The developers of TPAssist 2007, a task and project management add-in for MindManager, have introduced a new version of it with numerous new and improved features. If you haven’t seen this add-in before, I definitely recommend that you take a look at the videos on the TPAssist website, which clearly explain what exactly this add-in does.
If your mind maps contain a lot of task data, then you’re probably aware that much of this information is hidden, unless you expand every topic and branch. TPAssist gets around this limitation by "rolling up" project and task information into higher-level topics, so it’s more readily visible. It also synchronizes tasks created in TPAssist with Outlook; this capability can be configured on a per-task basis, giving you a very finite level of control over the amount of data you pass to Outlook and vice versa.
The new version of TPAssist 2007, version 1.3, enhances the add-in’s Outlook integration to include support for existing Outlook item categories. Apparently it used to ignore these categories.
You can also designate topics as "research/notes topics," which means TPAssist will ignore all of its sub-topics. This makes it easy to combine research and task-related information in the same section of a map.
TPAssist integrates with Excel to produce a series of project and work breakdown reports, based on the task data incorporated into your map. Topic titles used to build topic summaries can now be customized, which should help you to differentiate between task names in the program’s project reports.
TPAssist v1.3 also contains numerous small improvements to the program, to make them more intuitive and easier to use. For all of the details, please visit the TPAssist Blog.
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