The child can be anywhere not exactly beside the parent, I can drag it far or close. This allows me to shape the mind map as i see fit.
you can use shift+drag to pull nodes far or close (http://blog.mindmup.com/2013/09/use-shiftdrag-to-manually-position-nodes.html) – how is what yuo propose different from that?
Shift+drag no longer works for me in MindMup 2.0! This is similar to the layout request (Search for "free layout") which is the 2nd most requested feature. I concur it is important.
SHIFT+DRAG - works poorly at best
SHIFT+DRAG - great way to keep it simple, but not in the way. I always find that when I start moving my nodes around, I am no longer ideating, no longer keeping the ideas coming, no longer in the flow.)
The deliberate positioning of nodes _is_ useful, especially when presenting the map to others, but not when brainstorming.
As Marlin said, there is only so much freedom to where one can move the nodes. Additionally, other nodes often move and adjust when I move one node which is frustrating. I would love to have absolute freedom on where I place my nodes, and even the freedom to overlap it with other nodes. As it stands, nodes can only remain on one side of the vertical line and adjust other nodes when one is moved! Please fix :-)
Anh Vu Nguyen Le commented
anywhere means anywhere :). shift+drag is still restricted to certain points. For example I can't put child straight below or left of parent (as far as I know). useful if you want to make a mind map that centers around a topic, not read from left to right.
Marlin May commented
Ah, but you can never pull a node past the vertical center line of its parent.
Marcel Waldvogel commented
I only got to know about shift-drag in this forum; it might be documented more obviously.