How can we import Freemind files (.mm format)?

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We are evaluating MM 2012 and it looks intriguing. However, we have a couple dozen maps in .mm format. How can we import them to MM without recreating them from scratch?

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Suriel Lopez

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Suriel Lopez

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Re: How can we import Freemind files (.mm format)?
I posted about this originally in November.

Check out the Freemind support Wiki section on import and export - http://freemind.sourceforge.net/wiki/...

There doesn't seem to be any way of importing Freemind maps directly. One option I tried from the Wiki that seems to work is to export from Freemind to MM via Word. To start, select the central topic in the Freemind map, copy then switch to Word and paste. This results in a Word document with the main topic as normal text and increasing indents with bullets for all the topics and subtopics.

Switch to Word and highlight all the topics you want to import to MM, except for the main topic (including it can confuse MM and you won't need it anyway). Click the Send selected paragraphs to MindManager button which MM should have installed in Word (under the Add-Ins tab in Word 2010). This should create a new map in MM with the topics and subtopics laid out as a simple map. For some reason this method of importing to MM seems to work better for indented Word documents than just a simple import from Word initiated from MM.

This works but results in a very simple map without any attributes or formatting, but it's better than nothing. Incidentally going the other way is more straight-forward and doesn't require Word - just select all topics (or as many as you want to copy) in MM, press copy, switch to directly to Freemind and paste. This results are the same, however - a plain version of the map in Freemind without any formatting, task information etc.
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It would be much more productive to have an import plugin.Since MindManager has a better set of features than Freemind/ Freeplane, maybe all functions could be covered and virtually no information would be lost within importing. Freeplane already imports mind manager files, why the opposite doesn't happen? This could mean a good solution for people migrating from other platforms, meaning more clients ;-)
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I solved this problem on 2 Freemind files that were sent to me. I found that if I forwarded the files by email to my iPad and opened them into Mindjet, then the iPad version of mind manager worked fine and created .mmap files autoatically which I simply forwarded back to my PC. They were fairly simple files I admit. Andrew

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