Corel acquisition of MindManager

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Interesting news regarding the acquisition by Corel the MindManager business. Hopefully this wasn't a fire sale and will result in more investment in the MindManager range: http://blog.mindjet.com/2016/08/mindm...
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jerry.mings

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Not really sure what to think.  However, one can hope. 
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Bob Levy

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Please see my comment after press release at http://tinyurl.com/zgb6bd8
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I read you comments, very helpful.
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Perspective - I have and continue to use Corel Wordperfect for my personal writing.  The Corel Office Suite works well and is helpful.  It is not mainstream; however, it does work.  Corel is useful on the phone when I call tech support, does offer beta version testing with some of its products (e.g., Corel Wordperfect).  I am just uncertain about the marketplace will react to Mindjet bundle in a company called Corel.

Time will tell. 
 
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Interesting article on Chuck Frey's blog based on his phone interview with Corel CEO Patrick Nichols: http://mindmappingsoftwareblog.com/co...

This seems very encouraging. Nichols appears upbeat about the future of MindManager, citing Corel owner Vector Capital's commitment not only to purchase programs but also to invest in their development. Frey quizzed him about potential synergies with other Corel products including WordPerfect but Nichols was much more interested in potential integration with CorelDraw and also MM's potential to be used as a tool to produce info graphics based on structured information.

Frey quotes Nichols as saying: “When we mapped out the potential synergies, we realized that we’re faced with a gold mine of opportunities we can pick from to drive product development of MindManager." This makes the announcement in the MM 2017 "preview" of features such as HTML5 export which means that maps can be viewed in any browser, the apparent expansion of Zapier's import export features to the standard version of MM and new display options and images seem very prescient - or not, if you consider Nichols' comment that Corel and Mindjet have been in talks for over a year.

This emphasis on graphics and info graphics could however have interesting implications for the project and task management aspects of MM. Will these be as important in future versions - and indeed, what happens to the rest of the Mindjet product stable including for example Mindjet tasks?
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The test to me will be to see a different approach used by Corel for Beta Testing and new features.  The key is to look at existing Core products and study how they engage the membership.

I need to see a strong effort to make future versions of Mindjet a reliable product with significant features that are extremely helpful for the marketplace (e.g., Google Search, project support portal, etc). 
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I agree. Incidentally the statement that Corel CEO Patrick Nichols posted on the Mindjet blog announcing the acquisition called for suggestions on improvements to MindManager and some have already been made in the comments there. I would encourage everyone to respond to this, especially if there is a feature they want to see added, retained, restored or improved.

In particular I think we should leverage the apparent interest that Corel and Nichols have in developing MM's data visualisation capacity by pointing out that the Google map search part would be an ideal tool for pulling in search data to assist with this. I'll be writing a wish list containing restoration of the search part as a comment on Nichols' article and I'll also post that list here.
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Strongly agree! It's the basis of real interconnection with the web... essential for so much.
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I have written a short post on the Olympic blog about my thoughts regarding this news. Anyone interested in it from a Mindjet Partner perspective is welcome to read it here: http://www.olympic-limited.co.uk/corel-mindjet-mindmanager-acquisition/

I think MindManager will rapidly regain the ground it has lost to other mapping software over the last few years. This injection of new blood, perspective and vision is just what was needed. Unfortunately I think that other distractions have not enabled MindManager to progress until the MindManager/Spigit split last year. Since then, MindManager has seen better growth, more attention and more focus.

I am very optimistic about the future of this product now. Something I was not at this point last year. Now is the time for users partners and MindManager evangelists to put forward their ideas, hopes and wishes and for Corel/Mindjet to listen intently and act now the future is an open canvas ready to be drawn upon.

Regards
Nigel

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