Posts Tagged ‘map parts’

Auto calc, formulas, properties and map parts

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

MindManager calculator map partI have been experimenting with the topic calculator tools in MindManager 14 for Windows today. The result was this Selling Price map part. This calculates the retail price for an item based on the cost to the retailer, a % margin, VAT (tax) resulting in an inc. VAT and ex. VAT price. I saved this as map part for use in other maps.

The process is simple:

  • Select a topic
  • Insert properties: Cost, Margin, VAT & Quantity
  • Insert formulas ex VAT and inc VAT
  • Check the results
  • Result the property values to default ones
  • Open Map Parts task pane
  • Select or create a folder (I created one called calculators)
  • Save Selected Topic

I wonder what other calculators would be useful?


I wonder what other simple calculators would be of use to MindManager users?


Map Parts – Efficient and effective use of repeating topics

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

Have you used Map Parts in Mindjet / MindManager for Windows? With just a little bit of effort you can be very efficient and effective when working with repeated use of topics.  The product comes with some useful ones: Days of the week, Ideas, Issues and Messages. Each Map Part has a parent topic and several sub topics.  When you click them they are added to the map at the selected topic.  They are very useful in meetings. Someone makes a suggestion, add a map part and start capturing the details within a defined structure.

Map Parts are easy to create.  Select the parent topic of the group you would like to be a Map Part and then click Add Selected Topic(s) in the Map Part pane. Your Map Part is now part of the library and can be added to any open map with a click.

I have two Map Parts I use frequently:

Map Part Virtual Boardroom

Virtual Boardroom

At a monthly meeting with a group of business friends we present an issue for discussion by the group.  I use the map part as a template for each person’s issue. As we progress around the table I add this map part for each issue. Then I use the topics as prompts for questions and recording the discussions.  At the end of the meeting it is easy to share the map as a whole or relevant sections to the person with the issue.

Signature MindManager Mindjet Map Part


I use this map part to add a floating topic to a map I am going to publish. It has a hyperlink back to my web site. I have other map parts with full contact details.Map Parts can have all the elements you use in a map. You could have a map part which contains attachments e.g. terms and conditions, office location map, feedback form, expenses spreadsheet.  You could have a map part which links to the parent maps in a project or process or the folder where the project documents are stored.

More Time Savers

There are more sophisticated map parts which will:

  • Search the web, Amazon or eBay for you and bring back the top X results.
  • Display the recent topics from an RSS feed
  • Add links to Files and or Folders on your PC

Set aside some time to see how you could use Map Parts to make you more effective and efficient with Mindjet MindManager.


Evernote and MindManager Integration: Browser, Map Parts, RSS Feeds

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

Whenever Graham Wilson asks a question it sparks me into doing some research as to what MindManager can do. Sunday’s question was “How do you integrate Evernote with Mind Mapping?“. There is not a simple answer but a variety of tools you can employ.

  1. Evernote tool in Mindjet WebThere is an Evernote Export from Mindjet Web (was Connect). Select a topic, click the Evernote tool, select the approriate options and you could have a topic, subtopics and links from a map as an outline in an Evernote note and a link back to the Mindjet Web map.
  2. You can drag and drop or copy and paste Evernote urls to a Mindjet 11 for Windows (or its MindManager predecessors) map or copy and paste for Mindjet Web.
  3. Open Evernote in Mindjet’s (MindManager’s) built in browser and use the paste function to create a dashboard of your Evernote notes. If you saved this in Mindjet (Cloud) Files, you could access the map from Mindjet Web or the mobile apps. You can also save it in Dropbox and read it in a MindManager compatible web or mobile app.  I could create an Evernote dashboard in Mindjet and add alarms, resources, task info to the Evernote Topic on the map.

    Here is a short video showing the adding of Evernote Note’s to a map. Best viewed full screen:

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  4. With Public Evernotes you can use an RSS feeder to get Evernotes on to a MindManager map. See Tips and tricks on using Connect with Evernote in the Mindjet Community and look at the Related Items below.  It you don’t tell anyone else the public Evernote URL it’s fairly private.

Is there an opportunity for an add in developer to do more?  Or has it already happened?

How to manage shared resources for teams of MindManager users

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

MindManager Package Folder Types: Images, Background Images, Icons, Shapes, Map Parts, Templates, Themes, Marker Lists, Web Export TemplatesDo you want to share any of the following between team members or versions of MindManager?

  • A set of brand images you want everyone to use.
  • Map Markers for use at specific types of meetings.
  • A watermark that includes a copyright date.
  • Images of your products or people.
  • A set of questions you ask every new client.
  • A web export template which is constantly refined.

The Package Folders tool enables you to do this. Either for yourself, if you are running a couple of versions of MindManager (not sure if this function extends to Mac and Connect) or across a team by placing resources in network, Dropbox, Skydrive etc. folders.  To use the tool open this pane: File > Options > Package Folders

Selecting the resource type and location of your MindManager Package Folders
Your options:

  • Name – descibe the folder e.g. “Brand Logos”
  • Path – select the location of your package folder. It might be a folder in a mapped network drive or a Dropbox sub-folder. If you have sub-folders they will appear in the Task Panes and Template Organiser without adding them individually.
  • Resource Type – You can have everything in one folder but the Task Panes and Template Organiser will only show the relevant files.

MindManager Package Folders in the image Task PaneOnce added the new folders will appear in your Task Panes and Template Organiser. Last week I added a Dropbox folder. Later that week I took some pictures of the Royal Yacht with a mobile phone and saved them in Dropbox. They were available short afterwards to add to a map.  For example this is useful for data gathering during site surveys with a mobile device. Then writing a report back at the office using a standard report map template which exports to Word.


  1. When a resource e.g. an image is added to a folder, if the folder is open in MindManager, you will need to refresh the folder to see it. Right click the folder and Refresh.
  2. Web Export templates only work with one version of MindManager. (see Resolving problems with customised web exports in MindManager 9)

Using Mind Mapping Software to Organise your Business – Wiki Maps

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

Unfortunately MindManager does not have a Wiki facility but you can answer the question “Please give examples of how you use it in your business?” by adding comments to this blog.

If you have Mindomo or MindMeister accounts you will be able to edit the maps below. I will be using the maps as examples of collaboration in my presentation on Thursday entitled “Using Mind Mapping Software to Organise your Business” at Wired Wessex in Winchester, UK.

To edit click Mindomo icon top left

To edit click pencil icon bottom left

Mapping Twitter Favourites, Conversations et al with MindManager

Monday, January 17th, 2011

Recently Mattias Kareld asked on Twitter:

“Is there an easy way to get my favorite tweets into a mindmap? Would be great to sort them in a #mindmap. I mainly use #mindmanager.”

My conclusion is there are two ways:

  1. Use a News Feeds – Map Part to add your favorites ( favourites ) or anyone elses using an RSS feed of the form to your map. You can do this from at least MindManager 6 which is what Mattias is using.
  2. Use the TweetJet experimental web / cloud application to capture the tweets, save to a xmmap file and process with MindManager.  This process can work upto a point for non-MindManager users. Anyone can access the experiment.

Twitter conversation in a MindManager mapI entered into a conversation with Mattias and we came to a solution using the former method.  He has blogged the details of the Map Part solution in Organising my favorite tweets in a mind map

I used the latter to map the conversation with Mattias and others.  There were 45 tweets related to the question, mainly exchanges between Mattias and myself.

You can see the scale and complexity of the conversation in the thumbnail view opposite.

Here is how I mapped the Twitter conversation and note you do not need MindManager to create a map.

Mindjet the developers of MindManager have created a free (under-development) online cloud tool which imports Twitter information to a map. It can be saved or printed but the map you create only exists whilst the page is open (vapourware!). Read the Mindjet blog summarising the Twitter Tool.  Or jump straight to the simplest version of the Twitter Mapping tool, (it takes some time to load on first use), connect it to your Twitter account, ignore all the instructions and click on My Profile. Now you can click on any of the normal Twitter groupings such as Sent, Direct, Favorities etc and the map will be populated with your tweets or ones to you.  Go back and read the instructions if this grabs your attention!

I used the Search Twitter topic to assemble the Tweets I needed for the conversation map. Click that, enter a search term and you get a set of Tweets. You can repeat for different search terms. Using this I gathered together the Tweets in the extended conversation with Mattias and others.

The only editing (apart from adding more sub-topics / Tweets) you can do on this map is deletion. So prior to saving or printing you may wish to delete the instructions, feedback and other unused topics. Printing the resulting map is also possible.

The map can also be saved in .xmmap format to your computer. This file format can be opened by at least the following applications: MindManager from version X5 onwards (PC and MAC), MindManager for iPhone, iThoughts HD (iPad), ThinkingSpace (Android). I saved the map, edited it and then exported it with MindManager to produce the Big Clickable Picture, an Outline and a Flash viewer. You can also save the file, change the file type to .xml and open it an XML viewer or editor.

Is this a useful process?

The Social Network Map Parts are for Facebook and MySpace. What about Ecademy and LinkedIn?

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

For a few years now MindManager has provided Map Parts which create a “dashboard” of your Facebook and MySpace social network.  There is an open API and it should be possible to do the same for Ecademy and LinkedIn.  Do you know someone who could develop the map part?  If yes connect them to me please.

Technical Notes:

On this web page:
– The Flash player file is 1.8mb it takes a while to download and get running
– Open the branches to see the contacts. Click a cross or right click the central topic and show all levels.
– Click the link to go to their profile
– Click the note to see profile text
– You can’t edit it.

Wiith MindManager on your PC:
– The file is 122kb and loads instantly in your PC.
– The network contacts displayed in refreshed when you open the map or refresh the map part
– You copy contacts to other maps
– You can annotate the contacts with notes, call outs, tasks, email link, calendar events, topics, links to folders, files and web pages.

Creating Twitter Feeds in MindManager Map Parts

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

Twitter RSS feeds no longer work after they changed their API in March 2013.

However the principles outlined above do work for web sites that have RSS feeds.

I decided to have a go at using the Map Parts – News Feed for adding Tweets to a map this afternoon. I had heard that people were not succeeding in making this work. I have it working for individuals, searches, hash tags and lists. Follow the process below.

This is a clickable map. The Twitter icons will click through to Twitter and the Central Topic downloads the MindManager map. You will be able to see the most recent Tweets from all these sources.

Copy a Twitter RSS feed from the icon on Twitter and Twitter Search pages. You will not find it on Twitter list pages. See the last topic on the map.

Creating Twitter Feeds in MindManager Creating Twitter Feeds in MindManager.mmap Creating Twitter Feeds in MindManager.mmap

Repeating some of the text on the map image for Google and text readers:

Creating Twitter Feeds in MindManager

1. General Comments

1.1 MindManager accepts feeds in the form:

1.2 It does not work with feeds with “atom” in them

1.3 Replace atom with rss and it works

2. Creating a new News Feed

2.1 Open Map Parts pane
2.2 Right click News Feeds
2.3 Add new News Feed to Library
2.4 Paste in the URL and OK

3. Using Twitter (News) Feeds

3.1 Open Map Parts Pane
3.2 Drag feed on to map
3.3 Click plus sign to see the Tweets
3.4 Refreshing
3.4.1 Feeds are refreshed when map is opened
3.4.2 Right click feed topic: Map Part > Refresh
3.4.3 Select feed topic: Press F5

3.5 Notes contain:  Tweet plus time and date