Aligning text outside of topic? Question/Suggestion.

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Hi!

As MindManager adds different (newer) options for diagrams, I see the need to have the option of placing text for a topic OUTSIDE the topic shape. I know that the current alignment options are more about setting text inside the topic.

Any chance of moving text outside the topic (but not as freefloating text)?

Thanks!

Fernando
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Francis Procaccia, Employee

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You could leave to topic blank and enter text by its side using Text box.
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Thank you Francis, the issue with the Text box is that the text then doesn't move with the topic.

If it helps, I'm trying to use Mind Manager to create Wardley Maps. Here's an example:



I've been able to get really small topics with the text inside, but was hoping to reproduce something like the above, where each topic (round shape) has the text on the outside. Moving the topic would move the text as well.

Here's one I've done:

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(Also missing in my map is the gradient effect in the background, still working on that....)

Thanks for your help!

Fernando


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You could create the really small topic "blobs" then use callouts (without lines or fill) for the text.

The colour gradient across the swim lanes is a bit trickier. If you don't need sharp shapes (ie, if you don't need topic formatting to change relative to their location in the swim lanes), you could just insert vertical rectangles with slightly different shading instead of swim lanes.

The easiest way is to create a single rectangle as the default template with the fill colour you want for the leftmost one, copy it, then paste copies across the map and align them to the first rectangle. Then you can change the shading slightly for each successive rectangle.

If however you need swim lanes it gets a bit complicated. One option would be to use a combination of the swim lanes with rectangles the exact same shape as each lane and use the method I describe above to colour the rectangles "underneath" the swim lanes.
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Thanks Alex! I'm experimenting with the callouts and looks promising. Some weirdness around placing it, but I'll work on it.
The current version of the chart uses a fixed backdrop for the rectangle and the swim lanes object. I may go down the path of creating the gradient elsewhere and importing as an image.

Really nice to see MM expanding these options and overall product improvements. Now, if we could only get word count attributes on topics and non-exclusive tags supported in Tag view... ;-)
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I’m glad it’s working out for you. I forgot to mention that the placement of call outs can be a little strange.

Also I meant “smart shapes” not “sharp shapes”, but you seem to have figured that one out!