Search for icons.

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Hi there, I would like to search for icons in Mindmanager (14) and Mindjet (f.i. the red flag). I don't think its possible yet (?), but does anyone know if that feature will be developed?
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Hi Bart

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!

Alternatives:

- 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?

Good luck!





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Wow, Andrew, thanks for your investigation!

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! 
Bart
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Hi Bart, 

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? 

Thanks,
Michael
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Hi Michael

I took it that Bart needs something that will search through a collection of maps. The map index is helpful for single maps.

Andrew
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Good point, I didn't read into that when I first read it. Bart, is that what you meant?
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Dear Michael and Andrew,
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...
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Glad we can help! 
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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.