How many fundamentally different types of MindManager map file are there?

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How many fundamentally different types of MindManager map file are there?

It seems that after you have created a new map file using whatever template, some of the maps can easily be converted between each other. 

e.g. Radial Map, Right Map, Tree Map, Org Map, Time Line template...} all create hierarchical maps and can all be converted between each other (simply by selecting the original Central Topic ==> Format ==> [just change the layout]. 

However a Flow Chart seems to be a slightly different beast because you can't change a Radial Map into a Flow Chart, (although you can go the other way and build a hierarchical map on a Flow Chart map.  

In a hierarchical map you can't delete the original topic, whereas you can in non-hierarchical maps.

A map created using Concept template seems to behave almost identically to a Flow Chart map.

But Venn Diagrams, Onion Diagrams templates seem to pretty much be like a non-hierarchical map but with different backgrounds.

Kanban defaults to the "Tag" view
Schedule defaults to the "Schedule" view

But I still can't see what's special about "Free-From" maps.

Likewise, once you've clicked Gantt Chart it seems hard to get rid of it!


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You are broadly correct. Basically, MindManager has two sorts of maps - traditional, tree-based hierarchical mind maps (radial, org-chart, tree maps, etc) and the newer family of non-hierarchical maps, including flow charts, concept maps and free form which are based on floating topics.

Topics in the flow chart and concept maps have Quick Add tabs on all four sides. Clicking on one of these produces a specially-formatted relationship line. This can be dragged in any direction and linked either to a new floating topic or to an existing one.

The free form maps are really a bit of a hybrid. Topics in these maps have Quick Add tabs only on one side; clicking on this produces a "conventional" sub-topic rather than another floating topic.

If you have multiple maps open and ever get confused as to which one is which, the hierarchical maps only have two options under Topics in the Insert tab on the ribbon - Topics and Callout. The non-hierarchical maps have a third - New Decision.

The Venn and Onion maps are actually based on traditional tree-based maps. They use preformatted background shapes which can be unlocked, manipulated and formatted like any other shapes. These shapes can be added to any style of map, hierarchical and non-hierarchical.

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Thanks for the quick reply Alex,

To add a bit more clarity;

There are 2 types of fundamentally different types of templates. One with a central topic that cannot be deleted which we use for all of our hierarchical templates (EG Radial, Tree, etc) and one without a central topic which is used for diagram type maps (EG flowchart, Free-form, Concept, etc).

Within either of these two template types, floating topics can either be set to a hierarchical layout (EG Right Map) or a flowchart layout this changes the behavior of what happens when you click the quick ad buttons or press Enter, Insert, etc.

In the future, all diagrams will use the Free-form template which does not have a central topic and the floating topics are set to Right map layout but in 2019 the Free-form template was developed later in the release cycle and we didn't have time to update some of the diagram templates to use it (EG Venn, Funnel, etc). This will be changed in an upcoming update. We are also considering adding a feature that will allow the user to add or remove a Central topic in any template.
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This is excellent news.

As long-term user (OK lurker much of the time...  ;)  ) I have always hated the rigidity of the hierarchical layout with its central topic that cannot be deleted.  After all, real life isn't always a hierarchy! So this development makes perfect sense.