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

13
March

New topic shapes – cloud and speech bubble

We continue the series of improvements and bring you three new playful topic shapes, which you will find in the context menu of each topic.

The cloud shape, useful when you feel inspired and want to mark down a great idea.

The speech bubble shape, if you feel like giving a voice to your thoughts.

The speech bubble outline shape – for whenever you have a brilliant view that needs to be shared.

We hope you will find the new shapes entertaining and you will create enjoyable mind maps. Please give the new features a try and let us know what you think in the Comments section below.

Keep it smart, simple and creative!
The Mindomo Team

20
February

New features and improvements you shouldn’t miss

For quite some time now, we’ve been working extensively to improve our online and Desktop versions. You might have read about or tested some of the features, but here’s a full recap of what to try, from the most recent functionality up to the earliest:

Microsoft Teams integration

Available online. Create and collaborate on mind maps, concept maps, task mind maps, Gantt charts, and outlines directly from your Microsoft Teams account.

Microsoft Teams
Microsoft Teams
Microsoft Teams

Advanced formatting features

  • Variety of topic shapes: rectangle, rounded rectangle, elliptic rectangle, circle, oval, line, capsule, parallelogram, hexagon, rounded hexagon, diamond, left arrow, right arrow, and trapeze
  • Rainbow color scheme that makes the map connections appear in rainbow shades
  • Option to add an image from the Mindomo gallery or personal computer as the map’s background
  • New connection types: straight, arc, rough, curve, elbow, rounded elbow, angle, no line
  • Option to customize the spacing between branches or between topics and their own borders
  • Option to create themes for concept maps and organigrams (custom font sizes, colors, shapes, and background colors)
  • Multi-branch color scheme to color the map’s branch lines in a certain palette
  • Customizable connection lines (thickness, color, anchor points)
  • Variety of border shapes (straight line, rounded line, rectangle, rounded rectangle, wavy, etc.)
  • Customizable topic borders (color, thickness)
  • Option for the connection line color to determine the topic color
  • Display of the number of collapsed topics

Custom Formatting
Custom Formatting
Custom Formatting
Custom Formatting
Custom Formatting

Search across all maps

Available online. Search through all Mindomo maps, both your own and public maps created by others, to look for specific content or inspiration.

DOCX export format. Available both online and in the Desktop. Headings hierarchy up until the 4th level, notes that keep their styling, task specifications exported as tables, possibility to create a table of contents, and many more. Read more about it here.

Gantt Chart functionality. Available both online and in the Desktop. See tasks’ start and due dates, how they depend on one another, and which milestones are coming up.

Gantt Chart
Gantt Chart

Spell checker available in the Desktop. Works in the following languages: English, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Russian, Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, Dutch and Portuguese. Read more about it here.

Working in multiple instances in the Desktop. Work simultaneously on multiple maps by opening them in different instances from the File List menu. See more here.

Search functionality available in the outline view for normal mind maps. Available both online and in the Desktop.

Functionality to export comments from Task Maps. Available both online and in the Desktop, see how this works here.

Theme Editor available in the Desktop. With a premium Desktop license, you can create your own map themes with custom font sizes, colors, shapes, background colors, and relationships. Read more here.

In PPTX format, new outline view is available for each presentation slide.

New Assignment templates. Available online, read more here.

.XLSX, .XLS import formats. Available both online and in the Desktop. Transfer the information from your Excel spreadsheets and turn it into mind maps, read more here.

Microsoft Project export in XML format. Available both online and in the Desktop.

Pack Map functionality & syncing of file attachments. 
Available in the Desktop.  See how to compress a mind map and all its attached files into a single .pmom file for further sharing. Save your local maps and all their attached files in the cloud. Read more about both functionalities here.

Pack Map
Pack Map

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

29
November

How to add a hyperlink to a specific part of a topic

Did you know that it’s now possible to add a hyperlink to a certain word or phrase in your topic? Doing this is very simple and it will help you gather more information in one place. Let’s say you want to make a list for your next camping trip, your mind map would look like this:





At some point, you might stumble upon some great sales for double tents in an online shop. Until now, you were able to add only one link to a topic. Now, because you can add a link per word on a topic, you can actually add multiple links to the same topic.
So, here’s what you should do to add the hyperlink with the info on the sales to the word “tent”:

1. Double-click on the topic.
2. Open a bracket right before the word “tent”.
3. After the bracket, type in the name of the site.
4. Hit Space from your keyboard (this will add a space between the link and the word you are linking it to).
5. Close the bracket after the desired word/phrase, in this case, “tent”.

It should look like this:




To turn everything into an accessible link, click outside the topic, and you will see that the word “tent” just got underlined, which means that there’s a link there.





If you hover over the underlined word, you will see a tooltip suggesting that you can open your link with CTRL + Click.

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


Keep it smart, simple and creative!
The Mindomo Team

30
October

New search functionality

For quite some time now, we received multiple requests from you regarding our search functionality. So, we’ve put ourselves to work and made some major improvements, try the new Search from the upper right side of your Dashboard.

What’s new?

1. The search goes through all mind maps, both private and public, and their content. For example, you want to access a map where you put down this week’s to-do list but you can’t remember the title. However, you know that ‘grocery shopping’ was in the mind map. All you have to do is type in ‘grocery’ in the Search bar. First, we will display all your private mind maps that match the keyword in terms of map title, content in topics, notes, comments, and even in the Task Info section.





2. You might be interested in other people’s ideas on the topic you are searching for, so right after your private maps, we will also display other users’ public mind maps. This way you can get inspired directly from Mindomo. The public mind maps will open in the View mode in a new tab:





3. Once you find your mind map and access it, it will always open in a new tab. To make your search results more obvious, we will highlight the keyword everywhere it appears. If the keyword is in the notes, comments, Task Info, and multimedia panels, we will automatically expand the panel.




Please give this new functionality a try and let us know what you think in the Comments section below.

Keep it smart, simple and creative!
The Mindomo Team