Reintroduce the ability to export slides as outlines (and/or images) direct to PowerPoint

Alex G. shared this idea 5 days ago
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I know this has been suggested previously in Dutch (along with being the subject of numerous complaints), but I thought I'd repeat and expand on this in English.

I'm aware of the technical reasons behind the removal of the export to PowerPoint facility as well as the workarounds (several of which I documented). This is all discussed in this thread:

However, as I commented in this thread, MindManager was able to overcome similar technical problems with export to Word and Excel which required them to rewrite the export facility for these programs. In doing so, MindManager went to a lot of trouble to maintain and enhance these facilities and the program can also still talk to Outlook. Why out of all the Microsoft products is PowerPoint the odd one out?

I also understand that MindManager wants to develop the program's own export facility. This is fine, but will take a long time to mature. In any case, many companies have adopted and are dependent on PowerPoint as part of their standard repertoire of programs, especially as they use it to present a lot of other things besides mind maps.

The reintroduction of the ability to export slide images (though not a direct link to PowerPoint) in the first MM21 was welcome, but does not go far enough. Along with lots of other people I used to use MindManager to write the initial outline of presentations which I then exported to PowerPoint, using the latter's features to add other content and to format each slide in a way that MindManager can't (and I suspect never will be able) to do.

MindManager should be able to send both outlines and slide images direct to PowerPoint. My final comment is that lots of MindManager's competitors continue to implement this facility without too much fuss, and a number of people have commented on this forum that their organisations simply won't purchase MindManager without this facility. I would have thought that was argument enough.

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