Newsletter: Introducing MindMeister 2.0

Dear MindMeister User,

We appreciate the new release has been a long time in the making - but it's here now! Last Saturday we've deployed a new version of our mind mapping tool, which we've boastingly dubbed MindMeister 2.0.

In this newsletter you will find information about a number of new features in MindMeister, some of which we know users have been eagerly waiting for. The release also brings with it many enhancements to the Team Edition of MindMeister. Finally, some fantastic internal news about MindMeister winning the Red Herring Europe 100 award, of which we're really proud!

Have fun reading,
  The MindMeister Team

What's New in MindMeister

Our users often tell us that they like MindMeister because of its intuitive interface and overall simplicity. That's why we try to add only the most necessary features in new releases - and still, this time it turned out to be quite a long list ;-)

Oh, and don't fret if you can't find your pet feature below, in spite of all the talk about simplicity some more updates are coming soon!

  • Task information on ideas

    As a first step to lightweight project management in MindMeister you can now add task information - priority, completion, due date and owner - to ideas. More to come!

  • Attachments on ideas

    You can now upload file attachments to ideas and preview images through inline thumbnails. This feature is for Premium users only, but everybody can try it out for 30 days.

  • WunderLink and WunderNote

    Try out these new functions to magically add links and notes to your ideas, using the wonders of the web. WunderLink gets its link from a little Yahoo! search performed in the background, while WunderNote uses a FreeBase database lookup.

  • Automatic text wraps

    Idea captions will now automatically wrap at a certain length to avoid overlong nodes (you can keep the old behaviour by adding manual line breaks with Shift-RETURN)

  • More Geistesblitz features

    In our constant quest to improve the Geistesblitz tools we have now added email support and a Geistesblitz Activity for Internet Explorer 8. With email support, you can send single Geistesblitzes or while mind maps just through an email.

  • Subsharing for maps

    New option to allow collaborators to invite others when sharing a map - this will also work for already shared maps

  • Print and export enhancements

    New option to center map on printout, PDF export of mind map now includes notes

  • Formatting and navigation enhancements

    Apply text styles selectively to child ideas, nicer formatting of first level branches, ability to expand and collapse levels

  • More note and link enhancements

    Advanced and larger note editor with more formatting options, new links widget in sidebar, "Show popular links" for idea

  • OpenID and Paypal support

    Support for signup and login through OpenIDs and Paypal support when upgrading to commercial licenses.

  • Other enhancements

    Nicer invitation and sharing emails, new user options, improved support for Safari and Opera, performance improvements through better script and image loading.

What's New in the Team Edition

Business Edition We've also taken the liberty to update the MindMeister Team Edition with a few new features. We hope that our current team users will appreciate these and start uploading team logos right away!

Another new thing is that we've added a Test Drive for the team edition - subscribers get to test MindMeister for free for 30 days before they are charged. Of course, if they don't like it and cancel within the trial period, they don't get charged at all!

But now, without further ado, here are the new Team Edition features:

Team Edition Login

Custom Team Domains
  • Branded Login Page

    Spread the corporate identity spirit through your own logo-branded login page

  • Custom Subdomains

    Access MindMeister through a custom subdomain at

  • Closed Teams

    Restrict map sharing only to members of own team

  • Member Import

    Import many team members at once from a CSV file

  • Enhanced Team Administration

    Better functions to sort and search for team members

See details about further editions of MindMeister for businesses and academic institutions or subscribe your team to the Business Edition right away!

Internal News

MindMeister wins Red Herring Award

MindMeister wins Red Herring Award As you may have read on our blog we have recently been selected as finalists for the Red Herring Europe 100 Award. Well, now those nice guys at Red Herring actually voted MindMeister among the winners of the award! The award ceremony took place those last few days on the beautiful Mediterranean island of Malta and Till (the lucky sod) went there to collect the award for us.

Here's some more info by Red Herring themselves (our press release isn't out yet, that's why we can't link to it).

MindMeister wins Innovation Award 2008

MindMeister wins Innovation Award 2008 This one's a few weeks old already, but since we're just bragging about MindMeister awards .. ;-) - in early March we won the Innovation Award 2008 of the german SMB Initiative in the category Web 2.0! The jury selected MindMeister from over 1600 submitted tools and sites especially suited for use in small and medium businesses.

The prize is awarded to software tools especially suited for use in small and medium businesses. Read our blog post about it!