Flexible structure positioning

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1 - Is there any way to create only 1st level (main) topics ? (need to freely arrange them on my map which is impossible with sub-topics)    2 Is there any way to create more than one central topic 
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Igor Sinitskiy

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Ary Velstra, Expert Trainer

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ad 1)  Yes, you can place your topics anywhere with the use of the little white circle that is close to the main topic. Mouse over it you will see a PLUS sign and with that you can drag the topic.

It remains connectd to the central topic.

ad2) Not really. But you could consider using Floating Topics and regard them as separate central topics. You can add sub topics etc to a floating topic. Visually this works, but beware.... you cannot easily print etc.
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Nigel Goult (Olympic & MIVAP)

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Igor,

As Ary pointed out you can do this with Floating Topics.

The Map below was created by:
  1. Adding two Floating Topics either side of the Central Topic
  2. Set the Floating Topic layout to Map
  3. Setting the Sub-topic Distance from parent value to 10 (accessed by right-click->Format Topic->Sub-Topics Layout
  4. Set the Central Topic Shape to None
  5. Set the Central Topic Fill to the Map background
  6. Set the Central Topic Text to the Map Background
Hold Shift when re-positioning to stop the Floating Topics trying to connect to the Central Topic and
Under File->Options->Edit, uncheck the Snap to grid during drag and drop





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Nigel

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Thanx on the 2dn question but I still havent got how can I arrange sutopics (green ones) like I do with main topics (blue ones). Blue ones have this circle controller which helps to arrange the position of the blue one. But theres no such thing in green ones.   That is why I asked if I can make blue topics (with handles) branching out of same blue and so on...
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Nigel Goult (Olympic & MIVAP)

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I understand more what you are asking now.

You cannot move Sub-topics the same way in which you can move Main Topics. They are a fixed Map element. The only adjustment you can make for positioning is from the Format Topic option where you can set values such as those highlighted below. (You can also use the Size and Margins tab).

However, these changes will be uniform for all Sub-Topics.

The only other way to do this is by only using Floating Topics in your Map and connecting them using a Relationship. This then means each Floating Topic can be positioned where you want.
There is an add-in called Network Builder that can help create these types of layouts in MindManager and allows you to create Concept Maps and Flow Diagrams. You can see more about Network Builder here: http://www.olympic-limited.co.uk/product/network-builder/

Hope this helps a bit more.

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Nigel

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Actually there are a few other tricks you can use instead of or in addition to floating topics. One is to use call-outs, which can be flexibly located, but format them to look like sub-topics. You can also use a combination of approaches, for example, a single floating topic with sub-topics, or even an invisible floating topic with subtopics or call-outs which are linked directly to the central topic with relationship lines. I posted an article on my blog about using these techniques with many-to-one relationships but many of them would also be applicable in this case: https://sociamind.wordpress.com/2015/...
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