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The Main part of a software project is not code but knowledge generated during the project. I guess knowledge is the main part of every business today and it is very important to move the generated knowledge from non-formal level to formal level to avoid its loss. There are many approaches to save knowledge and a mind map diagram is one of them. Also it is very important to keep the "distance" between project and its knowledge as short as possible and the ideal variant is to keep knowledge just within the project as a document set. If you use any external knowledge engineering tool then the distance already is not so short and for the cause I had decided to develop some plugin which would allow to form mind maps and keep knowledge graph just within projects and allow to work with the graphs just with the IDE.

Initially I developed plugin for NetBeans IDE but because in companies, where I work for, mainly Intellij IDEA in use, I developed plugin for Intellij IDEA too. Then a friend asked me to develop some standalone version which could be used by users who don't have any relations to Java and I developed SciaReto application.
Screenshots from all


1.6.0 (SNAPSHOT)

  • ALL: improved SVG exporter to prevent image duplication
  • SR: updated PlantUML to 1.2022.13
  • SR: embedded JDK updated to 19.0.1+11
  • SR: added support of SVG images in viewer
  • ALL: rework Base64, now JDK API in use
  • ALL: refactoring of base components, changes in plugin API

1.5.2 (11-sep-2022)

  • SR: added way to set PlantUML security profile through preferences
  • SR: added FlatLaf themes #104
  • SR: updated PlantUML to 1.2022.7
  • ALL: fixed use Insert key as shortcut #100
  • SR: embedded JDK version updated to

1.5.1 (15-apr-2022)

  • ALL: fixed wrong decimal separator in SVG exporter #95
  • IJ: fixed save settings for key shortcut #96
  • IJ: changed weight of KnowledgeViewPane #94
  • SR: embedded JDK version updated to 17.0.2+9
  • ALL: added support for context menu button #90
  • SR: updated PlantUML to 1.2022.4

Full changelog


All parts of the application are written in Java and it needs Java 1.8+ for work.

The editor has three implementations

  • standalone application (including also PlantUML support)
  • NetBeans plug-in
  • Intellij IDEA plug-in
    The standalone version is a Java application but it contains embedded JRE so that a user should not have pre-installed Java on computer. But Graphviz should be installed for use by PlantUML.

How to use?

Just after first release for NetBeans IDE, Geertjan Wielenga created nice screen-cast which a bit out of date but still look good to understand common idea. It is very easy editor and the main set of operations look very intuitive, main questions from users I had about keyboard shortcuts but if keep in mind that TAB creates new mind map node and ENTER creates new sibling mode then life becomes much easier. It is a pop-up menu centric software so that all operations accessible through pop-up menu.

Key features

Data format

The Plugin keeps all mind map information in single UTF8 encoded plain text file formed in markdown compatible format, so the file can be easily read and interpret and without the plug-in.

Mind Map generated by NB MindMap plugin   
> __version__=`1.1`

# Root <br/>topic
> topicLinkUID=`14F9D4CD31DA`

## First level

### Item 1\.1
<pre>Some note for item 1.1</pre>

### Item 1\.2

How to create new Mind map

SciaReto standalone application

In project tree just click mouse to activate pop-up menu for a folder and select in menu New->Mind map. New mind map file


Mind map type is added as one more file type and can be found among file types in the Other.
New file wizard

Intellij IDEA

Mind map type is registered as a file type which can be created through New pop-up menu for a folder. New MindMap file

Work with mind maps

Mind maps are opened in IDE as documents with graphic interface and the plugin doesn't add any new actions into IDE menu so all operations over mind maps you can make through the document pop-up menu. The Pop-up menu is formed for the current document state and context.

Move topics

All manipulations over topic order and its position in the map hierarchy can be made only through mouse Drag&Drop operations (keep in mind that only one topic can be moved in the same time).

Tune look of mind map editor

You can tune most of graphic parameters for mind map rendering through special panel Options. It can be activated through Options item of pop-up menu and through menu Edit->Preferences in the standalone version.

Export mind map data

Today it is very important to have way to export data to another formats to use the knowledge in another tools. The Plug-in supports several formats to export data:

  • Plain text format
  • Markdown format
  • Freemind format
  • Mindmup format
  • PNG image
  • SVG image
  • ORG format

Import data as Mind map

At present the editor allows to import main maps from many well-known mind map formats

  • Mindmup format
  • Freemind format
  • XMind format
  • Coggle format
  • Novamind format also it can import mind map from tabbed text files.

Content alowed in mind maps

Mainly you can keep short texts in your mind maps as topic names but sometime it is useful to keep and another information, the plugin allows to keep below listed information assets:

  • Short text - short text in one or two lines as topic name, mainly used as id for the topic.
  • Long text - long text information which can be opened and edited in special editor.
  • URL link - just URL link to be opened in system browser
  • File link - link to a file, youc can add them through special dialog or just drag and drop file from NetBeans project tree to a topic, the file will be opened within IDE as a document
  • Transition - link to another topic in the same mind map, it allows to make some navigation in very big mind maps

You can add and edit new topic content through the mind map pop-up menu and if you want remove some content then just open editor for the content and remove all text information.