Inconsistent but frequent broken hyperlinks in Mindmanager for MAC

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I’m using Mindmanager 10.6.125 for MAC to develop a university
curriculum. I make extensive use of hyperlinks to link Map topics to associated PDF files (academic papers and articles) that are stored in an adjoining folder. I use the RELATIVE as opposed to ABSOLUTE hyperlink as I want to migrate the map and links by exporting it to HTML5 Map and folder structure to colleagues at a later date.

I find that when the mind manager file is saved, closed and reopened the hyperlinks are frequently broken and have to be “modified” and relinked one by one. I’ve also noticed that if the associated PDF file name is too long it causes the programme to crash.

As the hyperlinked documents are a key part of the functionality of the project I’m working on, this is causing me major problems. (It doesn’t seem to happen consistently but frequently enough to make it unworkable). Incidentally the Mind Maps and associated PDF files are stored on a Dropbox folder. Any idea as to what might be causing the hyperlinks to break?

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Kieron Crawley

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Jigs Gaton, Consultant

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Hi there, I think the problem that you describe is a longtime bug and feud between Adobe/Apple/And anything that creates links within a document. Years ago I ran into this, and resolved all my problems by authoring PDF files in Windows, and using Windows versions of everything even though I don't own a single PC (and never would). I use all the latest Apple hardware, but run the latest Windows 10 and apps using Parallels Desktop (it's only a swipe away). This way, everything I produce for my clients, including PDFs, Words, Maps, etc. will work properly on their PCs and on the web. So I have no good news for you, only to say I tried to resolve this issue years ago, and got nowhere until I just bailed and went with Windows versions of all critical business software.
Cheers, Jigs

PS. And in Windows, I found that Foxit PhantomPDF for Business creates the most reliable PDFs as far as embedded links go. I've had problems (minor) with Adobe DC Pro and Nitro Pro both in this regard. 
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Hi Kieron,
Just to say that I have experienced this issue, too.
And out of the context of a Dropbox folder. So, I don't think this is a relevant factor in the issue.

Good luck,
Dominique  
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Kieron Crawley

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Thanks Jigs, Dominique,

Interesting to hear that you've also had the same issue. Given that hyperlinks are a major part of Mindmanager's functionality it's  remarkable that this issue has been allowed to go unresolved in a software package that markets for over $200 dollars. I get the distinct impression that development of the Mac version of the software is under resourced as there are a number of other bugs. Seriously thinking of migrating to another package...

Warm regards 
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Jigs Gaton, Consultant

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In this case, the Windows package for MM is certainly superior. I think that's been well documented throughout the forums here, and the difference in price tells ya what you are getting. I'm not sure why anyone buys the Mac version outside of costs. MM for windows and PD on a mac is a dream mind mapping setup, but costs north of $400 USD to get running. But for any serious business user that owns a mac, it's what ya gotta do. See my article here on the subject (one of the most read articles on MPUG.com for 2017). Just substitute the phrase "Microsoft Project" with "MindJet" and most all still applies. 
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