adding text to a link line in Mindjet 15

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It would be helpful to know the process for adding text to a link line in MIndjet
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What do you mean by "link line" Jerry? Do you mean a relationship line between two topics, or the list of hyperlinks on a topic that you see on a topic with multiple links? If the latter, I would very much like to be able to have user definable link text displayed rather than the actual url of the link, just like you can do on most other software!
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Jerry - You add text to a relationship by right clicking, insert call out. Selecting it and adding a callout from the ribbon may also work. ( difficult to test on iPad in a cafe). You can also make adding a callout the default in File - Options

As for Angus's issue that will definitely have to wait until I am back in the office. Personally I avoid multiple links like the plague. That way the Title text for the web page or the link on a page when you drag it to the map is automatically the topic text.
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Like Angus and Andrew I'm trying to second-guess what you mean by "adding text to a link line", but to add to their suggestions I wonder if you mean adding text along the branch lines as you can in more "traditional" approaches to mindmapping.

This isn't possible in MindManager, but there are two workarounds. First as Andrew says you can create a relationship line between two topics and add a callout. I described in an answer a while back how to add one of these relationship lines with callouts and then hide the original branch line: https://community.mindjet.com/mindjet... - you can go one step further and remove the line and fill colours from the callout so that the text floats above the relationship line.

The second option is to insert a specially-formatted subtopic between the parent topic and the linked subtopic. This subtopic is formatted to remove the fill colour but retain a line under the text. This line can be formatted to look like the link line so that the intermediate topic text looks like it is sitting on the connecting line. Of course this approach works only with some map themes and growth options.
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Thanks everyone.  I have used the call out feature.  However, in products like xMind and iMindMap 8, the ability to right click on the branch lines and add text exists. 

I was wondering if I had missed the feature in Mindjet. 

Using an subtopic is an work around.  However, I  encourage Mindjet  to program the feature right into the branch lines. It would make things a lot easier when moving or changing branches and provide consistency with other products in the field.

Hopefully, the next update will address this issue.

Thanks,
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I doubt it.

Mindjet never replicated pure mind mapping (write text, add line underneath).  It's a different model which has its roots in mind mapping.  I think mind mapping disappeared as a term from the Mindjet site for awhile.  A site search today shows it is back as a term. In the range of computer based visualisations that call themselves mind maps this is not unreasonable.


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True, but it would not be that hard to include the ability to add a callout to a branch line in the same way that you can now add one to a relationship line. This probably isn't quite the same as the arrangements in other programs but it could be a reasonable compromise.
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It would require some changes to all the exports as well:

What would text on line be in:

Word - A chapter subtitle or sidenote

Web - Page title meta text

Project - Task meta data 

Deja Vu - I think we have been here before

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I wonder what this mean: " I think mind mapping disappeared as a term from the Mindjet site for awhile." So mind manager is going away from mind mapping principles? Those suggested enhancements I think are doable and will benefit the end user. Each time Mindjet releases a new upgraded version I try to guess who this changes are aimed to? From last 2 versions I was expecting a lot more and these and other suggested small improvements could make a positive difference but seems the development team are looking for other direction...  
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Andrew for export purposes I would treat it as just another callout on the parent topic, possibly with different formatting to distinguish it from the actual parent topic callouts.
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Would that work with 10 sub-topics each with line text?

Surely it would have to have some connection between the parent and the subtopic?
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Good point - not all ideas one has at 1:30 n the morning turn out to be inspired! I will have to look at how products like xMind and iMindMap handle this.
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Andrew, I checked out how iMindMap does this. It would appear that for the purposes of export the line text is treated as a main topic or the highest level sub-topic, depending on where it is in the hierarchy.

This leads me to a far simpler solution for Mindjet to consider. As I described earlier, it is relatively easy to make a main or subtopic appear as branch line text by formatting it to show the line only and remove the fill colour. The only limitation from this standing in more universally as branch line text is that that the topic will display in a straight horizontal line only, which is not good for those that want a more organic appearance.

All that needs to be done therefore is to provide some ability to curve the line of a topic or subtopic formatted in this way. There would then be no need for Mindjet to do anything special in terms of exporting these topics to Word, as their status as main or subtopics would be unaltered.