Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Google Drive problems resolved

The Google API update which broke half the internet was rolled back, and MindMup seems to be working fine with Google Drive again. Please let us know if you experience any further problems.

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Ongoing Google Drive problems

update: 3PM GMT 8 April: European access seems to work fine now, so if you're still experiencing problems reload the browser window and it might work OK.

Many users are experiencing Google Drive access problems at the moment - it seems that Google updatedbroke the library we use to access Drive, and not just for us but for many other applications out there. The problem was already reported and, given the impact, we expect it to be fixed soon. Unfortunately there is little we can do meanwhile.

To access your maps until this is fixed, you can download the files directly from the Drive application ( and save to local disk, then use File-Import in MindMup to load from the local drive. Use File-Export to save to local drive and then upload back to Google Drive using their app.

For those of you that need technical details, check out the issue on the Google Drive JavaScript Client bug tracker.

Thursday, 27 March 2014

MindMup usage grew 50% in four months! Thanks for coming back

We passed a new milestone today - the first time we had more than 150k visits in a month. In mid-November we passed the 100K mark for the first time, and just four months later MindMup monthly usage increased by 50%. Here's a few more interesting stats from google analytics for number geeks - roughly 80K visitors, creating roughly 350K maps over the past month. This calls for a small celebration, so thank you very much for coming back to MindMup.

Monday, 3 March 2014

You can now copy-paste across maps

MindMup now supports copying and pasting nodes across maps - just open several maps in different windows and you will be able to transfer content through the clipboard as usual.

You can now cut out parts of a large map and create separate maps. Just select the top of the hierarchy you want to cut out, copy or cut it to the clipboard, then select File->New from Clipboard. Because each map has a unique URL on MindMup, once you save the new map, you can create a hyperlink in the old one to the new content for easy navigation.

Similarly, it is easy to join up multiple smaller maps into a larger map. Just copy the root nodes of smaller maps and paste them one by one into the central map.

Because we now store the clipboard contents in the local browser profile, there are two important limitations of this:

  • both windows have to be using the same browser profile (so copy/paste between Firefox and Chrome will not work, but if you open two windows or two tabs using the same profile it should be OK)
  • the size of what you can copy is limited by the local browser storage, which most browsers limit to about 5MB for a web site - so you won't be able to copy-paste huge images

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Use Shift+Enter to add a node above the selected

We tweaked keyboard shortcuts slightly to make MindMup more productive. Enter used to add a sibling node, always at the bottom of the list of siblings. It now adds a node always below the currently selected node, as it would in a word processor. We also enabled adding a sibling directly above the currently selected, using Shift+Enter. (both shortcuts just add a child when pressed on a root node, as it cannot have siblings). A big thanks to Ken Chow for the suggestion!

Friday, 14 February 2014

Important announcement - we're starting to remove old anonymous maps!

Starting from 21st February, we're turning on automatic removal of anonymous maps (blue spider logo) older than six months. When we launched MindMup, we promised that anonymous maps will be kept for at least six months. Now, with roughly 1.5 million maps saved using MindMup, and many alternative ways to store maps, we have to purge expired anonymous maps to keep the operating costs low.
  • Google Drive, Github, Dropbox, Gold (yellow and black spider logos) and browser profile maps are not affected - we're only cleaning up anonymous MindMup storage.
  • Anonymous maps stored in the previous six months are not immediately affected, but they will expire automatically six months after their creation date.

How to check if your maps are affected

You can check if a map is stored on anonymous storage by looking at the URL when the map is loaded. Check the first letter after the colon in the URL. If it is 'a', then the map is stored on anonymous storage. For example, this is an anonymous map:

this one is not - the first letter after the colon is b:

What to do if you want to keep them

You have a week to export or transfer your old anonymous maps if you want to preserve them. Just open the map and click on File->Save As to transfer to another storage, or save the map again to anonymous storage to create a new file, which will stay on our system for six months.

If you use anonymous storage to embed maps into your web site, you will also need to re-generate the embed code after saving the new map. To avoid having to do this every six months, transfer the map to MindMup Gold Public storage (yellow spider logo), you can embed those maps as well and they do not expire automatically.

If you need more information or help

If you have any concerns about anonymous map cleanup, or any questions related to your maps, please send us an e-mail at

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Use Ctrl/Cmd+F to search in your map

You can now search for nodes by pressing Ctrl+F (or Cmd+F on a Mac) and typing in a part of the node title. Some browsers prevent Ctrl+F mapping, so we open this dialog also on Alt+F.  On a touch device without the keyboard, select to Edit-> Find from the top bar menu to open the search dialog.