Import Freemind maps??

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I contacted Support about importing about a dozen maps I made in Freemind....all I got was
"Thank you for contacting Mindjet Support. Mindjet does support Freemind applications but we cannot offer any technical assistance with this request. Online there are many forums and websites hosting third party applications that offer applications to transfer Freemind maps into MindManager. We cannot endorse nor support these applications however many individuals have and continue to utilize these third party vendors. A basic internet search of Freemind and MindManager should provide the information you require."

***Is there any way to import Freemind maps into MindManager 2012 PRO???
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Suriel Lopez

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Re: Import Freemind maps??
Have you checked out the Freemind support Wiki section on import and export - http://freemind.sourceforge.net/wiki/...

One option I tried there 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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I just imported a Freemind map via iThoughtsHD on my iPad to MindManager 2012. I used Dropbox as the intermediary store.
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Suriel,

Your post is actually a repost of a reply I posted to a similar query on the old Mindjet Forum in January this year, quoting an earlier post I made in November.

This is not the first time I have found one of my old posts recycled on the new Mindjet forum. I really don't mind you or other Mindjet employees reposting my old responses, but I would be grateful if you would attribute them to me when you do so.

Thanks

Alex
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I find it very strange that MindJet MindManager Pro is unable to parse and import files from a widely-used (and free!) alternate product.

Surely it would be in their interests to make transition to their product as easy as possible.

BTW... I'm currently evaluating the software for a review I'm writing for a well-known IT news website and this is the very first thing I tried to do - import an existing mind map created in FreeMind (now incorporated as part of Docear, of course), into MindJet Pro.
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This is an appalling defect in mindmanager. I've been using FreeMind for years and have MANY freemind files. The 'solution' posted by s.lopez works poorly - the indented text appears as a note attached to a single node instead of a branched structure.

What *does* work is the following sequence: in FreeMind export .mm->html, then open html in Word, save as .docx, then open .docx in MM.

I cannot *believe* that this inconvenience is being imposed on users who are supposedly UPGRADING, and paying a premium license fee to boot. Awful.
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Hi Mark,

Actually it was me who suggested Suriel's solution some time ago - as my earlier response indicates, Suriel, who appears to be a Mindjet employee, had reposted the original query and my response from the old MM forum.

This isn't the first time this has happened, possibly to make up for Mindjet's failure or inability to import threads from the old forum to the new one, but with the result that neither the questions nor responses that are reposted are attributed to the original posters. Instead they appear somewhat oddly as if they were posted by Mindjet employees - and often the same person.

I've retested my original exporting from Freemind to MM via Word approach and it does work, provided you:

1. paste the copied Freemind map with formatting in Word so that the bullets appear; and

2. then highlight and send the selected paragraphs to MM via the MindManager button on the Add-Ins tab on the Word ribbon, rather than attempting to import the document into MM from Word.

In fact I find that MM seems to be more fussy about importing Word documents that aren't structured with heading styles, while it's a bit more tolerant in accepting sections of text as long as they at least have bulleted paragraps and are sent from Word using the MM add-in.

Incidentally I agree with your comments about MM's inability to import Freemind maps directly. I may be wrong but I seem to recall that MM used to be able to do this in ealrier versions - I can only assume that Mindjet unilaterally decided that MM would become the de facto mindmapping file format...
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alex -

thanks for your comments. when i retried your suggested method, i got the same problematic results the first few times, and then it started working properly for me. it could be that i was doing something incorrectly, but i see no change in the steps i was taking.

all that aside, i'm now getting good results and want to thank you for reiterating your comments, because otherwise i wouldn't have repeated the experiment.

mark
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Mark,

Thanks for your response. It's not something I do often so I had to check again how it works. Hopefully X5perte's response indicates that there might be a simpler option.

Alex.
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Help is on the way ...

A simple import of the FreeMind-Map is working!
Still working on the custom attributes and formatting of the "real-HTML" Notes!
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Hello there!
Is there a working import from Freemind/Freemind available now?. I ́ve been working with Freeplane for a while and my mindmap is pretty big now. I need a compfortable possibility to transfer it to MindJet.

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