It has been just over 1 month since I first posted a reply to the feedback on iMindMap 5 launch. During that time the entire team has worked tirelessly to deliver on a promise I made, that we are listening to you.
I think that point is worth making again, iMindMap 5 is not just a product we sell to you. It is a product where our customers will actively shape its future, and where we as a company can work with you to create the best thinking tool on the planet!
Our goal is simple, we want to increase the mental literacy of the world. It is no small goal and one we know we can only do by making positive steps. When we launched iMindMap 5 we committed to giving away iMindMap Basic for free. When I last posted, we updated the software with some very early fixes and committed to acting based directly on what you said. Now you can see the results.
We have, just moments ago, released iMindMap 5.1 which can be downloaded from within your account for a full install or retrieved via the in-product software update for existing users.
If you are using the in-product software update, please be aware that the update will be done in two parts, so you will need to go through the process twice.
We have reworked some of the core of how the application starts up. This means the first time you run the application after an update it will configure itself for your computer but after that it should boot a lot faster.
Our tests show it loads on average 53% faster, but more importantly we have isolated out some boundary cases that caused large loading delays for certain users.
Although we already supported JPEG and PNG formats, a lot of users requested the ability to export an image in a PDF format. You asked for it, so we did it!
I’ll be honest here, our research prior to iMindMap 5 showed this was not a popular feature, and in some testing it confused people, but we have reworked the model to get this feature back in exactly as people have requested. You can add multiple floating text items and these are ignored by SmartLayout, so they can be positioned where you like, as titles, footers or for jotting down ideas quickly.
The only problem is that users of previous version of iMindMap 5 will not be able to open maps created in 5.1. We have updated 5.1 to show a warning when opening unsupported files, but this was not in previous versions so just make sure you update (which, of course, is free).
Learn more about this by watching this video.
Along with floating text we have added floating images. Again these are ignored by SmartLayout, so can be used as a company logo for instance.
We have ensured the new floating items work with drag and drop flawlessly. We have also spent time reworking MultiMapping, as a lot of people have said they are unintentionally making MultiMaps when panning around the canvas. This does mean if you want to create a MultiMap from an existing branch, you will need to use the Alt key to pull the branch off. If you preferred creating MultiMaps without the Alt key you can always change this under the advanced preferences in iMindMap.
The Alt key also does some other clever things with drag and drop:
From this you can see how the Alt key for MultiMaps fits in with the pattern and gives you a lot more power, but if you like how it currently works we have that preference for you.
As featured in our recent blog on creating a document management system some users wish to create Mind Maps that link to documents around them in the file system, based on where they save the iMindMap file. This type of linking is called relative linking and has been enabled as an option in the Advanced section of the Preferences. If you enable this all new links will be created relative to the iMindMap file. On Save, all old links will be processed to be relative to where you save the file, perfect for those of you who use iMindMap in this way.
As requested we have brought back the ability to visually see the order of the branches on your Mind Map using number icons. Under the Show & Hide menu you can toggle this option on. If you click on any items it will jump to the outline panel where you can reorder items via the right click or simple drag and drop.
We have updated the printing systems to support more features (margins, headers & footers) and have also fixed issues related to the loading of printers. More specifically we have reworked our support for network printers not being available and paper sizes being reset prior to printing.
We have fixed some of the layout issues in the Presentation View, as well as adding support for rendering of the new floating items.
We have fixed bugs in the Project View related to the rendering of predecessors and also added right click menus so you can add, edit and remove tasks from within the Project View.
All exports, where applicable, now fully respect the ordering from the Outline panel.
In certain cases, users with non-admin privileges have had issues in running iMindMap. Usually this is related to non-standard computer setups. 5.1 will feature a lot of improvements in its permission handling that should address the majority of these concerns.
We have also been hard at work in fixing a lot of tiny issues that have arisen since the launch of iMindMap 5. This includes work on developing language packs for iMindMap 5, so if you want to be a part of this please read up on this post to find out how you can help us get iMindMap out to as many people as possible.
As I have said, iMindMap 5 is about developing the best thinking tool on the planet. We have worked tirelessly to develop 5.1 based directly on what our users were saying and are committed to continue on this path, watch this space for news on 5.2!
If you already have iMindMap 5 installed, simply go to the the Tools tab (on a Windows) or the Help tab (on a Mac) and select Updates. Please repeat the process after restarting iMindMap as the update will be done in two parts.
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