Archive for the ‘Releases’ Category

23
November

Mindomo 4 Now Available !

We finally did it! The new version of Mindomo is released.It comes with many improvements and innovations. Big thanks to our community, who provided us with feedback and made this release possible.

In this release we focused on the following: project and task management, content integration, GUI design and aesthetics and team work.

Let’s jump directly into the list of new features:

Mindomo Team

A new offer called “Mindomo Team” was added to our portfolio.Mindomo Team comes to the help of those who work together with their colleagues or clients, and need an easier way of sharing maps, tasks and resources.The Team version comes with a custom subdomain, a common root folder (where other subfolders can be added) and a common user management interface. It also contains all Mindomo Premium features like: upload documents, autocalculate task info, filter tasks and topics, recycle bin functionality and many more. Mindomo Team makes your team work a breeze.

Project and Task Management

Our target was to allow easy management of projects and todo lists for teams and individuals. In order to achieve this we added the following new features and changes:

Task info is automatically calculated, which means:

  • Start date of a parent topic is calculated as the minimum of the start datesof its child topics
  • End date of a parent topic is calculated as the maximum of the end dates of its child topics
  • Duration of a parent topic is calculated as the maximum of the duration of its child topics
  • If the “Autocalculate priority” is activated, the priority of a parent topic is calculated as the minimum of the priority of its children

When the “Autocalculate task info” is checked on a topic, all topics beneath will be auto calculated from the values of the leaf topics.
Clicking on priority, completion will jump to the next value on the list
You can specifyworkdays per week,hours per day, days per month
You can specify the date format to use for start and due dates
Completion can take any value between 0 and 100
You can create your list of Resources to whom to assign your tasks

Topic and Task Filters

In order for you to be able to have an overview of the status of your projects, we created the Filtering Functionality which allows you to select topics from multiple maps depending on the criteria defined by you.

Building a filter for topics is similar to building a filter for e-mails. You can create multiple criteria and specify the logical operator between them. The logical operator can be an “AND” or an “OR”.

At this moment the filters are available at your dashboard, but we intend to add this functionality also inside maps.

Recycle Bin

In older versions of Mindomo, once you deleted a map there was no way to restore it (without our intervention). Now all maps deleted first will go to your recycle bin, where they will stay until you will restore or erase them definitively.

The maps of the Free Users are also first put into the recycle bin, but in order to restore them, the users will first have to upgrade their accounts.

Flickr, YouTube and Wikipedia integration

When creating maps, there is a need for adding images which are related to your topic. In order to make this easier, we integrated YouTube for searching videos, Flickr and Wikipedia to search images.

Searching images on Wikipedia can prove useful because you may actually find an image that represents exactly what you are looking for, as opposed to searching on Flickr, where you have no guarantee that the pictures’ names are relevant to their actual content.

Sign in using Google or Yahoo

The signup process was the most troublesome part of getting started with Mindomo. Many users try to use fake e-mails, which prompted us to implement a fairly complex validation system. The drawback was that this system sometimes would rule out honest users as well.In order to make this process easier, we integrated Google and Yahoo OpenID authentication, which allows new or existing users to sign up with just a few mouse clicks, without validating their emails and going through a time consuming process.

Protect and/or Encrypt Maps

In our previous version, we have already integrated a map encryption mechanism. However, in order to maintain a high standard of security, we do not store passwords, so if you lose your password we won’t be able to restore your map. Therefore, in this version we introduced an additional way of protecting maps with a password, but without encrypting it. We also made these protected maps readable with the Mindomo Viewer.

Split and Merge Topics

Many times you create a topic with several lines and then you realize that these should be subtopics. In order to make this easier, we created the Split and Merge functionalities, which will allow you to split an existing topic into subtopics or to merge subtopics into one single topic.

Integrated Browser Pane (Mindomo Desktop)

Mind Maps are often used for brainstorming or for doing a research about a certain topic. This process involves searching on the web and getting the results which may be text, image or link into the mind map.

With the new browser pane you can go to a search engine (Google, Yahoo, Bing, etc), perform your search, navigate to the search results, and when you found what you were looking for, you can add it directly to your map. You can add text, images or web links. To add them to your map, just right-click with your mouse to show the context menu and then add it to your map.

New Map Styles

Our designer created a library of new map styles, where colors and fonts are carefully chosen to give you nicer looking maps.

New Image Library

We added several new images, in order to make the map creation process smoother and nicer.

Reworked Dashboard

We reworked the Mindomo Dashboard (the main page after the users logs in). In the new dashboard we highlighted the two most important operations: creating a new map and importing an existing map.We also added there the Topic Filters pane, which we described above.

Reworked My Account Pages

The My Account pages were redesigned to give a nicer and more intuitive look.

We hope you like the new release, feedback is always welcome.

16
January

Introducing Floating Topics

Happy New Year Everyone !

Looking back at 2008:
It was a great year for us at Mindomo. We grew more than 100% in the last year, we rolled out several new features (see: our changelog ) so everything is looking good :).

What’s new in 2009?
The first goodies this year are: floating topics, adding main topics with double click and find-replace functionality.

Floating topics: This was one of the most requested features. With this new feature you will be able to create not only mind maps but also concept maps.
In order to add a new floating topic you just will have to hold down the CTRL key and CLICK with the mouse to the map canvas, a new floating topic will be added.

Find-Replace: We think a find-replace feature is an important productivity feature if you are using Mindomo regularly. Please see the picture below which illustrates the usage of the new dialog.

Both Mindomo Free/Premium and Mindomo Desktop were updated, in the next couple of days we will update Mindomo Business/Education too.

You can always let us know what do you think by posting to this blog or to our forum

11
October

Mindomo Desktop Now Available!

After several months of planning and work, today we have released our long-awaited offline version of Mindomo, called Mindomo Desktop.

 

Mindomo Desktop is designed for users who need to work both offline and online on their mind maps and to share them on the internet. The tool works as a traditional desktop application but with a subscription based business model.

The pricing is the same as for Mindomo Premium. Once a Mindomo user became a premium member he/she can take full advantage of both the Premium features of our online version and also to get access to a high-quality desktop mind-mapping application.

Mindomo Premium users will need to install Mindomo Desktop and login at least once with their premium account in order to activate the premium features. Maps can be opened both from an online account or locally from a computer and save as a local map or as an online map.

Currently exporting and importing from various file formats requires a connection to our server, the explanation is that this functionality was implemented on our server and up to this time we only finished porting the export TXT functionality to Mindomo Desktop.

Mindomo Desktop can be used by free users, but with limited functionality.

Free users can install and login from Mindomo Desktop to their online account, open a map and “Save as” locally for backup purposes, and they are allowed to open the maps from their desktop while they are offline to view it, however they won’t be able to save the maps locally if the map was not opened from an online account.

 

We hope that you will enjoy using Mindomo Desktop !

Let us know your opinion and suggestion in this blog or in our forum !

Thank you,

The Midomo Team!