Sunday, 14 September 2014

Thanks for coming back! Last week was our busiest ever


According to Google analytics, last week was our busiest week ever on MindMup. A total of 28,976 people came to work on 108,563 maps, including 15,453 newly created maps. Google analytics recorded 40,305 sessions, with the average session length of roughly 34 minutes. Here's a weekly usage graph so you can see the trend.

Thanks very much for coming back and using MindMup. Having so many frequent users is very encouraging and incredibly motivating for us to continue improving MindMup for everyone, especially because MindMup only relies on happy users and word of mouth for expansion.

By the way, we created a new web site that explains some less known aspects of MindMup at http://discover.mindmup.com - check it out to see if you could get more out of this tool.

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Browser profile maps are no longer supported

Today we're turning on HTTPS for all connections to MindMup, ensuring that all users communicate with us over secure and encrypted lines. If you are using maps stored online (MindMup anonymous or Gold, Google Drive, Github or Dropbox), you shouldn't see any special changes, the browser will automatically redirect if you try to use the old URLs.

Unfortunately, maps stored in your browser profile (offline) won't be easily accessible. Browsers completely isolate the secure and non-secure profiles even on the same site, and we'd have to break the security in order to access maps cross-profile. The browser profile maps were used by a tiny percent of our users, and are currently probably the biggest cause of support issues (because people accidentally delete them when clearing browser cache). Now that there is a proper offline solution for MindMup, we decided to simply drop the support for such maps and avoid future problems.

If you have maps in your browser profile, you can export them and save to your local disk, then load to MindMup and save online, or just use directly in the MindMup Desktop application. To export your maps, go to http://www.mindmup.com/export_browser_maps.



Sunday, 31 August 2014

You can now export MindMup storyboards into powerpoint slides

If you like MindMup storyboards, but don't like the default slide formatting, you can now convert storyboards into Powerpoint format with one click. Import that file into your preferred presentation software to fine tune slide design, animate transitions, integrate into conference templates or add anything that MindMup does not yet support.

For more information, see the Storyboards documentation page.

Monday, 11 August 2014

Work on multiple documents and export maps directly from the desktop application

We released an updated version of the MindMup Desktop application, which allows you to get most MindMup goodies offline. There are two major changes:

  • You can now open several windows concurrently and work on different maps. Use File->New Window to launch a new application window, and switch between active windows using the Window menu in the top bar.
  • You can now export the maps into PDF, PNG, slides, Freemind and all the other formats from the Desktop app directly, without the need to import the maps into the web site app. Some export formats still require a network connection (because they are exported using a server). MindMup Gold users can log on to their Gold account directly in the Desktop application and remove export capacity limits.
Install the application directly from the Chrome Web Store.

If you already installed the application from the Chrome Web store, the new version should be downloaded automatically. If you don't see the new menus, go to chrome://extensions in your browser, activate the 'Developer Mode' check box (top-right corner) and then click on the 'Update Extensions Now' button. The version should update to 0.0.0.3 shortly. You can untick the Developer mode box after that. 

Friday, 18 July 2014

MindMup now works offline!

MindMup now works offline. We just published an early beta release of the MindMup desktop app - enabling you to manage your maps completely offline. MindMup desktop can open Freemind and MindMup files from your local disk, giving you (almost) full capabilities of MindMup.com without being online.

This is an early beta release for testing and preview. We'd love to hear your feedback - especially if something doesn't work well. Most editing functions are already there, but you'll have to save the map and import into mindmup.com for  sharing, conversion to different formats (including PDF and PNG), or embedding.

Get the app from the Chrome Web store

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Use HTTPS for better security

We updated MindMup today to support full HTTPS (secure, encrypted web access) as an option.

Until today, all access to remote file storage from your browser was already encrypted and secure using HTTPS, but the MindMup web interface was downloaded using regular HTTP. This allowed hotels and wifi network operators to potentially inject ads and interfere with the site operation (again, not the map files you were using, they were already secured). From today, you can access MindMup over a fully encrypted connection and prevent any interference from third parties, as long as you trust your browser HTTPS. To do that, just open the following link:

https://www.mindmup.com

(note the s after http at the start)

Because browsers treat secure and unsecure versions of the same URL as different sites, your settings will not migrate automatically - in particular any maps you have stored in your browser profile will not be visible immediately. To transfer browser maps over, use File->Export and save the map to disk, then use File->Import to load it using the HTTPS site. For maps stored online (eg Google Drive), you will just most likely have to re-authorise MindMup access.

For the moment, we're keeping both URLs active. In about two weeks time, we'll enforce encryption - automatically redirecting old style links to new ones. We're still testing this, and at the moment there are no known issues. Google drive, Dropbox and Github, as well as MindMup Gold storage, should still work fine either using the old url or the new HTTPS url. Please let us know if you run into any trouble.


Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Simpler, touch friendly node dragging

We started improving visual operations now that the transition to the new drawing engine is complete for all users. The first improvement, available immediately, is with manual node positioning. Until now, if you wanted to manually position a node you had to tell MindMup that by holding Shift while dragging. Better drag and drop control now enables us to recognise automatically when you want to reorder nodes using automatic layout, and when you want to manually position then. So we're making it simpler to move nodes around. This also makes MindMup more touch-friendly, so it will help towards a mobile version of the app.


When you drag nodes around, and the node is horizontally close to its parent and between or above/below one of the siblings, MindMup will assume you want to reorder nodes and keep automatic positioning. A black arrow point will show to signal that reordering will be applied and manual positioning will be ignored. 


When you drag nodes further away from the parent horizontally, or further above the top-most or further below the bottom-most sibling, MindMup will assume that you want to manually position the node. The arrow point will not be shown in that case.





You can still force manual positioning by holding Shift, if for some reason you would like to fix a node where MindMup would normally apply reordering. To cancel manual position and go back to automatic positioning for a node, either drag and drop it on its parent, or drag horizontally close to the parent until the arrow point is shown, and drop it on  the background.