Friday, 17 April 2015

How to manage project budgets and estimates using mind maps

If you like to plan projects or break down tasks using mind maps, you've probably had to type everything over into a spreadsheet or manually track budgets and resources. That's error prone and slow. MindMup allows visual thinkers to manage projects easier by keeping everything in the same tool, using an embedded spreadsheet and adding estimates up the hierarchy. Here is a quick video showing how to use MindMup measurements.

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Write better articles, blog posts and school assignments using MindMup Storyboards

MindMup now allows you to easily transform a storyboard into a Word or a Google Docs Writer document. This is a great way for creative people who like to plan visually to bridge the gap between hierarchical thoughts, a sequence of ideas, and an outline of a document. Here's a video that explains how to do that:

Monday, 2 March 2015

Workaround for sharing problems and inviting collaborators

Some users are experiencing problems sharing Drive maps, and inviting collaborators to shared maps. The problem seems to be on the Drive side and we're looking for a workaround. Meanwhile, you can share your maps by going directly to http://drive.google.com, finding the file there and right-clicking and selecting Share from the pop-up menu. This will also work for collaborative maps.

We'll update this blog post as soon as we have more information.

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Easier collaboration with larger groups

We started making some significant changes to our collaboration extension, and you'll be seeing plenty of changes there in the near future. Today, we made it much easier to work with larger groups, and in general to figure out what's going on.

First of all, to distinguish between different people running around the map, each person now gets assigned a unique colour, similar to how Google Docs applications work. Collaborator images now have a slight border with their colour to make it easier to distinguish between different people with similar images. In addition, you can now just hover the mouse pointer over a collaborator image to see their name pop up, which makes it easier to find out who is who if your colleagues use generic profile images.


Next, the old "Show Collaborators" dialog was taking up a lot of screen space and had to be closed before you could work on a map again. We changed it from a dialog to a toolbar, making it much smaller so it can stay open all the time, and you can just drag it around to place it somewhere convenient.

We also took out the concept of following users around the map, because it seemed to be poorly understood and caused people to jump around unexpectedly. Instead, we're making it easy to zoom into where someone is. If you want to find what someone is working on, just tap their profile photo in the collaborator list, and you'll zoom into their position.

Another way MindMup is now allowing you to work with larger groups easier is a quick notification mechanism when someone changes a node. You'll get a small speech bubble pop up for several seconds and disappear automatically, so it's easy to keep an eye on the entire team or classroom. At the moment, this only works for node text changes, but in the future we'll add other notification types.

People joining or leaving the session also show up in speech bubbles now. In addition to that, you can easily mute such notifications from the collaboration top menu (just select Collaboration -> Mute Collaborator Changes).

We have lots of interesting ideas for improving the collaboration workflow, and the end-game, we hope, is completely merging collaboration into normal google drive maps, so that collaboration requires no specific set-up or extension loading, and that collaborative maps no longer have the limits imposed by the Google Realtime API (10MB limit per map). This would also mean that all maps stored on Google Drive get auto-saved by default, which would make MindMup work a lot more similar to familiar Google Docs applications.

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Share maps on social networks and popular link sharing sites easier

You can now share maps on social networks and popular link sharing sites much easier. We just published an update to MindMup Atlas that presents convenient buttons for posting a map to Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, Pinterest, LinkedIn and Tumblr.

In addition to that, you can now easily generate web site embed codes for maps published through Atlas, and serve maps directly from your web site. Unlike the previous embed functionality, Atlas maps do not depend on javascript, so you can use the embed codes even on Google Sites and similar hosted systems.

To get started, just click on File->Publish to Atlas, or click the Publish button in the top-right corner.

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Introducing MindMup Atlas: a great new way to share and publish mind maps online

Mindmup Atlas makes it easy to share mind maps with the world, when you just want to publish to an audience instead of co-creating with collaborators.

MindMup Atlas is a cloud mind map library that enables authors to publish interactive, read-only versions of their maps, optimised for posting to social networks, embedding in web sites and search engine indexing. With just a few clicks, share your ideas and engage your readers using interactive mind maps. Let Atlas serve your content securely and quickly through a global content delivery network, or download your maps and host them on your web site.

For an example of how maps look and work in atlas, see this map.

To get started, just select File->Publish to Atlas from the MindMup main menu.

Atlas is in Beta now, so it's still work in progress and we'll be improving it significantly in the future. We'd love to hear your feedback and ideas!

Monday, 5 January 2015

MindMup for IOS now available: Lightning fast idea capture on iOS devices

MindMup for iOS devices is now available for general use - we're taking the Beta marker off, because we finally ensured that users of the mobile app are as productive as when using the desktop app. 

The user interaction is now completely adjusted to touch interfaces and small screen limitations, but also enabling you to get the most out of a mobile device (for example, quick photo capture using the phone or tablet camera). Here are the highlights you can get with the new app:
  • lightning fast idea capture on a mobile device, using our innovative quick entry toolbar. 
  • make the most out of a small screen, with touch-friendly controls and buttons
  • work with on-screen or physical keyboards
  • work offline - no internet connection needed to save or edit maps on the device
  • send the maps to cloud storage when you want to continue working on another device or the web app
  • import/export, load and save maps to any iOS-supported cloud storage, using the iOS8 extensions and iCloud Drive
  • for MindMup Gold users, easy upload and download of Gold maps to iOS devices

The iOS app is of course completely free! 

For more info about the mobile app, and to install it on your iOS device, see the MindMup for iPad and iPhone page on Discover MindMup.