Mindjet for quoting projects

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It is a great product but I will ask the product manager to understand certain changes should have an optional switch/display, right now the latest change is screwing my job while using MindManager to Quote projects.
This is my scenario, I use MindManager to quickly quote project by breaking down the items into building blocks/tasks easy to estimate. Then I add a number of days to each task and after the whole process I add them all up.
Right until last version this was pretty much perfect, but now the start and end date has been added and there is no way to turn that off !!!
Please, add that flag as soon as possible, this is very important for anyone quoting jobs.
Thanks.
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Jordi Bares

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Ary Velstra, Expert Trainer

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Yes that is always a bit of a problem when Mindjet adds functionality, but removes specific uses on the fly. So I support your idea.

Do I understand you correct in that you do NOT use MindManager to schedule the project - make ganttcharts with dependencies etc. in that stage?

If so.... you could consider using the Autocalc feature that uses properties that are connected to your building blocks.
If you create a property for time (days) and maybe even price you can go beyond the functionality you know and use, and get some extra's.
We use this to show our customers how they can influence project price by reducing functionality.
Simply by dragging functional building blocks in-out the main structure
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Jordi Bares

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Indeed, we also use it for project planning in the very early stages and then move to Merlin so we can carry on following every stage and conducting assessmentss of the project evolution.

I didn't know I could autocalc but I will certainly look at it, thanks for the heads up, that would be great time saver.
From the point of view of any project, we quote it first and do a few versions and refinements so having dates mixed with duration is just not right, hence my request to have a toggle in the show/hid that allows me to hide this new feature.
Thanks a lot
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Marian Kocmanek, Official Rep

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Hi Jordi, 

Thank you for the feedback on the recent change to MindManager 10.6 for Mac. In this update, we addressed a long standing bug where a duration value can be set without the task containing start/end dates. This now functions in the same manner as found in MindManager for Windows. 

In your use case, you were using the duration field to specify effort, a feature available in our Windows version but not yet Mac. For our next MindManager for Mac release (date ~early next year), we are planning on adding the Effort field, which will address your use case. Until this feature is available, I suggest you use tags to define effort for your tasks. 

Also, the suggestions provided by Ary are only applicable to MindManager for Windows at this time. 

Thanks again, 
-Marian
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Ary Velstra, Expert Trainer

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Marian is right. I should have seen you are on MAC before suggestion autocalc.

Although I was a MAC user already in 1984, in my training business almost every course is for Windows versions.
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Alex Gooding, Champion

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Being able to set duration independently of start and due dates used not to be regarded as a bug and in fact had some benefits which some add-ins to the early Windows versions actually used.


Up until MM9 in the Windows version you could set duration independently of the start and due dates, though I can't recall if you could have duration without any dates. I understand locking the start date, due date and duration occurred when the Gantt add-in was integrated into MM.
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