MindMeister Develops Add-on for Google Docs
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.”
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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