Mindmapping Anyone?? Anyone??

So, a couple of weeks ago I got asked a question from one of our QA testers. “Can we find a plugin for Confluence that allows us to use a Mind Mapping application to visually represending a project.”

A simple enough question, and after much discussion over a drink I came out convinced that this could be a good thing to put in place at the office. The next week I was greeted to an email from this person with a link to a plugin for Confluence. Great, all the hard work is done, all I have to do is implement it.

At this point, things took a turn towards interesting. It would seem that all the work hadn’t already been done. Even though a plugin exists, we cannot use it for one simple fact. Its for an older version of our Wiki system.

Ok, back to the drawing board. A quick search of Google turned up all manner of plugins for Confluence, but none that work the way we want them to. Oh sure, there exists plugins that will allow MindMap attachments to be searchable by extracting their contents in a searchable manner, and some flow chart / diagram plugins, but none that allow you to create a file, upload it to Confluence and display its contents like it were an image, or better yet a collapsible tree.

At least none that I have been able to find. My question to anyone who happens to be reading this is, does this exist currently, or is it a pipe dream??? Any responses would be appreciated.

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