As much as we love mind mapping, we know that there are many reasons you may not want or be able to commit to a paid MindMeister license right now. However, as bona fide mind mapping enthusiasts and all-round good eggs, we do our best to make it as simple as possible to continue mapping even after your subscription expires.
If you’re reaching the end of your license and you’re not planning on upgrading your account, here are five great ways to keep your mind maps for future reference.
Before We Begin…
While the tips in this article should make the transition from a paid MindMeister account easier, the expiry of your license will obviously lead to some changes in the way you can use the tool in future. These are the main things to bear in mind:
You will still be able to… Store, view and edit up to three maps using your free MindMeister account. Access the Public Maps Universe. Regain access to all your maps if you upgrade back to a paid license in future. You will no longer be able to… Create new maps once the three-map limit has been reached. View or edit maps other than the three you have saved. Access advanced mapping features, including attachments, exports and custom themes (full list here). Use features specific to teams, such as team signup pages, team groups and team admin functionality.
Take a look here to find out the full range of features available in each MindMeister package.
1. Share Your Maps
This option is particularly useful for larger groups of MindMeister users who are scaling down their number of paid accounts. If your account will be downgraded but your maps may still be useful to someone with a paid account, simply share the map with them so that they’ll always be able to view and edit it. Make sure to do this before your license expires!
To share your maps, click Share at the bottom of the map screen. This allows you to invite new users to view and/or edit your map, while also adding it to their “My Maps” folder in MindMeister. Sharing is possible via email or link.
Alternatively, you can make your maps public so that they’re available to MindMeister users all around the world. However, we would strongly recommend against this if your maps contain sensitive or confidential information. Find out more about how to make your maps public from the help center.
Stuck? Read this article from our help center to learn how to share your maps quickly and easily.
2. Save Your Maps to Google Drive
If you’re working with MindMeister as part of a team and you haven’t already activated the Google Drive integration, now might be a good time to try. With your license expiring, exporting to Drive is the easiest way to keep all your maps in a single collaborative space.
This excellent feature gives you the chance to share access to your maps with your colleagues or classmates. Maps are stored in Google Drive as special .mind files, which can then be opened in MindMeister.
Remember, you won’t be able to access the Google Drive integration after your account has been downgraded, so plan ahead and move your mapsContinue reading