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MindMeister Develops Add-on for Google Docs

MindMeister, the market-leading online mind mapping solution, today announced the release of a free add-on for Google Docs, enabling users to turn bullet point lists into mind maps and automatically insert them into their documents.
    MUNICH, GERMANY, March 14, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Following the long and successful partnership between Google and MindMeister, which produced integrations in Google Hangouts and Google Drive, among others, MindMeister was invited to create an add-on for Google Docs, Google's web-based office suite within Google Drive. The add-on is available through Google's just released add-on store, which allows users to install and manage third-party apps and thus add new features to Google's free web apps.

"During their design and infrastructure engineering phase, Google reached out to us to discuss a possible MindMeister add-on for Google Docs," MeisterLabs Managing Director, Till Vollmer said. "We brainstormed a few different angles of how such an add-on could look like and what would add the most value to a Google document. Within about a month we developed a working prototype that would subsequently turn into the add-on available in Google Doc's add-on store today."

The MindMeister add-on was built using Google App Script, Google's Java Script engine in the cloud, and HTML Service, which enables the serving of web pages that can interact with server-side Apps Script functions. The add-on is free and doesn't require a MindMeister account. Inside a Google document, users can discover it via the new add-on store, and get it with only a few clicks.

"The MindMeister add-on is a neat little app that turns any bullet point list created in the Google document into a visually appealing MindMeister mind map," Till Vollmer explains. "All the user has to do is select the list and choose the command 'Insert as Mind Map' from the add-ons menu. The map that is generated adopts the exact hierarchical structure used in the bullet point list. It appears in the document within a few seconds, after which the user can modify its size, position and other features."

About MindMeister

MeisterLabs develops and provides web-based productivity tools focusing on simplicity, usability and easy collaboration. Its flagship product MindMeister is the market-leading web-based mind mapping and brainstorming solution. Over 300 million ideas have been generated by individuals and businesses using its unique, award-winning interface. As a cloud-based solution, MindMeister functions in any web browser and comes complete with native mobile applications for iPhone, iPad and Android.


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