The new MindPlan release 3.3 can be downloaded from the download areas of the MindPlan website (German / English link)!
The new root node type becomes available in the "New MindPlan" dialog after a restart of the MindPlan application:
In your new Portfolio MindPlan you then create MindPlan links to project nodes, deliverables or activities in the same database or even in a completely different one:
The project data is transferred from the linked nodes into the MindPlan links by using the action "Refresh portfolio" of the "Your next steps" sidebar panel:
There it is, your "one click multi project overview" in Map and Gantt view:
The red icon that you can see next to the link node title is a so called "due-date warning indicator". It is displayed when the linked node has assigned activities that are overdue.
The properties dialog of the Portfolio root node contains a few settings to configure the exact behaviour of the Portfolio analysis process:
With the option "Update of calculated values: Update target-nodes as well" you can make the portfolio process also write the project data into the linked node. This can be handy if you would like to display this data using classic Lotus Notes views.
New features in MindPlan / eOffice CRM combination
The following list is a translation of the German MindPlan 3.3 announcement which also includes presentation slides. Unfortunately, the announcement is not yet available in English language.
It's a bit early for screenshots or official announcements, but let's say we are working on a pretty huge Eclipse based development framework for application development for standalone, web based and mobile applications, with data storage in Lotus Notes/Domino or any other database system... :-)
Karsten Lehmann | December 1st, 2011 09:16:06 | Comments (0) | Permanent Link
As an addition to the list of changes in MindPlan 3.2.2 that was posted last week, please also note that MindPlan 3.2.2 is the first release that is officially supported on Lotus Notes 8.5.2.
A few hours ago, the download areas of the German und English MindPlan websites have been updated. You can now download MindPlan version 3.22, which is a bugfix, stability and performance build.
We have renewed the MindPlan build that is available in the download area of the MindPlan website. The new build version is MindPlan 3.21 build 201004031431. It contains stability fixes and two new features.
The option "Resources automatically have edit rights on their activities" is only visible, when the database version that you use is 3.2.1 or higher. We did this because we had to modify the design of the database to add a new author field to the nodes, which is used in activity nodes to give edit rights to the activity resource.
This new option makes working with the access control system a lot easier. Until now, you had to manually give edit rights to a worker to let him document his activity progress in the MindPlan node. If the option is activated, this step is not required anymore, access rights are granted automatically.
Please note that activity resources are allowed to change all the activity properties, as long as the activity status is "In design". After it has left this phase, e.g. to "In Implementation", the user can only edit the lower part of the activity properties.
Hint: The access control system does only work properly if the users have author access in the database's ACL. If a user has editor rights or more, he is allowed to edit all MindPlan data and the access control system is deactivated.
Karsten Lehmann | April 11th, 2010 23:25:50 | Comments (0) | Permanent Link
We're currently working in a customer project, implementing some new requirements for MindPlan.
The requirement was to have the welcome tab images configurable.
Well, and of course we tested our new feature...
So, after more than five years of MindPlan development, the product has actually become sexy. :-)
How you can customize your welcome screen
Well, first of all, you need to have a MindPlan 3.2 build version that is equal or greater than 201003172155. That means the download that is officially available today will not work. Now that's a good reason to update when it is available. :-)
After upgrading to the new 3.2 build, you can define a few Notes.ini variables to set your own tab layout.
Here is the format:
For < ORIENTATION > you have the choice between CENTER, EAST, NORTH, NORTHEAST, NORTHWEST, SOUTH, SOUTHEAST, SOUTHWEST, WEST and TILE.
< STRETCHING > tells MindPlan how the image should be scaled: NO_STRETCH, STRETCH, STRETCH_KEEP_RATIO, STRETCH_X and STRETCH_Y.
The < Z-INDEX > is the paint order, which is starting with 0 and the < IMAGEURL > can either be a relative URL (e.g. to use our internal standard images) or an absolute one, both file:// and http:// protocol do work.
< nr > is an index starting with 1.
So here is an example that just displays the standard tab images:
The concept is more powerful/geeky than you might think, because we also added @formula support:
A calculated image line is ignored if the formula just returns "-".
So by using formulas, you can even calculate the images dynamically and have a surprise each time you start MindPlan. :-)
It's a bit difficult to test the tab image definitions right now. The easiest way to recreate the welcome tab is to go into "File/Preferences", deselect the "show welcome-tab" option, hit "Apply" and then select it again.
Karsten Lehmann | March 18th, 2010 16:30:52 | Comments (0) | Permanent Link
The standalone version of MindPlan 3.2 for the Mac is now available in the official download area of the MindPlan website.
The Standalone and Composite Application versions of MindPlan 3.2 are now available in the download area of the MindPlan website!
There is a last minute feature that found it's way in MindPlan version 3.2: critical path method (CPM) analysis in the Gantt view!
In red, the critical path is highlighted. Those are activities that are critical for the final deadline of the project (as final deadline we take the latest milestone or activity). The green and yellow bars indicate the earliest and latest possible date for an activity, based on their predecessor/successor position in the project to not extend the final deadline.
That sample MindPlan is actually more complex than it might look like. It's more obvious when you take a look at the map view :-)
This feature is brought to you by "Mr. Critical Path" Tammo Riedinger. :-) Karsten Lehmann | February 26th, 2010 10:06:00 | Comments (0) | Permanent Link
As already adumbrated elsewhere on the web, something was going on in MindPlan land this summer.
It also does not interfere with an installed normal MindPlan application or Lotus Notes client. All the data is kept in separate directories.
Real team work
Although you don't see the Lotus Notes user interface, we still provide nearly the full range of features of the normal MindPlan edition:
For this very first release of the MindPlan DOLS edition, we had to limit one feature, which is caused by the lack of a graphical Lotus Notes user interface:
We can only offer the richtext of a MindPlan node in read-only mode, because we do not have a proper editor in Java that produces round-trippable Notes richtext (to be able to heavily exchange Richtext contents between DOLS and Standard users without data loss).
But you have full support for file attachments and you can of course use the title/description of a MindPlan node to enter your text.
In a future MindPlan version, we will provide our own graphical text editor that can be used as an alternative to Notes richtext and that stores its data in parallel to the Richtext in the node (e.g. in HTML or RTF format).
Interested in a beta version?
The first MindPlan partners received an alpha code drop of this new MindPlan edition in August 2009. We have already reached the beta stage by now. So if you don't want to wait until January 2010 (hmm... I think there is an IBM conference in January; might be a coincidence ;-) ), just send us an email at
support @ mindplan.de
with a subject like "I want that MindPlan DOLS version now!" to participate in the beta program. :-)
Please also add some information about your system (this is Windows only, so tell us about the Windows version you use and the basic hardware setup).
P.S.: The normal MindPlan 3.2 editions and the first officially available MindPlan Mac version will also be released at the end of January 2010.
P.P.S: Well, now it's finally clear why we added the richtext preview panel and the replication support. :-)
Karsten Lehmann | November 6th, 2009 15:53:22 | Comments (0) | Permanent Link