Powerpoint export problem

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I am trying to export my map to Powerpoint and I get the message "Can't export to Powerpoint. There are no slides in the map." It then tells me to add slides to the topics - I don't want to do that - I just want to export to a presentation like I always have done. Am I doing something wrong? I have used Mindmanager for over 12 years now and this is the first time I have this problem.

My map is fairly standard - see pic below.

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Ary, thanks for the response. I was aware of the way you described and just hoped that it wasn't the only way!!!

Yes - I have skipped a few releases and while I am an absolutely passionate Mindman supporter and find it invaluable as a tool, this direction for Powerpoint integration is certainly a significant step backwards from my perpspective.

The ease of use of the early Powerpoint integration was outstanding, but it has progressively got harder and harder to provide a simple Powerpoint output that so many of my customers loved.

This is the first time that I have been disappointed with a new version - the other features are great, but I might need to look for an alternate way to get the output into Powerpoint as making each branch into a slide is not what I want to do - it is a lot more work when you have complex mindmaps as I often do. It also doesn't appear to give me the option to format the slide as bullets instead of a map.

Does anyone know of alternate tools for powerpoint integration?
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While it's not as automatic as in previous versions, you can create multiple slides in one go in MM2012 by first selecting all the topics whose branches you want as separate slides and then following the New Slide from Topic process that Ary describes.

One problem with this slide creation process and export system is that the slide window in MM cab be moved but can't be resized relative to the map branch. If you have a topic with a "flat" branch structure with a lot of subtopics, any of these subtopics that fall outside this slide window won't appear in the MM slides.

More importantly, perhaps, they also won't be exported to PowerPoint. I know that it's bad form to have too many topics on a PP slide, but sometimes it's unavoidable and I want to decide the number of topics to include, not have MM set a limit.

There are however two or three workarounds. The first is to export the map to Word and then use Word's Send to PowerPoint facility (it's hard to find in Word 2010, but it's still there).

The second, which I've just discovered by experimenting with MM (a great thing to do, incidentally, when you're work-avoiding!) is to create multiple slides for the same topic, moving the slide window each time to ensure that all the sub-topics are covered. These can also be exported to PP as separate slides, which you can then merge or leave as is.

The third way, if you want the actual sections of the map to appear in PP, is just to use the snipping tool in Vista and Windows 7 (or similar 3rd-party topics) to create images of whatever you want on the map and pasting these in PowerPoint.
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Typo in my last post: the last para should refer to "or similar 3rd-party software" in the brackets.

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