Tracking Changes in MindManager?

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I'm using MindManager 9 to pull together information for inclusion in an Excel document. We are an FDA regulated company so we need to ensure that the information all makes it across to the document (which is a fixed template, of course!).

Is there a way to highlight the changes that have been made to a document over a given time period? This could be anything from a MS Word style track changes feature all the way to an old-fashioned 'Diff' tool. This would save us a lot of time and energy (and risk!!)
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Rich Vickers

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Nick Duffill, Champion

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Hello Rich

There is no historical editing data stored that can be retrieved after the fact, but if the map is capturing changes in Review mode, you can see who has made changes and when.

Go to the Review tab and click Start Review. Click the Settings button and check the option to record all map changes in comments. The map can be saved and reopened in this state, and it will record the fact that changes have occurred in the review comments. However it will not automatically record what has changed, only that a change took place. If your users have good discipline, they could manually record changes in the Review comments.

My own experience of this is that it is not 100% accurate, but will capture most changes. Occasionally it ignores a change. There may be a pattern to this, or even a design reason.

Best regards
Nick Duffill
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Michael Deutch

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Hi Rich, If you have the time, I suppose you could do a full export to word and then compare the two word documents. It takes more time, but that could be one way to satisfy your goal.
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We did some work on tracking the addition, removal and movement of topics in a mindmap through a custom made add-in. As Nick pointed out, Mindjet doesn't store this info so we've added some extra information inside the XML of the Mindjet file to be able to retreive it. The maps were used to update a database of topics via export/import so using the added XML in the Mindjet file they could create change logs like the attached screenshot.

So, it's possible to do this in a very basic way, but it's not a standard product that's out there. This was all based on MindManager 7 but should work in any version.
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Rich Vickers

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Thanks for your suggestions guys, they are all very helpful and are not mutually exclusive. I think I will come up with a strategy that incorperates all three suggestions to cover the need!

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