Calling All Beta Testers! MindManager 8.2 for Windows Beta Release is Now Available

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Michael Deutch

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November 5, 2009

EN-w7-comp_rgb_SAre you up and running on Windows 7 yet? Want to leverage your touch screens and tablets to create mind maps?

We’re getting ready to launch an update to MindManager 8 for Windows to officially support Windows 7 and multi-touch mapping. Our beta is already very stable, in fact, it has already been certified as compatible with Windows 7 by Microsoft.

Now, we’re looking for your feedback. We’re kicking of a MindManager 8.2 for Windows beta program and we’re looking for testers and your valuable feedback.

What’s New in MindManager 8.2 for Windows?

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Here are some of the key enhancements enabled in this free update for owners of MindManager 8 for Windows:

  • Multi-touch Support: Zoom, Scroll, Drag, Expand, Collapse, Resize  images, Right-click, Flick
  • Ink Support / Single Touch: Mouse to Pen Mode, Tablet PC commands, On-screen keyboards, Improved handwriting recognition
  • Task-bar Integration: Task bar thumbnails & live previews, Jump lists
  • SharePoint Integration: We’ve resolved issues saving maps directly to SharePoint and implemented new dialogs to guide the process and take advantage of Windows SharePoint Services (behind the scenes)
  • 64-Bit Support: I’ve been asked quite a few times over the last year when we’ll officially support MindManager on a 64-bit computer. It’ll now be supported for the Windows 7 operating system.

Check out the Improvements:

Here are thirteen short (e.g. 15-30 second) video demos for these features.

Beta Program Details:

The beta program is open for all participants, both customers and the general public. You will not need a license key but the application will expire on January 15th, 2010.

Here are some noteworthy considerations for participants:

  • If you’re using MindManager 8 for Windows currently, the beta version will replace the current version of your application. Please write down your license key before proceeding with the beta so you’ll have no issues after the reinstalling and validating your key after the program expires. Click ‘About MindManager’ which is found on your ‘Tools’ menu to see your license key.
  • It’s possible to run the beta version concurrently with MindManager 6 and 7.
  • When you install the beta, your add-ins will be associated with the beta release. They will not function with an earlier version if you’re running multiple concurrent versions.
  • There is a possibility that 3rd party Add-ins will not work with Beta Release of MindManager 8.2 for Windows.
  • Opening a MindManager map file (*.mmap) will default to the Beta Release of MindManager 8.2 for Windows.
  • When you uninstall the Beta release, you will need to reinstall earlier versions of MindManager 8 for Windows, or repair the installation of the earlier version (version 6, version 7) of MindManager in order to re-associate the previous Add-ins and map files.

How to report an issue:

The feedback process is simple. Report any observed issues, problems, and provide any additional feedback for the duration of use.

The feedback we find most critical are any issues surrounding reliability, stability and readiness of product for the marketplace.

For this release, we’re particularly interested in any issues with Windows 7, the new multi-touch capabilities (which requires special hardware to leverage), and saving maps directly into SharePoint.

Once an issue is detected, please login to your Mindjet ID and submit a case with your questions and/or feedback via our Technical Support Case form here.

Please follow the following steps to correctly identify your case:

  • For Product Version, choose “MindManager 8 Windows
  • For Product Build, choose “8.2xxx Beta
  • For Operating System, please indicate if you are using Windows 7.

Beta Download Instructions:

As a reminder, we suggest that you only install pre-release software on computers suitable for testing. Mindjet is not responsible for any data loss while using beta / pre-released versions of our software. If you experience any problems during the software download or installation, please contact our support team at www.mindjet.com/contactus.

Download the beta now!

Thanks for participating. We look forward to your feedback.

Beta Release – MindManager 8.2 Windows Download Instructions

As a reminder, we suggest that you only install pre-release software on computers suitable for testing.  Mindjet is not responsible for any data loss while using pre-released versions of our software.  If you experience any problems during the software download or installation, please contact our support team at www.mindjet.com/contactus.

9 Responses to “Calling All Beta Testers! MindManager 8.2 for Windows Beta Release is Now Available”

  1. Michael Deutch

    Andrew,

    You’re right, we didn’t want to delay the beta because the form wasn’t updated. The post above explains how to submit feedback.

    To answer your question, our tech writer Jeanne responded:

    We’ve always had this feature for Tablet, and the info is in Help:

    Select topics and objects in Pen Mode: Most gestures work on the currently selected object or objects.

    Select a single topic or object: Tap the object.

    Select multiple topics or objects: On the Home tab, in the Editing group, tap the Select arrow, and then tap Multiselection Mode.

    Tap and drag a rectangle that touches all the objects you want to select. To select or de-select additional objects, tap on the object.

    To end Multiselection Mode: On the Home tab, in the Editing group, tap the Select arrow, and then tap Multiselection Mode.

    Deselect all objects: Tap on an empty place on the map

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  2. Andrew Wilcox

    The feedback form does not list MindManager 8.2 or Windows 7 32 and 64 bit as options when reporting a problem.

    https://secure.mindjet.com/app/support.aspx?lang=en_GB&host=clear

    It has been stable for a week on my Win 7 32 Tablet PC. Tempted to install Win 7 64 now.

    I mistakenly thought the eraser on my pen was working in Ink mode but no its just in the Windows 7 TabTip tool.

    Still using far too much CPU time when idle and inking.

    What and where is the multiselection mode mention on the right hand side of the Tablet Task Pane: Quick Start Help Map?

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  3. Michael Deutch

    Peter,

    The beta software will be executable until January 15th, 2010.

    We’re planning to distribute the final software mid-December (unless any show-stoppers are reported).

    Reply
  4. Peter

    Miss some roadmap information: How long will Beta Test be? When do you expect 8.2 to be available?

    Would be nice to know, you know :-)

    Reply
  5. Michael Deutch

    Hey Nick, it’s a caveat in place to let users know that it hasn’t been fully tested by Mindjet with all possible 3rd party add-ins and combination of add-ins. As I understand it, there have been no changes that solutions partners need to be notified about. I’ll double check for you (and our other partners) just in case…

    Tony, it’s me, Michael. I write this stuff! Some days better than others. I’ve always used leverage as ‘to take advantage of…’. I’m pretty sure most apps haven’t been designed to be used on a touch screen. So, I wanted something stronger than just ‘use’. I never really thought of it as jargon but now that I’m reflecting on it, I could have written it differently. Thanks for highlighting my opportunity to ‘use’ more appropriate words!

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  6. Nick Duffill

    Michael – you state that it is possible that third party add-ins might not work with this beta version, so presumably there have been changes that potentially affect add-ins. Can you tell us what information has been sent to the Solution Partners to assist with the testing and migration processes for this version?

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  7. Tony

    “Want to leverage your touch screens ”

    Leverage??? Who writes this stuff??

    Please stop using facile meaningless jargon/phrases it just makes you look shallow. If you mean ‘use’, then write use!

    Reply

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