Exporting to dynamic PDF

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Where is gone the export option to pdf in dynamic format ?

This option was awesome ! 
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Dan

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Replaced by export to html5 since several versions ago
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Hi Dan,

Please try export as HTML5, this is also a dynamic export. Would love to hear your feedback since we hope the experience in the HTML5 export is even better than the old PDF.
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Thanks everybody,

It's working fine in html but I prefered the pdf feature which allows to zoom in-out and is more portable.

I'm a bite surprise to see a useful downgrade feature, especially when it is a market standard ...
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Sorry for the late reply. I have tested the new html5 functionality.

In conclusion, it's working great.
- I can distribute it whitout problem to non MindManager users
- I can drill down the branches
- I can move around and zoom in-out

Only one suggestion : communicate the good news. Explain that the pdf was replaced by html5 and what can be done with it.
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Hi Dan, Glad to hear you are satisfied, we did do a lot of communication about it when it was first released. You can also follow the progress and support of features in the release notes here http://download.mindjet.com/MindManag... are always looking for feedback so if you find anything missing or have suggestions let us know!
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If you don't have a export to PDF option anymore, how can you add multiple Maps and put them in to a master PDF document? I have 6 maps I need to combine and put in to one PDF document and add text to the document. It doesn't look like you can do either of those things through the HTML5 Interactive Map feature. 
Thanks
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You can do this by saving images of each your maps, then combining them in a Word or similar document, adding text and printing/saving that file as a PDF.

I too miss the straight export to PDF facility, but even with this you would have had to combine the separate PDFs of the maps using a full version of Acrobat or some other PDF editing program. Using images of the maps to do this in Word is probably simpler, especially if you want to add text.
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Well CC???
Another solution is to combine your maps into One Dashboard map  and export that to HTML 5
Much more convenient. And you could add your text in  the dashboard map.
How it's done is described many times before in this commmunity.
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I udgraded to version 2020. Where is gone the export to html 5 ?
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Awesome! Would love to hear your experience with the latest version.
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I found it ! Option - Add-in - Export to html 5
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I've just tried those "interactive htmls" via exporting one file in MindManager 2020 (v20.1.238 x64), and:
⠀⠀1. Those htmls do NOT natively work on Apple's iOS (13.5, in my case) = Safari or anything else built-into iOS can't load them. Maybe installing an app might help, BUT with all due respect "forcing" people I send files to install an app just so they can open MY files is totally and completely inappropriate. I can't and won't do this, not least because a lot of people won't bother with installing apps and other nonsensical workarounds — they'll just ignore such files.
⠀⠀2. In business environments people are much, much, much more comfortable with simple PDFs. I don't see anything wrong with that, and I would like an option to share files in formats other people are most comfortable with.
⠀⠀3. More often than not, I simply do NOT want my maps to be interactive. The fact it's a mindmap and has branches does not automatically lead to conclusion that I want people to "play" with them interactively. In most cases, I want a totally "static" map, so people focus on content, and not playing around with interactive elements. And images are not an answer to this, because again — it's also a question of comfort of the end-user, for many or most of whom an image is not a "document". Plus, most images do not get indexed at all/well, unlike pdf and other office documents.


Generally-speaking, I just "looooove" how MindJet simply decided to remove such a major thing as save-as-pdf from such a 350$ product without even a second thought. What's next, removing possibility for any export and expecting users to walk around with our laptops and show peoples our screens?

I just don't see how having PDFs as an OPTION could hurt anybody. How about you guys let your USERS (which hundreds for your products) decide, which format they prefer and which one suits THEIR particular needs best, instead of shoving ONE option down everyone's throat without any regard to each user's unique context.
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If you still want a PDF, just use a pdfprinter like the FREE CutePDFwriter
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I agree with Ary - and while I'm not a Mac user, I thought the OS has the ability to print to PDFs from any file built in.
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Thank you, guys, I am aware of printing into a pdf. But this is a workaround, and I often bumped into pdf printers that don't translate into pdf well-enough (e.g. because of the way they handle margins and such - since this is "virtual printing").

My point here was a tad different. There definitely are workarounds for this and most issues, but I simply don't understand why we, as users, are supposed to resort to those in case of a 350$/license software. Especially for such a fundamental/basic thing as saving/exporting to PDF. MindManager has always been meant and targeted at a corporate user, and hence I really am expecting saving/export into such a widely-spread format as pdf built-into the software.
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Well, for questions about product development, release management, this is not the best place. We may agree with you, but that does not give you the satisfaction you would like.
I suggest you contact your reseller or Corel/ Mindjet direct. They can inform you about the reasons behind design decisions.

This community is mostly meant to help with issues like "how to" etc.
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