Mindjet, the producers of the mind mapping tool par excellence MindManager, will be releasing a free map viewer tomorrow morning. I have been testing it for a few weeks now and I must say it is excellent! The viewer can be downloaded from the download site and since they have released it to a few bloggers in advance you don’t have to wait until tomorrow to get it.
The MindManager Viewer is a complete standalone tool that allows anyone to view mind maps of any size and detail without requiring the full version of MindManager. You can move around in the map, expand and collapse topics, just about everything you can do in the full version except create new maps. If you are an ardent mapper like me but have a list of colleagues that can’t read your maps now you can direct them to this free download and share your work to your heart’s content. But wait, there’s more! Mindjet has developed an ActiveX control for Internet Explorer that makes it easy for bloggers or workgroups to embed mind maps into a web site so readers or collaborators can view it directly in their browser. This feature works like the standalone viewer so finally we bloggers have a way to share mind maps with our readers in a format they can actually view and scroll around.
Here’s a screen of a map in the standalone viewer:
Bear in mind the viewer can run full-screen so you can view a map in all its glory. I highly recommend everyone check this viewer out. Come on, what are you waiting for?
Here’s the same map as the screen above in the ActiveX browser (remember the ActiveX will have to install in Internet Explorer for you to see it):
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