PDF Export: Hyperlinks to local files and folders not supported?

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I am exporting a map that contains a link to another map. However, when I export as Mindjet PDF viewer and click the link, it give me the error: hyperlinks to local files and folders not supported

I have tried both relative and absolute links, as well as linking trying to link to .mmap and .pdf files. All combinations give me the same error.

Is there no way to link to another map from within the Mindjet Viewer?
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Attaching the map will not work either.

Export the other map as a PDF Viewer file and upload it to a shareable web folder e.g. Dropbox. You can then get a URL which can be added to the other map.
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Ah, I see. Thank you for you reply. External storage (cloud, server, or otherwise) is not permitted, so I'm afraid that won't work for my case.
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Ary Velstra, Expert Trainer

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You can upload the PDF viewer file to any file folder -behind your firewall- if you only wish your colleagues to see and use the map and its links.

And as an alternative... If the people who need to see this, why not give them access to MindManager The trial becomes a viewer after 30 days...unless you provide a purchased license key
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I tried that on our local network and I get the same error.

I'm actually saving/linking everything on our local network.

To your second suggestion (which I missed in my initial reply): In our case the delivery system needs to be effectively 100% hassle free, or it’s just not going to work. Requiring everyone to install the software just to interact or search for information is a non-starter.
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Well.
Maybe I was not clear enough.
You can use the solution Andrew Wilcox described above on your own server without any hassle.
This is done in organizations with over 32000 employees located in 84 different countries.

Try it...

The alternative solution to turn the trial license into a viewer is done by qualified system administrators across networks in less than an hour in a organization with over 1500 employees.

Good luck anyway.
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I tried that solution again on our local network/server. I get the same error. "Hyperlinks to local files are not supported"
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I keep seeing the same "oh, yeah, it won't do that" comments back to multiple conversations regarding the inability of this app to support exporting links to local files in PDFs.
Why hasn't it been fixed, and by fixed I mean why hasn't this capability been added? This is a very basic capability for any business application.
Would someone from Mindjet please respond?????
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Agreed - I need to be able to export the parent map and have the linked maps available. It's time-consuming to have to:
  1. create an export of every linked map
  2. go to the parent map
  3. add links to the PDFs
  4. export the parent map.
It's also another headache when it comes to maintenance - if I forget to update the linked map, the parent map will still be pointing at the old PDF (instead of automatically grabbing the latest linked map data).
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Maybe I simply do not understand what you wish to achieve. (i am human ;-)
Could you include screendumps or a small movie of what you do, what goes wrong and wat you wanted to happen?
It still may be that MindManger can't do exactly what you wish for, but maybe we do it different and our way could be feasible?
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Here's what I'm trying to do... I have a map with one linked map in it. Within MindJet, I can click the link and navigate to that linked map without a problem.

When I do the export, I get a broken link icon and the error about hyperlinking to local files.  In the solution above (creating PDFs and putting them on a network and then linking to the network PDFs) that process is just too cumbersome.

What I need is to export a map and have the .mmap links display the linked content.

My only alternative is to stop using linked maps and maintain one GIANT map, so all of the content is available when exporting.
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I tried to replay that for you with a first map, linked to a second map in the second map there is a pdf attachment.

Export to PDF give the same result as you describe ;-(
Export to SWF also give the same result as you describe ;-(

Then I tried this:
 I went to Linked Maps view => view tab => document views on the left
I did Select all
And I did WEB export
Now I get an intranet site that I can save on my local network and everything is linkable and the attachments can be opened.
All I have to do now is to provide the URL of the index.html page to the potential viewers.

For us this works and has a lot of benefits.
All viewers see the latest info
If we change someting at a lower level, simply repeat the process and everybody is up to date.
This is a real time saver.
Succes
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I tried that, but the web export shrinks the map so much that it's unreadable:




I'd like to make a feature request to have linked map content automatically included in PDF export (e.g. temporarily copy the linked content into the parent map, do the export, then remove the temporary content). For now, I'll maintain one large map.
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For that you could use a function on the Linked map tab.

Select the linked maps and select => Combine all.

Play around a bit and you will see that at least combining works in One Go. ;-)