Map Presentation Help

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I'm trying to find the best way to present data on a map.

Input 1 --|
Input 2 --|--Group A --|
Input 3 --|                        |
                                           |--Level 1 --| 
Input 4 --|                        |                    |
Input 5 --|--Group B --|                    |
Input 6 --|                                             |
                                                                  | -- Output 1
Input 7 --|                                           |
Input 8 --|--Group C --|                   |
Input 9 --|                        |                   |
                                          |--Level 2 --|
Input 10--|                       |
Input 11--|--Group D --  |
Input 12--|

Excuse my rough ASCII art.

So, that's simple enough, however, Group B may be in another level and the maps start getting complicated with all the arrows as I have 1,000s of inputs and hundreds of groups, levels and outputs.

What I trying to show are two key points, first, for an output and trace back to all the levels, groups and inputs that affect the output. Second, for an input, trace forward to all the groups, levels and outputs where the input will have an impact.

Looking for some ideas and the relationship arrows look messy. Thanks.
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Michael Gerbasio

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Alex Gooding, Champion

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While your drawing shows only one output you mention multiple inputs and outputs, which suggests a many-to-many process or network diagram. These have always been problematic with mind maps given their one-to-many nature, though you can try to get around the limitations to some extent by using relationship lines.
There is however an add-in which can be used to draw many-to-many diagrams with MindManager - Network Builder which is available from Olympic Ltd: though I'm not sure it can handle the complexity you describe. It's also worth reading the short white paper linked to on the product page which talks about concept and network diagrams:
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Michael Gerbasio

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Thanks Alex.

Maybe something upcoming in v15 will do the trick. If they'd improve links, that would work too. For example if the link would automatically pick up the label and show that on the map, it would be a workable solution but I can't find anything to give the link button a text label.

Then my map would show Output 1 connected to two links labeled "Level 1" and "Level 2". I know I could create the subtask and fat finger the same description as the link but that is a very cumbersome way to do it especially when developing a process, leads to too many mistakes.

Any ideas?

Regards-Michael G.