Summary option

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I would like to make short summary to two or more topics in MM. One solution would be to make a callout and put relationship arrows from the relevant topics to that callout, but it is messy and looks quite awful. Another option is to group the topics into a undertopic and write the summary in the note of the mother topic. However this messes up the overview of the topics, creating unecessary sub-topics

I have tried numerous mindmap software and xmind do have this option to ctrl+click each topic and adding a summary. I can't understand how Mindjet hasn't picked up on this already...
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I miss this too.
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Marco Gruber

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I miss this, too
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And ... Marco.... I miss your personal reaction to emails and linkedin messages.
Unless you have a good reason for this I think it is extremely rude of you.
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You can use insert boundary to add a bracket and then insert a call out as shown in your image. Each group of topics will need a parent topic, which can be an empty topic.
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Although I do recognise that flexibility and freedom to represent information is something that we can and should expect from visualisation products, I think the underlying issue here has more to do with map design than features and functions. The "empty topic" to which Andrew refers could also be the summary for the subtopics.
The need to converge a tree back to different summaries suggests that the primary structure should be looked at again. I know there are always situations where more than one hierarchy is needed, and this is the constant challenge of using mind mapping to visualise complex information. Generally we do not attach enough importance to the primary structure and tend to rush past it to the interesting detail below, creating little issues that surface later on :)