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About Our Maps

This section tells you all about out our information maps.

Benefits Of Our Maps

Features Of Our Maps


Types Of Maps

Uses Of Our Maps


Finding Our Maps

Buying Our Maps


Working With Our Maps

         

 


 

 

Benefits Of Our Maps

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Knowledge Mappers maps record and show information in a much more versatile and less rigid way than traditional formats like word documents, databases and spreadsheets, over which they have many advantages :-

  • Information can initally be collected rapidly "on the hoof" in the form in which it is discovered, rather than having to be squeezed into the single level, 2 dimensional grid structure of most databases and spreadsheets and thereby losing integrity in the process.

  • Information about the same subject but from different sources can be easily and consistently combined, even if the source files are structured in different ways, in different file formats etc..

  • Once captured, information can easily be rearranged within the map into a more logical and consistant structure at any time as well as cut and pasted into other maps.

  • Users can navigate their way through the collected information in a more easily and intuitive way and therefore:-

  • Find out what they need to know more rapidly.

  • Be stimulated to discover more about the related subjects and bigger picture by following the different relationships shown in the maps as well as the hyperlinks to other documents and files and definitive data sources.

  • In addition anybody with access to a full version of the same software can :-

  • Edit, rearrange and recombine the information within a given map in different ways to suit your own view of the world.

  • Using the existing branches of the map as reference base, add their own information to, either from their own sources or by following the links to definitive information sources on the World Wide Web. Again there is a direct analogy with geographic maps which can be used in their own right as a navigation aid, or as a reference basemap to add further information to (locations of customers or organisation offices, boundaries of sales territories etc.).

 

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Features Of  Our Maps

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If you are a regular MindManager user you will quickly realise that our maps are not your usual, run-of-the-mill sort of maps. Often they are big. Not necessarily in terms of file size but in the number of branches. The biggest map we have created so far has over 17000 branches! (yes you read that right, seventeen thousand).  Why? Well...

  • because we can (and our system is up to the job)

  • we like to push the envelope as much as we can

Thus you need to check that your system can handle things first before you start downloading. If it struggles with normal maps it may have problems. Note the exact number of branches in a map is always listed in the Details tab of the Product Description page as is the file size so large maps shouldn't take you by surprise.

 

  Look & Feel

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Most of our maps will already be pre-formatted with a specific theme ie. each branch will be a specific topic type with an associated style that determines its' appearance:-

  • our map themes use a colour pallette that is predominantly muted - greys with red for specific highlighting (much like that used by Dan Roam in his great book "The Back of the Napkin". This leaves lots of colours free for users when adding their own branches to the map.

  • It's much easier for users to change the appearance of the map by changing the settings for each topic style as this will act on all the map topics with that style rather than having to change each branch on an individual basis.

 

  Hyperlinks

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As stated already one of the primary purposes of our maps is to act as a navigation tool to take users directly to sources of information on the internet. Thus our maps usually contain a lot of hyperlinks (the exact number is always stated in the Details tab of the Product Desiption page for each map).

One of the many advanced features of MindManager we like is the ability of a map branch to contain multiple hyperlinks (such branches will have a chain icon at the end of them (as opposed to the favicon of the website at the end of the link) which, when you click on it, will display a drop-down list of all the associated links). Users need to be aware of this as multiple hyperlinks are not supported across all platforms.

 

  Wikipedia Links

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Links to the relevant Wikipedia article have often been added as a "starter for 10" on the branches. Users are of course free to replace them with any other hyperlinks of their choosing (but if you think of any that would further enhance the map for other users please let us know)! Wikipedia articles are great for listing facts using template structures that are consistent for each object of a similar type. We therefore recommend that you take a few minutes to familiarise yourself with the layout of the Wikipedia articles. In particular we would draw your attention to:- 

  • the "facts box" on the right side of the page which shows summary facts, observations and measurable properties of the object.

  • the "See also" section near the bottom which will direct users to other related Wikipedia articles.

  • the "References" and "External Links" section at the bottom of most pages, which will direct users to primary and further information sources if more detailed research is required.

  • the "Navigator Panel(s)" at the very foot of the page which will show where the article sits in relation to a series of articles about related things (note there may be more than one panel, or none at all).

 

  Branch Images

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Any images on the branches have been added to further improve the utility of the map but can be replaced or removed by the user if they want. If not created by us they will have been sourced from the public domain. Either way users are free to utilise them or not. For example maps involving counties incorporate high quality country flag graphics obtained by free download from the good people at icondrawer.com). 

 

  Marker & Index Tags

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Some maps will have one or more "Marker Tags" attached to the branches, indicating particular properties of the object. These allow users to filter the map using the MindManager Power Filter functionality (View > Show > Power Filter) so that only branches that also have the same tag are shown. The filtered map could then be exported or saved as a new map, or the filter simply removed to restore all the branches. Users are free to create and add further tags (and groups of tags) to branches to do their own filtering, or remove the tags that are already there.  
Note that:-

  • as with other map features, tags can be toggled on or off using the Show/Hide function in MindManager (View > Show/Hide > Tags), but even if they are turned off the map can still be filtered using them.

  • it is not possible to just show individual tags and not others, either they are all turned on or all turned off. The more tags that are added the more screen space they will take up if turned on, so it is up to the user to decide if they want them visible or not at any given time.

  • tags may or may not be turned on by default when a map is first opened so if you are expecting to see them check the Show/Hide settings.

 

  Cross-Platform Use

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These days MindManager maps can be viewed on a variety of platforms:-

  • using MindJetM MindManager full software, either Windows PC or Mac versions (available as a free trial download)

  • using Mindjet MindManager Mobile software app available for Android and iOS devices

  • as an Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) file if exported from the Windows PC or Mac software corrrectly

  • within other information mapping software that can open files in .mmap format.

That said however not all the map features available in the full Windows PC version of MindManager are available across all the platforms it is possible to view MindManager maps on. For example the formatting of text notes on branches is not preserved when the map is viewed in the mobile MindManager application, instead all the text is concatenated together into one long continuous string. This is not the case in the Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) version of the same map, however if there are any images in the notes then these cause problems during the saving process such that the whole note cannot be read by the Acrobat viewer.

 

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Types Of Maps

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Uses Of Our Maps

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We do not regard ourselves as publishers of primary information but rather of digital maps that point users in the right direction to "discover" the information for themselves.

Thus the general purpose of our maps is usually 3 fold:-

  • Online Navigation / Research Tool - be it for business, education or personal use. User can quickly use it to navigate their way round the Web to a trusted information source without all that time wasted in wading through search engine results.

  • Definitive Index List - the same information that aids navigation is also the definitive list of all such things as far as is known.

  • Information Recording Tool / Digital Scrapbook - once users have found what they need they can copy relevant information from the source into their map as new branches or branch notes, or just add further hyperlinks to the specific page. Thus users can create their own detailed, bespoke map much more rapidly on top of our basic framework than they could do if they started completely from scratch.

 

  Knowledge Framework ('Base Map')

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Use the "Send To... New Linked Map..." function in MindManager to create a new map with the selected topic branch as either the centre topic or a main topic. Unlike Copying & Pasting, during the "Send to ..." operation the formatting of the branch contents will be kept and the topic styles will be added to the new map.

 

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Finding Our Maps

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  Download Our Latest Catalogue Map

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We produce a regularly updated Knowledge Mappers Map catalogue in the form of a MindManager map with direct links to the individual product pages.  As with all our maps this is available in either MindManager (.mmap) or Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format.

Download our latest Catalogue map

 

  Browse The Maps On This Website

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We have tried to make it is easy as possible to discover the maps on our site. Use the Map Categories menu on the top left of the page to browse our maps by :-

by Subject Category - Drill down through the subject categories arranged A-Z.

by Business - Maps that are of relevance to particular business processes or sectors. These will also be listed under a particuar subject category.

by Geographic Area - Maps that pertain to a particular geographic area such as a country or region. These will also be listed under a particuar subject category.

Free maps - Contrary to received wisdom there is such a thing as a free map!

Coming Soon - Maps that are currently in production but not yet ready for sale will be listed here. There will be a product page and description for them but probably no images. Maps will be listed as "out of stock" and it will not be possible to add them to your shopping cart, but it will be possible for you to add them to your Wishlist.

Map Author - Maps are listed here by name of the author. Cuirrently this is just Knowledge Maapers but we hope to add to our range of contributers in the future.

New Arrivals - Maps that have been added to the site recently will be listed here as well as under the other categories.

Special Offers - Maps on special offer will be listed here as well as under the other categories.

Free text search - Users obviously will also have the option of a free text search of the map descriptions using the search box at the top of each page.

 

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  Ask Us To Create Bespoke Maps For You

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Can't find the exact map you want? Have you seen an existing map and thought "something similar to that map, but for....." ? Or have you simply just suddenly been struck by a good idea for a map? Then let us create:-

  • maps based on our existing maps but adapted to suit your requirements

  • new knowledge content maps about any specific subject area (as we like to say "somebody somewhere always knows")

  • "Front-end" index maps that link through to digital resources on specific subjects, eithor on your own intra-net or the wider internet.

Go To Our Bespoke Map Service page!

Contact Us to discuss your requirements

 

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Buying Our Maps

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  Create a Knowledge Mappers User Account

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Whilst it is possible to purchase maps from the store as an anonymous customer, you will still need to provide a valid email address for the download links to be sent to. It would be better to create a Knowledge Mappers User Account if you see something that you want to download / buy as the following features are only available to registered users:-

  • Exclusive offers

  • Unit price discounts for multiple user licences for use by Business and Education / Charity organisations

  • Further 10% unit price Discounts for Education / Charity users.


The types of account membership are as follows:-

  • Individual - you are a private individual who is only downloading maps for their own personal, private use. You will not need to share the maps.

  • Business - You are in a commercial / governmental organisation and are using our maps as part of your daily work. You will share them internally with colleagues and perhaps clients as long as you have purchased a sufficient number of user licenses to cover the number of people that will be using the maps (however the unit cost of the maps reduces the more licenses you buy).

  • Education / Charity - You are part of an educational establishment (as either staff or student), or work for a registered charity organisation. The same rules apply regarding sharing maps but there is a further 10% discount on the unit price.

If you have other uses in mind for our maps please contact us to discuss them!

Note:-

  1. As it is a digital download site users will have to provide a valid email address in order to receive the email containing the download link(s) for thier selected maps.

  2. It is possible for users to download maps without creating a User Account but the features listed above will not be available to them.

  3. User Account registration is instantaneous but will be subject to future verification, especially in the case of Education / Charity users.

 

  Select The Map File Format

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Once you have found a map you want you will need to choose the file format you would like it to be supplied in from the drop-down list on the individual map product description page. At present maps are available in Mindmanager (.mmap) or Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) formats. Other formats may be added in the future, although this will depend on the compatibility of other mindmapping software with the features of our MindManager maps. For example some of our maps contain a very large number of branches (6000+ in some cases), or they have a non-centre-radial structure such as right-only, tree map etc.

Note:-

  1. We currently use Mindmanager 2015 (ie. version 15) to create our maps. As there have been changes and additions to features with each new edition of MindManager, some of our maps may not be fully back compatible with older versions. For example there may be performance issues with particularly large maps (though this will also be affected by the specification of your local computer). Please contact us if you encounter any problems

  2. MindManager has the capability to save maps in Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format. Furthermore the freely available Adobe Acrobat Reader software now has the in-built ability to interactively view the maps with many of the original featrures still available:-
    - collapse / expand branches
    - branch images & styling (within limits)
    - branch notes (although if the original note contains an image the entire note is not rendered in the Acrobat version)
    - hyperlinks (web pages will open in the users default browser, as unlike MindManager, Adobe Acrobat software does not have an in-built browser)

  3. Thus we have made Adobe Acrobat versions of our maps available through our store where possible. Obviously however there are limitations. The map is still a static, read-only file which the user cannot ammend or add to. Also not all MindManager map structures and formatting is supported and sometimes this means it is not possible to offer an Acrobat version of a particular map. That said it's still a tremendous thing that greatly improves the sharing of information in MindManager map format

  4. There is no difference in price between the different formats.

 

  Select the Map Publication Date

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Depending on thier subject nature, our maps may be revised and re-published from time to time (see the "Update Regime" on the product details page). If so we usually retain the previous version for sale for historic purposes and leave it up to the user to decide if previous versions are valuable to them or not. Thus you must choose the publication date of the map you would like from the drop-down list on the individual map product description page.

Note:-

  1. The most recent publication date is selected by default.

  2. In many instances there will only be one publication date listed.

  3. Obviously with the passage of time web links from the map may become broken.

 

  Select the Correct Number of Licenses

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Users will need to purchase the correct number of licenses to cover the number of people that will be using the map or maps derived from it:-

  • If it is only going to be used by one person and the it is stored on the local hard drive of their computer, only once licence is required.

  • At the other extreme if it is stored on a computer network and made available to everybody in an organisation, the same number of licences as potential users will be required.

In reality the number will be somewhere in between. In our experience the use of MindManager is confined to small teams rather than across whole organisations so we would expect the use of our maps to have a similar user base. If "it's complicated" then please get in touch to discuss.

We are keen as you to promote the use of MindManager and other visual information mapping techniques within your organisation and firmly believe our maps are "the killer app" that will help achieve this.

We appreciate that the total cost of site licenses for an organisation may be beyond that payable by a credit / debit card transaction. In such cases it will be possible to invoice organisations but we will have to have received full payment before the download link will be sent to the customer.Again please contact us to discuss this.

Customers are reminded that price discounts for multiple user licences for registered Business and Education / Charity use and a further 10% unit price Discounts for Education / Charity users.

Note:-

  1. However many licenses are selected, only one download link will be sent.

  2. It is the responsibility of the customer to correctly identify and purchase the right number of users for licensing & payment purposes. They should retain the invoice email as proof of purchase of sufficient licenses to cover the use being made of the map in their organisation.

  3. It is possible to invoice customers for purchases over £200 however we must have been in receipt of the full payment before the download link will be sent to the customer.This option is only available to registered users.

  4. Even if maps are free (ie. zero price) the correct number of licenses must still be selected. "Free" does not mean "free to do with whatever you want"

 

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Working With Our Maps

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There are 2 things to do when first working with one of our knowledge maps - make a copy and make it work for you!

 

  Make A Copy

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Make a copy of the downloaded file before you do anything else and keep the original file somewhere safe (we suggest adding the suffix "_ORIGINAL" to the end of the archived file name). Start work with the copy and add or remove branches as required. Many of our maps contain a great level of detail (6000+ branches in some cases) which you may benefit from in the future even though your current requirements may be for less.

 

  Make It Work For You

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Too much detail for your current purpose? Get rid of the extra branches! Not enough detail for your current purpose? Add the required branches from other maps. Don't like the colour scheme etc? Change the topic formatting. Wikipedia links not sufficiently detailed? Become a Wikipedia contributor and update the entry yourself, thus benefiting everybody, not just the users of your map.

 

  Copyright Restrictions On Uses

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As we said already we are keen as you to promote the use of MindManager and other visual information mapping techniques within your organisation and firmly believe our maps are "the killer app" that will help achieve this. However we are a small company and making maps is how we make a living, so much as we would like to give them all away for free with unrestricted use, we have to charge for them and place some restrictions on their use. Here's the relevant bit from our Terms & Conditions:-

 
4. What This License Allows Licensees To Do

4.1 Users may:-

  • place maps on their local computer network.
  • copy maps any number of times, in whole or in part.
  • incorporate maps, in whole or in part, into other knowledge maps and applications.

Provided that:-

  • It is for personal use by the license holder if they are a private individual.
  • It is for the internal use of the licensee organisation.

Note the organisation must own the correct number of licenses for all the users who have access to the maps (see 7.2 & 7.3).

4.2 Users must contact Knowledge Mappers Ltd. in writing for permission to use the Maps for any other purpose. Permission, if granted, will involve additional copyright royalties set by Knowledge Mappers Ltd. and be dependant on the proposed activity.

 

5. What This License Does Not Allow Licensees To Do

5.1 All knowledge maps, 'original' and 'derived' may not be lent, rented, subleased, redistributed, repackaged, incorporated into other applications, resold, or otherwise transferred in whole or in part, without the express written permission of Knowledge Mappers Ltd.

5.2 All knowledge maps, 'original' and 'derived', must not be stored in such a way that any of the activities listed above in 5.1 can be carried by non-licencees, or a greater number of users than the licensee has purchased licenses for. Examples of such non-permitted behaviour include:-

  • placing maps on an "always publicly accessible" file sharing website such as BiggerPlate.com.
  • placing maps on a collaborative, online map sharing platform such as MindMeister.com and making them available to all other users. Availability must be restricted to known collaborators who must be made aware of the licensing restrictions.
  • placing maps on a local / wide are computer network in such a way that they can be accessed by a greater number of users than the licensee has purchased licenses for.

5.3 The exception to 5.1 and 5.2 are knowledge maps, 'original' and 'derived', in Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format ('Adobe Acrobat / PDF Maps'). These may be shared with non-licensees as they cannot be "reverse engineered" to recreate the map in it's original mindmapping software file format, however:-

  • in the case of 'original maps' the original Knowledge Mappers copyright acknowledgement statement must not have been removed from the map.
  • in the case of 'derived maps' the following copyright statement must be included:-

    "Map based in whole or in part on material originally published and licensed by Knowledge Mappers Ltd. (www.knowledgemappers.com). Restrictions apply."

 

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