Sunday, 29 June 2008

Jamie Nast Gives Idea Mapping Training to the UK

image Well, at least to those who sign up for her course in Poole, Dorset to be given October 6-7th later this year.

Click here to download the flyer with full details.

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Mind2Chart - Latest Version

Version 1.3 of Mind2Chart has been released. This neatly packaged project planning add-in to MindManager has been updated with more essential features. Latest additions are:

  • Colouring Tasks and Colour Synchronization
    Tasks bar colouring can now be synchronised with colours on the mindmap
  • Master Project Calendar
    You can now define holidays and workdays and work-hours per day for a team
  • Advanced Resource Parameters: Individual Schedule and Cost
    An individual calendar and details for each resource can now be set
  • Total Cost Sheet
    A new report and Excel export provide total project costs
  • Automatic Task Alignment Tool
    This simple function provides resource levelling.

I am very impressed with the simplicity of use and the speed of operation of this add-in.  The extracts to Excel of tasks, resources and total costs result in beautifully formatted spreadsheets, with tasks highlighted and accurately indented sub-tasks.  Here are some screen shots.

M2C2 M2C window open

M2C3 M2C window expanded

M2C4 Task sheet export to Excel

M2C5 Resource list in Excel

Sergiy Goncharov, from the company that developed M2C, shared his team's philosophy :

"the recipe for the right product is simple:
- we are software development company with very well established testing procedures
- we are mind mapping enthusiasts
- we are lazy enough so we focus only on things that really adds value to our work ;) "

You can download a free full function trial of Mind2Chart v1.3 from the official site at:

Tuesday, 24 June 2008

Graphic Record of the IAF Conference - Large Scale


I've been asked to provide a larger scale version of the graphic record of last year's European IAF Conference.  Click on the image here or this link to download a PDF.

A warning - the file is over 5Mb.

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Monday, 16 June 2008

IQ Visual Mapping Conference - Q&A with Brian S Friedlander

Some time ago I was able to pose some questions to Brian about the IQ Visual Mapping Conference, set for October 3rd this year.  Brian was good enough to provide detailed responses and I'm pleased to share the complete dialogue on this blog. 

The questions posed include:

  • What was the inspiration for the conference?
  • Who is the conference aimed at? How will they benefit?
  • What experience or prior knowledge should attendees have?
  • What will attendees get to take away?

Click on this link to see the Q&A as a pdf.

The very latest news is that the conference team have now started a blog to keep everyone up to date on developments around the conference.  Click here to go to the blog.

One of the conference presenters, Chuck Frey, has posted on the conference content which can be seen here.

To register for the conference, please click here.

Sunday, 15 June 2008

Import a Word Document into MindManager

Taken directly from the MindManager help file:

"MindManager can import a Word document and transform the text into a map. An essential part of this process is the proper structuring of the Word document.

The document is processed according to the styles it contains. MindManager uses the Heading styles to determine the map topic hierarchy: text in Heading 1 style becomes Main topics, Heading 2 and greater are subtopics. Text in the Normal style (or any other style that is not a Heading style) is included as text notes for the topic directly preceding it. "

WordDocPreMM In this simple example, the headings in the document had a style 'Heading 1' and the notes had a style 'Heading 2'.





WordDocPostMM The resulting map - all that was needed was to edit the central topic.



This powerful feature can be invaluable for turning a document into a map for further review - allowing restructuring, the building of associations and the addition of colour and images.

Monday, 9 June 2008

Mapping Thoughts Pt4 - Making Notes More Memorable

RolesMap Here is a simple map from one of my note books. The subject was the different roles one might have in life.  Rather than list as a series of bullets I included this simple 'wheel' mind map in my notes.

To aid recall I might subsequently have redrawn the map and added colour and images.

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Sunday, 1 June 2008

IQ Visual Mapping Conference

Brian S Friedlander and colleagues are hosting a full day conference in October on how to use visual mapping to advantage in your organisation. The team promise to demonstrate how to take visual mapping to the next level and attendees will see how this powerful tool can help them reach personal, academic or business goals.

The conference will be hosted and led by Brian S. Friedlander, Ph.D. and his professional team of preeminent visual mappers who include: Adam Clayman, Stephanie Diamond, Chuck Frey, Arjen Ter Hoeve, Kyle McFarlin, and Wallace Tait. His assembled team comes from such areas as banking, psychology, manufacturing, business management, marketing and college teaching.

Coming Soon: A Q&A session with Brian that will reveal the inspiration behind the conference together with more details of the event itself.  Watch this Space.

Details of the IQ Visual Mapping Conference are available here