Top 10 MindManager Features You Didn’t Know About

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Michael Deutch

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November 24, 2009

Top 10There’s an 80/20 rule for software.

80% of people will use or get value from 20% of the features.

Given that, what if you flipped the equation around and asked, what 20% more could I do or learn to be 80% more effective?

Yesterday, I received a note from a visual mapping enthusiasts at Proctor & Gamble, Adam Siemiginowski. Adam met with George Shaheen of Mindjet and together they mapped out the following post of the Top 10 MindManager Features You Didn’t Know About.

Go ahead, take a look.

I challenge you to pick out two of these power features to add to your mapping repertoire…

Practice using the feature for a couple of weeks and let us know how it worked for you!

Note: Adam uses both MindManager 8 for Windows and Mindjet Catalyst. So the feature list below reflects his power tips!

Overview


1. Co-editing a map

Work with your team! Keep everyone on the same page, both literally and figuratively. Collaboratively and simultaneously take notes, brainstorm new ideas, or manage a meeting.

Co-edit Maps

2. Brainstorming Mode

Capture a steady stream of new ideas and possibilities… then categorize, sort, and modify them for your final output. This works best in 5-10 minute increments to move forward in a new discussion.

Brainstorm

3. Export to Mindjet Player

Trying to share your map with someone who doesn’t have MindManager? No problem! Use the export to Mindjet player option to create a flash-enabled PDF of your map. Anyone with Adobe Reader can open the file and surf the content interactively.

Mindjet Player

4. Email Mindjet Player

No more need to send large attachments! Use Catalyst to host your Mindjet Player file by using the share option. A read-only version of the file will be hosted and you can email the link to that map to your colleagues.

4-1 Email Mindjet Player Email Mindjet Player

5. Utilize Text Markers

Mark specific nodes in your map… enable categorization of your content.

Text Markers Text Markers Text Markers

6. Utilize the Power Filter

Filter by specific text markers, resources, and icons.

Power Filter

7. Show Branches Alone

Tackle an unwieldy map for working and presenting… while continuing to keep all the content in one location.

Show Branch Alone 7-2

8. Search your maps

Search your map, folders, or collaborative workspaces.

Search

9. Setup a Custom Startup Map i.e. To Do List

Find yourself opening the SAME map everyday? Change the default startup map! Great for to-do lists or personal dashboards.

Default Map Default Map

10. Alerts

Set topic alerts using the alert feature. Your map will alert you at the time you designate! Combine this with a startup map and you have a winning combination. The map will alert you once you open MindManager!

Alerts 10-2

Thanks Adam and George for sharing!!

So, which 20% can you start using today to make yourself more productive?

Have other power features that you use that you’d like to share? Add your comments below.

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  • Llew

    Still not heard anything real about an android app ;-( won’t be upgrading until there is one…

    • http://blog.mindjet.com MichaelDeutch

      We’ll announce something soon, stay tuned…

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  • http://twitter.com/janpopovic janpopovic

    I would love to have a Mind Manager Android app enabling me to work with mindmaps on a tablet.

    • Michael Deutch

      Stay tuned for some good news about that…

  • J Bishop

    How do you create a subordinate map from an existing one so that you can link through with ease wthout having to go back and forward on the sheet tabs?

  • Just

    Yes, what about an Android App?

  • http://www.ghdhairbuy.com buy ghd

    alternatively, the map part folders have a ‘search’ map part that lets you search on topics and visualize the results directly in the map. Each visualized result has a hyperlink too which can be opened in MindManager’s browser. Make sense?

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    Regarding add-ins, I don’t have anything to announce but I encourage you to use our web feedback form to request this.

  • http://www.mindjet.com/ Garrett

    If you are in MM8 for Windows there is a tab on the right side of the interface called map parts. Select that tab and then under the Web Services folder you will see the different search engines. Click on the one you wish to add to your map and it will be added.

  • http://blog.mindjet.com MichaelDeutch

    You can drag links from your broswer directly onto a topic or add them via the ribbon toolbar or using the keyboard shortcut CTRL+K. In MindManager 8, a hyperlink can open within MindManager in the embedded browser. Or, alternatively, the map part folders have a ‘search’ map part that lets you search on topics and visualize the results directly in the map. Each visualized result has a hyperlink too which can be opened in MindManager’s browser. Make sense?

  • Stan Ford

    How did you access Google directly from Mindmanager map topic?

  • Stan Ford

    How did you access Google directly from Mindmanager map topic?

    • http://blog.mindjet.com MichaelDeutch

      You can drag links from your broswer directly onto a topic or add them via the ribbon toolbar or using the keyboard shortcut CTRL+K. In MindManager 8, a hyperlink can open within MindManager in the embedded browser. Or, alternatively, the map part folders have a 'search' map part that lets you search on topics and visualize the results directly in the map. Each visualized result has a hyperlink too which can be opened in MindManager's browser. Make sense?

    • http://www.mindjet.com/ Garrett

      If you are in MM8 for Windows there is a tab on the right side of the interface called map parts. Select that tab and then under the Web Services folder you will see the different search engines. Click on the one you wish to add to your map and it will be added.

  • Jin

    maybe not the right area to ask, but will there be any work on getting mindjet on Android?

  • Kaido Irval

    Simple intro :) I use them regularly, exept “Email Mindjet Player”.

    Mindjet Player is also good to use at homepages, exept showing right-hand maps (positioning centre instead of left to show more in the window).

  • http://www.mindjet.com/campaign/click.aspx?campID=196 Michael Deutch

    Hello Herbert and welcome! I’ve forwarded your email to our team in Asia so they can help you in your quest to drive creative problem solving and innovation into your company :) Thanks!

  • herbert

    I am from Shanghai, China. I used Mind Manager 6 for brainstorming as well as root cause analysis in my company (chemical industry). The advantage is that everyone else in my company have Mind Manager Reader version so that they can view my map on public drive.
    The bad side for me is that I do not have the 8 version installed. But have 6 is much better than nothing.

    I hope company will have Mind Manager Catalyst installed as standard software. So please sales person from Mindjet convince the management in my company to do it. I have already done my part,\.

  • http://www.mindjet.com/campaign/click.aspx?campID=196 Michael Deutch

    Anthony, no, this isn’t a feature in Mac. However, the exact same function can be performed using Mac simply by adding floating topics as you brainstorm. Add one, hit enter, add another. Then organize them into categories.

  • Anthony Coppedge

    The #2 recommendation: “Start Brainstorming” isn’t a feature on the Mac version. Is an update coming that will include it?

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  • http://www.mindjet.com/campaign/click.aspx?campID=196 Michael Deutch

    Welcome longziniu!

  • http://21mindmap.com longziniu

    I like mindmanager!
    I come from china.

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  • http://www.mindjet.com/campaign/click.aspx?campID=196 Michael Deutch

    Raul – That’s a cool feature. I’ve used it when pasting research into a map. Sometimes you want to break up the content into separate topics. Merging topics would be cool as well.

    Fernando – Check out the alerts, MindManager doesn’t even have to be running to alert you. When the pop up appears and you press the link, MindManager will open up, load your map, and focus on the topic with the alert.

    Andrew – Our team is looking at ways to enhance performance. Regarding the images, that’s the default behavior of our wordpress setting. Thanks for your suggestion to link to the Player maps. A few extra steps involved but if I have time, I’ll look to do so.

  • http://www.mindjet.com Raul Agrait

    My favorite not-yet-famous feature of MindManager is Split Topic. You can highlight a portion of a topic and have it be automatically be made a descendant, parent, or sibling. It even preserves all of the inline formatting when you do this!

  • Fernando

    The Alerts feature was something I hadn’t explored before… Hmmm…. Looking into how I can leverage that for using MM as my main task list (I currently use My Life Organized, which is great, but I miss some of the MM visualization options).

    Thanks!

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  • http://www.applications.cabre.co.uk Andrew Wilcox

    Phew! Nothing there I did not know or use regularly.

    Except the Mindjet Player which I do not use regularly. The overhead in file size and time to get going on the recipients PC is too much. The control systems I worked on in the early 80s all displayed their next screen in 4s! Mindjet Player takes over a minute to display the map on web connections in Winchester and London UK.

    Everything else is great and I use them all the time.

    Also wierd that you map of the ten features which appears to be linked opens the same jpg! My expectation was a Mindjet Player or a fully expanded map as an image or links to the relevant section in this blog.

    p.s. I love using MindManager