How to organize huge "content/files" mindmap?

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Hi. I'm a designer. During my work I have accumulated a lot of files such as icons, fonts, patterns, textures etc. I realized that the process of finding the right things takes a lot of time. 

I want to build a huge "my design-content-stuff" mind map which will have nice structure. But I was faced with the problem of crossing lines of relationships. Here is the screenshot.
At this stage of creating a mind map, I realized that I will have a lot of problems with similar "crosing lines".  And in the end the mind map will turn into a tangled ball of yarn.

So, can anyone give me advise how to organize this mind map with good visual structure without crossing lines?

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Roman Otradny

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Lars-Erik Mickos

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I guess this particular red line could be simplified by moving the object left in the line.

However, the bigger problem relates to the fact that you are trying to generate at least 3 many to one relationships on objects simultaneously in a 2 dimensional graph.This will logically prove a problem.

I cannot tell of the structures you are creating just out of this picture but grouping might help you somewhat (one relation per group in stead of one per object). Color coding also helps, and tags.

But if such techniques are not enough, you might want to think over whether a mindmap is the right structure for this work.
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Some thoughts on using relationships:

- You can use View - Show/Hide to hide them temporarily
- You can use Power Filter to hide or show specific types of relationship
- When you right click a relationship you can see the option to Jump to either end.

BUt there will always be the underlying spaghetti.
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I use a little script that converts relationships to topic hyperlinks and vice versa. Relationships are easier to draw, but hyperlinks are easier to use and keep the map clean.
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I would use Map Markers instead of relationships so that the Marker Index pane provides several ways to find things. Decide on a single hierarchical structure that is unambiguous* and helps to break up a large library into manageable sections. Then use map markers to individually categorise the items. With map markers, an item can belong to multiple categories without the need to weave relationship spaghetti. The usefulness of relationships is inversely proportional to their quantity in a map.

*Unambiguous means that each item belongs in only one place, not in two (so has only one parent).
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while I think Nick's approach is the best, another option for you really must have relationship lines is to set the map so that different groups of relationships can be shown individually. One admittedly fiddly way to do this is to use invisible floating topics each of which has different groups of subtopics attached with invisible lines. Instead the subtopics are attached to the relevant topics in the tree with relationship lines. Rather than attempt to explain this in detail have a look at the article I posted on my blog about this technique:
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Ary Velstra, Expert Trainer

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Could it be an option to have all your icons, fonts, patterns, textures in your MindManager library?
You can use Options => Package Folders to populate it fast and easy.