Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Why using custom pictures in XMind is useful

 I read this Blog from Albert Gareev, thought that's great but there's another way where you can use not only marker packs but also any pictures which is useful as described in my Mindmaps for managing test projects blog.

For example, I wrote the names of my team members in Word, Arial, 14pt, bold and took a picture of the name and now use them as markers. That's very useful when assigning projects to people so I can see at a glance who is working on which projects and where they may be stretched a bit thin.

In XMind this can be done by
navigating to your installation folder, for example
C:\Program Files\XMind\plugins\org.xmind.ui.resources_3.2.1.201011212218\markers

Drop your *.png or even *.jpg files in there.

Open "markerSheet.xml" in the text editor of your choice and add XML entries using the existing entries as a guideline. It's pretty straight forward.
Save and re-open XMind if you had it open before.

Now right click on an object and insert a Marker - voila, your new pictures as markers are now available. You are no longer restricted to pre-designed packs but can cook your own.


  1. Nice idea, but Oy! That process begs to be automated. And what's with the XMind people who didn't do it from the get-go?

    ---Michael B.

  2. It's a lot easier than this to use pictures in MindMeister, and I agree, it is a really useful feature.

  3. Be great to see any xmind maps you've created. Have you se en the mind map librar at

  4. Michael,
    I sent an email to the XMind guys and asked for this feature.

    I haven't tried MindMeister, yet, thanks for pointing it out.

    I wasn't aware of your site there, I'll have a look and see what may be suitable. The MindMap for managing test project is available for download from the blog I mentioned above.

  5. Fantastic TopTip. I could see this being really useful for a company who has custom indicators of progress, or ticket hierarchy in an Agile environment.

  6. There is now a dedicated group on the Biggerplate mind map library for software testing - containing map examples and templates from other testers. You can find the group here: