Mindjet Should Hire These Guys!

Four guys out of Bulgaria just built this .Net application for mind mapping.  It looks really cool with a very fresh look!  It was built with WPF and all our latest technology like Silverlight.   I can’t wait to try it out when it goes beta on November 1st.  What amazing things could happen if Mindjet…


Using LINQ to Query Data in a Mindjet MindManager Map

As most of you may know by now, earlier this year I left Mindjet to join Microsoft.  Mindjet is a Microsoft Gold Certified partner who makes the mind mapping software MindManager.  Since I have been at Microsoft, I’ve been “drinking from the fire hose” and learning about many cool technologies; my challenge is to explain…


My Open XML Talk at Mindjet

As many of you might know, before I joined Microsoft this past Spring, I worked for Mindjet as an technical evangelist (one of my many titles) where I demonstrated the power of the MindManager Solution Platform through the Mindjet Labs.  One of the coolest demonstrations that I built (with the help of Vivek Vishist, a…


Using Silverlight in a Groove Space

A few months ago, I create a Microsoft Office Groove 2007 to share the source code for my SilverlightMap project: code to transform a Mindjet MindManager Map into a Silverlight Streaming Application hosted on silverlight.live.com.  For those of you who don’t know Groove is Microsoft’s Peer-to-Peer workspace solution.  I find it very useful for putting…


Mindjet Recommends Bloggers

In an interesting twist on a blogroll, Gaelen at Mindjet posted a map of MindManager Bloggers on the Mindjet Blog.  This works because Mindjet has built a passionate following of individuals who cannot do without their flagship software, MindManager.  It’s great that Mindjet recognizes these assets in the field and enables them as evangelists for the…


Using Expression Blend to Build Windows Applications

Just when you get really good at a tool, you find something better.  This happened to me when I moved from C++ to C# for desktop application development.  I see it happening again with Expression Blend which you can use to design windows user interfaces and Silverlight applications. Here is simple application that I built…


Creating a Silverlight Application with MindManager

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I have been playing around with Silverlight and trying to see how it could work with Mindjet MindManager maps.  Because both MindManager and Silverlight are based in XML, it is fairly straightforward to transform the MindManager XML to Silverlight XML (called XAML) using XSLT.  Since then, I have been working on adding some…


Create a Silverlight Map

This is a demonstration of using Microsoft Silverlight to view Mindjet MindManager Maps. You can dowload the source code from here: http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/SilverlightMindMap Join the Groove Workspace below to to get the source code for a windows client application that converts Mindjet MindManager Maps to Silverlight applications that you can then upload to http://silverlight.live.com/ as a streaming…


Mindjet MindManager and Silverlight

It seems that Microsoft’s Sliverlight (formerly WPF/e) is the topic of the day.  Since I first learned about WPF/e last year, I started thinking of ways in which Mindjet MindManager could work with it.  I started playing around with it and the most exciting feature of it was that it was all based in XML. …


What is a Synergist?

Throughout my career, I have developed a specialty for combining technologies in interesting ways and for the past year, I have been calling this role a Synergist.  Until recently I was doing this to evangelize the solution platform for Mindjet MindManager, through the Mindjet Labs.  On the Mindjet Labs, I maintained the Synergist blog and…