Mac Users talking to Mindjet - honesty please

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an open letter to Mindjet...

I own a small business that first purchases your product for Windows about 6 years ago.  It was good and, on that platform, seems to have grown as a business tool - especially important to knowledge workers and people who "create for a living."  As a company, we made the wholesale change to Macs about 4 years ago.  We also use ESRI products extensively and were convinced that running them via Windows emulation would work.  The move to Mac meant we had to leave a few known programs behind.  They did not make nor pretend to make a Mac version.  Generally, this was not terribly hard - we found substitutes that were almost as good or better.  We have doubled the average life of the hardware we purchase and found the OS to be more stable.

I was glad that Mindjet produced a Mac product, bought it and saw a reasonable facsimile to to Windows version at the time.  Frankly, since then, every addition announced by your company has been for the Windows product.  In fact, to use your cloud based application (which is often making the underlying OS choice irrelevant in software packages) - you need to have the Windows version of MM running on the desktop.   In this, I am not asking for changes to the Mac product that make it work with Sharepoint, Project or any other MS-only product.  The Mac version of Mindjet, as we end 2013, will not produce a Gantt chart, view two maps simultaneously, or even create hyperlinks.   In case you have not looked, here is your own chart of the differences - http://www.mindjet.com/mindmanager/windows-mac-comparison-chart-full-length-US.pdf  BTW - the products seem to have the same price.

Within your own user community - bringing parity to the two products (or at least working toward it) - is consistently the #1 user requested feature.  Honestly, are you ever going to do this?  
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Doug Turner

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  • abandoned and lied to.

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Andrew Wilcox, Champion

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They are the same price because you get a license to run the relevant version for your sole use on either or both platforms and on as many pieces of hardware you like. That's how I read the current EULA.

The gap is not going to close based on history. Have you considered running Parallels or similar? I realise it's another license plus a Windows OS license.
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The idea is to have a native application so it runs optimally with the platform. Parallel is just a band-aid for a terrible business decision. Consider the iOS ecosystem and now that all coding is converging on the Mac, there should be no reason not to update the Mac OS/iOS version to match the Windows version.