MindManager 8 web templates to the MindManager 9 templates is not enough.

Here is the answer:
Replace this string
‘#Reference {A41FC8F5-ED0F-4333-9843-51C0539B19D3}#4.0#0#C:\Program Files\Mindjet\MindManager 8\Mm5WebExport.dll#Mm5WebExport 4.0 Type Library
With this string
‘#Reference {F2454FB8-64C3-48fe-B0DD-E7EDEA107825}#5.0#0#C:\Program Files\Mindjet\MindManager 9\Mm5WebExport.dll#Mm5WebExport 5.0 Type Library
in all .mmbas and .cls files
I use Useful File UtilitiesBatch Replacer with this RTBL file UpdateCustomWebExports to do this for each web export template folder.

If you would like me to update any web export folders for you, please zip up to five  folders and email them to me. I will send you a PayPal invoice for £7.99 inc VAT in the UK and the same price for all other countries.  On receipt of payment I will return the updated files. If you have more than 5 folders to process please send an inquiry email for a price.

An alternative process may be to copy the .mmbas and .cls files from MindManager 9 to your related customised folder.  You could do that with File Explorer.

This was my process of elimination to find the source of the problem.

  • I have a map which has exported via the clickable image template successfully.
  • I have made a copy (COPY 1) which also exports successfully
  • I have a customised template which works in MindManager 8
  • I have copied the four edited .xml files to COPY1 and the export works
  • Stopped this copy and test route and went to file compare
  • Comparing MindManager 8 clickable image template folder with MindManager 9 using Total Commander 7.50 shows all mmbas files are different in content. Opening identical files in Notepda++ and using Compare utility show first line is different.
    And its obvious why.
  • ‘#Reference {F2454FB8-64C3-48fe-B0DD-E7EDEA107825}#5.0#0#C:\Program Files\Mindjet\MindManager 9\Mm5WebExport.dll#Mm5WebExport 5.0 Type Library
  • v
  • ‘#Reference {A41FC8F5-ED0F-4333-9843-51C0539B19D3}#4.0#0#C:\Program Files\Mindjet\MindManager 8\Mm5WebExport.dll#Mm5WebExport 4.0 Type Library
  • But this is a comment! Perhaps not.
  • The reference is the same in all mmbas files in the original folder
  • Does replacing them in a custom export template solve the problem? Time to use Useful File Utilities – Batch Replacer
    to change the reference in my “old” template to the new reference.
  • It did for 48 out of the 54 files. What is different for the other six?
  • They are tables of parameter names and other files specific for my customised export.
  • Time to try it out.
  • Failed at the BeginExport.mmbas ???
  • Copy MindManager 8 “Clickable Image” folder to MindManager 9 web templates renamed to “Clickable Image ex 8”
  • Run the search and replace on the .mmbas files and the web export works!
  • More investigation of my custom export template required
  • First let me try one of my simpler custom web export
  • Tried and failed. Ran the search and replace on all files. The reference is also include *.cls files.
  • Ran simple custom web export. SUCCESS!
  • Ran Search and Replace on more complex web export. Ran export and SUCCESS!

Using MindManager to Mock Up Web Sites

Friday, December 11th, 2009

Last night I went to a 80s party orgainised by the Like Minded Companies, a bunch of businesses that jointly sponsor the event and invite their friends, clients and suppliers. They are always very eclectic evenings. Last nights highlight for me was the discussion with the fiancee of someone I met at a VizThink evening several months. I won’t bore you with the details but you might get the gist of the conversation about an information system requirement we discussed from the mock up I prepared with MindManager this morning.

Hot Spots

Two maps

  1. Africa – A map as the background image. With a floating topic for Cairo linked to the second web export. Exported as a clickable image map
  2. Cairo – Map with notes exported using the static outline template.

Will this get beyond this stage, who knows!

Can you point me at the best web sites created with MindManager?

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

Not catalogs of MindManager maps e.g. Mappio and Biggerplate or web sites which use MindMnager map images in them but web sites created using MindManager’s web export or with an AddIn e.g Map4Web or Aha!VisualWebExport.

A few have been mentioned in this Question on LinkedIn “Can you point me at good examples of web sites created with MindManager? Or describe intranet sites where possible.

I want to be able to show a client some examples of best practice, so he and I can formulate some ideas about the best way export his knowledge to his clients.

I have a “catalogue” of MindManager export web sites I have produced but I would be surprised if they were the best in class. I must add the one I am currently working on called ConferenceREACTION.

Please add links to the best MindManager web exports in your comments to this blog.

Using MindManager to store and link to Twitter Searches

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

My preferred Twitter client is Twhirl and it has a stored search tool but it does not do advanced searches. For instance I do not want to know what is happening on the highways and in the restaurants of Winchester, VA, USA. I want to see Tweets about Winchester, Hampshire, UK.

Twitter Search allows me to do this but I could not see a way to store the search like a group in Tweetdeck for instance. I could save it as a favourite in Firefox or IE, I suppose.

Then the obvious hit me between the eyes, store them in a MindManager map. I can have a private one on my desktop and publish the general ones for other to use on a web page.

This is my starter for ten of predefined Twitter Searches on a MindManager map.

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?