Quite a few months ago, Eric Blue called for a mind maps standard format. Nothing much seemed to come out of that for a while, so I started gathering together in one place enough information to make it possible to have some form of transfer using XSLT. I have a good collection of this information now, and will be publishing that soon. As Douglas Adams said “I love deadlines. I especially like the whooshing sound they make as they go flying by.”
Now Eric has another initiative, which supports the general spirit of his original movement: A multi-product mind map viewer that will take a mind map in one format and, via a FreeMind conversion, make it possible to embed it in a web page. It can produce a Flash or Java mind map from one that you submit. For now it can accept only a MindManager 5, 6 or 7 (.mmap) file, but Eric’s intention is to accommodate others.
Of course, this produces results that are read only, but anything that makes mind maps more accessible is a good thing in my book.
You can try out the viewer here: http://eric-blue.com/projects/mindmapviewer/
Good move Eric!
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