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We’re happy to report that our latest system deployment that occurred over the weekend took less than our estimated 1 hour of downtime, and includes a few HTML5 based features you’re sure to enjoy. Let’s take a look at what’s new, as well as an update on our Offline Mode feature.
One of the most exciting (and requested) features we’ve added to this update is a wait queue. Allow me to explain: Ever had that moment of, “But I’m pressing tab…where’s my new node?” only to see the dreaded gauge in the bottom right corner reading red? This red bar indicates that your mind map is communicating with our servers, but is having difficulty making the connection. To circumvent this, we’ve implemented a client-side queue of your changes. What this means is that you’ll no longer have to wait for a response from our servers to perform actions any longer (i.e. add or delete nodes, add an icon, etc.) These queued changes are then sent to the servers whenever the connection is strong and stable. For most users, this feature will never be needed, but for those occasional times of connective issues, this addition should prevent any waiting time. This feature currently only works with non-shared maps.
More Drag and Drop
Building on our popular drag-and-drop images and attachments feature, we’ve now applied the same function to links. From a different browser window, not tab, simply drag the URL to the node that you’d like to link to, and presto – instant link insertion. Say goodbye to copy/paste!
Really Simple mapS
Using an RSS feed reader? Maybe even a ticker like Snackr, or a tabbed browser mashup like RockMelt? If so, you’ll love our new RSS feed for My Maps addition. You’ll need to be logged into MindMeister to have access to this feature, but it’s a great way to get to your maps in a flash, as well as keeping tabs on any Wikimaps you might be requesting input on. Simply click on the RSS icon in your browser navigation bar, and select “My Maps on MindMeister.” Remember, this feature will only work when logged in.
In addition to the aforementioned features, we’ve also implemented a number of performance upgrades, a few of which now make the waiting queue possible. Likewise, there were a few bugs here and there that needed to be addressed. They’ve been exterminated, but if you come across anything that isn’t working quite right, we want to know about it.
Our Danish users will be happy to know that they may now login to MindMeister using the existing Unilogin account. For details on how this works please contact our partner LaerIT in Denmark.
Many of you have requested an update on our offline mode.
We’re happy to report that we’ve managed to implement a fully HTML5 based solution. It’s almost ready to go, we’re only putting it through its paces behind the scenes, ensuring a smooth and pain-free experience on your end once we return the feature to use. We’re shooting for a December 18th release date, but again, we want to make sure that no user data will be lost, as well as test a few mechanisms that make everything work nicely together. Thanks again for your continued patience during this process. We realize that a number of you depend on the offline mode, and we’re working as fast as we can to bring this tool back to you ASAP.
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Thanks for your beautiful product. I\’m waiting the offline Mode. Because this afternoon for example i hadn\’t got a wireless connection in the classroom.
Thanks a lot.
Thanks for the update! I love MindMeister and I really have to get into this off-line thing, so keep up the good work!
I LOVE LOVE LOVE the wait que! I always hated the split-second lag that I experienced just after creating a node, where I would hit the tab key and NOTHING would happen… I would have to wait a second, THEN hit the tab key in order to create a new node. It was really enough to make we want to go to a desktop app… but now that\’s FIXED!! I can tab all I want without delay… feels just like a desktop app! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!
Also, I\’m ALWAYS adding links to nodes and it really was the most tedious part of the mapping process… click, copy, click, paste, click, copy, click, paste etc… really broke the \’flow\’ of getting my ideas down. Now I can just drag and drop… easy and SUPER intuitive! I just keep on mapping without skipping a beat!
You guys just keep making a great tool better… I\’m so glad I upgraded to pro last month… I can see with these updates that MM will shortly become my central hub for all ideas, thoughts and information.
(RSS integration looks sweet too!)
Thanks and keep up the great work!!
(yeah, you could say I\’m a little excited)
And thank YOU Mr. Eric! I\’ve made sure that each and every one of our developers that worked on these updates has read this comment. A big thank you, and a hearty, \”You\’re Welcome!\” from our dev. team. 🙂
Please can you tell us more about the \’Upload files and images\’ feature in Premium edition?
We are a (very) creative marketing agency always looking for better tools to help us collaborate accross multiple work sites. We used Mindmeister for our first 4 location brainstorm session last week and everyone was very impressed.
The massive whiteboards in our offices will always be our favourite creative tools. Walking around, drawing pictures and writing large is the best way to spark new creative ideas. However, it would be great to combine this with MindMeister for the best of both worlds; felt-tip pen and digital images all in one place! What is the best way to add pictures or downloads of our whiteboard content to our collaborative mindmaps? We use graphics tablets too but default to writing on the walls whenever possible!
Phew…interesting question Wendy. I would recommend taking a picture with a digital camera to capture these whiteboard ideas, and then uploading them via our Drag-and-Drop Image Uploader. The video at the bottom of the post will show you the Drag-and-Drop feature in action.
Additionally, I\’d recommend bumping up the contrast ratios in PS before uploading them, as this will help making the image more readable. Please let us know how it goes!
Any idea when we can expect offline mode?
Hi all at mindmeisters, I just wanted to comment on what a great product you guys have. From signup to using it is very, very slick. I have a web business and I know how difficult it is to get it \”right\” and I think you guys have, well done!
Look forward to using it more and can see myself becoming a paying customer 🙂
@Daniel – It\’s up and running on our end, but we\’ve yet to conduct a proper stress test, and aren\’t 100% comfortable releasing it to the world yet. We want to get this out to our customers, but also don\’t want to deliver a product that will fail. Therefor, we\’re shooting for an early January return.
@Ricky – Something tells me you and Eric would get along quite well. 😉 But in all seriousness, thank you! I\’ve made sure our developers have seen this comment, and as you can imagine – smiles all around. Thanks again, and happy mind mapping!
Great work on the client side queuing. I was constantly frustrated by having to wait for the sync when creating a new node. It made me almost want to stop using the product.
Also good to hear about the offline mode developments; I use chrome on Mac OsX, hence cannot use Google Gears.
I need offline mode, and have had limited use of the premium package since it was switched off last year.
I accept that you\’re \”shooting\” for various dates, but to be honest I\’m just interested in getting what I paid for. Nothing more – nothing less.
Please confirm when offline mode will be made available – a week commencing date would be acceptable. Without this, I\’m going to replace the product with something that works offline. I wish I\’d seen this offline issue looming when I entered my credit card details, to be honest.
@Bob, thanks for your comment. We understand your frustration and apologize again for the delay in getting the new HTML5 offline mode out the door. Good news is, it\’s ready now.
As it is a major change to MindMeister and critical with regards to data consistency, we want to have a short beta phase. We also want to offer all Premium users who have been waiting for the return of the offline mode a free extension to their license for 6 months. Just comment on this post using your MindMeister email address to get the free upgrade. The only condition is that you help us with the beta test on our preview server. We\’ll send you the details together with the upgrade confirmation.
Thanks again everybody for their patience!
Please add me to your beta test program.
I would love to start using and testing the offline mode. Please send me the upgrade information.
Due to the fact that I am urgently waiting for the offline mode since you switched off the google one….
I would be happy to help you with the beta version and I would take the 6 free month, too.
i am responding to this e-mail to get the free extension and access to my maps offline.
Hi, I\’m affraid the company attitude to this problem is the reason I won\’t be subscribing. It would seem this problem has been going on for 9 months and best your customers are offered is 6 months extension and on condition!! Lets face it, for what ever reason they haven\’t got what they paid for and as such the compensation should be automatic and un-conditional.
Just my 2 cents & FYI
@Russ, sorry you feel this way. The reason Offline Mode was removed is because Google stopped developing the library that it was based on. Also, browser support for the required HTML features arrived very slowly – even now it only works in Google Chrome and Safari.
We only removed the offline feature from MindMeister last October, so less than 4 months ago. Offline mode is one of many Premium features but we\’re still offering a free 6 months extension to our users, realizing that some of them might have signed up just for that feature. The beta testing condition is purely there to improve the quality of the tool and give interested users early access and the opportunity to provide feedback. We\’ll still upgrade you if you don\’t take part in the beta.
I also would like to be part of the beta for offline mode.
By the way, were there any problems with the gears offline mode? \”Remember the milk\” is still offering the offline mode via Gears.
Please include me in the beta programme – and the 6 month extension!
@Helmut, Gears hasn\’t been supported by Google for almost a year now, and it doesn\’t even work in newer browsers such as Safari 4+. I would guess that RTM still supports Gears for newer browsers, or maybe uses some 3rd party fixes (like we did for a while).
I\’m eagerly waiting for the offline mode. Please add me to your beta test program.
Hi guys – waiting with baited breath for off-line mode to be released. Its mid-Jan and I am assuming it will drop onto my desktop sometime in next few days. I am a premium user but my usage has been limited by lack of offline mode so would be grateful for subscription extension that has been offered.
Hi, this is Alejandro, and this weekend I haver realised that I realy need the offline mode.
I would like to take part in the beta testing so could you please include me and also extend the license six months.
13 days are over since this was posted:
\” Just comment on this post using your MindMeister email address to get the free upgrade. The only condition is that you help us with the beta test on our preview server. We’ll send you the details together with the upgrade confirmation…\”
Well, I replied, nothing happened… not good, no answer, no offline mode and no more trust in the posts of Mindmeister. Did any of you guys get a reply on your post?
J\’ai choisis en partie MindMeister pour son mode offline
Je bascule actuellement de freemind à mindmeister pour obtenir du offline !
Comment participer à la beta
pour aider à la réalisation du mode offline .
merci de votre réponse
As a quick update, emails about how to participate in the beta test are being sent out right now and all commenters have been upgraded! (@Volker, hope this restores some of the trust in our posts)
Another quick update, one last minute bug caused a further delay by one day – beta starts today!
I’m also waiting for the offline mode. Please add me to your beta test program.
Please add me to your beta test program.
I added a comment on Jan 11, but I haven\’t received an email about the beta – or an upgrade?
Please add me to your beta test program, and the six month free MindMeister….
I\’ve been frustrated waiting for the Offline mode to be ready. So I\’d certainly like the free 6 months please, and would be very happy to help you guys with beta testing.
Like everyone else here, I\’ve had to adjust my workflow to get used to the loss of offline mode. I\’ve since switched my main machines to Chrome running on ubuntu, which has no gears at all, not even with RTM, so its clear HTML 5 is the way to go. I\’m very keen to join the beta programme, and to get my six months back, which, as usual, is a nice gesture from the team.
Should be fixed now, thanks for letting us know!
dying to use off-line mode! any word on when….??
those comments are 2011…and it still doesn\’t work now in 2012?
Can you make a new node without using TAB because i am using iPad and iPad does not have tab
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