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Old 11-29-2009, 10:53 AM   #1
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blank mindmap in freemind- but .mm file shows up in text editor

I've searched here, ubuntuforums, and sourceforge-freemind forums. I have seen the problem stated several times in the sourceforge forum, but never any replies.

I just migrated to a new computer, running Ubuntu (with Ratpoison! I'm excited.). I have a big mindmap that I use for almost everything, "". When I open it in freemind, I see nothing but 1 bubble with "new mindmap" on it. Nothing else. When I open in a text editor, I see all the wonderful, not lost in space information that is so important to me. How do I get freemind to read and display the file? It's useless in the text editor.

I know that there are other users with this problem, and hopefully this will finally be a place where someone finds a good solution. Otherwise, I may have to leave freemind behind (and go to what, exactly? It's my favorite!). Here's the only thing I notice. The following is the beginning of Nothing from this shows up in freemind.

<map version="0.7.1">           #(I did try changing it to 0.9.0)
<node ID="_ID_1515268571" TEXT="TC">
<node ID="_ID_952794277" TEXT="first" FOLDED="true" POSITION="left">
<cloud COLOR="#ccccff"/>
<node ID="_ID_303444742" TEXT="second" FOLDED="true">
<node ID="_ID_1377468409" TEXT="third"/>
<node ID="_ID_1730633270" TEXT="fourth"/>
<node ID="_ID_472951789" TEXT="fifth"/>
The following is It does show up in freemind. They certainly have differences.

<map version="0.9.0">
<!-- To view this file, download free mind mapping software FreeMind from -->
<node BACKGROUND_COLOR="#ffff99" CREATED="1253970253878" ID="ID_319827170" MODIFIED="1254408931268" TEXT="a&amp;h redesign">
<node CREATED="1253969843426" FOLDED="true" ID="ID_465539237" MODIFIED="1254749233645" POSITION="right" TEXT="Where are we now?">
<cloud COLOR="#ff66ff"/>
<node CREATED="1253849346412" ID="ID_1001202540" MODIFIED="1254423973760" TEXT="dept/progr/center site review">
<node CREATED="1253969720435" ID="ID_1765942824" MODIFIED="1254423980384" TEXT="1st glance">
Does the 0.7.1 version simply not get read by Freemind? That would be nuts.

The first file obviously doesn't have all those "modified=###" that the working one has. 1. How did this happen? 2. Is this the cause?
I did nothing else different between the two. And actually, both files were created with same installation of Freemind, so I don't understand why they have different version numbers. Who knows?

thanks for looking. let me know if I can give more info. not sure.
Old 11-29-2009, 12:32 PM   #2
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OK, so slightly embarrassed now. Still not fixed, but probably just a versions thing.

I thought that I still had the 0.9 version of freemind installed, but it seems that I still have the 0.7.1. Apt get had told me that I had the latest freemind version, but I guess the jaunty version is still 0.7? I don't remember having specially installed the 0.9 freemind on my old system. I guess I must have. So this problem is probably solved, but I'll test it with a fresh 0.9 first.
Old 11-29-2009, 01:52 PM   #3
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Yup, was running wrong version. works in 0.9.

Sure spent some inefficient time writing that earlier post.
thanks anyway.



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