Posts Tagged ‘Mindjet’

Information Mapping Across the Organisation

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

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.

In London: Paul Lawrence and John Barber from Mindjet will be speaking  plus Jim McNeil, The Ice Warrior! and me.
In Manchester: Hilary de Rover, John Barber and me.

If you have any special requests, make them below and I will see if I can weave them in to my 45 minutes.

Grumpy Old MindManager User

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

MindManager 9 was released in August 2010. Some features from previous versions were omitted and people moaned including me. During this week I have missed three lost features again:

  • A working project planning tool like JCV Gantt.  See this discussion in the Mindjet Forum – Task Info operations’ behavior remain a mystery to me
  • Topic Alerts
  • Outlook Map Parts: I can use the MindManager 8 ones but frustratingly whilst opening an Outlook window for e.g. a task, it does not add the task to to the current topic.  You have to go to the Task window in Outlook, open the Add Ins Ribbon and then add the task to the map.  Made the mistake of demonstrating this to a client before Christmas thinking it was still working in MindManager 9! 🙁

Will Service Pack 2 wind the clock back and when will it appear?

What are you grumpy about?

p.s. I am also grumpy about:

  • Why some web sites bring Firefox to a grinding halt or was it the Skype Add Ins Manager.
  • Why Windows can’t remember the actual size of my extension monitor. It often uses an approximation of 1360 x 768 but it’s actually 1440 x 900.

MindManager 9 Service Pack 1 Released

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

Guess what Windows 7 threw a wobbly today stopping MindManager (runtime error C++) and MailWasher (.NET 3.5 problem) from running. I believe the .NET 3.5 installation was corrupted somehow. It took most of the day to try out various fixes culminating in a Windows 7 Upgrade from CD. Upgrade equals repair. You can see the trauma unfold in my tweets for today.  So I have not spent that much time on the service pack. My thoughts so far are:

You should be able to get the update 9.1.157 in MindManager > Extras ribbon > Updates or go to the Cabre MindManager page to download a trial copy.

The good news: Mindjet have reacted quickly to user issues and fixed some of them.

  • Generate Mindjet Player files locally. The install file has grown by 20gb!
  • Added print preview to the Quick Access Toolbar
  • Outlook integration issues
  • Gantt View and some parts of the planning model
  • An Import section under the File tab
  • Check out the release notes below for more

The bad news for me is:

  • I still can’t use MindManager to plan in minutes and hours within a day and have a change in task duration affect the times of linked tasks.
  • MS Office 2010 allows you to add controls under the File tab to the Quick Access Toolbar. Why can’t Mindmanager?
  • Topic Alerts did not come back. I didn’t use the Outlook integration option.
  • And somethings are still long overdue an overhaul: Word and Web Export, the Tablet PC interface.

BUT I must remind myself and you the blog reader that MindManager is still an excellent product. I still use it every day.  My concerns are about the marzipan and the icing. The cake is great although we may differ on the best possible recipe.

However a group of users and developers expressed their concerns to Mindjet shortly before the Service Pack was released.  This was summarised in the Sociamind blog by Alex Gooding.  Click here to see the map (requires Flash), go to Biggerplate to download the map or click on this link to download the letter to Mindjet PDF. We look forward to hearing about Service Pack 2.

If you still looking for fixes, improvements and new functionality make sure Mindjet know.  You can do this directly at Technical Support or Submit a Suggestion. If you would like to get help from other users with workarounds and solutions or support for your suggestions then use the MindManager user groups.   The liveliest ones are MindManager Yahoo Group, MindManager Enthusiasts Linked In, Mindjet Forum and Tweet to Mindjet and all those watching.  In Germany go for the MindManager Group on Xing.

If you had one thing you would like resolved in Service Pack 2 what would it be?  Add your comment below.

Mindjet’s announcement is here MindManager Version 9 for Windows – Service Pack 1. Here are the Release Notes showing what has been resolved, work arounds and no current solution.

MindManager v9.1 Release Notes

Mindjet MindManager 9 Road Show – Manchester

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

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.

Manchester United - Old Trafford Football Stadium
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: 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:

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.

Mindjet MindManager Road Show Birmingham

Friday, September 17th, 2010

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.

Mindjet MindManager Road Show London

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

First it was good to meet a variety of virtual and real aquaintances. Bill Creekbaum, Director Product Management, Mindjet for breakfast. Then Chris Harman, Director NEWS Region, Mindjet; Rachel Reid & James Fletcher, Mindjet UK and several of their MindManager coaches. Plus my old MindManager user friend Doug Witt and my new ones Liam Hughes, Biggerplate and Adrian Griffith, Oval Business Solutions. Finally several of the attendees whose business cards I have or they have mine. I will reconnect with you next week or while on the train back from Birmingham to Winchester tomorrow.

What did I learn? A lot from Bill Creekbaum. I have posted my map of his presentation about “MM9 overview and Product demonstration” before I started mine! Bill took us enthusiastically through the new features of MindManager 9 and gave us some insight into the future rapid development programme for MindManager. We saw the new planning and presentation tools in MindManager 9 in some detail. We brainstormed our way to a plan for an Olympic Party and discovered Bill’s beer preferences on route. (I will be pleased to test those this evening). He showed how the new Silde mode can be used. A target for the 9.1 service pack was revealed as October. Local Mindjet Player file generation will return and there will be user demanded improvements to the slide and planning tools.

Emma Thomas from Creative SharePoint took us through their application of MindManager. It was great to hear another enthusiast talk about their benefits of using MindManager. Particularly applying it to web site and SharePoint structures to capture and give feedback on the user requirements of the client.

I had fun delivering my interactive session. They were impressed by Tablet PC and MindManager combination which allowed me to go from ink to a web page in 30 minutes. Then the audience choose to look at Inspiration and Management from four topics I proposed. It was good to hear of people using MindManager in personnel processes such as appraisal, recuritment and induction. During the management part, Adrian contributed his companies weekly process for planning based on having a map of each persons tasks, resources and issues for the week.

Chris Harman gave us the big picture and pricing changes. I think Mindjet is going to maintain its dominant role in business mind mapping sector and looks to become more relevant to the educational sector as well.

More about the Road Show tomorrow.

If you were there, what did you take away?

3 Days Left to Enter the MindManager 9 License competition

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

Your best chance is in the LinkedIn and Facebook surveys. There are 4 licenses up for grabs online, one in each of the surveys outlined MindManager 9 License Competitions.

Is it worth 5 minutes of your time?  Here is a Google search of MindManager 9 reviews.  It will probably take you longer to read a few of these than enter one of the competitions.  Your chances of winning the £244 inc VAT license are currently better than 1 in 100!  That is the UK price but the license can be used in any country.

If you win the license you can give it away but I need to know the end user.  Perhaps a student would find it useful for researching or your aunty for doing genealogy research or your business partner for working with you.

If you are a Mac guy you could run the license in Parallels or give it to one of your frustrated PC user friends.

Good luck

Strengths and Weaknesses of MindManager 9

Friday, August 20th, 2010

Back in October 2009 I created a MindMeister Wiki Map (anyone can edit) about the Strengths and Weaknesses of Mind Mapping Software.  Soon after a sub map for Mindjet was added.  Today I have added a new node to that map for MindManager 9, plus some initial thoughts.  Please add yours. 

My other thought is why don’t Mindjet have a free wiki map tool?

MindManager 9 Windows video and related videos

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

I will let it speak for itself.

Upgrading to MindManager 9 from previous versions tips

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

If you are running a previous version of MindManager, here are some precautions I take when installing a new version:
Note: I have been running the Beta and MindManager 8 in parallel for several weeks and I am being more cautious than the average user upgrading generally needs to be.

  • Download a copy of MindManager 9 Windows
  • Backup your PC – So you can restore if required.
  • Make a copy of your existing MindManager AppData folder if running the beta
  • Export a copy of the Mindjet registry entry
  • Take a screen shot of your Quick Access Toolbar layout. You only get the default few after installation.
  • Export this key from your registry: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Mindjet\MindManager\8\User Interface\BCGRibbonBar-59398  Substitute 8 with 7 if required. Not valid for 6 and less.
  • If you have MindManager 8 for SharePoint or installed the SharePoint add in with the Beta take a copy of the SharePoint URLs.
  • Close all the MS Office applications and Internet Explorer.  Outlook can be processing for some time after closure. Ctrl-Alt-Esc will reveal what applications and processes are running.
  • Install MindManager 9

I hope you do not need to access any of the backups I just suggested but………..

After installation you should find:

  • Your Map Parts, My Maps: Map Shortcuts & Folder Shortcuts, Library Images, Package Folders, Map Markers, Map Templates, Map Styles, Marker Lists have all contain your custom items and the revised or new items that come with MindManager 9.
  • You will have to install any third party addins after the supplier has issued a MindManager 9 version e.g. Results Manager, Power Markers, etc.  This may take a few days or weeks to happen.
  • Note: JCVGantt Pro is not being updated to work with MindManager 9.  Some of the functionality is built in to MindManager 9.  You can continue running your MindManager 8 or 7 license to make use of JCVGantt Pro. Remember JCVGantt Pro can run standalone and will import MindManager .mmap or MS Project .mpp files.
  • Your option settings are all as they were, where still valid.
  • When I upgraded from the Beta version of the SharePoint Add In I lost the SharePoint URLS in the Options settings but I think that was a self inflicted glitch.

Which means most of the hard work is done.

  • But the Quick Access Toolbar just shows a few default buttons. You have two choices now:
    • Mouse or pen activity: Recreate the Quick Access Tool Bar by right clicking ribbon tools. If you want them to be in the same order as before, refer to your screen shot or open MindManager 7 or 8.  This is also an opportunity for a tidy up.  For MindManager 8, Mindjet recommended being conservative with the total number of Quick Access Toolbar buttons.  I will take a more liberal approach and see if it survives.
    • Scary registry stuff not for the faint hearted or those that know nearly nothing or less than nothing about the registry.  YOU ARE DOING THIS AT YOUR OWN RISK:
      • Close MindManager 9
      • Export this key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Mindjet\MindManager\9\User Interface\BCGRibbonBar-59398 to somewhere safe. You might want it back.
      • Open the old registry key with Notepad ++ or similar and change the version 7 or 8 to 9.  Save. Cross your non-mouse fingers and run.
      • Your old Quick Access Toolbar tools will appear when you restart MindManager.
      • BUT many of the File options including Export to Web, Word etc. do not have a Quick Access Toolbar equivalent in MindManager 9.  Which means they could be lurking disruptively in your imported toolbar.  If you are unhappy about this like me, please tell Mindjet. That is not the lurking but the unavailable bit.

Good luck with your upgrade.  Remember it is £79 plus VAT in the UK until 30 September 2010 and then rises to £99 plus VAT.  Please, contact me if you would like to order an upgrade.