Today Peter activated his brand new Graphmind feature on our intranet/extranet that we built with Open Atrium. The feature adds: a tab to the features menu in group spaces; a view page with the mindmaps in the active group space and a button to create new mindmaps. The feature might be quite basic, but the possibilities are mind-boggling. Besides of the obvious use cases such as:

  • taking notes online
  • sharing notes you made in Freemind
  • collaborative brainstorms

Graphmind has great potential as a reporting tool. For example, you could use this to build a mindmap tree with the following elements: non-archived projects > open cases > assigned user. You could use this to make a quick mindmap from the projects you are managing, and then drag and drop the cases to set priorities for your colleagues. During your meeting you can of course click on the link back to the node to update a case... Graphmind is still in dev but that doesn't mean it doesn't work. Today I had a test run of the feature and the latest version of Graphmind while I was working on the brainstorm for the exportables UI for Spezzle. There are some minor bugs, but I would definitely encourage you to give it a try! The mindmap feature for Open Atrium is of course available at our feature server. There are still a lot of things we want to implement (e.g. concurrent editing by multiple users, dynamic box sizes, update nodes/taxonomy using a mindmap). If you have feedback, suggestions or you would like to sponsor the development of a specific functionality for the module, get in touch.

About the author

Kristof van Tomme

CEO, Co-founder

Kristof Van Tomme is an open source strategist and architect. He is the CEO and co-founder of Pronovix. He’s got a degree in bioengineering and is a regular speaker at conferences in the API, DevRel, and technical writing communities.