mindmup in google drive

Using MindMup Mind Mapping with Google Drive

MindMup 2.0 is our newly recommended mind mapping software. It is perfect for visually mapping and collaborating with groups, classes, and teams.

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You can use the MindMup website for maps, but you they are all public and have some other restrictions. We recommend adding the MindMup 2.0 add-on to Google Drive.

Adding MindMup 2.0 to Google Drive

To add MindMup 2.0, you need to search for it as an addon. You can click the “+” button in the right-hand sidebar to bring up the add-on menu. Then search for MindMup 2.0.

Click on that MindMup tile to bring up the full information about the add-on. Then click “Install” to start installing.

Before installing, you will get several permissions screens to approve. Click “Continue” to go through the permissions.

You’ll need to choose which Google Account to use. Click on the email address of the account.

Now you’ll see a popup menu of account permissions. Click the blue “Allow” button at the bottom of the list. MindMup 2.0 is now added to Drive!

What do these permissions mean? MindMup will be able to see all your files, photos, and videos so you can pulled them into your mind maps. It can also view and manage files created or opened with the app. Some add-ons have permission to delete all Drive files but MindMup cannot do that.

Create a mind map from Drive

To create a new mind map, right click in Drive to bring up the options menu. Then click “More” and choose MindMup from the menu. This will open up a new tab to MindMup for you to create your mind map.

Open a mind map from Drive

There are 2 ways to open a mind map file from Drive.

Right click on the file you want to open to bring up the file menu. Then choose “Open with” and MindMup.

Or if you have already clicked on the file in Drive, you can choose MindMup from the “Open from” menu at the top of the page.

Sharing mind maps from Drive

The benefit of using MindMup as an add-on to Google Drive is the sharing permissions. Google Drive permissions = Map permissions.

If you’ve set a shared folder for a group project, anyone with folder access will be able to access the mind maps in the folder.

One trick is opening a map that someone has shared with you through an email. This is a screenshot of a test map someone shared with me. Drive automatically sent me this email to access the file when it was shared with me.

When I click to open the map, it shows this file screen. Don’t click to download the map from here. That doesn’t work. Use the “Open with” menu at the top of the screen to choose MindMup. Then the mind map will be opened up in a new tab to view and edit.

There it is all about MindMup 2.0 in Drive! We hope this visual mapping and sharing will enhance class engagement and interaction.

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