You can't search for icons or images in a map or in maps from within MindManager as far as I know.
You can use the PowerFilter to "search" a map. You can link maps to a master map and then use View - Linked Maps - Combine All to create a temporary map you can apply the Power Filter to.
I tried to use File Explorer to find icons in map files but failed using the easy route.
For instance I know a .mmap file has a ThumbsUp icon in it.
Search for: type:mmap ThumbsUp - No result
Then I changed the .mmap file extension to .zip (MindManager files are just a form of zip file), and used File Explorer - Advanced Options to search in zip files. The map data file in the zip folder is called Document.xml
Search for type:xml ThumbsUp - No result
I then extracted the file
And the search worked!
So if you are desperate:
- copy your MindManager files to a new folder.
- change the file extension .mmap to .zip
- extract all
- Search (having found out the Name that is used in the xml files for the icon. thumbs-up is the icon name and ico file name but in the XML it is called ThumbsUp !)
- And now the bad news: All you have identified is files that have the Thumbs Up icon in the marker set used with that map. I couldn't create a search string which identified a topic which uses the icon. But by this time I had gone XML blind!
- Results Manager http://www.gyronix.com/resultmanager.php.
- Maybe http://www.olympic-limited.co.uk/ have an addin for this but I couldn't spot it.
- Search tools which can get inside files which are zips but use .mmap as their extension. I use http://www.replsoft.com/ Batch Replacer for file renaming but Finder didn't get inside .mmap the last time I tried. There are others.
- Maybe MultiMaps http://palmaross.com/
AND the good news Total Commander does find "thumbs" in .mmap files If you tick the search archives box. http://ghisler.com/ and it has a file Multi-Rename tool. :) :) BUT its just identify files which have the thumbs up in the market set of that map.
Just need a more specific search term now?
I never knew that MindManager was zip-related.
I certainly will try to make use of the suggestion you made, as this seems to be the only possibility for searching for icons yet! Nevertheless, I hope that MindManager is taking notice of the need I described, the more where I think I am not the only one who is waiting for such a feature (hint).
But perhaps 'the marked' will 'take up the glove'.
Thank you for pointing at the alternatives. I will discover them (although some are known to me).
In a short way: thank you for your quick reaction!
Can you describe the larger context of what you're doing and why you need to search for the icon? Also, does the Map Index help? It provides the # of topics per icon (e.g. how many red flags), the list of their topic descriptions/text, and clicking on any of the topics will navigate to that topic in the map. Does that solve your need?
First of all I'm sorry that I was not clear in the specification of my question...
To be honest: my question was primary based on the need of being able to search for icons within a single map. Although I used MindManager 9 for some years, I never was aware of the feature 'Map Index'. It was only recently when I purchased MindManager 15 that I first became aware of that feature (..).
Unfortunately I was not sharp enough that with that feature I am able to search for icons. Perhaps because the feature is missing in Mindjet.com (which I have to use at work)...
I thank you, Michael, for your answer. I am convinced that this will help me.
The comprehensive answer that Andrew gave, made me aware of the possibility of searching through a collection of maps. Therefore your research, Andrew, is very useful to me!
I would like to thank you both: asking one question, getting two useful answers! That was not my intention, but I'm glad with it...
Just answered a direct question to me about searching maps. Try "word1 AND word2 name:*.mmap" in Windows File Explorer search to find both words in the text of a map.
It would really useful to have something that does a maps search for topics with unfinished tasks for instance.