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Last Saturday I hosted a dinner for 60 at the local golf club for the Alresford Pigs Association (a charity I am in my last few weeks of chairing. We help people not pigs by the way.). On Friday I created the table plan. Five tables of 8 and two of 10.
I knew I could do this with Mindjet 11 or earlier versions of MindManager. I used table 5 as the central topic but you could use the title. All the other tables and title are floating topics. The arrangement of tables and the doors approximates the actual layout. All topics have an area around them that cannot be overlapped by other topics. You may have to compromise.
I had all the names in two Excel spreadsheet columns (first name, surname). These can be copy and pasted direct to the map and form topics whose text is “first name surname”. I had already allocated names to tables in the spreadsheet but you could paste the whole set in the map and then drag and drop to tables. Letters in names have been replaced by #.
On Saturday afternoon one couple cancelled on a table of 8. A table of 10 had a couple dragged to another table. Print to A3 paper or poster print. Table plan done.
- The Main Topic Handles are hidden with View > Detail > Show/Hide
- Line Style has been set to: No line
- Main and Sub Topic Shape has been set to: No line
This project was completed with Mindjet 11 for Windows. It will work with all previous versions of MindManager for Windows, Mindjet Web and, Mindjet and MindManager for Mac. The iPad and Android versions do not support floating topics but you could use the standard map arrangement.
Mindjet have a series of seminars titled “Information Mapping Across the Organisation” running in Europe over the next two weeks. Scandinavia this week. The Netherlands and UK next week.
I am speaking at Lord’s and Old Trafford (the cricket grounds) in the UK. I will be showing the audience some Customer Use Cases with MindManager featuring: Brainstorming, Strategy, Projects and Communication. It would be great to meet you there. The events are free, in the morning from 08:30-12:30 and include breakfast.
If you have any special requests, make them below and I will see if I can weave them in to my 45 minutes.
This is research and background material for a presentation I am giving on Thursday evening called Using Mind Mapping Software to Organise Your Business at Wired Wessex in Winchester Guildhall.
The results are variable in their accuracy because for some applications it is easy to create a unique search e.g. MindManager, iMindMap, MindMeister, XMind, ConceptDraw or Mindomo but others produce results which are nothing to do with the software e.g. Freemind, Inspiration, MindMapper, Visio, or Curio. Another issue I frequently encounter is people referring to MindManager as MindMapper and I guess iMindMap has a few variations etc.
Do you think these results reflect your understanding of the market and the relative positions of the applications?
I have produced the results in three forms:
- A customised clickable image map MindManager web export which also has a link to download the MindManager map.
- The Flash MindManager Viewer using the MindManager Share tool. Tip: Right click the central topic and open all levels
Which format do you prefer?
A couple of evenings ago I attended a discussion about “Community is Essential to Building Brands”. As is my habit I inked the discussion on my Tablet PC using MindManager. Today I have processed it in to a web page which summarises the discussion, links to the web pages mentioned and “borrows” a few logos from their sites. The content is very interesting but here are some tips on how this map was created.
The central topic uses an image “shape” rather than the standard shapes on the ribbon. You will find these in the library under Shapes!
You can drag hyperlinks from links or the favicon in the address bar of your browser on to your topics. If the topic goes green, the link will be in the topic and if it goes red, it will be add as a subtopic with the title text from the web page.
Mostly the logos were grabbed, by right clicking on them, copying the image (not the link) and then pasting them in to a topic using Ctrl-Shift-Alt-V. This does not work with Google Chrome, it just adds the image link. So I reverted to Mozilla Firefox (Internet Explorer will work as well).
Occasionally you will get an image which has a black background. I then use the Windows Snipping Tool that comes by default with the Tablet PC. You can enable it on other PCs by turning on the Tablet PC tools in Control Panel > Programs and Features > Windows Features. Many image applications have screen capturing tools built in.
The web page is two exports combined:
Main Page: Is produced from one map. It is a customised combination of the clickable image and outline web export templates that I use for ConferenceREACTION and other reports. It’s nearly in a state that I could let others use it. Are you interested?
Social Networks Map: A clickable image export of the social networks map was pasted into the main web page. It’s easy to do: Copy the map image to the same folder as the main export. Copy the text from the mapname.html.txt file and paste this into an appropriate part of the main web page .html file. Change the default file name for one of the exports from index.html to something else e.g. map.html or you will be wondering why things don’t work.
I think those are the interesting bits of the export but if you have any questions please ask them below or contact me. To see the full maps please visit
- How it works, sharing your maps and its interactions with other applications.
- How I use it in my business. They saw the live applications on my PC rather than the public summaries linked in the map.
- A summary of the platforms and applications available. I know have not listed …………. but they all get a mention in the linked guides and other blogs.
You can see the examples, applications and blogs etc. on this clickable map.
My final Road Show of the tour. Good choice for the venue Rachael, Manchester United’s boardroom. Yes, we did get to see the football field and the red terraces. Click the photo to see that those extra goalposts have a growing purpose.
Twitter scored two goals this morning. Someone outside of the meeting spotted two of us twittering from within and told us . Which provided me with the ice breaker, “Mike Thomas (aka @thomasmike) please identify yourself”. Secondly Pascal Venier (aka @pascalvenier) noticed halfway through the morning that we were a couple of miles away from him, so I invited him to join us and he jumped in a taxi. Good to meet you Pascal.
I had spoken on the phone to Peter Maddern (aka @speechem) a few years ago. It was good to meet him face to face and learn a bit more about speech recognition. He took particular interest in using MindManager with a Tablet PC and posed the question “Can you use MindManager with a graphics tablet in ink mode?” The answer is yes and we worked out how the following day. For Windows 7 go to Control Panel > Programs and Features and in the left hand colum click “Turn Windows features on or off”. Tick the Tablet PC components. This works with Wacom graphics tablets and maybe others. Vista has something similar. I can’t find any references to achieving in XP but I believe it was possible with some registry hacking.
Steven Bashford, Senior Product Manager, Mindjet, Germany took the main role for Mindjet. He lead the group through the improvements and changes in MindManager 9. He dwelt on the Gantt view, Outlook parts and Slide view giving the audience time to ask questions and dealing with their concerns. He even told a joke but we all agreed it didn’t work and he should try it again tomorrow in Dublin. Did it work, Steven?
Here is my map of Bill Creekbaum’s version of the same session “MindManager 9 Overview and Product Demonstration“. I mapped it in ink on MindManager with my Tablet PC, converted it to text, added styles, links and published it to the internet within an hour of Bill’s session ending.
James Hoggett of Contact and Code repeated his overview of SharePoint and MindManager Explorer for SharePoint from the Birmingham Road Show. Must get that link to the free SharePoint server and look at the polling (survey) tool in SharePoint that James mentioned. James provided these links : The free version of SharePoint 2010 foundation is available for download here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=49c79a8a-4612-4e7d-a0b4-3bb429b46595&displaylang=en. Probably a better solution is to use the full SharePoint 2010 VHD (Virtual Hard Drive i.e. a SharePoint sever running virtually on your PC) that Microsoft have provided on a trial basis here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=751fa0d1-356c-4002-9c60-d539896c66ce&displaylang=en
There was some good news and some bad news during the morning.
Bad news: Outlook parts no longer track the contact, email, task or note if they are moved in Outlook e.g. to another folder. Pity, I enjoyed demonstrating that working in previous versions. Mindjet have changed to a different process for linking/integrating with Outlook which is more reliable and uses less processor time.
Good news: I have nearly mastered the slide viewer. Big tip: Do not include too much on a slide or open up topics with large numbers of sub topics e.g. a Google map part with 10 sub topics. Create extra slides which focus on details. I will publish the map I used for my presentation after I have tidied up and remove links to pages I don’t want you to access on my PC :). In the mean time here is a Mindjet Player version I upload during one of my presentations “Turning Ideas into Accessible Information”
Neutral news: The slide frame in the slide view is the same size as the paper selected in the Page Setup (Slides). The default is likely to be A4. Some printers will give you more page sizes than others and even a custom size. It may be worth chaning your default printer and playing with different page sizes, if slides do not fill your screen. May cause problems, if your last print job was to DL Envelopes!
Must get back to encouraging people to update to MindManager 9 prior to the 30th September launch discount deadline. Two orders arrived on the day of this Road Show, one via LinkedIn and the second via Ecademy.
Well my social network worked last night. Three sources recommended the same pub “The Wellington” and one of them, Roger Vanstone met us there and took Bill Creekbaum and I to his favourite Indian restaurant the “Al Faisal“. Suprisingly we were back in the hotel by 11pm.
It was short walk from the hotel to the Raddisson Blu, the Road Show venue. Very helpful staff and a nice well lit room. Pity they did not notice the projector was set to low brightness. I fixed that for the second half.
Again a long term friend appeared Maurice Poole who has worked for me in the ConferenceREACTION team. Also Mike Hodkinson who I have met at previous events and online. Very nice also to get compliments from a couple of members of the silent majority who read what I write in the forums and on this blog (note to self you don’t need to add a link here because they are here:) ).
Back to content. As far as I can tell Bill’s presentation was the similar to yesterday’s but we had two longer discussions. One about the Gantt chart view addressing the concerns of the audience. Those that attended now have a much better understanding of why MindManager 9 did not meet some of our expectations. The good news is planning tasks within a day will be possible in MindManager 9.1. Today’s project challenge was planning a party for the Pope’s visit to Birmingham on Sunday. Did we get to the emailing the Pope an invitation stage?
We were also enlightened about how to remove the offset in the slide view. Just drag the left or right hand edge of the frame across, similar to adjusting the topic width but the width remains the same. I also discovered that hiding topics in the map does not hide them in the slide. If you want to hide topics, do it in the slide views. The short keys work in slide view e.g. Ctrl-F5 to fill the slide with the map snippet.
Again my general understanding of SharePoint was improved by the presentation of James Hoggett of Contact and Code. Several big businesses are using it for their intranet sites and James showed us a few home pages. MindManager Explorer for SharePoint looks as though it will add great dashboarding capability to individuals and teams who want quick access to relevant and important items from MindManager. James noted that the MindManager Add In was the easiest he had come across to integrate with an exisiting SharePoint Server.
Using the Tablet PC, the web export and share tool to publish meeting notes part of my presentation, generated many questions during the session and at lunch. Again this group choose Inspiration and Project Management from my four offered topics. I used the hyperlinks to the map sharing sites to give the audience an appreciation of what is available to inspire them. I will publish the full map after the last road show.
On my way home now. Why is the standard of the Virgin first class service on the London Birmingham route not repeated on the Birmingham Winchester route? No WiFi, no snack, no free beer and typically they ran out of hot drinks (free) for a while. Thank goodness the power socket worked.
See you in Manchester on Tuesday at the Mindjet MindManager 9 Road Show.