eminec myMap 2018

eminec myMap 2018 is a tool for Knowledge Management: develop concepts and collect information, break down knowledge and communicate. You will save time, keep track easier and also have a powerful decision-making tool at hand. This introduction helps you get started with myMap.

1 This is myMap

Welcome! With myMap, you can grasp, store and convey ideas as diagrams, so-called maps. No matter whether you are preparing a business plan, a presentation for college or a big celebration—myMap supports you in all three steps of knowledge management:

Three mapping features make everyday work easier:

  1. Keywords direct the focus on the essentials.
  2. Structuring shows the relative importance of a thought.
  3. Interconnections put coherent ideas in relationship.

You will quickly find your way through myMap. If a question arises, in addition to this introduction, our help offering is there for you:

Knowledge Base (FAQ) ➜ Glossary ➜ Training ➜ Contact ➜

We wish you a creative and productive time with myMap!

2 Getting Started with myMap

myMap will probably run on your PC or Mac.

Most PCs and Macs from 2009 and later models work with myMap.

If you have a PC, Windows 10, 8 or 7 should be installed. If you have a Mac, you should use macOS Sierra.

Installing and launching myMap


If your administrator has not yet installed myMap for you: download the setup program for myMap from and open it. A wizard guides you through installation.

You then have the following options for launching myMap:

  • In Windows Start menu, click ‚myMap‘.
  • ‚myMap‘ may also be available as an icon on your Desktop.
  • You can also double-click a map in Windows Explorer in order to open it with myMap.


If your administrator has not yet installed myMap for you: download myMap from the Mac App Store. NOT YET AVAILABLE

You then have the following options for launching myMap:

  • In Launchpad, click ‚myMap‘.
  • ‚myMap‘ may also be available as an icon on your Desktop or be kept in your Dock.
  • You can also double-click a map in Finder in order to open it with myMap.

Tab/Window ‘Start Center’

Start Center tab (PC) or window (Mac) is shown when launching myMap. Here you can quickly open a map recently edited or saved to your favorites. You can also create a new map:

Window ‘New Map’

New Map window is where you define how your new map is to be created:

Empty Map is preselected in Templates section. Click OK or press to start with that.

Main Window

myMap uses tabs. This allows you to open multiple maps within a single myMap window and to switch between maps. In order to see multiple maps at the same time, you can alternatively open multiple myMap windows.

Main window (PC)
Figure 1: Main window (PC)

Your First Map

You have opened myMap and are ready? Let’s go!

1 Specify Subject

Start your work with myMap by specifying the subject of your map. In order to do so, enter Exercise into the New Map window. Confirm with OK. In order to change the subject, select the map center, labeled Exercise, by clicking it. After a short delay, click again, and the insertion point is shown. You can now change the caption. (In order to replace the caption, you can just start typing without clicking a second time.) Enter MYmap Advantages, and press .

Specify subject
Figure 2: Specify subject

2 Capture Main Topics

Next, add the main topics. Double-click an empty part of your map, i. e. anywhere except in the map center (but it is a good idea to select a location close to it). myMap creates a new main branch, connects it to the map center and shows the insertion point. Typeeasy, and press . Create three more main branches in different locations, titled quick, flexible and tasty.

Capture main topics
Figure 3: Capture main topics

3 Add Detail

Add more keywords to describe the aspects you have just captured in greater detail. In order to do so, point to the main branch labeled easy and double-click. MYmap creates a sub-branch, adds it to the easy main branch and shows the insertion point. Type Help Bar. Repeat these steps in order to create two more sub-branches: Task Panes and XML.

Add detail
Figure 4: Add details

You can continue this process in order to add more information to your map. When you do so, you need not worry about whether all items have been put into the right place: add sub-branches wherever you think they are placed best at first glance. Double-clicking a sub-branch always creates a new outline level. We recommend creating a maximum of five levels. If there is still more information to add, it is a good idea to create multiple maps and connect them using links.

4 Tidy Map

Your initial ideas are captured—now improve your map. There are various things you can do. We recommend that you try all of them right now:

Your map might now look something like this:

Map aufräumen
Figure 5: Tidy map

5 Share Map

If you are satisfied with your results, you can pass your map to others. You can find the required commands in the File menu:


You have finished your first map.

How about taking some time and exploring myMap on your own? Then it will be even easier for you to understand all possibilities in chapter 3 below. Go discover! See you…

3 Editing Maps


A map can contain objects of various types. These are marked with different icons in the outline:

Object types
Figure 6: Object types. Map center is selected and therefore highlighted in blue

Mouse Procedures

In addition to pointing, clicking, double-clicking and right-clicking, for some procedures, dragging is required. This means that you first point to an object, then press and hold the left mouse button, then move the mouse (for example, to point to another object), and finally release the mouse button.—If the right mouse button is not explicitly mentioned, use the left mouse button for clicking and double-clicking.

Modify View

Create Or Delete Object

Select Object

Modify Caption

Move Or Reassign Object

Hide Twigs

Change Geometry

Using Advanced Commands

Mouse Cursor

The look of the mouse cursor gives you a hint about which actions can currently be performed.

Description Possible Actions
Default state (over map background) Default state
Shown when you point to an empty area of your map.
Click: Remove any object selections. Double-click: Create object. Drag: Pan.
Pan Pan
Shown while you are panning.
Release: Select visible portion of the map and finish process.
Default state (over object) Default state (over object)
Shown when you point to an object.
Click: Select object or modify caption. Double-click: Create subordinate object. Drag: Move object.
Create connector Create connector
Shown in New Connector mode when you point to an object.
Click: Create connector to the destination object and finish process.
Cancel creating connector Cancel creating connector
Shown in New Connector mode when you point to an empty area of your map.
Click: Cancel process.
Delete object Delete object
Shown when you point to the red cross.
Double-click: Delect object and its twigs.
Move object Move object
Shown while you are moving an object.
Release: Set new position and finish process.
Reassign object (as subordinate) Reassign object (as subordinate)
Shown when you point to the magenta part of a target object.
Release: Make dragged object subordinate to the target object and finish process.
Reassign object (to same level) Reassign object (to same level)
Shown when you point to the green part of a target object.
Release: Make dragged object appear in the same level as the target object and finish process.
Enable automatic arrangement Enable automatic arrangement
Shown when you point to the green rectangle pile.
Click: Re-enable automatic arrangement feature.
Hide twigs Hide twigs
Shown when you point to the dark blue circle segment.
Click: Hide twigs of the object.
Show twigs Show twigs
Shown when you point to the light blue circle.
Click: Show twigs of the object again.
Scale object NE-SW Scale object NE-SW
Shown when you point to the top right or bottom left handle.
Drag: Scale object in northeast-southwest direction.
Scale object NW-SE Scale object NW-SE
Show when you point to the top left or bottom right handle.
Drag: Scale object in northwest-southeast direction.
Scale object N-S Scale object N-S
Shown when you point to the top center or bottom center handle.
Drag: Scale object in north-south direction.
Scale object E-W Scale object E-W
Shown when you point to the center left or center right handle.
Drag: Scale object in east-west direction.
Copy format Copy format
Shown in Copy Format mode when when you point to a formattable object.
Click: Copy format to target object and continue process.
Finish copying format Finish copying format
Shown in Copy Format mode when you point to an empty area of your map.
Click: Finish process.
Table 1: Mouse cursors

Keyboard Procedures

You can also perform many actions by using keyboard shortcuts.

Keyboard Shortcut Action
Changing view
Alt+{ | | | } Pan map
Ctrl++ Zoom in
Ctrl+- Zoom out
Ctrl+0 Original size (100%)
Creating or deleting object
Ins Create new branch (subordinate to selected object)
Create new branch (as a sibling object)
Del Delete selected object
Selecting object
Select previous sibling object *
Select next sibling object *
Select superordinate object *
Select first subordinate object *
Home Select map center
Esc Remove selection
* if structural navigation is enabled in settings (default)
Changing caption
F2 Modify object’s caption *
Apply new caption
Esc Discard new caption
+ Insert line break
* or just start typing in order to replace the object’s caption
Moving object
Ctrl+{ | | | } Move object in the direction indicated
Ctrl++{ | | | } Move object in the direction indicated (large step)
Ctrl+E Reenable automatic arrangement feature
Hiding branches
Ctrl+H Hide/show twigs
Table 2: Keyboard shortcuts

4 Brainstorming

Brainstorming mode enables you to capture ideas in quick succession—on your own or in a team. Because there is no need to structure or even evaluate the ideas at first, you can let your mind wander.

1 Set Countdown

It is recommended to set a time limit beforehand. In New Map window, select the Brainstorming (Map) template so that myMap shows the Brainstorm task pane. There you can find the Start button which you use to set the desired timespan.

The clock starts immediately. It is for informational purposes only: you may brainstorm without using the countdown, and even after the scheduled timespan has elapsed, you can still edit the map just like before.

2 Capture Ideas

Enter new ideas as they occur to you. Capture the first keyword in the text field found below the Enter ideas label. Press , and myMap moves your idea to the list below the text field. If a certain entry already exists, it is not being added again.

In order to improve readability of ideas already captured for all participants in a team brainstorming session, list entries are shown in an enlarged font. Newly entered keywords are displayed in an extremely large font for a short period of time. If you are brainstorming as a single user or do not like this display for other reasons, disable the Show in huge font checkbox.

For a team brainstorming session, you may find full screen mode helpful. Select Go to Full Screen Mode from Brainstorming task pane in order to show a simple, clean layout.

During this step it is important to capture ideas quickly. Therefore, myMap does not even allow you to correct spelling mistakes in the list or to modify the order of items.

3 Evaluate and order ideas

Evaluate and structure the ideas captured. Go through the list of ideas and decide which entries you want to keep and which entries you want to discard.

The brainstorming session is finished once the list of ideas has been emptied.

You can also create categories and assign ideas to them in one step, alternating between these sub-tasks—i. e. you do not have to know all categories when you start assigning the ideas.

The list of ideas is not bound to a single map. You can create more maps and then drag the ideas into them.

5 Kanban Boards

You can use myMap for process management.



You can add review comments to maps and send them to the author of the map. Of course comments are also helpful just as personal reminders.

Comments are displayed as yellow sticky notes in the map. You can fold these notes to save space, and you can modify their transparency (opaque, transparent or invisible).

myMap does not save comments to the map itself, but to an extra file. This makes it easy to combine different sets of comments with the same main file. Moreover, existing comments can easily be combined with a newly revised version of a map.

Managing Comments

Before you start:

Select ToolsCommentsEdit Comments or click the Comments icon in the toolbar in order to enter comment editing mode. A smoked glass pane is added on top of the map: you are now working on a different layer and cannot access objects in the map. All editing steps affect the comments layer exclusively.

Use FileSave Comments Layer as… to store your comments. When you open the map again at a later point of time, no comments are being displayed at first. Select the command FileOpen Comments Layer… to make the previously saved comments layer available again. When you send your comments to the author of the map, send this file only. The author can add them to the map he still has.

Editing Comments

Unfolded and folded comment in comment editing mode
Figure 7: Unfolded and folded comment in comment editing mode

7 Classes


Classes allow you to add new properties to objects. If you, for example, use a map to make a decision on buying a vehicle, you might add top speed, mileage and price. In project management, you might use resources, cost and degree of completion.

Subordinate objects inherit properties. You then set property values for these objects (a certain type of car or a certain project stage).

1 Create Map

Start by creating a map in the usual way. In order to make the most of user property inheritance features, it is advisable to set great store by creating a meaningful class hierarchy where sub-branches are related to their respective superordinate branches by a is-a relationship. If you want certain properties inherited, you must make sure that the objects that are to inherit this certain property are subordinate to those objects that first introduce the property into the class hierarchy of your map.

If such a class hierarchy cannot be implemented due to reasons with regards to content, you can alternatively assign the required properties to the map center in the next step. They will then be available to all objects. Whenever possible, you should avoid this approach, however.

2 Create Properties

Add the desired properties. Use the Classes task pane to do so.

In your map, select the object of which you wish to edit inheritance behavior or properties.

3 Set Property Values

Add property values, the actual pieces of information. Make sure Classes task pane is still selected (see above), then select the object of which you wish to set property values.

4 Use Property Values

You can now evaluate data in myMap or export a table.

8 Meta Data

Meta data is data describing a map—for example, who has created a map and who has last edited it. It is particularly useful for systematic archival of maps. myMap stores meta data within the map file itself; this means the data is not lost when passing on a map, e. g. via e-mail.

Open the map of which you want to view or modify meta data first. Then select FileMeta Data or the Meta Data icon from the toolbar. You can also press Ctrl++I.

“Meta Data” window
Figure 8: “Meta Data” window



When you create a map, MYmap by default adds your personal data to the Author fields. When you edit and save a map, myMap by default adds the data to the Editor fields. You can set your personal data in Settings, under Personal Profile.

Click Delete to remove author or editor data. Do note however that your data will be added to the Editor fields upon saving again if the setting Add data to maps I have modified (“Editor” metadata) is enabled in Settings.

Click Use my profile to replace author or editor data with your personal data.


Enter arbitrary properties and their property values into the table. They can be shown again later or be evaluated using software.


9 Sharing Maps

You have three options to share your work results:


In a presentation, your audience will see the same screen content as you—with some exceptions: the toolbars and menus are not shown to the audience, and any comments and notes will only be displayed on the host’s screen, but not on the audience’s screen. Additionally, the caption of any selected object will be displayed as a large title on the audience’s screen, the map description will be added as a subtitle.

First make sure that a second screen—usually a data projector—is connected and activated in Windows Display Settings. It is important to make sure that the main screen contents are not mirrored; instead, the desktop must be extended to the display. Open the map to show, then select the command ToolsConfigure Presentation… or the Show Presentation (Default Settings) icon in the toolbar. You may also press Ctrl+Alt++P or F5, respectively.


Select FileExport or press Ctrl+Alt++S. Then choose the export format:

Depending on the format chosen, various options are available.


Choose between PNG, GIF, JPEG, TIFF and BMP formats. For use in presentations and in web pages, PNG is a good choice; for printing, TIFF is recommended. (You must, however, perform a conversion from the RGB to the CMYK color model if you plan on printing professionally; this conversion cannot be done with myMap itself.)

Choose whether the map is to be exported in its original size or to be enlarged or reduced. As professional printing requires far higher resolutions than screen display, you should increase this value if you plan on printing professionally. If there is a PDF creation tool installed on your computer (such as Adobe Acrobat), you can export vector data via the Print feature; do not use the Export feature then.

Simple Web Page

As long as none of the options With map thumbnail oder With downloadable iiXML document are enabled, myMap creates a standalone HTML file. Otherwise, it saves accompanying media used with the HTML file.

Simple Outline

Choose between UTF-8, UTF-16 Little Endian, UTF-16 Big Endian, UTF-32, UTF-7, ANSI and ASCII (7 bit). The default setting, UTF-8, is recommended; for exchanging data with users of obsolete programs, ANSI may be a good choice.


Select FilePrint or the Print icon from the toolbar. You may also press Ctrl+P.

A Settings (PC)

Select ToolsSettings to configure various preferences. You can also view the full configuration set as an XML settings file and use that for setting up other workstations. Some settings apply to new map windows or after restarting myMap only.


Personal Profile


Full Screen




You do not generally need to change the following settings.

B Version History (PC)

myMap (PC) has been published in five version since 2000.

myMap 2018

Version 6.0 (Beta), final version scheduled for Fall 2017

Find the complete list of changes in myMap 2018 compared to myMap v.5 here:
New Features in myMap 2018 ➜

myMap v.5

Version 5.0, April 2010

myMap XG

Version 2.0.440, January 2005

myMap NG

Version 2.0, August 2003

myMap 2000

Version 1.0, March 2000

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