Notes should support images and tables.

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Rich text alone is not sufficient to provide detailed context for creating reference material. With the addition of tables and images in Notes, Mindjet would be a great tool for creating technical documentation.

The fact that the Mindjet plug-in for Office imports images and tables correctly in Mindjet application is misleading because the desktop application displays it well, but the viewer will not show any notes with a table or image. In the desktop application, Images can be slightly formatted while tables are pretty static.

Attaching a ton of external small files (Word documents) for 'enhanced' notes is not desired.
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Jean-Francois Sweeney

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  • concerned that I might not be able to move forward with the idea of moving our technical documentation from conventional linear documents to Mindjet's structure.

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I think everyone agrees that the Notes feature should have been upgraded years ago.

The only current alternative is the third-party Word4maps add-in. This works quite well, in effect creating a lot of Word files instead of Notes, but managed through the Mindjet interface.

There's is one big limitation however - you cannot open the resulting maps on other PCs. This means this approach is best suited to creating complex but conventional Word documents rather than as a basis for using the maps themselves to distribute technical material.

Have you thought about hyper linking the detailed technical data? This would work best if this material was stored on a website, but has the advantage that you could update the Word files on the fly without necessarily having to change the map which provides the overall framework for the detailed material.
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The resulting document will have to be shared with a community of users so we will have to settle on a solution allowing for simple distribution. I didn't know about Word4maps add-in... I'll look it up just in case.

As for the attached Word documents, the biggest drawback is that we think it would be hard to search for content. i.e. Find in Mindjet would include words in Notes but it doesn't seem to look into the attachments.

Thanks for the feedback.
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Given that you want to distribute the map I don't think the current version of Word4Maps would work, though I understand the developers (Mindlogik and Olympic Software) are working on a portable version. Also I don't know if Word4Maps notes can be searched from the Mindjet interface.

Another option might be to put a summary or a description of the information in the MJ Notes containing the main key words that are likely to be searched. You could then put hyperlinks in the same Note to the more detailed information including graphics and tables, rather than attaching documents to or hyperlinking from the topic itself. You could even attach hyperlinks to the keywords themselves within each Note.
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Yes. Not preffered, but we will look it up to see if it will be a viable option.