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Thursday, 15 July 2010

MM9 – Export Topic to Outlook

Whilst the function for exporting tasks to Outlook that existed in MM8 appears to be missing from the review copy of MM9, it is still possible to export topics to Outlook as either tasks or appointments.

Apologies to those of you who know of this option, I have only just discovered it (Doh!).  For those of you who don’t and want to export topics to Outlook, you can do so as follows:

  • Select a topic (just one at a time)
  • Right click on the topic
  • Select “Send To” from the menu that pops up …
  • … then select either “Microsoft Outlook as Task” or “Microsoft Outlook as Appointment”
  • View the Outlook task or appointment that opens, edit it and save and close
  • Repeat for additional tasks – one at a time.

image I have occasionally exported tasks, appointments and emails from Outlook using the MM add-in however my review copy did not install this to Outlook for MM 9. 

I don’t know if any of these apparently missing Outlook functions will be available in the final version. 

imageThe new MM 9 Outlook function works on the premise that you run a query from within MM 9 to automatically select and import the Outlook tasks, appointments, emails and contacts you want.  The queries can be edited to fine tune the selections, they can be cloned and edited or you can create your own.  image

See also Andrew Wilcox’s postings for further details: New Outlook Query Functions in MindManager 9 and The Outlook Query in MindManager 9

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MM9 – Export Topic to Outlook

Whilst the function for exporting tasks to Outlook that existed in MM8 appears to be missing from the review copy of MM9, it is still possible to export topics to Outlook as either tasks or appointments.

Apologies to those of you who know of this option, I have only just discovered it (Doh!).  For those of you who don’t and want to export topics to Outlook, you can do so as follows:

  • Select a topic (just one at a time)
  • Right click on the topic
  • Select “Send To” from the menu that pops up …
  • … then select either “Microsoft Outlook as Task” or “Microsoft Outlook as Appointment”
  • View the Outlook task or appointment that opens, edit it and save and close
  • Repeat for additional tasks – one at a time.

image I have occasionally exported tasks, appointments and emails from Outlook using the MM add-in however my review copy did not install this to Outlook for MM 9. 

I don’t know if any of these apparently missing Outlook functions will be available in the final version. 

imageThe new MM 9 Outlook function works on the premise that you run a query from within MM 9 to automatically select and import the Outlook tasks, appointments, emails and contacts you want.  The queries can be edited to fine tune the selections, they can be cloned and edited or you can create your own.  image

See also Andrew Wilcox’s postings for further details: New Outlook Query Functions in MindManager 9 and The Outlook Query in MindManager 9
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Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Working with Slides in MindManager 9

A new feature in MindManager 9 is the Slide view.  Working with this one can break a map up into different views, each containing only a portion of the map.  This is a great option for walking through a map with colleagues, one part of the map at a time.

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Using the map example here (left), let’s suppose we want to create views of the map based on selected main branches.  The purpose being we want to create a slide for each branch, then present and review that portion of the map displayed by the slide

imageSelect each branch in turn, perform a “Right Click” on the topic and select “New Slide from Branch”.  The first time this is done, a pane will open and display the slide thus created.

image Keep selecting branches and “New Slide from Branch” until you have all the slides you need. 

 

 

imageNotice how MindManager places a slide icon against each topic from which a slide has been created.

image You may now step through the map slide by slide by clicking each slide in the slide pane in turn.  This causes only the portion of the map forming the slide to be displayed in the main pane.

image Alternatively, you may use the “Slide Show” view to step through the slides in full screen mode.  The slide may be edited even in Slide Show mode – great for adding instant feedback and new ideas to the map.

image From the ribbon, select the drop down arrow on the “Slides” button reveals a print option. 

 

 

imageThe slides can be printed with a single click – great for emailing or hand outs – see this PDF example (below).

 

 

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Tuesday, 13 July 2010

MindManager 9 - “The Missing Office Application”

MindJet have just released news of Version 9 of MindManager, generally available from 10th August.

From MindJet themselves we hear;

The new version improves upon the seamless integration with the Microsoft Office suite and SharePoint, allowing users to quickly bring together information and content from a variety of sources into an intuitive visual map that aids planning, brainstorming and project management. The scope and ease of integration with Office, combined with the intuitive display of multiple sources of information, has lead some to describe MindManager as “the missing office application.”

MindJet have summarised the key features of Version 9 as follows:

· Power Performance – Faster map loading while using fewer system resources

· MindManager Slide Show – Enables users to create and present a series of slides based off map, tree and organisational chart layouts helping to align and organise information, ideas and strategies to be more productive.

· Microsoft Outlook Integration – Features more powerful integration with Microsoft Outlook tasks, emails, notes, calendar items and contacts and enables individuals to easily assign priorities, filter on priority, and drag and drop content for better organisation.  Dynamic branches of Outlook tasks can be added to maps and visualised in MindManager’s integrated Gantt chart.

· Microsoft PowerPoint Integration – Users can now easily export content from MindManager into PowerPoint slides to accomplish more, faster.

· Microsoft Project Integration – Improved integration allows for exporting of plans created within MindManager as Microsoft Project files.

· Resource Utilization – To help ensure your plan’s success, users can better understand which resources are over or underutilised.

· Gantt Chart View– Individuals can view task and project plan timelines in MindManager’s integrated and synchronised Gantt chart. Updates can be made to maps by adjusting the Gantt chart or by making changes directly into a map.

I hope to be able to give an early review of some of these features in due course.  A slightly different summary is available at the MindJet website – click the image below.

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Friday, 9 July 2010

Recognition as a MindJet Trusted Voice

Mindjet

MindJet have begun a programme to recognise blogs that promote mind mapping and MindManager. Garret Scott of MindJet wrote, "It is individuals like you who help to champion the mapping way of life."

The programme includes the option to display the MindJet Trusted Voice logo on the web sites and blogs belonging to members.

The programme has caused some debate amongst mind mappers.  Some have declined as they fear that to display the badge may effect how others view their impartiality - a position I would fully endorse for those who provide us with reviews of the market as a whole. 

A scan of the postings on this blog will quickly reveal I am partial to MindManager as a user.  I am happy to accept the invitation.

Vic Gee has recorded some thoughtful observations on this subject at his Mind Mapping Blog - see http://www.mind-mapping.org/blog/2010/07/trusted-voice/

Thursday, 8 July 2010

IAF European Conference 2010

imageThis year’s conference is being held in Helsinki.  The theme is “Paradoxes in Facilitation”. 

This will be built around the book and epic poem of Finnish and Karelian folklore – the Kalevala

The Kalevala is credited as providing some of the inspiration for the national awakening that led to Finland’s independence from Russia in 1917.

For further details and to make a reservation see: http://iaf-europe-conference.org/

Hope to see you there.

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