Mindjet as DMS with all files as attachments?

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Is it recommendable to use Mindjet as DMS with all files saved within the map as attachments?

I have concerns with regard to the performance and in particular the stability of the mindmap files.

In what way are the files saved within the map if they are attached? Are they saved in a sort of database?

In the case of file corruption, what are Mindjet's experiences of being able to recover the file and all attachments? Have there been such cases of file corruption yet? Have attachments been lost?

Thank you for your feedback.

Best regards
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Thorsten Preisegger

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Ary Velstra, Expert Trainer

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Thousands of users use Mindjet as the -frontend- for a DMS.
They have all documents linked with hyperlinks. The benefits are obvious:
You can link to any type of document, URL or even Database entry.
You avoid replicated storage because you can have mindmaps with different perspectives. etc etc

The only reason where they would attach a file- in a DMS structure- if they want to be sure that that single specific version of the document is used, and not the latest.

This way you can rely on the backup procedures you know.

Mindjet support did in several cases (where the desktop crashed e.g.) recover corrupt Mindjet *.mmap files with attchements inside.
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Technically, Mindet files are ZIP-files and the attachments are compressed inside this ZIP-file, file by file. The structure and graphical representation of the map are described in a document.xml file inside the ZIP-file. The document.xml also describes the location of the attachments inside the ZIP-file.

I would not recommend storing all the files as attachments, ZIP-files have limited file recovery options.
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Michael Deutch

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Hyperlinks will increase the app's performance and stability as compared to heavier attachments. Using the File Explorer map parts, you can quickly map out directories, linking to the files. Use tags and other features to annotate the results.

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