3
July

The benefits of mind-mapping

Experts estimate that our minds have between 60,000 – 80,000 thoughts a day. Our brains work like little factories and the synapses never cease to pass chemical or electrical signals to each other. In fact, this is the beauty of our amazing brain. Each thought generates another one and so on and by the time we reach a certain opinion, we begin to wonder how it all started. This is not another study made by some great scientists but a thing we’re all experiencing, almost on a daily basis. Sometimes we really want to keep track of every thought we have, so we don’t miss anything. Do you have any moments when you say to yourself ‘Oh, I had such a good idea in mind! I forgot it.. ‘

And this is when mind maps take the stage.

We can think of our main idea that prevails in a day as the central topic of a mind map. All the other thoughts and reflections represent the main topics and subtopics that you add to the map.
In our types of representation as human beings, such as visual, audio or kinaesthetic, there is always a dominant one which supports us in learning, memorizing and in gathering knowledge. We can find what kind of representation predominates for us by taking a simple test. Knowing your type is important as you can benefit from it in your studies and in your personal development.

Now, say you’re the visual type. In this case, you can personalize your thoughts-mind map with all sorts of images and videos from your computer or the internet, anything that suits your string of beliefs and ideas. You can change the shape or color of the topics, the mind map’s background or the connecting lines between the topics to make it more appealing.

On the other hand, if your main type is audio, then you can add songs and recordings to your topics and subtopics and even record yourself and add your audio notes to the topics.

How does this sound so far?

Well, there’s more. Many times we want to share our ideas with others, ask for feedback or simply brag about them 🙂 This is possible even when using mind maps, with just one click. With the Share option, you can allow anyone into your world of ideas.

And the cherry on top is the fact that whenever your ideas are being interrupted by mundane thoughts besides your goals and objectives, thoughts such as ‘Did I make that commission? Did I answer that email? Did I forget to buy milk?’, you can always add a floating topic, outside the mind map and write them down. In the end, what is the point of mind mapping if not brainstorming and remembering thoughts?

In any case, mind mapping is a great way to structure your beautiful mind. Does this sound like something of use to you?

Keep it smart, simple and creative!
The Mindomo Team

19
June

Unscheduled downtime

The replicas of our database servers got unsynchronized. We are running a repairing procedure right now. Until repairing is finished editing of your map will be disabled. We are deeply sorry about this. We will get back with more details once we are finished.

UPDATE: We managed to solve the technical problems with our servers. Our servers are up and running and you should be able to login and access your maps.
If you encounter any issues, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

We had approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes downtime.

We deeply apologize for any inconveniences this has caused you.


25
April

Manage your to-dos directly from mind maps with our new task feature

We are back with the third upgrade of this series: integrating the task functionality into normal mind maps. Use tasks to keep your information organized, set due dates for your projects, prioritize your work, set completion rates or assign them to your collaborators.

You can now turn topics from your mind map into tasks (Ctrl+K) or manually insert a task subtopic to any topic you like (Alt+Shift+Enter) from the Insert panel. Checkboxes will be automatically added in front of the task topics; checking these off indicates that the task has been completed.

If a topic has the option Set as Task checked off, all new subtopics will inherit it and will become subtasks. You can always remove the check mark to prevent newly added subtopics from turning into subtasks. A branch may contain both tasks and normal subtopics, at the same time.

Completed tasks are grouped under a checklist icon, which also indicates the overall number of tasks. You can open any task again, by clicking on it under the checklist icon and removing its check mark. Add comments or resources to your completed tasks through the Comments panel icon.

In the outline view, you can use the top-right corner icon to quickly expand or collapse all your completed tasks. By default, these will have a greyish color, strikethrough formatting and a checkmark icon next to them.

The new design of the context menu allows you to assign tasks (1), insert start/due dates (2) and set priorities or completion rates (3) for your tasks.

The Assign tab allows you to choose one or multiple assignees for a topic (instantly turning the topic into a task). Each of them will get notified by email on changes related to the task: task assignment, completion/reopen, start date/due date, changes to the task, task due/overdue. The initials of the assignees will appear next to their assigned tasks.

The priority of the task will appear as number icons (1 to 9) while setting a completion level will add completion icons next to the task topic.

In case you want to get approval for a task, use the Vote option available on the Comment panel. You are able to cancel the vote by clicking on the Vote icon again. The votes registered by a task will appear on the mind map as a small thumbs up icon.

In addition to filtering by hashtag or icons, you can also filter by assignee to see the tasks designated to a certain person. Have a clear overview of overdue and upcoming tasks with our filter by due date functionality.

Please give these features a try and let us know what you think in the Comments section below.

Keep it smart, simple and creative!
The Mindomo Team

19
April

Filtering by hashtags

Did you know that you can now add hashtags to your mind map and use them as filtering instruments?

Add hashtags to your topics to easily label them, and the next time you type #, you will see an autocomplete list. Continue typing if you want to insert a new hashtag or click on an existing one to add it to your topic. Hit ENTER or click outside the topic to activate the hashtag functionality.

Now you can filter by hashtags, making your mind map search a breeze.

This functionality allows you to focus on specific information from your mind map and hide all the other topics. Go to the Search bar and type in your hashtag or simply click on it under Filter by Hashtag. The number next to the hashtag indicates how many times it appears on your mind map.

You could also use the Ctrl+Click combination to quickly filter by any hashtag on your mind map.

For example, filter by #Europe to see only the topics that contain this hashtag. Even if they don’t contain the hashtag, the child topics of the labeled topics are also visible.

Another available option is filtering by symbols. Similarly to the hashtags, the symbols added to your topics are visible in the Search bar, under Filter by Symbols. Type in their names or click on them to focus on the content of the topics they belong to.

Please give these features a try and let us know what you think in the Comments section below.

Keep it smart, simple and creative!
The Mindomo Team

15
April

Multimedia panel reorganization

We are back with a series of upgrades to our tool, one of which is reorganizing our Multimedia panel from the left toolbar. Our existing Multimedia panel has been split into three specialized panels: one for images, one for videos and one for audio files.

Use them to quickly add multimedia resources to your topics, without the hassle of navigating through a complex menu.

The new design even comes with a bonus: you can now add an audio file on the same topic where you already have an image/video. You can find the audio file under the “play” icon. The videos and images added to a topic are still interchangeable (the video replaces the image previously added to your topic and vice-versa).

Image panel

Attach images to your mind map in a variety of ways:

  1. Add a URL that redirects you to the image’s location on the web
  2. Upload images from your computer/Google Drive/Dropbox (Drag & Drop or Browse)
  3. Search for images on the web
  4. List of images previously uploaded to your Mindomo account (it only shows images, the uploaded video/audio files are now located on their own panels)
  5. Select an image from our gallery

This panel also comes with something new: progressive loading of the images previously uploaded to your account.

Your uploaded images can be found under the Attach Uploaded tab. If you have many uploaded images, they will become visible gradually, as you scroll down the list. Click on any image to add it to your topic.

Video and audio panels

You can add video links to your topics, attach videos from your computer/Google Drive/Dropbox, add them from YouTube/Vimeo or from the list of videos already uploaded to your account:

Besides adding audio links to your topics, attaching audio files from your computer/Google Drive/Dropbox or browsing through the list of previously uploaded audio files, you can also use our Sound Recorder button to add your own audio notes to the mind map.

Click on the icon, give permission to the browser to access your microphone and then click on Record. You can then stop the recording, play it or change its name.

Comments panel redesigned

The Comments panel has a new structure and it was moved under the context menu of your topics:

Here you can vote the topic (replacing the Like/Dislike buttons), assign it to someone, set its due date or add multiple files (images, documents, videos, audio files or URLs) from your computer/Google Drive/Dropbox to it.

Another novelty is being able to notify someone by email about your newly added comment. Choose People from the drop-down menu.

Any file attached through the comments panel will appear as a resource to your topic. Click on the Attachments icon to see a preview of all the files belonging to the topic. Click on each file to open it in full-size view.

The Task Info panel was also added to the context menu of your topics, as a result of having recently merged the task functionality into mind maps. But this is something we will soon give you more details about.

Please give these features a try and let us know what you think in the Comments section below.

Keep it smart, simple and creative!
The Mindomo Team