Notes Doclinks in MindMaps bring together two powerful tools for information management:
One of the Lotus Notes productivity features that I use regularly is doclinks. In Lotus Notes, a doclink can be created to jump to a Notes document, database,or view. The ability to embed these doclinks in my project and action lists gives me a quick and easy way to link to all of my support material regardless of where they are located. The beauty of Notes Doclinks is that the Notes client will locate the target regardless of whether it is located on the local machine or a remote server.
My campaign to get Notes doclinks into MindManager
As soon as I began using MindManager as a planning tool, I knew that I wanted the ability to create maps that would contain links to specific documents, views, and databases in Notes. Unfortunately, MindManager does not currently support the Notes Doclinks when pasted from the clipboard.
About a year ago, I began a campaign to get the folks at MindJet to implement Notes Doclinks in MindManager. Unfortunately, MindJet does not use Lotus Notes. My attempts to convince them of the value of Doclinks were initially not as successful as I would have hoped. Fortunately, I found a champion in Hobart Swan. Hobie stuck with me, introducing me to various people within MindJet; I made my case for Notes and MindManager to each one. I even made my case to Mike Jetter, MindJet's CTO, at the Collaborative Technologies Conference this summer.
Recently, Hobie opened the door for me to present the case for Lotus Notes and MindManager Richard Barber, MindJet's new VP of engineering.
Richard got it. MindJet now gets it. Very Cool.
Things have been moving swiftly since.
With help from Bruce, Ben, and Brian, I've managed to figure out the Notes URL syntax. (Thanks guys!)
Something powerful for Lotus Notes and MindManager users
Today, I managed to embed links to a MindManager map that, when clicked, launch specific views and databases in Notes. So far, I've been unable to get links to documents to work, but I'm working on this and I hope to have progress to report soon.
I am optimistic that I will see Notes Doclink support in a future MindManager service pack. Who knows, we may even get them to include the Notes doclink icon!
I've got a few more productivity enhancements on the drawing board for Notes and MindManager. Hopefully, I'll have the opportunity to make my case for these soon. Wish me luck!
Disclaimer: I have MindJet's permission to blog about this, however, they asked me to inform my readers there is no committed release date for the next MindManage service pack at this time. The video clip shown above is real; it is my working prototype; it is not a special MindManager release. All comments and opinions are my own.