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Mindjet 11 and Windows 8 – My experience

Monday, November 5th, 2012

I have just installed Windows 8 and added Mindjet 11 to the suite of applications. Here is my summary:


It works, Mindjet 11, Windows 8, Thoughts

It works

I am preparing this blog with Mindjet 11 running on Windows 8. My hardware is a HP 2740p Tablet PC which has a touch screen in addition to the Wacom Pen. I treated myself to a Solid State Drive (my best buy is a Kingston 256gb on Lambda-Tech n.b. resale value of old 256gb 1.8″ drive on eBay £60-100). The PC and Mindjet are now running much faster than on Windows 7 and the traditional drive.  For previous versions of MindManager, Nigel Goult at Olympic Limited has tested them and they work from version 4 upwards. Here are his results MindManager and Windows 8.

Mindjet 11

There is no difference to my experience. Nothing changes at the moment stick to Office 2010 32 bit. Mindjet state in this blog Update on Mindjet for Windows version 11 and Microsoft Windows 8 that a service pack will be released by the end of November. This will allow you to use Mindjet 11 with Office 2013. No information given about Office 2013 64bit.

Windows 8

What is my reaction to Windows 8:

  • Initially confused by the new UI
  • Started to use the touch screen and things got better
  • Started using the Windows keys on the keyboard
  • Found out how to switch between the new Start UI with it’s tiles and the old style desktop (press the Windows key)
  • The virtual keyboard and ink entry is in a new place (get the task bar up and tap the keyboard icon). Windows 8 apps automatically pop up the keyboard when you tap an entry field. Legacy ones like Mindjet 11 don’t. I liked it lurking at the edge of the screen.
  • The new apps that arrive installed (many more can be added for free e.g. Evernote, eBay, Skype) make the Tablet PC feel like an iPad with a PC bolted on the back. Lots of stroking and tapping!
  • Seeing photos of your friends as soon you install Windows 8 on the desktop is a bit scary. How does that happen? You need to have or set up a Microsoft account to install Windows 8. Your e-mail address immediately links you to stuff!
  • I am enjoying it. It’s much faster than Windows 7 on a rotating drive.


What will Mindjet do to exploit this new OS?

  • Upgrade the Tablet PC tools?
  • Introduce a free tile app?
  • Introduce a low cost version for Windows 8?
Like you I will just have to wait and see.

Mindjet Applications 2010-2012 (Mastermind Specialist Subject)

Monday, September 24th, 2012

In order to explain to myself, my clients and those of you who follow this blog, I thought I would try to display in a mind map what has been happening over the last 2 years. Great preparation for appearing on the BBC’s Mastermind quiz show with the specialist subject “Mindjet Applications 2010-2012” (click Mastermind if you do not understand what I am alluding to).

Here is my first draft showing all the applications (tell me if I have missed something, please) and the routes for maps to flow between them. Click the map to see full size.

Mindjet Applications 2010 - 2012 with data flows: MindManager, Connect, Catalyst, Mac, Windows, iOS, SharePoint, Android, Cloud, Web, On-premise Server, Action, Connect SP, MindManager Explorer for SharePoint

And now with the relationships removed

Mindjet Applications 2010 to 2012 no data flows

And finally for today’s situation with the data flows back:

Mindjet Applications 2012 Mindjet 11 (was MindManager) info graphic showing how the mobile apps, cloud file server, desktop PC and Mac applications, browser client, SharePoint on-premise server share data (maps)

All very easily done from the same map using Power Filter and the Show/Hide functions to display relevant parts of the map.

Please download a copy of the Mindjet Applications 2012

Hope you find this useful.  Any comments will be very welcome.

A couple of Mindmanager 2012 to Mindjet 11 differences noted whilst doing this:

  • The Export Image on the Quick Access Toolbar is correct now (it used to show a PDF symbol!) 🙂
  • There is a warning that you have Filtered the map and are using Show/Hide in the bottom left hand corner of your screen.

Installing Mindjet 11 and issues I encountered

Friday, September 21st, 2012

This is what happened when I installed Mindjet 11 to upgrade MindManager 2012.

  1. Had to install Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0 Full.  It takes a while to download, make a cup of coffee.
  2. Main installation process worked normally.
  3. My Quick Access toolbar settings from MindManager 2012 were maintained! 🙂 As were My Maps.  But my Themes, Templates and Map Parts were not copied to Mindjet 11.
  4. The Mindjet Connect connection was transferred and became my Mindjet Files.
  5. Files created by previous versions of MindManager are not opened in Mindjet 11 after installation.  e.g. Open Windows File Explorer > Double click MindManager file and it opens in MindManager 2012.  I have not had to manually make the association before.In Windows 7 > Control Panel > Default Programs > Set Associations for.mmap to Mindjet 11.  Now clicking MindManager files opens them in Mindjet 11.Oddly all other MindManager 11 file types e.g. .mmas .mmat have been associated with Mindjet 11.

I will add more “discoveries” to this blog via comments.  Please add your own as well.  And don’t forget to tell Mindjet about them via the Technical Support form or the Mindjet Community.

My topics and comments in the Mindjet Community

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

One day I thought I would analyse what subjects I had been commenting on and initiating in the Mindjet Community.  I have dragged and dropped 120 of them on to this map.  Some repeat frequently e.g. about licenses on more than one PC or Mac. Many are unique. Some require a common answer e.g. a hyperlink to the Mindjet Download Archive and the Technical Support page.

I have grouped the threads. Publishing, Editing, Licensing and User Interface have the most threads.  But I have not attempted to answer many of the Mobile and Connect issues except where I have the same problem, they are for Mindjet to resolve.

Perhaps a quick review by you will spot a bug you have as well or maybe there is a solution to something that has blocked your use of Mindjet’s products.

I have published in three formats:

  • Immediately below – The Flash Viewer – which will probably take a while to load.
  • Then further down, you can download the map.
  • And finally a clickable text outline. Produced with a customised web export which you can scroll down (which means the search engines will know something about the threads I have been commenting on 🙂 )

Mindjet Community Topics Andrew Wilcox has commented on

1. Collaboration

1.1 Templates etc.

1.1.1 Sharing MapParts for more users in a bureau Network

1.1.2 Is the Package Folder function available in Mac and Connect

1.2 Sharing

1.2.1 Sharing and collaborating online (Connect vs Catalyst)

1.2.2 How do I share Mind Maps with attachments

1.3 Document Management

1.3.1 Lock down the map from copying

1.4 Connect

1.4.1 I have an account but no personal folder

1.4.2 Tips and tricks on using Connect with Evernote

1.4.3 Can I change the Connect task date format

1.4.4 Can you copy or move topics between maps

1.4.5 Why does Connect not offer a bulk export function for backups

2. Customisation

2.1 Map Markers

2.1.1 adding new icons to libraries

2.1.2 Add definition or description to a topic

2.1.3 Duplicate Tag Text not permitted in different Tag Groups

2.2 Background

2.2.1 How to add a logo

3. Editing

3.1 Formatting

3.1.1 Topic Balloon size formatting

3.1.2 Anybody use a virtual yellow sticky note mapping look

3.1.3 Being able to freeform move subtopics around

3.1.4 Is there a way to manually adjust the position of topics so they stay where you want them on a map

3.1.5 Aufzählungszeichen Bullets

3.1.6 Hiding tags

3.1.7 Wordwrap on topic boxes

3.2 Hyperlinks & Attachments

3.2.1 How do you get a hyperlink to appear in a new window

3.2.2 OneNote hyperlinking does not work

3.2.3 Rename Hyperlinks

3.3 Linked Maps

3.3.1 Single map view

3.3.2 can i create a new Linked map in a Linked map

3.3.3 Automatic update between linked main map and sub map

3.3.4 how do I import one mindmap into another

3.3.5 Linking Maps & Retaining Third Level Visibility & Gant Chart Functionality

3.3.6 Hyperlink lost after SaveAs

3.3.7 Is it possible to embed a mindmap

3.4 Connect

3.4.1 Text notes disappear

3.5 Topic Notes

3.5.1 MM2012 removes leading spaces in text notes

3.5.2 Problem during notes editing in Connect

3.5.3 Problem with encoding when map is based on a Word doc

3.6 Styles

3.6.1 Set boundary style as a default style

4. Files and Folders

4.1 Management

4.1.1 Importing directory hierarchy in version 12

4.1.2 Editing Windows folder names and hierarchies within MM maps

4.2 Importing

4.2.1 Not importing Word document correctly

4.3 Map Formats

4.3.1 Cannot open previous created maps in MindManager 2012

4.3.2 How do I open a .xmind file

4.3.3 Import from a mpp file (Ms Project)

4.3.4 Mindjet data files

4.3.5 Import Freemind maps

5. Grumpy Old Men

5.1 Poor Application Performance

5.1.1 Mindmanager.exe (2012) consumes 10%CPU when IDLE!

5.1.2 Mindmanager pen mode freezes after short use

5.1.3 Slow response time for everything inside a mmap

5.1.4 Start Menu Taskbar icon trouble

5.1.5 Password protected map opens without entering a password!

5.2 Web Sites

5.2.1 I can’t find the Technical Support form on the Mindjet web site via the menu

5.2.2 Why do you not Tweet the news of your partners

5.3 Mindjet’s relationship with others

5.3.1 Why do you not Tweet the news of your partners

6. Importing/Exporting

6.1 Excel

6.1.1 Importing map topic and sub-topics from Excel

6.2 File formats

6.2.1 Save Mindjet Mindmaps as .mm on Ipad

7. Knowledge Management

7.1 Connecting maps without clouds

8. Licensing and Downloads

8.1 Use

8.1.1 Is Floating License possible

8.1.2 About user licence.

8.1.3 Power of old license

8.1.4 Single user license and changing computers

8.1.5 MM8MM9 and MM2012 installed on the same computer

8.1.6 Old Mindmanager license not compatible with current download

8.1.7 I need to get our license key which I lost.

8.1.8 Safe to remove MindManager 9 and Project Jetpack after MindManager 2012 upgrade

8.1.9 License when running two operating systems (Windows 7, Windows 8) on the same computer Can I use the same license key

8.1.10 reinstalling Mind Manager X5 Pro

8.1.11 Install on second computer


8.2.1 Where can I download version 8

8.3 Connect

8.3.1 Can ́t buy Connect Business for 1 or 2 user

8.4 Mac or PC

8.4.1 Change the License to a Mac License

9. Mobile

9.1 Android

9.1.1 cannot see attachment in the existing map created using PC

9.1.2 How to open interactive pdf with Android device

9.1.3 How do I export from Mindjet Android to Mind Manager viewer

9.2 IPad

9.2.1 Down loading maps to my IPad

9.2.2 Problem with links on Mindjet for iPad

9.2.3 Problem with links on Mindjet for iPad

9.2.4 How to delete a (sub)topic

10. Project Planning & Task Management

10.1 Outlook

10.1.1 Outlook Sync of tasks how to avoid synchronizing e.g. color of category, priority,…

10.2 MS Project

10.2.1 Microsoft Project Dates Importing Incorrectly

10.2.2 Fix to fully export to MS Project

10.2.3 Import from a mpp file (Ms Project)

10.3 Connect

10.3.1 Can I change the Connect task date format

10.4 General

10.4.1 Todo list over sevaral mindmaps using database

10.4.2 Numbered, hierarchical WBS Structure

10.4.3 Tasks Assignment to Multiple People

10.4.4 The resources field

10.4.5 Can I change the Connect task date format

11. Publishing

11.1 Exporting

11.1.1 Embedding Attachments into Word or HTML Export

11.1.2 Multi-User Access

11.1.3 MM2012 export to excel

11.1.4 Make setting default values for Export settings easier to do

11.1.5 Exporting notes

11.2 Printing or PDF

11.2.1 How do I make my map bigger for printing purposes

11.2.2 export to PDF of a big map (500 Mo) never completed…

11.2.3 Export as mindjet player (PDF) error

11.2.4 PDF not displaying mindmap styles

11.2.5 export to PDF of a big map (500 Mo) never completed…

11.2.6 Export to Mindjet Viewer (PDF or SWF) does not fit to screen.

11.3 Presenting

11.3.1 power point presentation

11.3.2 slide management

11.4 Sending

11.4.1 MM2012 crashes when trying to send topic to word

12. User Interface

12.1 Templates

12.1.1 How do you get your most used map templates to the top of the list

12.2 Viewing

12.2.1 Bringing already open map to front instead of opening 2nd copy

12.2.2 Single map view

12.2.3 Auto Center Map on Click

12.2.4 How can I view a relationship in iOS if one end is collapsed

12.3 Restoring your Quick Access Toolbar Settings

12.3.1 Personal settings lost after Mind Manager update

12.3.2 Quick Access Toolbar

12.4 Customisation

12.4.1 Icons adding new icons to libraries

12.5 Keyboard Shortcuts

12.5.1 Task Pane Tabs & Shortcuts

12.5.2 Where are the keyboard shortcuts

12.6 Memory

12.6.1 Out of memory but not much open

13. Wish List

13.1 MindManager Windows

13.1.1 Linking Sub-topics possible

13.1.2 I would like to add an Outlook Distribution List to a map

13.1.3 Notes zoom to fill screen, rather than open panel, when in presentation mode

13.1.4 Aufzählungszeichen Bullets

13.1.5 Tips and tricks on using Connect with Evernote

13.1.6 Drawing lines freehand

13.1.7 Browser integration

13.1.8 MindJet for Writers

13.2 Vision

13.2.1 Insert Table function inside Notes on Vision

Interview about Mind Mapping & Software

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Chantal Cooke from Passion for the Planet interviewed me about mind mapping and mind mapping software.  Click to listen to the interview Mind Mapping and Software or on the summary mind map below.

Mind Mapping and Software Interview with Andrew Wilcox. Principles, Publishing, Thinking to Action, Communicating, Appropriate, Learning to Use, Who

Andrew Wilcox Interview - About Mind Mapping and Software Andrew Wilcox Interview - About Mind Mapping and Software Chantal Cooke - Passion for the Planet Chantal Cooke - Passion for the Planet Andrew Wilcox - Cabre - Mind Mapping Software, Training and Consultancy Andrew Wilcox - Cabre - Mind Mapping Software, Training and Consultancy

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.

What do you think about Multiple Hyperlinks in MindManager 2012 topics?

Friday, October 14th, 2011

I am not keen.  Today I was updating the hyperlinks on a map. It happened that I had set View > Show/Hide > Hyperlinks to off. I was merrily dragging links from my Cabre web site on to a map that already had all the topics I wanted.  It was going to be a visual index on the web site.  Halfway through the process I realised my web page names were causing some problems.  So I changed them and redragged the links to the map.

After posting the clickable web export of the map into the web page I tested it and found it did not work.  I had already been scratching my head a lot today about various web site issues and this one seemed to be an unecessary problem. I have created hundreds of clickable image maps in the last decade and they normally work.

When I looked at the image map html code more closely I saw the problem. The URLs were pointing at a local network URL etc. Where did that come from?  I went back to the map and set View > Show/Hide > Hyperlinks to on.  No Cabre favicons only a figure of 8 link!  The penny dropped multiple hyperlinks per topic.  The local URLs were from when I tested the site on my local PC.  They were followed by all the URLs I had subsequently dropped on the topic.   The first URL in the list is used by the web export.

This disrupts my long standing and very effective way of working.  Please Mindjet can I have switch in the Options of the next service pack to turn this feature off?

On a more general note I don’t get having multiple links per topic. How do you know what they are without their page title or your topic text?  Some web sites uses numerical page names which have no hint of the content and many are longer than you will be able to see on the Manage Hyperlinks screen even when you mouse over.

I know there are many MindManager users who have been begging for this feature for years. What do you think?

MindManager 2012 – Installation – My Story

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

It feels like Mindjet always launch their new products on a day when I am already committed to something else.  Today I thoroughly enjoyed hosting a meeting in the Hampshire countryside for  18 “associates”.  It was a virtually “unplugged venue”, in fact someone had to leave because they were so desperate to download a large file from a client and review it!  Today my committment to Mindjet versus my committment to the event was won by the event. Although I did try very earlyy this morning to see if I could find a download.

I have just downloaded MindManager 2012 Professional (11pm). I have MindManager 9 installed and I need it to continue to work as a desktop client for my Mindjet Catalyst workplaces. Let’s see what happens.

  • Microsoft C++ gets an update as well.
  • I better turn off all the Microsoft Applications and MindManager 9 first.
  • It thinks my organisation is HP. My problem: I have just transferred to a “new” Tablet PC, an HP 2740p (touch and stylus). I need to change the organisation in my PC set up somewhere.
  • The install is running.
  • It’s installed. I wish it’s icon was different to MindManager 9 in the Task Bar as need both.
  • Restarting Outlook because the installation said features would not be working until Outlook is restarted.
  • Starting MindManager 2012 Professional.
  • Ah the “Getting Started” pane has appeared.  A new feature for new users. (To be investigated later)
  • The My Maps shortcuts and folder have been imported from MindManager 9
  • My Quick Access Toolbar settings have not.
  • An existing map with a linked Excel range is working.

Enough for tonight, I will add more to my experience of installing MindManager 2012 Professional tomorrow as comment to this blog.  Please add comments about your experience of Installing MindManager 2012 Professional.


Overview of Mindjet’s new product launch for 22 September 2011

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

These maps are my notes plus a few personal comments  and questions. Come back again at the end of tomorrow and I will provide some links to relevant information.

My personal recommendation to you is, if you have MindManager 9 and  particularly if you have an older version is order the upgrade now. It’s £79 plus VAT, it will be £99 from the 22nd September. If you don’t have MindManager 9 Windows, buy it now for £199 plus VAT with a free upgrade to MindManger Professional 2012 because from the 22nd it will be £299 plus VAT.  Please contact me for more information on how to order. 🙂

Click the maps to see full size images:

Overview of the Release

There are two new products:

  1. Mindjet MindManger Professional 2012 (Windows desktop application)
  2. Mindjet Connect (Cloud based collaborative workspace with mobile access)

MindManager Professional 2012

This replaces MindManager 9 for Windows. There are two significant previously paid for add ins: Power Markers and Sharepoint Integration incorporated in the product. Plus the Project JetPack templates, a new brainstorming mode, 2×2 matrix analysis and enhanced task management.

Mindjet Connect

This replaces Mindjet Catalyst. There is a free version offering basic facilities to individuals and collaborative groups. The subscription Business version provides features for larger groups and for storing maps and files in a folder and sub-folder structure with different access rights.


Mindjet for iPhone and iPad – Version 1.0 – Map of relevant links

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

Mindjet have recently released their own apps for the iPhone and iPad. The map below gives you links to where you can buy the apps and information about them. I have also provided links to Twitter and the search engines where you can begin to see the user’s reactions to these new applications. If you find any real reviews as opposed to reprints of Mindjet’s PR I would be pleased to add them to the map.

You can download the map, add your own links and refresh the Twitter map part to get the latest Tweets.

Mindjet for iPhone and iPad Extending mapping across platforms with new Mac, iPad & iPhone Products Extending mapping across platforms with new Mac, iPad & iPhone Products A Letter to Previous Mindjet iPhone Users The Mindjet Blog A Letter to Previous Mindjet iPhone Users The Mindjet Blog 10 iPad iPhone tips to get you mapping on the go! 10 iPad iPhone tips to get you mapping on the go! Google Google  mindjet iphone OR ipad - Twitter Search  mindjet iphone OR ipad - Twitter Search Mindjet for iPhone Mindjet for iPhone Bing Bing Say ‘Hello’ to our new iOS apps Mindjet for iPad and Mindjet for iPhone! Say ‘Hello’ to our new iOS apps Mindjet for iPad and Mindjet for iPhone! mindjet iphone OR ipad mindjet iphone OR ipad Yahoo! Yahoo! Download this map Download this map Mindjet Mobile Apps – Overview Mindjet Mobile Apps – Overview Mindjet for iPad Mindjet for iPad

Please add your comments on these new apps below. How does it compare to iThoughtsHD?