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So, those of you who love both of these tools may be interested to know that they work together perfectly thanks to some nifty integration work on the part of MindJet, the company who makes MindManager.

For those of us unfamiliar with MindManager: – Unlike the usual linear-based approach of most productivity tools, MindManager 8 uses mind-mapping technology to let you capture, organize, and communicate information using an intuitive visual canvas. You’ll be able to work smarter and transform your ideas into action more quickly.

Here is what one fan has to say about how he uses these two products:

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I’ve been a fan of both Microsoft OneNote and MindJet MindManager for several years.  They both occupy important places in my toolbox.  I use OneNote almost daily for project tracking, reference and the core of my productivity workflow.  I use MindManager for planning, brainstorming, writing, agenda creation and taking notes of conversations.

Now the folks at MindJet Labs have released the OneNote 2007 + MindManager tool which increases the ability of these two tools to work together.  Basically the tool provides:

  • OneNote 2007 Send To MindManager
  • OneNote Hyperlinks in MindManager
  • OneNote Notebook Hierarchy Mapping

These function allow the passing of data between the two applications:

  • From MindManager, you can easily map out the Notebooks, Section Groups, Sections, Pages, and Subpages, including hyperlinks:       Select File…Open…OneNote 2007 Notebooks.
  • From MindManager, you can send the current map to OneNote as an image that you can sketch on and annotate:       Select File…Export…Microsoft Office OneNote 2007
  • From OneNote, you can send a page to MindManager as a hyperlinked topic:  Press the Send to MindManager MindManager button on the Standard toolbar in OneNote.

Rob Bushway previously outlined how to hyperlink from MindManager to OneNote, but this new tool should make it much more natural to share data between the two applications.  Some of this functionality is really already of part of OneNote.  But the new open OneNote API is going to make this kind of development all the more common and I’m looking forward to seeing how real geeks leverage the power of OneNote for by connecting it other applications.

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