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.

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Create beautiful presentations using MindMup storyboards

Mind maps are a fantastic way of organising thoughts, but they are not the best for presenting ideas. Telling a story requires a beginning and an end, a sequence of thoughts, discovering and disclosing the right information at just the right time. Effective presentations require beautiful visualisations.

MindMup storyboards allow you to get the best of both worlds: plan your stories with frictionless mind maps and organise them in a sequence for a presentation - with beautiful slide shows.

To create a story board from your presentation, just select View-Side Pane-Toggle Storyboard or press the S key on your keyboard while editing a map. You can then drag nodes into the storyboard, or from the keyboard press the plus key to add selected nodes automatically. Reorder and reorganise the storyboard in the side pane and when you are done, just grab the slides by selecting File-Export Map-Presentation Slides to get a beautiful slideshow PDF to present offline.

Friday, 16 May 2014

Workaround for sharing and collaboration problems on Google Drive

Google Drive seems to be experiencing API problems, as of 16th May midnight, some of our users are not able to invite collaborators or share documents stored on Drive.

If you are accessing the map directly using a URL, a workaround that seems to fix the problem is to:

  • change the active map - for example create a new map and save to anonymous storage. 
  • load your map using File->Open->From Google Drive, this will re-authorise MindMup to access the file
If that still does not allow you to share, try the following:
  • clear the browser cache and cookies
  • load http://www.mindmup.com in your browser (homepage, not the map URL)
  • activate the realtime extension if needed (eg if the map you are going to use was a collaborative map)
  • load the map using File->Open->From Google Drive
If that all fails, or you cannot clear the cache at the moment, you can share the map using the Drive web page (http://drive.google.com) - this has the same effect as inviting collaborators to join.

Friday, 9 May 2014

New MindMup engine is now turned on by default

A few weeks ago we announced the optional availability of the new layout engine, expecting to make it default for all users on 20th May. Since then, Firefox 29 came out, it seems with bugs that make MindMup unusable with the old engine. The new one works well, as far as we can tell, so we pushed the switch-over date earlier. The new engine is now well tested and should work well on all supported platforms, so we enabled it for everyone to help Firefox 29 users to actually work.

This means that unless you explicitly opt-out, you are now using the new MindMup layout. Just in case that you run into any problems, you can temporarily switch back to the old engine by opening Extensions, and ticking "Old MindMup Layout". In case you do this, please let us know so we can fix the problem.