Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Change look and feel of MindMup 2.0 maps - including straight lines

MindMup 2.0 now supports changing the look and feel of maps, including making connecting lines straight, which was one of the most requested features to migrate from 1.0. Unlike 1.0 straight lines, which were just screen candy, the new MindMup 2.0 visual themes are properly supported throughout the stack, including exports, collaboration and publishing to MindMup Atlas.

To set the visual theme, just select View->Map Theme in MindMup 2.0. To use it with Google Drive/Google Apps/Google Apps for Education, go to drive.mindmup.com. If you want to use this feature without Google Drive, go to app.mindmup.com.



Wednesday, 10 February 2016

MindMup 2.0 now open to all users

The next generation of MindMup is now open to all users. Before today, only Google Drive users were able to use all the new shiny features of MindMup 2.0, but you can use it now even without a Google account. Just point your browser to app.mindmup.com. Here are some of the noteworthy things you can do better with it:
  • Add quick text notes to your map nodes, and create document outlines using the notes
  • Work better on touch devices and smaller screens – the new interface is better adjusted to different screen sizes
  • Attach binary files to map nodes
The current application still has a few rough edges, that we'll iron out soon. Some things are still notably missing from 2.0:
  • None of the extensions work yet (progress, measurements, straight lines)
  • Custom CSS styling is not supported – we're planning to replace it with flexible map theme styling soon
  • Storing to Dropbox or Github is not supported for now
  • To save files to Google Drive, use the 2.0 version for Google Drive directly, from drive.mindmup.com
If the missing features are critical for you, just continue using 1.0 for now. Otherwise, start moving to 2.0. Our plan is to gradually move all users to 2.0 and sunset the current version over the next few months. For now, version 1.0 will still be online at www.mindmup.com, and 2.0 will be served from a sub-domain app.mindmup.com. For the next few months, we'll be running both versions in parallel, so you can easily switch back if you need to. The map format is the same, so you can open and work on maps stored in MindMup Gold in both applications. Watch this space for further announcements.

Monday, 4 January 2016

Google Drive Connectivity Problems - 4 January 2016

A few users seem to be experiencing connectivity problems caused by some changes on the Google side. It's not a problem with your machine or setup, but the problem is also not on our end. We've reported the problem to Google and expect it to be fixed after the break when they go back to work. Unfortunately, there isn't much we can do about it at the moment. If you're having trouble connecting to maps stored on Google Drive, please try again later.

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

An early Christmas gift for MindMup users: quickly add text notes to maps

Quick text notes and comments are a fantastic way to capture more contextual information in a mind map, such as instructions for team-mates, research ideas or bits of text planned for a larger document. MindMup 2.0 for Google Drive now makes it easy to capture that kind of information and also easily convert it into Word or Markdown documents. This is by far the most requested feature for MindMup 2.0, so we hope that today's update makes it easier for you to brainstorm and plan with mind maps.

Here is a quick tutorial for capturing notes with MindMup.


We'd particularly like to thank Yury Tatsenka, Rich Otley, Philippe Demoulin, Ihor Korsun, Nadav Kavalerchik and Christopher Prosser for helping us make this feature simple and powerful. Your feedback was incredibly useful!

The first version of text notes in MindMup 2.0 supports plain text formatting only, but we're planning to add styling such as italics, bolds, bullets and similar styles after the holiday season.

To all our users, we wish you Happy Holidays and all the best in the New Year!

Friday, 20 November 2015

MindMup 2.0 text notes -- your input needed

Before jumping into the text notes feature for MindMup 2.0, we'd like to collect some information from the community so we can design it the best for you. Please help us understand what's important by filling in a short survey - should take no more than 5 mins to do - at this URL: https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/2458758/e5e87705169e

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Create Markdown, Word/Google Writer and Text document outlines easily

MindMup 2.0 now makes it even easier to plan writing assignments, articles and blog posts. You can easily convert a mindmap hierarchy to a document structure using the new Outline exporter. MindMup makes it easy to plan and brainstorm with mind maps, and then just transfer the structure to Word, Google Writer, MarkDown or tab-indented text formats. Even better, for people using Google Apps, it takes just one click to continue editing the document online in Google Docs.

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Storyboards now work in MindMup 2.0

Storyboards are one of the best features of MindMup, and now they are available also in the new 2.0 version. Storyboards allow visual thinkers to create a linear narrative through their thoughts. Mind maps are fantastic for brainstorming and planning, but presentations and articles have a start and an end, and a carefully planned line of thought. This is where storyboards come in. Plan using a mind map, and then just drag nodes over to the storyboard and create a Powerpoint presentation, PDF slides or export it into a Word/Writer document outline, to continue working on the content in an authoring tool.

With MindMup 2.0 for Google Drive, we've redesigned the visual interface so it's easier to use and helps people get the most out of their screen space. For a quick (1 minute) intro on getting started with storyboards in MindMup 2.0, check out this video: