MindManager 2018: Launch Q&A
A powerful new product and an exciting new era!
The latest version of MindManager for Windows has landed, and with lots of interesting and innovative new additions to talk about! We caught up with Product VP Michael Deutch about this new release, his new life at Corel (who acquired Mindjet in 2016), and the ever-evolving MindManager journey!
Q. You’ve been working with the MindManager product for 10 years, and now have one year under the new ownership of Corel. A new chapter for you and for MindManager — how has the last year been?
I can tell you, I was excited by the possibilities of the acquisition even before the ink was drying on the deal! In our early meetings with Corel, they expressed their desire to grow the MindManager business, and they’ve delivered on that promise.
In the past year, we doubled our core development team and grew the product organization by about 50%. We also expanded our global marketing organization, adding new team members to support our communication efforts. Becoming part of a much larger team with access to new resources has been critical in supporting the launch of MindManager 2018.
Q. You’ve described this as the most exciting MindManager launch for 10 years. What makes you feel that way?
We’ve delivered a release packed with new capabilities designed to help users capture and organize their ideas and data into powerful and interactive mind maps. For added flexibility, we’ve added many new types of visualizations like Venn diagrams, matrices and more. Users can take advantage of new ways to prioritize and schedule their work.
The new SmartFade filtering feature allows users to intelligently analyze and visualize changes within their diagrams, and updates to data can be highlighted using the new conditional formatting tool.
We’ve deepened our integration with Microsoft SharePoint so it’s now easier than ever to get the most out of the platform’s power, and we’ve added new integrations with cloud sharing services such as Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive and Dropbox. We’re also excited about our new publishing technology, allowing users to share maps with colleagues via email, on social channels, websites and blog posts.
Of course, this launch wouldn’t be possible without a supportive and committed team who were captivated by MindManager’s potential and inspired by its ability to align teams and accelerate productivity in businesses.
Q. You’ve got a lot of new stuff in version 18. Which features and functions do you think are going to appeal most to the mind mappers?
Many of MindManager’s new capabilities originated directly from in-depth customer and partner feedback.
When we developed the scope of MindManager 2018, the needs of our core mind mapping users were top priority. This is evident in all of our features — such as the addition of new cloud sharing service providers, interactive export, and a new presentation mode that makes it easy for non-mind mappers to understand and navigate maps.
In addition, we introduced new ways to intelligently view and filter content, and made it easier to focus in on specific information with the new conditional formatting feature.
For over a decade, we’ve introduced a range of features that really reinforce that MindManager is an extremely effective tool for anyone that plans, organizes and strategizes — whether you use it specifically for planning and managing projects or in your daily routine.
MindManager 2018 offers groundbreaking tools and technologies that unleash an unlimited selection of interactive diagrams that will bring clarity and mitigate the information overload and chaos we’re all facing on a day-to-day basis.
We’ve also brought many ‘quality of life’ improvements to MindManager to boost performance, stability, and productivity when capturing information, organizing it and sharing with others.
Q. MindManager 2018 explores visual approaches that are outside of pure “mind mapping”, but firmly in the space of visual thinking and working. How do you see mind maps fitting within this wider visual arena, and how does this latest version of MindManager reflect this?
Mind maps are a series of topics interconnected with relationship lines in a hierarchy. Within MindManager, each topic can contain a wealth of metadata including links, notes, attachments, images, icons, tags, task information as well as numeric, date & text based properties.
Topics can have calculations, special conditional formatting, task dependencies and roll ups, and more.
The magic of maps is that they help individuals clarify their thoughts, develop plans and strategies, solve problems, and make decisions. Its non-linear format makes it quick and easy to capture information. Maps are ideal for requirements gathering, or when conducting collaborative meetings.
In recent years, MindManager has enabled users to create different types of visualizations like workflow diagrams, concept maps, or interactive timelines. With MindManager 2018, we also branched into new types of information visualization like Venn diagrams and matrices.
These diagrams don’t require the traditional ‘mind mapping’ hierarchical layout. In fact, in many cases the position of a topic within the diagram conveys meaning. For example, the placement of information in a Venn diagram is essential to its interpretation.
Users can annotate their topics with metadata, or they can embed entire mind maps within each topic.
Both mind maps and our new diagram types benefit from MindManager’s long list of inherent strengths: ease-of-use; prioritizing; project planning and scheduling; filtering, searching and indexing; not to mention the power of our SharePoint integration and support for over 800 web apps through Zapier.
Q. As you look ahead to the next year of work, and the next version of MindManager, which foundations in 2018 are the ones to watch for further development and innovation in the near future?
We have many exciting opportunities ahead. Nearly every capability we have introduced has even more potential in the future. While I can’t share any specific roadmap items, I’ll just say that the conditional formatting, publishing, and our new diagram types are some of my favorite new capabilities!
I’m very excited to engage our customers, hear their favorite features, learn how they’re using them, and where they’d like to see them grow in the future.
Q. Your personal organiser mind map on Biggerplate (uploaded in 2008) has been viewed over 130,000 times, and downloaded more than 17,000 times! Time for an updated version to show off MM 2018 perhaps? ;-)
That is an excellent idea. I’ll do an update prior to next year’s 10th anniversary! :) We can take into account some of MindManager’s powerful new capabilities like our conditional formatting to make your personal dashboard even more engaging!
Thanks to Michael for answering our questions, and huge congratulations to the entire MindManager team!
To learn more about MindManager 2018, please visit Mindjet.com.
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