To start with the second issue first, I posted a comment to the following conversation: https://community.mindjet.com/mindjet/topics/convert-a-topic-to-a-flow-chart-item which has appeared OK in the conversation, but is not shown in the list of responses to the conversation thread on the home page nor has it affected its position in the list of conversations. In other words you wouldn't know my reply was there unless you clicked on the thread.
I thought however it was worth reposting my comments here as they were more about the former issue and I would be curious to compare experiences on the merging of flowcharts/concept maps with concept maps. This is a slightly edited version:
The interaction between the "traditional" MM map elements and the new flow chart and concept map features is interesting. As I said in a couple of earlier threads on this issue, flow charts and concept maps appear largely to be cosmetic overlays which apply special formatting to what is really a set of floating topics linked by relationship lines.
This becomes clearer when you copy either and paste into a standard map, where the relationships between the flow chart and concept map elements are turned into conventional relationship lines. It seems the best way to integrate either with a standard map is to go the other way - ie, start with the flow chart or concept map, add at least the primary level of concepts or flow chart elements and then select either the start topic/concept and/or any of the other elements and change the layout from flowchart (which is the default for both flow charts and concept maps) to one of the standard MM mapping layouts.
This turns the chosen topic(s) into floating topic(s) to which all future additions will be standard subtopics, but does not affect the other existing flow chart or concept map topics or their relationship line formatting. In addition the flow chart or concept map formatting will still be applied to any topics or concepts added to topics which have not been "converted" in this way.
You have to be careful though moving any of these concepts or topics around as there is a tendency for the topics which have been converted into floating topics to "grab" the topic and subsume it into one of the added conventional subtopics (play around with this on a map and you will see what I mean).