Posts Tagged ‘export’

Use Background Images to size your maps

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

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:

  1.  Facebook Page Cover 851x315Create a rectangle of 851 x 315 pixels with a light colour background in your image software.  Better still use the thickness of the rectangle’s line for the margin around your map.
  2. You also need to black out the area your Profile Image appears in the bottom left 230 x 125px.

    Click the image on the right and download it.

  3. Save this image to your Background Images folder. Set up a Package Folder for this if you haven’t got one.
  4. Create a new map > right click the background > Background >
    1. Assign image from library or
    2. Background Properties > Select Image
  5. In Background Properties select the Center Tile option, increase the Transparency if you wish.
  6. Return to the map view and you will now see the space you have to fill.
  7. Add floating topics at the top left and bottom right of the background image. I found these characters in the Wing Dings font set: Wing Ding Arrows Characters. Move the arrow tips until they touch the background image corner. You could also use a floating arrow image.
  8. Create your cover image with MindManager.
  9. Hide the background. Right click background > Background Properties > 100% transparency.
  10. Export the map image at 100% zoom. Tip: If there are no photos on the map: use PNG or GIF. With photos JPG. Don’t use BMP. You will get best resolution and minimum file size.
  11. Crop the image in your image editing software using the arrow points as the edges of the cropped image.
  12. You should now have an image 851 x 315 which you can upload to Facebook.

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/

Biggerplate Cover Image BoldMindManager 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 Macro’s can save you lots of time

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

Stop reading this if you are a Mindjet Web, Mac or Mobile user, it’s applicable for Windows users only.

Since MindManager 2002 you have been able to write macros to speed up your use of MindManager. I use them for tasks I do repeatedly which are not easily accomplished using select and the Ribbon or right-click Context Menu tools.

MindManager Hyperlink Context Menu

Hyperlink Context Menu

For example I produce maps which I export to the web so the world or a private group can use the content. Generally I like the hyperlinked topics to be in blue and bold, to highlight to the users of a clickable image map, that there is a link there. It is possible to select all hyperlinked topics using the Find tool and apply bold and blue to the font. (Open the Find > Options menu, tick the hyperlinks box and find “http://”) But I noticed Nigel Goult at Olympic Limited has a page called Mindjet Macros (FREE) page and it reminded of his expertise in this area.  To make my clickable image maps more search friendly, I also realised that I wanted the Alt text of the exported links to be the Topic Text and not the URL. A Skype conversation with him turned around the following macros very quickly:

I subsequently created another macro from these by copying and editing:

Download the macro by clicking the text.

I was also able to add the macros to the right-click menu of a hyperlink icon on a topic as shown in the menu above.

How do you do this?

MindManager Macro Organiser pane

MindManager Macro Organiser pane

Well the easiest route is to ask Nigel but you may wish to have a go yourself.  Open up the Macro Editor. It’s at the end of the View ribbon.  It’s similar to Visual Basic.

To use a Macro you need to add it to the applications using the View > Macros > Organize Macros tool.  I save my macros in a sub-folder of my user directory called My Mindjet/Macros (It also contains folders for all my Templates and Styles which I use via the Package Folders tool).  You will find a couple of macros already listed. Use the Add button to add a Macro file.

Macro Modify Menu

Macro Modify Menu

In the Macro pane you can add a macro to an existing menu. There are lots to choose from. The Hyperlink context Menu is appropriate for mine. You can also run macros directly from the Macro Organiser.  Also Activity Owner has an Add In called MyMapMacros for adding macros to the Ribbon and Quick Access Toolbar.

Editing macros can be done with the Macro Editor or a text editor. I simplified one of the macros Nigel produced for me. I made a copy of the macro file with a new name and removed a couple of lines from the code to stop the bold and blue commands:

tSelectedTopic.Hyperlink.TextToDisplay = tSelectedTopic.Text
tSelectedTopic.TextColor.SetARGB(255,0,0,255)
tSelectedTopic.Font.Bold=True

became

tSelectedTopic.Hyperlink.TextToDisplay = tSelectedTopic.Text

If you have something you do repeatedly which can be automated consider using macros. You could save yourself a lot of time and scratching of the head whilst thinking how did I do that last time.

Do you have any macros to share or a requirement?

Using drag and drop to create your view of a web site

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013
  • WordPress links for CabreHave you ever lost your way navigating someone’s web site or even your own?
  • Do you need a better way of bookmarking the pages you use visit frequently?
  • Do you want to make notes about a page?
  • Do you need a mnemonic to help you remember a password?
  • Do you need to store a signature, some code or other piece of text you want to use on that web site?

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:

  • Drag the favicon next to the URL in the address bar on to your map. You will get a new topic with the meta tag title of the web page and a hyperlink.
  • Drag a menu item from a web page to your map and you get a similar result.
  • Drag any linked item on a web page to the map.
  • You can use this to add floating topics or insert a subtopic.
  • If drag onto a topic, just the link is added to the topic.

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.

  • Upload the clickable map web export folder for your map to a web server.
  • Point the iFrame short code to the index.html file in the folder.
  • Edit the img src in the index.html file to point at the image file in the folder.
  • Edit any links to LinkedDocuments in the index.html file to point at the sub-folder you uploaded.

Add <i>scrolling=”yes”</i> to the short code parameters  to get the scroll bars.

New feature of Mindjet 11 – The Hidden from View Indicator

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

Mindjet 11 for Windows has several new features (see the Mindjet for Windows® Release Notes for them all). This is a review of what I call the Hidden from View Indicator and Mindjet calls the Filter Overlay. It is a pink box which appears in the bottom left hand corner of your map window to tell you if:

  • the map is Filtered,
  • is using the Show Branch Alone or
  • is using Show/Hide to hide specific map objects.

Let me show you how this works in practice. This is my map:

Mindjet / MindManager Filter Overlay Base map for experiment

If I now apply a Filter e.g. Show Priority 1 most of the map disappears and the indicator is in the bottom left corner. Filters are very useful for focusing on certain topics in the map and controlling what is exported to Word, the web etc.

Mindjet / MindManager Filter Overlay - Filter indicated

Next lets see what happens with Show Branch Alone. I use this feature when presenting or facilitating a discussion with Mindjet to focus the audience on the current topic. If the discussion goes on for a while you can forget you have used this tool, so the indicator will be a big help.

Filter Overlay - Show Branch Alone

Finally Show/Hide which I use to hide things my audience don’t need to see or all the Notes icons in the map included at the beginning of a Word export as in this map. Spot the missing Notes icon:

Mindjet / MindManager - Filter Overlay - Show / Hide

Of course you can have all three applied at the same time.

Mindjet / MindManager Filter Overlay - All three applied

You can minimise the indicator or overlay to icons only by clicking the minus sign in the box.

Hope you found that useful?

The MindManager Topic Notes Editor: Time for a big change?

Monday, October 17th, 2011

The Topic Notes editor has remained virtually unchanged for a decade.  A format painter (copier) has been added in MindManager 2012 and way back in 2002 the ink tools were added.  Nothing else has happened.  I met Blaine Mathieu Chief Products Officer at the Mindjet Revolution Roadshow, a few days ago.  After a short discussion, he invited me to send him an email on this matter. Here are my thoughts and your chance to help me write that email to encourage Mindjet to be evolutionary and well as revolutionary!

I have used the Notes editor to create hundreds of web sites: the notes become web pages.  Until last week I used it to create the Cabre web site but I had to do too much post processing to include bits of HTML for videos etc. and had other issues around site management not to do with the Notes Edtor. I have switched to WordPress with MindManager content where required.   The ConferenceREACTION web site is currently produced with MindManager but will switch to WordPress soon.  It’s a pity because all the content is produced with MindManager.

With the Word export I use Topic Notes to create the paragraphs in “Introduction to MindManager” (to be transferred to new web site),  a 20 page  booklet with 50 plus images in it.  I started with Mindmanager X5 and I will updated it to the sixth edition 2012 shortly.

So why change?

It lacks:

  • Word wrapping: you have to use tables.
  • The tables are unstable when they get big (more than 5 rowsish) and if you use cell merge.
  • You cannot include HTML, only links. So no embedded videos, maps or other “gadgets” e.g. mail list capture, twitter streams etc.
  • You cannot resize large images to suitably sized images as you add them to the Notes (or Topics) thus preventing map bloat!
  • It is difficult to manage the formatting in the notes to get the correct format in Word. If you transfer the MindManager Topic Notes format to Word, you can’t (easily) use the Word Styles to manage the formating.

Please add to this list by commenting below.

What would I like to see

Three and half editors:

  1. Keep it simple i.e.the current one.  For simple note taking
  2. A Word editor which uses the style selected for the Word export. Perhaps it opens a Word window and saves the file as an attachment to the map visualised in the Notes pane.  you can support this idea in Mindjet’s User Voice – Editing Topic Notes with Word.
  3. An HTML editor. Something like the ScribeFire for Firefox.  It’s great for editing and storing frequently used HTML fragments.  With the option of using Micrsoft Expression?  You can support this idea in Mindjet’s User Voice – HTML Notes Editor 

3.5 An editor for creating WordPress content. That is one which creates clickable image maps and other content that can be directly exported to my WordPress blog(s). I will write about this seperately.  One respected internet commentator Graham Jones said in his newsletter last weekend: “In my view, though, there is only one way to go: WordPress.” Repeating my dream: Just imagine if Mindjet had developed the HTML editor they had in early versions of MindManager we would be using MindPress now!

 There, that’s this week’s rant (so far) off my desk (chest).  Please add your thoughts here and in Mindjet’s User Voice.

Getting your bullets to Word via the Word Export

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

Microsoft Word Export SettingsThis week I was preparing a quote for some internal MindManager training using my quotation template but the bullet lists in the Topic Notes were arriving without their bullets in Word.  After a couple of emails to Mindjet, it clicked as to what I was doing wrong. It was one of those deja vu, I have been here before moments!

With the Style Mapping for Notes set to Body Text the bullets are not displayed in Word because Body Text does not have bullets.

The simple solution is to change this to:

None (Keep current style)

The alternative approach to producing bullets in the Word document is to edit say the Heading Level 3 style in your Word template to include bullets or to select the List Bullet style. Then all your level 3 topics will appear as bullets in the document.

Ink Sketches in Topics – Achieving Higher Quality Export Images

Monday, November 1st, 2010

With MindManager in ink mode on a Tablet PC (or a Windows 7 / Vista PC, a graphics tablet and Tablet PC tools enabled) you can sketch in a topic by making a traingle gesture. It’s a powerful tool for sketching ideas when brainstorming or making rough copies of graphs in a presentation.

I have always been frustrated when I turn the map into a graphic or web page. The rendering of the ink in the image is poor compared to the native on-screen ink (See images 1 and 2 below). This afternoon I realised there is an easy solution to the problem using the Snipping tool (screen grabber) that comes with Windows. Here is my process which replaces the sketch in a topic with an image (you may wish to save a sketch copy of the map first):

  1. Increase the map zoom to 200%. To get a higher resolution image.  You might want a higher zoom.
  2. Open the Snipping tool
  3. Select the sketch
  4. Copy
  5. Return to MindManager
  6. Select the topic with sketch
  7. Ctrl-Shift-Alt-v will the paste the image, replacing the sketch
Screen grab of the sketch in MindManager
Screen grab of the sketch when
the map is exported as an image
Screen grab of the sketch after
snipping in MindManager,
pasting in to the topic and
exporting as an image

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 Utilities -Batch 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 your MindManager map to present in a browser

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

For more than a decade MindManager has had a Presentation Web Export which produces a set of linked pages.  The pages display sections of the map.  Its useful when you want to leave a presentation on the web for people to find.  The header and the footer mean they can find you to.

However when presenting to a live audience: remote or in the room, you do not need the clutter of a header and footer.  You want the map to be maximised on the screen, so the text can be read (today’s challenge for a client).

I have edited the Presentation template to produce a no header, no footer map which fills the sceen version. Here is the result.

An HTML Presentation from a MindManager Map

An HTML Presentation from a MindManager Map

Tip: press F11 to get rid of all the browser clutter.

Gordon Brown’s Labour Party Conference Speech in a mind map

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

I thought I would run an experiment today, listen to Gordon Brown’s conference speech on the television, map it and publish it. What would it say that the script and the video do not say?

My process was as follows:

  • Prepare web export template – minor edits to a clickable imagemap export I have used many times
  • Create a folder on my conferenceREACTION web space.
  • Tweet that am I doing it.
  • Start mapping and try to ignore other interruptions e.g. a tweet from Maurice asking if I was there?
  • During the speech I posted the map 3 or 4 times. Also added a bit of fill colour to topics and changed the background colour. Note to self – setup a webfolder next time.
  • When speech finished, posted map and tweeted again.
  • Added images and changed to split tree growth direction to get more content across the screen. The speech flip flops down the tree.

Linked to the map in a couple of blogs on Ecademy:

  1. A quick report on Gordon Brown’s speech. Please discuss
  2. Gordon Brown’s Conference speech analysed

And received some feedback:

  • “I didn’t watch Gordon Brown’s speech – but based on the excellent mind map that Andrew Wilcox has produced, I must say it lacks one big thing – VISION.”
  • “Mind map is cool. Did it take long to do? Obviously not too long.”
  • “It’s interesting to compare the relative small size of the ‘New Economic Model’ to the larger scale of the other (spending commitment) sections.”
  • “Thanks for the concise overview.”

How do you react to Gordon Brown’s Labour Party Conference Speech in a mind map?