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Provide alternative outline view

There are times when I visualize things as a hierarchical list and there are other times I'd visualize the tree graphically.

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you can create an outline now by doing file→export to local disk→text (or html). the text export creates a tab separated outline, which you can load easily in excel. the html outline creates a doc that you can load in a browser or with word/similar text editors.

How is the proposal different from the current feature?


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  • A. Marks commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I agree with other commenters, that the outline feature in mindmup should work like it does in Inspiration, wherein you can toggle between map and outline view. I have upper elementary students using Google accounts however they must use Inspiration at school for it's ability to switch tw. map and outline view. I would like to suggest students use Mindmup such that they can work from home (vs. the school computer lab); however until there is this feature (toggle tw. map and outline view) we will be continuing to use Inspiration.

  • Ismael Torres commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Bringing in my comment and VOTES from a different post:
    Not sure what the original suggestion was, but probably referring to the ability of using the Notes pane to visualize the collection of notes of all nodes for the current and all child nodes. I believe this would be the equivalent of collapsing/expanding nodes in the visual representation of the map. The text representation of the notes for the nodes may use indentation, name of nodes identified using braces, probably an option to include attributes of the node (like its URL).
    So even if a node is collapsed in the visual representation, the Notes pane can still show what is under it.
    A step further may be the ability of selecting *some* of the sibling nodes of a parent, or even unrelated nodes and come up with the corresponding outlined text.

  • Gary Miller commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    The outline export in MindMup 2 puts the nodes in an arbitrary order. I would prefer if some sort of order could be imposed. Say, from the root, export the first created Level 1 node, then the second created level 1 node. At the moment it seems to export the root, then the 'top-most' node (when viewed on screen) first.

  • Gilbert Beveridge commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I would want to be able to see the outline view in a sidebar next to the map view this would be very helpful to see containment as well as spatial relationships

  • Milan Kosir commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Exported document has outline, but using outline is part of creative process...
    I would like to see something like Outline VIew in Inspiration (http://www.inspiration.com/Inspiration), where outline and Diagram / MindMap is fully connected. That way author can quickly structure main topics and in the same time he can work on final text.
    Also node attachment should be part of outline view. Just one more suggestion: please make views (mindmap, storyboard, etc) resizable, so I can decide, how much space I want for mindmap and how much space I want for storyboard.

  • Philip Navarro commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    The idea is that you could switch the view back and forth. It's inconvenient to want to see a hierarchical view, export, open in excel, make changes in MindMup, want to see a hierarchical view again after a little, export it again ….

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Exporting a mind map to disk is a fine option to support (but I'm not sure why you wouldn't use the OPML standard as most outlining and mind mapping apps support it.) But I think this idea misses the point of the original request. By supporting an outline view in the web app, it would allow for collaboration and add value to the service for hierarchal thinkers.

  • Donovan Keith commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    The difference would be that it isn't a quick toggling between the two - nor is it possible to quickly build out all of your nodes in outline mode while MindMup automatically configures their visual arrangement.

  • Evan commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I have to agree this is a great feature request. Toggling between map view and outline (list) view. Big thumbs up.

  • Alan Isaac commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Please add this. It is fundamentally simple, but it should be supported by a user-settable ranking attribute (to determine the order in which items are listed). For any node, children should be listed according to a lexicographic sort, sorting first on the user-settable ranking, and then on the creation time. (Ties resolved by stable sorting.) In the outline view, users should be able to re-rank items simply by pulling them higher or lower in their list.

  • Mark Ard commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This would be really helpful. For instance, a format much like the "select subtree" icon would be nice.

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