Monday, September 19, 2005

Introducing the Mindjet Labs

http://www.mindjet.com/labs
Over the past two years in the Business Solutions Group at Mindjet, we have experimented with MindManager X5 and 6 to see what innovative ways MindManager could be used to integrate with other applications, and services. In addition to the Accelerator for Salesforce.com, many of the things that we built were technical demonstrations, prototypes and proof-of-concepts that we used to start conversations among ourselves, with partners and customers. We pushed MindManager into directions that we did not even know it could go and we liked the results.

Now we want to share the results of our research with you!
We are posting these samples to show you what can be done but more importantly, what you can do. And to that aim we are releasing the source code for most of the solutions posted here. We are so excited about the possibilities that some of the new features in MindManager 6 present that enable very compelling integrations.

  • An extensible Research Task Pane like Microsoft Office 2003 that allows you to search Google, Yahoo, Technorati, and other web services.
  • A topic that has an embedded Autodesk DWF Viewer for sharing Architectural and Engineering drawings.
  • A topic that links to a Microsoft SQL Server database.
  • A Smart Map Part used to make composite maps.
  • Transformations to make the MindManager Map Viewer web control more useful.
  • Demonstration of how to use the MindManager Map Viewer web control to visualize RSS Feeds.
  • A macro to reset notes font.
  • A Wizard for Microsoft Visual Studio 2003 to quickly build MindManager 6 C# Add-ins.

This is just the beginning as we have quite a few more lab solutions that we will post as soon as they are ready. We are posting these because we want your feedback.

Have fun!

Michael S. Scherotter
Business Solutions Architect
Mindjet LLC

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