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  Seminarwork Mind Maps Christoph RissnerMarch 3, 2003 1  Abstract Mind Maps as introduced by Tony and Barry Buzan are hierarchicallyorganized maps giving an overview of large data collections. Originallyused in learning and memorizing applications Mind Maps are nowadaysused for task planning, organising, presentation application and lots more.After a brief introduction to Mind Mapping this paper will concentrateon computer based Mind Mapping applications.After an short overview I will take a closer look on two applications.As a very popular application, Mindjet MindManager is chosen. Beinga commercial application this one comes with rich featureset and aftera general introduction I will take a closer look at the MMScript script-ing capabilities. The second application I will introduce is FreeMind,an opensource approach written in java. Although providing less graph-ical markup features FreeMind comes in handy where the principles of mindmaps are required and additionaly FreeMind uses a cleartext XMLformat for its data files.The next part leads to data interchange between these applications.The MMScript scripting capabilities of MindManager allow to access theMindManager application as well as its documents through a COM in-terface. Utilizing the so called ”MindManager Open Interface” almostany functionality the graphical user interface provides can be executedprogrammatically. This is the starting point for the import and exportscripts. Additionally a suitable XML Schema will be developed. Thelast step for data exchange between MindManager and FreeMind consistsof two XSL transformations capable of converting a file exported fromMindManager into a file that can be read by FreeMind and vice versa.The last part takes a look at alternative visualization tools. As a mainstep I will concentrate on transformations into docbook format. Thisis not only another intermediate step but a point from where on onecan make use of established transformation tools to finally reach popularelectronic publishing formats like HTML, PDF and as a new concept XSLFormatting Objects. 2  Table of Contents 1 Concept 5 1.1 Definition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51.2 What . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51.2.1 What is a Mind Map? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51.2.2 How to Mind Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61.2.3 Examples . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61.3 Who . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71.3.1 Tony Buzan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81.3.2 Barry Buzan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81.4 Why . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91.4.1 The human brain and Mind Maps . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91.4.2 Structurized Mind Mapping . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 2 Applications 11 2.1 Computer based applications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 3 Software 12 3.1 Mindjet MindManager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 123.2 FreeMind . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 133.3 Other applications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 133.3.1 Mind Map Plus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 133.3.2 Inspiration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143.3.3 Visual Mind . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143.3.4 SimTech Systems MindMapper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143.3.5 Eminec MYmap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143.3.6 ConceptDraw MINDMAP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143.3.7 MyMap for *nix . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 4 My Work 15 4.1 The VB Scripts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 154.1.1 Exporting MindManager data to XML . . . . . . . . . . . 164.1.2 Importing XML data to MindManager . . . . . . . . . . . 174.1.3 A Mind Map XML Schema . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 184.1.4 Data Exchange . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 193  4.2 Passive Visualization . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 204.2.1 DocBook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 204.3 What remains to do . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 224
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