Tuesday, 15 June 2010

Hints and Tips - Linked Maps

Although the map explorer can handle a large amount of information and effectively allows you to maintain any number of maps within a map, you may have a preference to maintain your information as a collection of separate linked maps.

Separate maps could be useful for maintaining different stages of a project, different areas of research, or different curriculum topics and all are linked to from a master map, helping you keep all relevant information together in a “dashboard.”

It can also be useful when maintaining a project map that contains project notes, references, commentary on status, etc. as well as the tasks of the project. The tasks element can now be saved as a linked map which allows you to make full use of the Gantt feature without every other branch in the map being marked as an action.

Here is how it’s done;

  • Select the part of your map that you want as a new map
  • Ensure the Analyze tab is selected
  • From the Map Parts group, Select Save as linked map
  • Select a location and filename to use for the new file, Click OK

Fig 1 Analyze Tab with Save as Linked Map highlighted
Please click on image to launch full screen view

This branch and its children will now be removed from the map and make up the contents of the new map.

The MindGenius 3 document icon will now be displayed in the branch allowing you to open your new map.

Fig 2 Analyze Tab with Save as Map highlighted
Please click on image to launch full screen view

Try also the ‘Save as map (current view)’ feature. This function respects the expand/collapse and filtered state of a map and has proved particularly effective at creating different maps from the same data, e.g. saving a map filtered to show only data relevant to a customer or saving a map filtered to show only ideas worthy of further evaluation.

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