Radial / Circular map layout

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I am not sure if this better qualifies as a question or an idea, so here goes. Is there any way to display a map in a "circular or radial" layout? I have a bunch of topics at the 3rd and 4th levels that I need to work with, and the vertical (closely spaced) column format is cumbersome... it would be SO much easier if I could filter the map on those two parent topics and have the children array themselves around the central topic so they are far more "spread out" than they are now, and thus easier to see and work with.

So, is this a feature request, or question. You decide. I don't suppose this was thought up for the upcoming 15 version???
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Yes, it exists. Click on your central topic. Then under the "design" ribbon, click the Layout button in the "object format' group. Select the map layout. 

In version 15, we've made it easier to start a new map with the different map layouts. 
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Hi Michael and thanks for your response. I think that is the layout I was already using because when I click that option nothing happens on my map. Am I missing something?

I have used other programs for things like ERD diagrams and they often have something called "force directed circular" layouts that are exactly what I am looking for. With that layout your eye would not see any predictable "columnar" arrangement of the topics as I seem to always see (and usually desire) in my maps within MindManager.

I hope that helps to describe what I am looking for.
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Here is what my map looks like right now. I'd like it to spread the content out radially from the central topic, even though the bulk of the content comes from two parent., level 2 topics. This view of the map is a tiny fraction of the full content, FWIW.

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Ahh, I see. You're right. So, you can try the 'balance map' option. It doesn't balance it as perfectly as I'd prefer yet. But it may do the trick. Or...

To the left of the main topic (level 1 topic), there is a small circle. When you hover over it, it becomes a plus. You can click and drag that topic to the other side of the map. 
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If I have the map filtered, and drag one of those level 2 topic parents to another spot on the map, will that cause the topic to get rearranged on the map when the filter is removed? I have had a major problem with rearranging these two huge parent topics in the past, which caused total map corruption.

I just want to make sure it is a temporary movement as far as the program is concerned, and will not have long term consequence for the output (to Word) of the final content.
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This sort of thing would be ideal...

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I don't so much care about the topic text being angularly arranged, but the topics themselves are in a "splat" pattern....
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Scott Curtis

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I would love to be able to arrange my maps in less formal layouts such as this...
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Me too... this is driving me nuts. I need to print out a poster of my mind map and right now I just have two lists. I used mind map intentionally instead of word for the purpose of creating a more "3D" arrangement. Basically a typical mind map with a central topic then everything else in a circle around it.
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Looks spectacular, but.... How do you read it?