In an org chart, how can change the way connectors between topics are drawn? (i.e. without changing the topics too!)

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This is probably 'heresy' around here, but I hate the default way MindManager (v2020) that draws its lines connecting topics on an Org Chart map.

I find them very odd and hard to read. 

1. How can I change the lengths of the little stubs that connecting lines have?

2.  How can I change the weight of the connector lines, without changing the weight of the lines that draw the topic shapes?

3. How can I increase the weight of the topic boundary lines, WITHOUT increasing the weight of the connector lines?

I just want the connectors to look more 'normal' and easier to read!



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John Smith

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Hi John,

I have to say that I'm also not a great fan of how MM handles org charts, but at least some of your wish list for improvements can be achieved.

The length of the little stub lines to each main topic can be changed clicking on the central topic then going to the subtopics layout under Format Topic Shape. Under Spacing you can vary the distance from the central topic using Distance from parent and the distance between main topics using Distance between siblings.

You seem to have to put in fairly large measurements for the change to be really noticeable, You can then repeat the process for each main topic to change the distances for their subtopics; bear in mind that if these are in a tree layout the Distance from parent will affect the horizontal spacing, while Distance between siblings will control the vertical distance from the parent.

You can - to a limited extent - vary connector line thicknesses without affecting the topic lines. Click on the central topic, then go to General Layout. Under Lines select the line thickness and in the Thickness applies to field select Main Topic Lines. The topic connecting lines will appear thicker, though only in the horizontal section, while the vertical lines will be unaffected (as will the lines defining the topics). The effect however is a little odd, and the reverse - varying the thickness of topic lines without changing that of the connector lines - does not seem to be possible.