Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Wise Mapping: a Mind Maps creation tool




Wise Mapping is a free online mind maps editor that allows you to create and share your mind maps with others.


Some features of Wise Mapping


Here is a list of the main features that Wise Mapping offers to its users :

  • It is free
  • It is easy to use
  • It has an interactive interface
  • It requires a sign up
  • It allows you to create and edit colorful and complex mind maps using just mouse and keyword
  • It lets you customize your maps by changing the border, text,shape and background color of your notes
  • It has a sophisticated authoring editor to help you manage your maps
  • You can share or save your mind maps right from the editor
  • You can make your mind maps either private or public
  • You can embed the image of your map anywhere you want online

Watch this tutorial video to learn more






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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Mindjet Reaches Cloud Altitude with Mind-Mapping Tools for Getting Things Done


Ask Scott Raskin to name the number-one innovation that changed the world of project management and business collaboration, and he has a surprising answer: the whiteboard.


It’s not that the answer is nonsensical—Raskin may well be right. It’s that it’s coming from the CEO of Mindjet, a San Francisco software company devoted to helping workers capture their thoughts and plans digitally. After all, if Mindjet’s 2 million users gave up their laptops, PCs, and tablets for old-fashioned whiteboards, the company would be out of business.


Raskin’s real point, though, is that business people deal with lots of data and ideas, and it’s often helpful to arrange this information visually, in a place where everyone can see it. Whiteboards are great for that—the problem is that they aren’t very portable or shareable (your team in Hong Kong probably won’t see the brainstorming notes that your team in Atlanta captured last night). Mindjet’s “mind mapping” software lets teams organize their thoughts on virtual canvases that can be accessed and modified from any Web browser, with the data on the maps feeding directly into project management tools such as Cohuman, a social task management platform startup that Mindjet recently acquired.


Read complete at XConomy.com

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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

DropMind takes your research to another level




Having in mind the constant search for quality data, the new release of DropMind v3.3, mind mapping software focuses on facilitation of research procedures and data management. 


It is evident how Internet saves time and money, but information overload makes research quality and data selection difficult.
In order to simplify the process of data assortment and visualization of valuable search content, DropMind v3.3 offers Web mapping experience.


The web browser functionality offers possibility to search the web without leaving DropMind. It allows you to search data, save links, content and images directly into a mind map


The automatic map building tracks the web search and creates maps in real time. This feature helps in saving valuable time people spend on daily searches for relevant information, without the need of extra effort. It is suitable for project initiation, market research or managing favorite web content.


Get more information on the new releases. Visit dropmind.com.


DropMind team will continue working hard to make mind mapping experience more effective and intuitive. The upcoming year will include improvements that will ease the process of organizing and planning information. The project management and mind mapping future is directly related and therefore features that will advance this relation will be added.
Online collaboration and integration is another piece of the mind mapping puzzle, which will grow significantly. Driven by worldwide market trends, the road map of DropMind 2012 is certainly rich offering better business and mapping performance. 


And remember, a mind map is as an opportunity to organize and picture data, as much as the Internet is an opportunity to find it.


Video: DropMind® Mobile


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Friday, December 16, 2011

Brainstorming Essentials: Graphic Organizers Such as Mind Maps & Venn Diagrams




How useful are graphic organizers such as mind maps and Venn diagrams to brainstorming?


There are those who equate brainstorming to coming up with a series of terrific ideas that help us get something done or some problem solved, and on the levels of simplicity, there is truth to that. In some circles, the concept of brainstorming is also referred to as idea management or creative thinking.


Yet, brainstorming, especially when done in a group setting, is much more precise and organized. There are tools and techniques that have been developed to help minimize a random brainstorming approach, and instead develop it into a precise technique. These tools help an individual or a group to focus on a problem, and then very deliberately develop creative solutions to that problem. 


Some of the more common tools used in the brainstorming process are graphic organizers like mind maps and Venn diagrams. These tools are most useful when the brainstorming process is being embarked upon by a group.


Chief among the brainstorming graphic organizers are the mind map and Venn Diagram. There are also the KWL tables, which although this graphic organizer is often used as a creative tool in a learning environment. The KWL Table for example is very often used by instructors KWL is an acronym for What We Know.


The mind map helps one to see how the key word radiates out from a centralized point. The mind map is a diagram that one draws by placing the key word in the center and then mapping out radially all the words, ideas, tasks or other items that are linked to that key word or key idea. It can help the brainstorming group visualize, structure, or classify the ideas. It can show how one idea feeds into another, etc. 


Concept mapping is structurally different in that the key concept is placed at the top of a chart and many other concepts are added below. It can often help to stimulate learning in the sciences and other subjects. It is also used to represent the expert knowledge of teams for business or even government projects.


Then there is the Venn diagram, which has been in existence since 1880. The Venn diagram is named after its inventor, John Venn. Venn diagrams are used quite extensively in a number of fields to help show all the possible relations between groups of things. They can be used in as complex of settings as logic, statistics, set theory and probability, or as simple a setting as a brainstorming session to determine and visualize possible relationships within that specific creative problem solving arena. 


As the web develops and grows, it is now possible to locate templates or research possible tools to buy or create these various graphic organizers. For example, there are a number of websites where one can download mind mapping and concept mapping charts, as well as Venn Diagram templates. It is possible to make these items on one’s own computer, but many have found the ease in downloading these various graphic organizers to be much swifter and definitely more efficient especially when you take into consideration that their primary goal is to use the mind maps and Venn diagrams in their brainstorming not have to first create those graphic organizers to that they can finally get on to the higher goal of brainstorming.



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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Newest Update to ConceptDraw MINDMAP v7 Makes Mind Mapping Easier to Learn




CS Odessa’s most recent update to ConceptDraw MINDMAP v7, available today, adds a user-friendly start-up dialog to the product and provides a link to instructional videos for new users. Additional improvements to the product include enhanced drawing tools, improved HTML exporting, and further support for a variety of graphical file formats.


Available for Macintosh and Windows, ConceptDraw MINDMAP v7 is the first arm of the ConceptDraw Productivity Line. It is available as a standalone product, bundled with ConceptDraw PROJECT v6 as ConceptDraw MINDMAP for Projects v2, and in the full ConceptDraw Office v2 suite. ConceptDraw Office v2 also contains ConceptDraw PRO v9, CS Odessa’s popular business graphics and drawing product, in addition to ConceptDraw MINDMAP and PROJECT.


Video: ConceptDraw MINDMAP v7 Video Lessons (Basic Level)





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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Mind Map Software for Clear Thinking




The idea of mind map has developed to facilitate and organize concepts and ideas that generally could take longer time to understand. When ideas and concepts are drawn on paper or even on a computer screen the relationship can be shown is an effective way which otherwise is difficult to understand.  The traditional way of thinking hampers creative thinking and hence the idea of mind maps came into prominence. What happens in mind maps is that there is a central idea or concept around which a pattern or framework is built and that becomes instinctive for the individual. The visualizations of mind map are an excellent aid to problem solving and its business implications are immense. Mind Maps enables visual thinking which is generally not possible in the traditional way of learning and problem solving.


The mind map software is a great way to have drawing of ideas and concepts that show the linkages between different concepts. The mind map diagram drawn with the help of the software greatly facilitates learning and one can better understand the interrelations between disparate ideas and concepts. As opposed to the traditional method of note taking the mind mapping software enhances the efficiency of the individual in learning or studying by as much as fifteen percent according to Farrand and other scholars. There are mind-mapping software that uses three-dimensional techniques to enhance retention and understanding of ideas and concepts. Some mind map software are open source that enable users to draw mind map diagrams while others are free mind map software. The open source mind map software support platforms like Linux, UNIX, Windows, Mac OS, while others are cross platform software. The proprietary mind map software has additional functionality as compared with the open source and free software that has limited functionality.


Some freeware mind map software are web based and enables the users to collaborate and have their mind maps on the internet and the users need to have flash on their system to have this functionality. Another freeware mind map software lets the user to draw colorful concept maps and mind maps with good visualization and also have automatic topics' layout functionality. Different free mind map software come with their own functionality, users can have other functionalities in these mind map software such as exports, free-float texts and images, color and fonts, rich text notes, task information, outline exports and much more.


The benefits of the mind map software for businesses are many and allow the users to have great visualizations. In the business of marketing the use of these mind map software is undisputable, and one can use the software to better outline the marketing strategies with their available resources. The individuals for whom the visualizations are created with the help of the mind map software can easily understand the interrelations between different ideas and concepts. The sharing of the mind maps also enables businesses to share knowledge with their clients and business associates. Visual thinking becomes more effective and efficient with the mind map software.

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Best Android App for Creating Mind Maps




If you’re a person with big, stellar ideas, your mind’s wheels always seem to be a-turning. Having a pen and paper handy might have offered you some comfort, and the pen-and-paper tandem can be useful for when you just want to scribble down that fleeting, elusive thought, or for when you need a blank canvas to to help you jot things down and get organized or, well, for when you’re just plain bored and doodling offers some cheap entertainment.


But, how cool is it if your smartphone can do that for you, plus more? That can be made possible with the Android-based mind-mapping app called Thinking Space.




A nifty app in itself, Thinking Space’s simplistic and functional interface is key to offering users a conducive environment to let thoughts run wild.


The app allows you to create visual maps that help you plan, organize,and follow through on ideas and activities, making sure you’re on top of everything even while you’re on the go.


Creating a mind map starts with a single node, which you can break down into further subnodes around this main node for branching or interrelated ideas. These subnodes can then, in turn, be broken down into more subnodes of their own, going deeper and providing more details for easy organizing and tracking of ideas.


Links, notes, colors, and icons help you highlight important items and organize your material better. The app also allows you to tag your mind maps or sort them into categories or folders. Just by selecting a tag or category, you can instantly bring up the nodes with those tags or placed under those categories.


Video: Thinking Space Android App Review





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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Mind Mapping is more about Collaborative Work Management: Mindjet




Mind mapping is in the midst of a shift away from its traditional roots and is increasingly focused on being more about collaborative work management, a vendor has claimed.


Mindjet’s general manager of the Asia Pacific Australia Japan (APAJ) region, Cameron Ackbury, said the information overload caused by the rise of the internet has forced enterprises to seek out new ways to cut through the chaos.


“The problem we’re trying to solve is that there is a lot of information out there and there are people trying to work out where their documents are,” he said. “There are websites that they get information from, and people are overloaded with information.”


Running the APAJ operations for the visual collaboration software business, Ackbury said this information overload has caused a shift in priorities for enterprises, with the future of mapping set to be focused on making employees more productive.


“I do believe that mapping as a concept will not be particularly strong,” he said. “But if you look at the way mapping is going and moving more towards collaborative work management, it is going to be making teams of people more effective.”


While he didn't want to speculate on what mind mapping will look like in the next five years, Ackbury said using software to drive revenue may be at the top of the minds of IT managers.


“It could be anything from helping sales teams improve revenue, by driving sales processes,” he said.


“It could be through helping reduce expenditures of an organisation, [or] it could be about creating more compliance through having rapid and repeated processes to follow.”


Video: MindManager Version 9 for Windows





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Saturday, December 3, 2011

TheBrain helps keep your thoughts straight




What if you were able to put your entire brain into one computer program? Every thought, work-related or personal, with links to Web pages or files on your computer, and any additional notes you'd care to make. And what if you could then link those thoughts together, weaving them into free and complex associative patterns, much like an actual train of thought going through your head? That's what TheBrain tries to let you do.


At its core, TheBrain 7.0 is a powerful and flexible mind-mapping program. If you're looking to create a simple mind map for just one project, you could always go with a minimalistic free app like Blumind, or even with mind-mapper favorite Freemind. But if you'd like to create a vast mind map which covers a lot of ground, TheBrain might just be what you need (and its free version retains lots of functionality).


The first thing you see when creating a new brain is just a single "thought" against a background called "the Plex." In TheBrain, a thought is just a name for a node in your mind map--much like an "idea" in online mind-mapper MindMeister. Each thought can have multiple siblings, multiple children (sub-thoughts), and even multiple parents. That last one is not an obvious feature, and allows for creating very complex layouts. For example, in a film-related mind map, you could have actor Keanu Reeves both under "male heroes" and under "Matrix cast."


The Plex itself hasn't changed much since I first used TheBrain (when it was still called PersonalBrain), about five years ago. It is still visually impressive and fun to use. As you click a thought you'd like to focus on, it smoothly floats over to the center of the Plex, and the other thoughts get rearranged (or shown or hide), all with slick, futuristic animations.


One major visual change for TheBrain 7 is that links between thoughts are now curved, rather than simple straight lines. That sounds minor, but when you're working on a huge mind map, it does make a visual impact.


Official WebSite: TheBrain.com


Source: PCWorld.com

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Friday, December 2, 2011

How do you use Mind Mapping techniques in your business and personal life? (Via ThinkBuzan.com)


Interesting Video about how do you use Mind Mapping techniques in your business and personal life?

iMindMap is a creative tool that accurately delivers the visual flexibility and brain friendliness of the highly proven and renown Buzan Mind Mapping techniques. As the only tool to be officially endorsed by Tony Buzan, the inventor of Mind Mapping, it allows you to organise, create, plan, present, notate, learn, structure, communicate, problem solve and project manage all in one place.

Schools and top universities from around the world have adopted iMindMap into their educational strategies, and global businesses and organisations are benefiting from the unique way that it stimulates ideas and creativity allowing them to truly stand out from the competition. 

In Japan, iMindMap's demand exploded last year and it reached #1 in all software sales on Amazon.co.jp outselling the likes of anti virus software, operating systems, and even video games... The software continues to go from strength to strength with the list of companies now using iMindMap growing continually, this includes: IBM, Walt Disney Imagineering, Proctor and Gamble, Reuters, Ministry of Defence, United States Air Force, Vodafone, Microsoft, US Armed Forces, Toyota, Rolls Royce, BP Merrill Lynch, Intel, Friends of the Earth and Save the Children.

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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

CS Odessa Breaks Boundaries in Mind Mapping and Project Management With New ConceptDraw Mind Map Exchange Solution


ConceptDraw Solution Park has a new solution that dramatically improves productivity in project management and mind mapping. Users can now exchange data freely between ConceptDraw MINDMAP and numerous other project management and mind mapping applications.
SAN JOSE, Calif., Nov 29, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- CS Odessa announces today the availability of the new Mind Map Exchange Solution, extending the collaboration capabilities of ConceptDraw MINDMAP v7. The new Mind Map Exchange solution offers the ability to exchange data between Microsoft Project, ConceptDraw MINDMAP, ConceptDraw PROJECT, Mindjet MindManager, XMind, FreeMind, Microsoft Office, and many other project management and mind mapping applications. ConceptDraw MINDMAP supports all major office documents including project charts and reports, mind maps, outlines and presentation materials.


Tight integration of the Mind Map Exchange Solution with the ConceptDraw MindTweet solution provides users with the ability to publish images of mind maps to social media sites like Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. Mind maps can now be sourced from a variety of applications, including MindManager, XMind, FreeMind, and other mind mapping applications.


The Mind Map Exchange Solution allows for single-point access to many popular document formats used in mind mapping applications. It extends the current knowledge-exchange capabilities of ConceptDraw MINDMAP and assists individuals who organize projects and mind maps. The Mind Map Exchange solution is a step towards a universal graphic format for mind mapping documents. This common format will be a major assistance to individuals involved in business communication.


ConceptDraw Solution Park


ConceptDraw Solution Park is an online collection of plug-in solutions for ConceptDraw products that provide productivity-increasing options for knowledge workers. ConceptDraw Solution Park delivers solutions in diverse areas such as Project Management, Business Productivity, Universal Diagramming and Collaboration.



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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Mind mapping focus moves to collaboration



The market is moving toward a focus on making teams work together more effectively, says a Mindjet general manager
Mind mapping is in the midst of a shift away from its traditional roots and is increasingly focused on being more about collaborative work management, a vendor has claimed.


Mindjet Inc.’s general manager of the Asia Pacific Australia Japan (APAJ) region, Cameron Ackbury, said the information overload caused by the rise of the internet has forced enterprises to seek out new ways to cut through the chaos.


“The problem we’re trying to solve is that there is a lot of information out there and there are people trying to work out where their documents are,” he said. “There are websites that they get information from, and people are overloaded with information.”


Running the APAJ operations for the visual collaboration software business, Ackbury said this information overload has caused a shift in priorities for enterprises, with the future of mapping set to be focused on making employees more productive.


“I do believe that mapping as a concept will not be particularly strong,” he said. “But if you look at the way mapping is going and moving more towards collaborative work management, it is going to be making teams of people more effective.”


While he didn't want to speculate on what mind mapping will look like in the next five years, Ackbury said using software to drive revenue may be at the top of the minds of IT managers.


“It could be anything from helping sales teams improve revenue, by driving sales processes,” he said.


“It could be through helping reduce expenditures of an organisation, [or] it could be about creating more compliance through having rapid and repeated processes to follow.”



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Friday, November 25, 2011

Mind Maps – Key to Successful Detailed Project Plans

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This article will focus on why you need detailed project plans and how to develop them effectively using a simple yet surprisingly successful communication tool. A disclaimer up front: this article will discuss this in terms of technical projects like application development, but it is applicable to all types of projects like fund-launches, barbeques, bah-mitzvahs, or whatever goal you seek to achieve.

WHY DO I CARE?

I bet you have a routine. One you follow every day. Get up, brush your teeth, pack your lunch, grab your cell phone off the charger, kiss the spouse good-bye, etc. Now how often do you arrive at work and realize you missed something?  "Shoot... I forgot my socks again".  Well that may be extreme, but you get the point.

And I am sure it doesn't happen every day. But, maybe once every few months? Keep in mind this is your routine 5 days a week 48 weeks a year (I know YOU don't take vacations, but others do.).  So now imagine what might happen if you are trying to remember all the steps you need to deploy your application into production. You do this maybe once every 3 months...6 months?  What are the odds you might forget some critical step? Maybe slightly higher than forgetting some part of your daily routine?

What is the consequence of forgetting to restart one of the web application servers after the release? Well I suspect your boss would be far angrier than he would be looking at your bare, hairy ankles.

Bottom line is people forget things, even routine stuff.  And the risk that someone overlooks a step that is crucial but unique to some project is high likelihood and high impact. When that happens you need look no further than the closest mirror to place the blame. Lord knows your boss has all your numbers on speed dial and will use them when he finds out customers are occasionally getting "Server Down" messages.

There is another type of problem lurking in the dark. You may remember your routine, but because Joe doesn't know what you plan to do, he may not realize he has a role to play.  Example. You are going to update the database tables during deployment. Well the DBA doesn't know this, so that Friday night he will be bowling. When, in reality, he should be at home executing and verifying a full backup of the database.

WHAT DO I DO TO AVOID THIS?

The question remains how do you avoid taking the blame for someone else's brain spasm.  Well I like to fall back to a simple but highly effective approach to help the whole team out.  It is called Mind Mapping.  Don't think Vulcan Mind Meld... think more whiteboards and those delightfully scented markers. These work best because the fumes free the mind, but online collaboration software will do the trick too.

I assure you, no matter what media you choose, this tool alone will allow you to substantially reduce the number of "oopsies".  It also avoids "gotchas" and totally eliminates the "who'd a thunk its".

What is a Mind Map?  It is a simple diagramming method that focuses the team on a single topic.  Mind you (no pun intended) that "The Project" is not a topic. That is too large. But, depending on the size of your initiative "Deployment" might be a topic. Or for larger projects "The Database" might be a topic. There is some judgment to be used here but you'll do fine.

The basics are as follows:

  • You get the relevant parties together and have them focus on "the topic"
  • Each person calls out ideas or tasks related to "the topic"
  • For each task or idea called out the team is asked to consider that task and call out items related to that task, etc until the ideas are exhausted
  • Again, this is the basic idea. You can do more with these and I am sure there are variations on the theme. But you get the idea.

WHY DOES THIS WORK?


That is simple enough. It opens communication channels, and makes the team talk things out and play off of each other.  "Oh hey, you are going to update tables in the database? Whew, good to know. I will skip bowling and backup the database." Wow. 10 seconds of talk just avoided a huge risk.

The fact is, no matter how many times you do something, no matter how much of an expert you are, you cannot remember everything every time. It just isn't human.

And you certainly cannot know every aspect of the impacts you have on other team members. That is why communication tools are some important. I have worked with amazing developers who are so confident of what they do that they think other experts are unnecessary. And they might never think to have the database backed up because they were sure their updates would be flawless.

RECAP

People aren't perfect. We forget our socks. We don't think that Joe would want to skip bowling to backup a database. Unfair as it may seem your job is to ensure that we all remember our socks and ensure that Joe misses bowling occasionally. Mind Maps are a simple, effective tool to do that.

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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Mindomo Presenter - The First Real Presentation Mode for Mind Maps


November 23, 2011 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Expert Software Applications announced today the immediate availability of Mindomo Presenter - a radical new way to present Mind Maps online and offline. The strength of Mind Maps comes from their brain-friendly hierarchical structure. However, that strength is also a weakness when it comes to sharing a mind map.


"A mind map has a single starting point and it has multiple ending points, it has no single path which will guide you trough every idea in a mind map. When creating a mind map there is no way to include a guidance to viewers which would make it easy to interpret your mind map. Mindomo Presenter solves this problem by allowing mind map creators to break-down their mind maps and present it slide by slide," said Zoltan Lorincz CEO of Mindomo. "I believe the Mindomo Presenter is a big step forward in presenting mind maps interactively."


What you can do with the new Presentation Mode:

  • New interactive presentations - quickly capture your ideas on a topic and present them to others
  • Transform your existing mind maps - present your own flow of thoughts
  • Focus on ideas - spread your ideas with a fun and interactive presentation mode

Who is it for?

  • Ideal for speakers at events - present interactive resources
  • Teachers - present information about complex subjects
  • Consultants - present proposals for clients after your brainstorming sessions

As you can see, we took mind mapping to a whole different level. You can now create elaborate plans that you were not able before and present them in a unique way.


Video: Mindomo Presenter






Pricing & Availability


Mindomo with Presentation mode for creative presentations has been generally available since the 17th of November, with a starting price of $6 per month.


You can immediate access Mindomo by registering with a trial account, which you can upgrade to premium whenever you want.


More information about Mindomo pricing here: http://www.mindomo.com/pricing.htm


Supporting Resources:


Signup for an Online Mindomo account here: http://www.mindomo.com/signup.htm. You can download Mindomo Desktop free here: http://www.mindomo.com/desktop/. See gallery of mind maps created with Mindomo: http://www.mindomo.com/mind-maps


Mind mapping as a way of thinking


Mind mapping is a graphical solution in developing plans and ideas out of a main idea or subject.


The mind map is a tree like shape, with connections leading to other ideas.
Mind Mapping helps you split large projects into micro-projects, so that you can plan efficiently and do not loose the essential information.



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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Essential Features of Good Mind Mapping Software




In general, mind mapping software is comprised of many different features designed to help increase efficiency in the creation and documentation of certain writing or business projects. It has the intention of helping you become more organized in finding ways on how to accomplish your ultimate goals for a certain project on time and within the available budget. Several mind mapping software companies are presently available for those who need it and they can choose from among the whole lot of them. However despite the many available companies, the overall features are almost the same.


A mind mapping software is usually characterized by a colorful and open interface with tool bars that can be easily navigated. Through this, you can instantly create thoughts, ideas and sub-topics and organize these the way you want it to be. You may include in this your priorities, URL links to any of the topics you have created and the task completion time. As new topics or sub-topics are created, new colors, pictures or categories may be assigned to help in the visualization of the task.


When you want to add new topics, you have to know that it can be quickly done in the main interface. Through this, you are free to place in each new topic additional descriptions and notes. You are given the freedom to make changes with respect to the size of each created topic so you gain control over how the project will be viewed in its entirety. Most of the needed actions for the software can be automatically activated. For instance, when the mouse is moved to certain topics, possible options or notes on what you will perform next will be displayed through pop up boxes.


Most of the time, mind mapping software tools give you a few options when it comes to the selection of maps. You can choose from among a whole lot of different maps like logical diagrams, cause and effect, logical diagrams, traditional balloon style and the organizational chart mind map. All of these have different features so you can easily move things to different branches and various categories of the project.


Other mind mapping software applications have the feature of allowing audio clips to be added. Naturally, these audio clips are intended for the further enhancement of topics or in giving examples with audio commands that are direct to employees. Audio clips coming from outside sources may be utilized in educating ways for the enhancement of a certain stage for a proposed or an existing project. This helps in reducing chances of confusion when undergoing a certain project.


It is undeniable that mind mapping software can be a useful tool in allowing work to be done in an efficient manner and in promoting and displaying projects. Works done may be saved through PDF files and instantly emailed or uploaded to a website. Projects may be presented in any format that you choose which allows you to specialize it in accordance to your choice. You can also do a lot of things for it aside from just describing a new concept like allowing your audience to visually take your idea in an innovative manner instead of just letting them hear you talk.



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Monday, November 21, 2011

Effective way to always stay organized with mind map

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This is a tip to help you: remember things better, solve problems faster.
First thing I want to mention here is the methology to accomplish thing and self-disciplined. It’s about how to use mindmap effectively. For the beginners, mind map is a note-taking method that different from tradition methods. Mind mapping utilizes the full range of left and right human cortical skills to tap into the unused mental potential. Benefits of mind map:
  1. Learning: Reduce those 'tons of work'. Feel good about study, revision and exams. Have confidence in your learning abilities.
  2. Overviewing: See the whole picture, the global view, at once. Understand the links and connections.
  3. Concentrating: Focus on the task for better results. Using all of your cortical skills attracts your attention.
  4. Memorizing: Easy recall. 'See' the information in your mind's eye.
  5. Organizing: Be on top of all of the details for parties, holidays, projects or any other subject.
  6. Communicating: In all forms with clarity and conciseness.
  7. Planning: Orchestrate all details and aspects ? from beginning to end ? on one piece of paper.
  8. Meetings: From planning to agenda, to chairing, to taking the minutes the jobs are completed with speed and efficiency.
  9. Training: From preparation to presentation they make the job easier and much faster .
  10. Thinking: Having a method to analyze thoughts ? almost a way-station' for them.
  11. Brainstorming: Random thoughts are generated and appropriately assessed in real time.
Now we need a way to use mindmapping technique effectively. A variety of tools avaible for desktop computer could help you is MindManager, Freemind, Novamind or lots of alternatives. But it isn’t always convenient, because you just can’t take the laptop with you everytime. The only thing you always bring with you is your phone, and you need a mindmapping application running on your phone.



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Saturday, November 19, 2011

Web Designing - Use of Mind Mapping Tools


Mind Mapping is one of the best ways to make your task of web designing easy. Mind Mapping is about creatively organizing words, ideas and task and interconnecting them so that the task is easily completed or the issue is easily resolved. Mind-Mapping helps at website designing and writing its content too. At first thought a web designer may not find the mind-mapping tool to be very useful but a second thought can make the designer think differently. With the help of mind-mapping the creativity can be properly channeled. The issues related to development of the website can be resolved very easily. 


There are many advantages of mind mapping. It helps to expand the ideas that already exist in the designer's mind. It increases the motivation of the designer.  It assists in strategic planning.  With the help of mind mapping the past mistakes can be easily explored and promptly addressed. The thoughts can be easily cleared and clarified. The thinking skills can be sharpened. The imagination of the designer can be given new wings.  


Some of the prominent tools for mind mapping are as follows


MindMeister
This tool applies the mind mapping concepts to web designing. With the help of this tool various elements can be collaborated in real time. This tool allows the user to create, share and manage mind maps. The mind maps can be accessed from anywhere. Multiple users can use this tool simultaneously to amend mind map. The changes being made to the mind map can be seen by others.   


WiseMapping:
This tool of mind mapping adds power to mind maps by blending the Web2.0 with vectorial languages likes VML and SVG. This tool does not need any plug-in. 


Cmap Tools:
The Cmap Tools program allows the user to create, share, navigate and even criticize the concept make that represent the models of knowledge. With the help of this tool the designer can create Cmaps in the personal computer. The user can share the Cmaps and link them to other Cmaps too. The user is facilitated with automatic creation of the web pages of the concept maps that are on the servers. The editing of the map can be synchronized with other internet users. The designer with the help of this tool can conduct the search for relevant information about concept map.        


Mindomo:
This mind mapping tool is web based. It is free to access. This tools runs in the browser of the web (web browser). The central database on the server is the storage device for all the information. 


ConceptDraw MINDMAP:
This tool is one of the best tools for visual organization. This tool offers accesses to information for all the organizations and even individual design service providers.


Mapul, iMindMap, Mindjet, Xmind Pro, MyThoughts for Mac, DropMind and Mind42 are some other mind mapping tools that the web designer can use. 


In web design and web development, there are plenty of online readymade tools are available. Such clever tools are useful and made developers and designer's task easy and creative. But depends how individuals can effectively use it. 


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