More on Slides in MM9

August 4, 2010

imageIn an earlier posting I described the new “Slides” feature of MindManager 9 – see “Working with Slides in MM9”.  The version I was using at the time allowed for the creation of the slide views and for the slides to be printed. 




A new version of the pre-release software has additional function that allows the information in the “Slides” view to be exported to PowerPoint.

In this simple example, I have first created three slides from a map I made by importing this week’s tasks from Outlook 2010.

To save the slides to Powerpoint, click on the drop down menu in the slides pane – to the left of the main screen.  Select “Export Slides to Microsoft PowerPoint”.





This opens a “Save file” dialogue – enter the file name and select the folder location for the PowerPoint file.




imageA new dialogue box pops up offering you several choices. You can export your slides as a text outline – each slide will be converted to a bulleted list on a PowerPoint slide.  Or you can export the slide contents as PowerPoint objects – the map structure of the slide will be recreated as PowerPoint drawing objects.



The bulleted list option.







The PowerPoint objects option.

Obviously one then has the option to edit the objects and reformat them to suit.





Other options let you select your preferred PowerPoint template and whether you want to export any topic notes as PowerPoint speaker notes.

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A new feature in MindManager 9 is the Slide view.  Working with this one can break a map up into different views, each containing only a portion of the map.  This is a great option for walking through a map with colleagues, one part of the map at a time.


Using the map example here (left), let’s suppose we want to create views of the map based on selected main branches.  The purpose being we want to create a slide for each branch, then present and review that portion of the map displayed by the slide

imageSelect each branch in turn, perform a “Right Click” on the topic and select “New Slide from Branch”.  The first time this is done, a pane will open and display the slide thus created.

image Keep selecting branches and “New Slide from Branch” until you have all the slides you need. 



imageNotice how MindManager places a slide icon against each topic from which a slide has been created.

image You may now step through the map slide by slide by clicking each slide in the slide pane in turn.  This causes only the portion of the map forming the slide to be displayed in the main pane.

image Alternatively, you may use the “Slide Show” view to step through the slides in full screen mode.  The slide may be edited even in Slide Show mode – great for adding instant feedback and new ideas to the map.

image From the ribbon, select the drop down arrow on the “Slides” button reveals a print option. 



imageThe slides can be printed with a single click – great for emailing or hand outs – see this PDF example (below).



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