MindManager has been a trailblazer here in some respects, but has not gone the whole way. Making all features available in the Mac version would help cooperation in big firms and academia greatly!"
(from Andreas Busch)
For the Mindjet folks who monitor this thread, I think it would go a long way to hear an update from you on what the OSX roadmap looks like. At least if we felt a bit more a part of the process we might be more forgiving.
p.s. if nothing else I'd really like to know when the OSX client will be able to manage mindmap templates.
Is there some new process on the Mac, workaround or other approach I should be using to accomplish this faster way to customize my map topics and reuse them?
I've started to use Buzan's iMindMap, but just in a tentative way, because of the legacy of all those Mindmanager maps. Mindmanager is still my preferred choice because of this: I really, really, don't want to switch, but oh the pain of lack of parity. (I've whined a good deal above about the absence of the "create linked child map from branch" feature on the Mac version.)
Also: I'm totally confused by Connect. I and my husband--both mindmappers for decades, and users of Mindmanager since the get-go--spent an hour on the Mindjet site trying to understand Connect, to no avail. Are we alone in our dimwittedness? Will Connect "fix" the Mac/Windows parity issues, or are we Mac users still stuck with a Cinderella product, i.e. neglected and ignored.
I've been using NovaMind which is as full-featured as the Windows version of MindManager and that has a Mac and Windows version. I found it to have too many features and have gone for a more simplistic mind mapping app and I'm now using Mindnode which has a Mac and iOS client and works well enough for my requirements. One of my biggest issues with Mindnode was the inability to add notes to a branch but a recent upgrade has added that so I'm happy with this now and can work on a mind map anywhere.
I think Mindjet have let the Mac version lapse for too long now without adding new features and the competition have been catching up a lot. I didn't subscribe when they moved to the subscription model because nothing new had been added to the Mac version and I already had a perpetual license. I don't believe there have been any new features in all that time.
We all know that many of the extra facilities of the windows version were originally third party add-ins that made use of the open developer gateway on windows that Apple's Mac OS-X simply does not provide. For Mac versions everything has to be programmed anew. Possible, but a lot of work.