why is mac product so far behind windows version

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I am disappointed after spending 250 to find out the mac version is a crippled product compared to the windows version. The use of macs by our executive team is growing every day and we would like to have comparable products to exchange between us. When will the Mac version be enhanced?
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Andy

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Julia

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This problem is and has been under discussion with MindJet for months if not longer. They keep getting posts from Mac users, but I have to say they really don't seem to be listening. I have even had personal phone conversations with a company rep on a couple issues, which they promise to get back on, and it just doesn't happen. So I have to say at this time to not hold your breath. But I hope I am wrong and they are finally listening to their Mac user base. Guess I keep hoping and that's why I haven't given up on the discussions.
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MindManager Windows was first released in the mid 90s.

The Mac version was built from scratch in the mid 00s.

There is a decade of development difference.
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Nigel Goult (Olympic & MIVAP)

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Although MindManager was first released in the 1990's, it was re-written from ground up in 2004 (MindManager X5).

MindManager for Mac was first released in 2005, (if memory serves me correctly), shortly after the X5 re-write.

What puzzles me is that if you forget about functionality for a moment the two applications are distincly different in look/feel. Other vendors who have Windows and Mac versions seem to have an almost identical look/feel which kind of makes sense so the user feels they are in the same product irrespective of the platform. Some vendors even licence so your licence key activates on both platforms saving you a double purchase.

So my question is why is MindManager for Mac so radically different from the look/feel perspective? It is almost as though the Mac version is not home grown and an oursourced development and I am guessing that the volume of the Mac user market from a Mind Mapping point of view is significantly smaller than the cash cow market of the Windows which means that it is destined to be 2/3 steps behind at best.

I'll admit that I am a Windows user and not affected by this but it must be frustrating for Mac users to say the least and if you have been using MindManager on Windows and moved to Mac and expected a similar experience I can understand why so many Mac users feel frustrated.
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Andy

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well the problem is they charge 250 for the product and it feels crippled. The hard reality is Macs are poping up in most executive teams these days and Mindjet needs to wake up to that fact. MS word is substantially the same between MAC and Windows as is Outlook, Powerpoint and Excel as one example. Can you imagine if you couldnt interoperate between them? I am an exec for a SW company and understand the investment return challenge. I would encourage Mindjet to understand whats happing in terms of user acceptance of platforms other than MS.
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Nigel Goult (Olympic & MIVAP)

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I had never looked at it from that angle before. I can see what you are driving at in that the Exec. level are becoming more prone to using and exploiting iOS products and if they use an application that delivers benefits, quality and reliability, they may well look to adopt it into the organisation, which may for many be operating on a MS platform and therefore result in more licence sales for Mindjet.

A good point of view and one I will take on board for sure.
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It's not just the exec level and iOS. They love their Macbook Airs, too. At the exec and board level, Apple is taking the world over. And, sadly, Mindjet only provides what you might call a single user product compared to the version available for Windows.
On Windows MindManager I can manage entire projects. Integration with contacts, Outlook, etc enables me to manage these projects directly from MindManager - on Windows only. When I try to do the same on my mac, the integration is just not there.
Sure, I know about the MS Ofc API. But most of that office api, along with apple equivalents, now exist for OSX. But mindjet is not using them. At least not anywhere close to the extent that the Windows equivalents are being leveraged.
And I get that it isn't a simple matter of porting the Windows code. The OSX code has to be written from the ground up.
But the API's have all been there for about 2 years now - unless I'm missing something (entirely possible). What is the hold up?

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