Mindmap through import XML file from freemind


#1

Prezi can be used for mindmaps. However, there is as of yet no quick entry mode for these.
An possible approach would be an import functionality from freemind (http://freemind.sourceforge.net/wiki/ ); its file format is XML, so an import could probably be written real quickly.

It would certainly make me think about importing all my current mindmaps into prezi…

(I wrote this idea as a reply to another subject; as that was already marked ‘closed’, I reposted the idea here).

Kind regards, Roel


#2

Hi Roel,
Thanks for posting this great idea - you are right that Prezi and mindmaps are very complementary. If the freemind content can be converted to pdf, you can import to Prezi. However, I will pass along this idea to our developers (about importing in xml).

Angelie


#3

Angelie,
Thanks for your positive reaction.
Indeed, converting the mindmap through pdf is possible, allthough a direct export from freemind to png or jpg format might be speedier.

The real benefit would of course be if the ‘nodes’ from freemind were to translate to text blocks in Prezi - nevermind pictures and other links which are possible in freemind - as one would be able to rearrange the mindmap afterwards. Such a conversion would surely mean transformation of the XML file.

A simple conversion - for instance the central node in the middle, and each underlying node in decreasing size outwards - would suffice.
Replacement, making paths, resizing etc would be left to the user.
It might encourage the relatively large base of freemind users - as far as I now it is the most popular freeware mindmapping tool - to switch to Prezi, at least when they have something to ‘prezint’ to an audiance.

Kind regards,

Roel


#4

See http://prezi.com/_rhtvcideaes/test/ for an idea how this might work…

Kind regards,

Roel


#5

Would be a super idea. I am a PREZI starter, nbut would love to import some of my freemind mindmaps in a quick way


#6

It’s a really sensible approach to providing content to prezi. I am currently preparing my prezi using Freemind. Unfortunately I’ll have to manually import a complex series of concepts. This will make knwoeldge re-use and sharing so much easier


#7

Ant,

Yep, totally agree with you ;-0
And besides, with freemind having several thousands of downloads each day

( http://sourceforge.net/projects/freem… )

it might enlarge the prezi community with a large population of ‘mindmap aware’ users…

Kind regards,

Roel
(Fellow user, not affiliated with the prezi team).


#8

Yes!!! This is an idea we are thinking about… http://okmindmap.com is an web-based mindmap compatible with freemind XML format. This also can be exported to many different format like html, ppt, and wiki. This is SVG technology, it also can be have effect like prezi within later…


#9

I would love this feature to be implemented… I have dozens of complex Freemind mindmaps that I would love to use as presentations in Prezi.

It would give me another compelling reason to renew my subscription to Prezi.


#10

I have a mindmap with hundreds of nodes that I would like to import into Prezi for teaching purposes, I hope that this feature can be implemented.


#11

http://okmindmap.com supports freemind format import and export. We have plan to upgrade Lazy loading (real time loading of big mindmap) in this month. If you press ctrl-P in your own map in okmindmap, zoomable feature is activated as presentation mode. (another ctrl-P toggles back to normal mode) in presentation mode, you can navigate back and forth by pressing ctrl-arrowkey in presentation mode. We will add more prezi-like feature soon.


#12

I just tested okmindmap and the presentation features are very poor: there is no way to go from one node into a sub-node, into another sub-node etc. It is only able to go from one node to another node at the same level. Also, I would like the ability to reveal nodes one by one and there appears to be no way to do this.


#13

Love to be able to either able to import from .MM, XML files, or even easily create mindmaps within Prezi - using the Enter/Insert shortcuts as mentioned in previous comments - with auto generation of nodes.


#14

Was just searching for this feature, having done a mind map and now wanting to make it into a prezi. Seems like I’ll have to do it manually or punt for now.


#15

Sorry for late answer watch video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JRnuX6… , you can see the node to node selectable presentation mention on mid-late part of video.
Another way (this is secret feature and testing mode now) for Prezi effect is to press Shift-Control-1, Shift-Control-2,Shift-Control-3, you will see the ppt-like conversion on screen. The zoom in/out feature will soon be added.


#16

watch video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JRnuX6…. , you can see the node to node selectable presentation mention on mid-late part of video.
Another way (this is secret feature and testing mode now) for Prezi effect is to press Shift-Control-1, Shift-Control-2,Shift-Control-3, you will see the ppt-like conversion on screen. The zoom in/out feature will soon be added.


#17

Nick, I’m glad your asking this question again.

Here is the general recipe for it:

  1. create your mindmap
  2. export it as a generic XML (.xmind export will do, this is a fully described open XML format)
  3. write a XSLT to transform it into Prezi format
  4. construct a valid Prezi PEZ file with header etc.
  5. upload to Prezi

I have figured out pretty much all steps except for No. 3 - if anyone has the time to PoC step 3 I’m willing to provide the rest. I have a target DTD for step 3 if this helps. I just have too little time to sit down and do it myself.

@Prezi Team: it’s about time to publish the long anticipated API - get going guys :slight_smile:


#18

Nick,

Looked at this myself. In transformation from freemind.mm to prezi content.xml file, there are some choices to be made (e.g.: translate node-level to smaller size, mapping ‘node A is a child of node B’ to

  1. size A is smaller then size B AND

  2. x and y position of A are shifted relative to B AND

  3. using the path-feature to connect A with B); I have a proof-of-concept ‘in my head*’ that seems to work…
    The single problem that remains is how to get the correct ’ < hash > 87c65e9985bb5aa58188f10ffe354089 < / hash > ’ line in it… Without commitment/participation from the prezi team, this seems to be the killing part ;-(

Kind regards,

Roel
(Fellow user, not affiliated with the prezi team).
* I recently developed my first Android app ‘ever’, and am confident that I could transform the freemind.mm file to a content.xml file, having checked on paper which transformations would be neccessary.


#19

Hi all, just wanted to let you know that there is an UNofficial mindmap importer for prezi, very ‘alpha’ version at the moment, more info at:
http://community.prezi.com/prezi/topi…

Kind regards,

Roel
(Fellow user, not affiliated with the prezi team, developer of the UNofficialPreziPlayerForAndroid app and of the Java app UNofficialMindmapImporterForPrezi)