How to import an outline into MindMup


MindMup is my mind mapping tool of choice.

While it’s not as pretty as other options on the market, it more than compensates in function and usability. It’s minimal, super responsive and comes with a neat set of keyboard shortcuts. Build in a little muscle memory and you’ll be manipulating ideas on the canvas with no effort. And if you’re using MindMup with Google Drive, it’s free, including real time collaboration capabilities.

Sometimes I realize the best tool for the job is a mind map after I’ve started an outline somewhere else like on a word processor or a slide deck. Sometimes my fellow collaborator started their outline outside a mind map. So how do you bring these kinds of outlines into MindMup?

There isn’t a convenient way.

Update Sep 2, 2018

Thankfully MindMup now makes it ridiculously easy to import outlines into the tool. Follow these links to see the [feature request update][13] and a [demo of the new feature][14]. You can safely ignore the rest of the post below 😃.

Previously, Feb 22, 2017, and more recently on Mar 25, 2020 (gregorian 200325)

MindMup allows you to… see gitHub repo for… 🖼 from credits page.

Bullets below

! [Word Processor Outline on Text Editor Start][6]

! [Each Line is a Node][7]

! [GIF Create Level 2 and Level 3 Sibling Nodes][8]

! [Word Processor Outline on Text Editor Done][9]

! [GIF Create Freeplane Mind Map from Text Editor][10]

! [Save .mm File][11]

! [Import .mm File into MindMup][12]

Phew, that seems like a lot. I know.

Ideally you pick the right tool for the task early in your creative process. But if you don’t, with a little bit of practice, you can learn how to pull off these steps in just a few minutes. I hope in the future MindMup developers provide users easier options of importing data into to the tool.

Cover image by: Impact Hub on Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

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