Monday, October 31, 2011

iThoughtsHD Mind Mapping Software




After using the application to mind map ideas – numerous design routes were submitted and refined before the final logo was chosen. The identity will be applied to splash screens, in-app graphics and website designs.


iThoughtsHD brings mind mapping to the iPad. Based on the award winning iThoughts for iPhone, iThoughtsHD has been designed specifically for the iPad.




iThoughtsHD will import and export mindmaps to and from many of the most popular desktop mindmap applications such as Freemind, Freeplane, XMind, Novamind, MindManager, MindView, ConceptDraw MINDMAP, MindGenius and iMindmap. Take a look at it in action here.




Typical Uses:

  • Task lists.
  • Brainstorming.
  • Project planning.
  • Goal setting.
  • Concept mapping.
  • Course Notes/Revision.
  • Meeting Notes.

The app is proving to be really useful for keeping track of ideas and planning projects with reviews of the current version consistently keeping it in the Top 50 Productivity Apps on Apple’s App Store.


Video: iThoughtsHD v2 Getting Started


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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Mindjet Announces Next Generation Collaboration Software for Work Management

Mindjet (News - Alert), a provider of collaborative work management solutions, announced the release of Mindjet MindManager 2012 Professional for Windows, the latest version of its visual information software.
The MindManager 2012 is designed “for today's professionals who need to spark ideas and collaborate with their teams for more productive outcomes,” company officials said. It is enhanced with real-time co-editing, enhanced information maps and new desktop interface.
"MindManager 2012 has been designed to meet the needs of today's professionals who are constantly barraged with new opportunities and pressing business challenges," said Blaine Mathieu, chief products officer, Mindjet , in a statement. "The new guided brainstorming feature organizes an outpouring of ideas that can be quickly honed into real solutions for real business needs."


With these features, MindManager 2012 guides users to unleash their team's creativity.  They can utilize predefined challenge questions to promote different ways of thinking about the subject. Leveraging MindManager's powerful visual experience, they can refine concepts and plans. Inspiration cards generate hundreds of fresh ideas.




An important feature of MindManager 2012 is that it integrates with Mindjet Connect, Mindjet's cloud-based service. The integrated product provides open and full sharing of MindManager maps with anyone, anywhere, on any device.


The cloud-based service allows customers to freely collaborate on maps with anyone. "The combination of MindManager 2012 and Connect is nothing short of the future of the collaboration for teams and businesses," said Mathieu.


Back in May, Mindjet announced  a new awards program, the Maps for That! Awards ("Mappies"), to honor creativity, innovation and resourcefulness in the MapsforThat.com community. Maps for That! is an online community for publishing and sharing best practices that improve productivity through visual information maps.


Video: MindManager 2012 Professional




Source: TMCNet.com
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Friday, October 28, 2011

MindNode touch 2.0 for iOS Launches on App Store


[prMac.com] Vienna, Austria - MindNode e.U. today is pleased to announce the release and immediate availability of MindNode touch 2.0.1, a major new update to their popular mind mapping application for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. Developed specifically to leverage multi touch interaction, MindNode touch is a tool for collecting, organizing and outlining thoughts and ideas as mind maps. Mind maps can be used for many different tasks and are a perfect solution for to-do lists, brainstorming, holiday planning, research, writing, project management, or just about anything imaginable. They are commonly used in educational, work place or meeting environments.


"MindNode touch has always been about simplicity and making it easy for users to express and develop ideas," said Markus Mueller, founder and main developer of MindNode. "Now with 2.0 we have taken the application even further, we added branch folding, node styles, smart layout and a rich visual document browser, turning MindNode touch into a desktop-class application."


MindNode touch now imports and exports documents from MindNode Pro for Mac without requiring to reformat the mind map and displays cross connections and images added on the Mac. Smart Layout keeps the canvas automatically organized and clean. The app also comes with a new document browser with thumbnail images that let you find your documents quickly and a new inspector that allows easy access to node, font and branch attributes.




Supported Languages:

  • US English, German and Japanese

Device Requirements:

  • iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
  • Requires iOS 4.3 or later
  • 2.8 MB

Pricing and Availability:
MindNode touch 2.0.1 is available on the App Store for $9.99 (US) to new users and as a free update for existing MindNode touch customers. Review copies are available upon request.


MindNode
MindNode touch 2.0.1

Video: MindNode (touch) Screencast
Based in Vienna, Austria, MindNode e.U. is an independent software company founded by Markus Mueller in 2007. Focusing on the Mac OS X and iOS platform, MindNode's mission is to provide their customers with the best possible user experience. Copyright 2007-2011 MindNode e.U. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iOS, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Macintosh are registered trademarks of Apple Computer in the U.S. and/or other countries.


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Thursday, October 27, 2011

More Mobility with MindMeister: Official Android App Now Available




MindMeister becomes the only online mind mapping application that currently offers both iOS and Android versions of their popular service.


Munich, Germany, October 23, 2011 --(PR.com)-- Leading online collaboration specialist MeisterLabs has recently announced the release of their official MindMeister for Android app, making it easier for Android users to create, share, and collaborate on mind maps whenever and wherever they are. The app is now available from the Android Marketplace as well as directly from MindMeister at mindmeister.com/android.


Based on their award winning browser-based application, the MindMeister for Android app takes full advantage of Android’s unique feature set and offers users the ability to:

  • Easily create and edit multi-tiered maps
  • Share maps directly from their Android-based smartphone
  • Add icons, colors, nodes, links, and tasks
  • Apply map themes and add connections
  • Quickly save ideas using “Geistesblitz”


When used in conjunction with a MindMeister online account, users receive the additional benefits of:

  • Full synchronization with MindMeister’s cloud based service
  • History View, which provides unlimited undo/redo functionality
  • Import and Export from a variety of formats including PDF, text, and image files

With this release, MindMeister becomes the only online mind mapping application that currently offers both iOS and Android versions of their popular service.


“Whether at home, work, or on the road, users are increasingly looking for, and expecting, a quality mobile build of their favorite online applications,” says MindMeister co-founder and chief operations officer Michael Hollauf. “As more and more consumers begin to experience the benefits of cloud based apps, they’re also enjoying the freedom accessing their data across multiple devices. As MindMeister continues to grow, we’re intent on meeting the demands of our consumers, and seek to build mobile solutions that they can integrate into their everyday lives.”


The MindMeister for Android app is specifically designed for handsets, with tablet support to follow at a later date. Android 2.0 or higher is required to run the app.


Download: http://bit.ly/MMforAndroid
More info: http://www.mindmeister.com/android
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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

MatchWare Launches MindView 4 Mac, Mind Mapping Software for OS X Lion

With its innovative presentation features and powerful Microsoft Office integration, MindView 4 Mac arrives as the professional collaboration tool and mind mapping software essential to every Mac user's software arsenal.
MatchWare (http://www.matchware.com) announces the release of MindView 4 Mac, a professionalmind mapping software ideal for optimizing brainstorming sessions, creating visually driven presentations and displaying project plans in an easy-to-overview timeline. Thomas Henriksen, MatchWare’s Product Manager, explains, “Our user feedback was very clear, Mac customers want a professional mind mapping tool to visually overview ideas and improve communication, collaboration and innovation. MindView 4 Mac provides the professional feature set to drive productivity through seamless integration with Microsoft Office and a cutting-edge presentation mode that ensures brainstorming, organizing and presenting ideas has never been easier.”
The enhanced Microsoft Office integration and ready-to-use templates enable users to effortlessly export their mind maps as professionally formatted Microsoft® Word documents and PowerPoint presentations. With 7 dynamic viewing options including a timeline, new map styles, and innovative presentation options, MindView 4 Mac continues to take mind mapping to the next level. Additional new features include a new formatting toolbar, the ability to record audio commentary as a sound note and attach the file to a mind map branch, open MindView 4 for PC files and the option to export a mind map as a PDF.

MindView 4 Mac’s new presentation mode displays information one branch at a time, enabling users to deliver dynamic, interactive presentations directly from the mind map. Focus mode empowers users to zoom-in on specific areas of the map, allowing participants a clear view of the specific information presented. MindView 4 Mac enables users to customize the placement of branch pictures; further enhancing the capability to provide clear, visual displays to improve the understanding of complex topics.
“I have tested MindView 4 Mac on OS X Lion and the new Presentation Mode and Focus Mode are extremely helpful when presenting my mind maps during meetings. I like the fact that the Focus Mode lets me zoom in automatically on branches in a non-linear way so people in the back of the room easily can see and contribute to brainstorming sessions,” says Frans Merrild, C.E.O of Tell-It Online.
MindView’s unique Timeline view delivers a powerful, visual overview to improve any project planning process and enhance the study of historical and future events. By adding dates or times to the mind map branches, users can simply switch to the Timeline view to instantly display information on a horizontal time axis.
MindView 4 dramatically improves the ability of professionals to capture and share information in one click from a mind map to Microsoft Office, a timeline, a PDF document or a HTML website. Mac users now have a professional productivity tool for turning ideas into action plans.
MindView 4 Mac is available for purchase at http://www.MatchWare.com and the Mac App Store for the upgrade price of 149 USD or 249 USD for a single user license. For more information about MindView, visithttp://www.MatchWare.com or follow us on Twitter and Facebook. Contact us for multi-user and educational discounts.
About MindView
MatchWare MindView is professional mind mapping software that allows you to optimize brainstorming sessions and present ideas visually. MindView's mind mapping capabilities provide an effective way to organize and develop ideas, outline reports, and streamline decision making. MindView’s visual hierarchy and professionally designed export templates convert your mind map into a polished presentation with the click of a mouse. Brainstorm topics, storyboard presentations and enhance meeting discussions. Attach pictures and videos, take notes or add hyperlinks – everything will be included in your export.
About MatchWare
Founded in 1992, MatchWare is a leader in intuitive Mind Mapping and multimedia authoring tools for enhancing individuals’ ability to create, visualize, manage and distribute information. The company’s award-winning software packages, MindView, Mediator, and ScreenCorder, offer highly intuitive user interfaces and powerful features at affordable prices. Headquartered in Denmark, MatchWare has subsidiaries in the UK, the USA, Germany, France and Sweden. 
  • MatchWare, MindView, MatchWare Mediator, MatchWare ScreenCorder are trademarks or registered trademarks of MatchWare A/S. All other trademarks and registered trademarks used in this document are the property of their respective companies.
Video: MindView 4 - An introduction to Mind Mapping Software

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Mind Map your Ideas easier with MindMaple




MindMaple Inc. has introduced a new mind mapping software with a special interface which gives convenience in mind mapping ideas.


Mind mapping is an effective method for brainstorming, note taking, organizing, and managing projects by stimulating both sides of the brain through use of visual contents and maps. Mind map has been proven to give significant improvements on logical and creative thinking.


A new mind mapping software, MindMaple, is focused on improving user friendly interface to create mind maps. The interface allows the user to add topics by click-dragging from an existing topic box, so called the "Drawing Interface", This feature is specially convenient when creating mind maps with a mouse or a finger when used on a touch screen device.


MindMaple is designed for wide range of users, from business professionals to students, with features arranging from checking schedules, status of tasks, adding other file sources to the map, export maps to Microsoft Powerpoint, Excel and Word files, all designed to achieve efficiency and clarity of thinking. In addition, MindMaple also has features to change the color and shape of the maps/topics so that the user can customize maps in different styles.


"I have always loved using mind mapping tool for managing projects and organizing ideas. It has improved my group brain storming sessions as well as work efficiency." says Leonard Lee, vice president of MindMaple Inc. "The purpose of creating this software was to improve work efficiency and creativity for working professionals. When you are managing complex projects and tasks, as well as thinking creative, mind mapping is a must have tool. I believe users will love how effective this software is once they are adapted to using it."


MindMaple can be downloaded from www.mindmaple.com. MindMaple offers 30 day free trial.


Video: MindMaple - Make Life More Convenient and Productive




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Monday, October 24, 2011

Mind Maps - A Powerful Approach To Note Taking

Mind map of the mind map guidlines.Image via Wikipedia
Introduction:


Mind map is a trade mark of the Buzan Organistion, ltd. In the UK and the USA. And it was popularized by Tony Buzan. Mind map can be used by not only students but by people in any stream. This will be helpful to remember the things that we have to accomplish. We can even use this method while going for presentation for making notes on key words instead of using too much of papers.


Mind map:


A mind map is a diagram used to represent words, ideas, tasks, or other items linked to and arranged radially around a central key word or idea. Mind maps are used to generate, visualize, structure, and classify ideas, and as an aid in study, organization, problem solving, decision making and writing.


The elements of a given mind map are arranged intuitively according to the importance of the concepts, and are classified into groupings, branches, or areas, with the goal of representing semantic or other connections between portions of information.


Uses of mind map:


Mind Mapping is a useful technique that improves the way you take notes, and supports and enhances your creative problem solving. 


By using Mind Maps, you can quickly identify and understand the structure of a subject, and the way that pieces of information fit together, as well as recording the raw facts contained in normal notes.


More than this, Mind Maps encourage creative problem solving, and they hold information in a format that your mind finds easy to remember and quick to review.


Mind Maps abandon the list format of conventional note taking. They do this in favor of a two-dimensional structure. As such, a good Mind Map shows the 'shape' of the subject, the relative importance of individual points, and the way in which facts relate to one another.


Mind Maps are more compact than conventional notes, often taking up one side of paper. This helps you to make associations easily. And if you find out more information after you have drawn the main Mind Map, then you can easily add it in. 


Other uses:

  1. Summarizing information 
  2. Consolidating information from different research sources 
  3. Thinking through complex problems 
  4. Presenting information in a format that shows the overall structure of your subject. 
  5. They are very quick to review as you can often refresh information in your mind just by glancing at one. 
  6. They can be effective mnemonics: Remembering the shape and structure of a Mind Map can give you the cues you need to remember the information within it. 
  7. They engage much more of your brain in the process of assimilating and connecting facts, compared with conventional notes.



Guidelines to draw mind map:

  1. Write the title of the subject you're exploring in the center of the page, and draw a circle around it. 
  2. As you come across major subdivisions or subheadings of the topic draw lines out from this circle. Label these lines with these subdivisions or subheadings as lines.
  3. As you "burrow" into the subject and uncover another level of information i.e., further subheadings, or individual facts belonging to the subheadings above, draw these as lines linked to the subheading lines. 
  4. Finally, for individual facts or ideas, draw lines out from the appropriate heading line and label them.

Improving Mind Maps:


The following suggestions may help to increase its effectiveness:

  1. Use single words or phrases for information. 
  2. Use color to separate different ideas. 
  3. Use symbols and images. 
  4. Using cross-linkages.

Conclusion:


Mind Mapping is an extremely effective method of taking notes. Mind Maps show not only facts, but also the overall structure of a subject and the relative importance of individual parts of it. They help you to associate ideas and make connections that you might not otherwise make.


So I suggest everyone to use this mind map technique to enhance their creativity in problem solving and decision making.



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Saturday, October 22, 2011

The Benefit of Mind Mapping your goals in the Workplace

Are you trying hard to climb the ladder of social or financial success? How is this going? Much of the reason why it may seem so difficult to move upward fast is probably because of your lack of goal setting.


Most successful people created a plan of their future. They wrote down their relevant and achievable goals. This helps them to know where they are going and what they should be doing.


The use of a mind map will aid you in assessing your goals, plans and yourself. From this you create your own personal GAME PLAN!


Why you use a mind map? Mind mapping is a remarkable way of organizing your thoughts. It helps you to transform them into useful information that will guide you through your daily responsibilities. You can apply mind maps to the simple task of planning your activities for the day to creating a life-long plan that will show and probably determine your future. This simple yet effective method is a powerful tool that will help you in getting faster results. It will guide you through life and with achieving your goals. This may be your in professional but of course also in your personal life.


Personal Goal Setting with the Use of Mind Maps


Goal setting is a powerful method to envision your future and motivating yourself. By knowing what you want to achieve in your life, you will be able to identify what's really important and where you should concentrate your efforts on. Setting your goals will enable you to cope with the distractions and irrelevant concerns that usually limit you from realizing significant results.
Even better is mind mapping your goals. This way you will have a visual picture on what you want to achieve and what your options are in achieving them.


Properly set goals are incredible motivators that could help you develop self-confidence. This encourages you even more to pursue your goals as you realize positive outcome instantly.


Steps in Goal Setting


1. Start by identifying a lifetime mission that gives you an overall perspective that shapes all other aspects in your life.


Set goals in some of these following categories:
Attitude - What are the positive traits or outlook in life that you possess and can develop further to help you in achieving your goals? Are there negative attitudes or habits that hinder you from moving forward?
Career - What do you want to achieve in your career? What do you need to do to enhance your efficiency and productivity? How will you advance in your work and how long should it take?
Education - Are there skills or information that you need to acquire to help you move forward in achieving other goals?
Financial - How much do you want to earn? How much do you need to live comfortably?


2. Set the smaller goals you need to achieve in the near future that support your lifetime mission. Identify a 5 year plan, 1 year plan, 6 month plan, to 1 month plan that are anchored in the main plan you previously developed.


3. Make a daily plan to guide you through your everyday activities.


4. Daily or weekly review your plans and modify them if necessary to reflect your changing priorities and experiences.


Planning with the help of mind maps will give you a bird's eye view on your long-term and short-term goals. As well as help you in organizing your resources. Having a better insight in the goals you set will help you see where you are at the moment, what you need to do, and where you are going.


Video: Tony Buzan - Embracing Change and Goal Setting



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Friday, October 21, 2011

Mind Maps: Maximize your Learning Power

Mind-map showing a wide range of nonhierarchic...Image via Wikipedia
Growth in information and communication technologies (ICT) has brought an immense impact in the way education is imparted in today’s world. Elearning has emerged from being a radical idea to a mainstream-learning tool. The pervasive nature of Internet has helped in easy availability of sophisticated elearning technologies. The vast movement towards elearning is motivated by the extensive advantages that it offers to both the students and the professionals.
Elearning websites are a boon to this stressed out generation. Gen Z is turning to the Internet for help in learning and study support. New innovative websites are providing digital teaching aids to improve the teaching process. Various learning tools like Mind Maps, SLMs, Live Class, and Test Centre are making it easier for the students to study, comprehend and grasp intricate topics with considerable ease.


Mind Maps for students are important study tools as they augment the learning procedure and makes studying and understanding complex topics easier. These are graphical representational tools, which can be used to organize complex concepts through association and diagrams using key words. These simplify the learning method as our mind has a power to retain better through graphic and visual association.


Our brain functions best when it compares, integrates and synthesizes what is shown to it. It associates every word with an image or a concept. The mind forms associations almost instantaneously, and "mapping" allows you to write your ideas quicker than expressing them using only words or phrases. Various studies have proved that thinking visually improves our memorizing potential. These infact improve our creativity and foster innovative thinking pattern.
Mind Maps give an overview of large subject thus making memorizing the key points better. Through this tool, a picture gets embossed on our minds, thus, making it easier to recall. It becomes easier for the students to remember large amount of information through remembering a concise, but descriptive Mind Map. Due to their aesthetic appeal, students find them easier to recall, enjoyable to look at and study. Their attractive layout catches the eye and retains our attention, which makes it all the more easy to remember them.


Other than Mind Maps, Smart Learning Modules also facilitate learning. They aim to simplify the subject and reinforce understanding with the help of various graphics, animations and presentations. The chapters are explained using these methods, which aid in increasing the student’s attention and the subsequent retention powers. The contents are mapped as per class; subject and chapter that in turn form an immense help for a systematic study program.
Live Classroom imitates a classroom, which means that classes take place in real-time and connect the subject experts and students through the Internet. Students can solve their queries and interact with online tutors who are available 24x7.


In addition, Test Center is another pivotal feature of online learning. It comprises of previous years solved board papers, model test papers and practice papers to name a few. This exhaustive bank of questions help the students in assessing their concepts by taking regular tests and thus makes them more confident in facing the exams.



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Thursday, October 20, 2011

MindBerry mind mapping app for the Blackberry platform


MindBerry is a mind-mapping software for BlackBerry smartphones. It's the ideal software for organize your thoughts, manage information overload, increase your productivity and creativity. Capture and organize your ideas at any moment, do it visually with MindBerry. You can export the mindmap to FreeMind format and transfer it to your desktop for continue use. 


Features

MindBerry has some interesting features. The most important thing about MindBerry is it make use of the BlackBerry QWERTY keyboard shortcuts for quick editting. 

  • Navigating between topics is easy done using the Trackball/Trackwheel.
  • Fast, intuitive navigation, MindBerry using the BlackBerry trackball or the numeric keys to navigate from a node to another node.
  • Support Folding/Unfolding with Spacebar key.
  • Use shortcut to access all editing features.
  • Drag and Drop selected nodes
  • Cut'n Paste selected nodes
  • Scrolling mindmap using Trackball
  • Decorate nodes with icons, colors, fonts, styles.
  • Attach note to mindmap.
  • Link to web pages, local files or another mindmaps.
  • Save and Load mindmaps to/from BlackBerry Media Card or Device Memory
  • Send mindmaps via email.
  • Import and export both Freemind and MindManager.


The ability to customize topics with icons, colors and fonts (dialogs for each of these options are once again accessed using specific keys, such as C for the color palette and I for icons)
Notes can be attached to maps


MindBerry can also import and export Freemind maps. It would be great to see compatibility with MindManager maps in a future version, since that is the mind mapping program that is most widely utilized in corporate environments. Overall, it looks like the developers have done a great job of creating a highly functional mind mapping application for the Blackberry!


Get MindBerry software (The latest version is 1.2.0) : http://mindberry.net


Video: MindBerry - Mindmapping on the BlackBerry




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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Mind Mapping for Project Managers




Sometimes I am asked about the software I use for managing projects. The answer to this is that I use a lot of software! I use different software for different purposes and the software I use may change depending on the project that I'm working on and the sort of project management expectations there are for that project. If someone were to ask me the question 'if you could choose only one software application for project management then what would it be' then I would have no hesitation in saying Mind mapping software.


Mind mapping software is by far the most fun, versatile and simple. I use mind mapping software for many key areas in project management. I have listed some of the applications of mind mapping software for you to consider:


Project Planning - a product breakdown structure diagram is usually one of the first things I create for a project. Providing a graphical representation of the deliverable items in a project is extremely useful. Mind mapping applications allow you to lay out the project deliverables in a hierarchical manner, include project activities or tasks and then export these to create the initial project plan


Project Reporting - reporting to a project committee or project board using a mind map is always well received. Mind maps allow addition of graphical icons and indicators to show status.


Meeting notes - creating a mind map on the fly is fast and easy - which is just perfect in a meeting situation. Better still, you can export your map to a text based format in a flash and there are your meeting minutes completed before you have even left the meeting. What a great time saver!


These are just a few of the uses of mind mapping software that can help you with achieving project management success. There are certainly many more - consider issue management, risk management and recording of quality acceptance criteria for project deliverables.


There are some great commercial packages out there but if you look around on the net you'll find there are some equally great free packages - yes, one of my favourites is a free application! So look around and try out mind mapping if you haven't yet discovered it. It really has changed the way I create project documents.


Video: Premium Quality Project Management with Mind Maps







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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Mind Mapping Software iMindMap 5



iMindMap Pro is the standard mind mapping software edition from ThinkBuzan Company. It is a software tool that creates proper channeling of your focus to your ideas. It is a mind mapping software where you can start your ideas and branch it out in any way you like so that you can see the whole perspective of what it can do, where it may lead you and what best options to select to get the end result you wanted.




Lots of individuals can harness this simple tool yet hugely beneficial. This mind mapping software can be employed by office managers, project leaders, researchers, professors or by anybody who are open enough to try another way or method to do creative thinking and critical thinking. This tool can be used to exhaust fully the extent of the potential of your decision making on your job or field of expertise, this will boost your creativity input to any project you may aspire, clarify complex information and plans in an intuitive non-restricted workspace.




iMindMap Pro has multi maps which allows you to totally see through the relationships and associations of different ideas but are somehow related in way that maps can show by linking them together. This tool is like a never ending canvas for your thoughts than you can see visually through this mind maps that you can save, present, and create an essay from. This tool is simply limitless and depends on how far your mind can go in a way that your brain can easily understand by making it do visual thinking.


Carrying out your working plans as well as analyzing problems, projects or any situation will never be the same as you can just easily go check your mind maps and heck out all the things that you have completed as well as the things that you need to do before heading out to your desired goals and targets.


This mind mapping tool is also compatible or has integrated features of both MAC's OpenOffice, Microsoft Word and iMindMap files that can help turn your mind maps to finished products, like a slide show presentation that you can use as I mentioned earlier as essays, reports, product presentations, and so much more.


Video: iMindMap 5 - What's new in the only official Mind Mapping software




Video: Introduction to iMindMap on iPad (iMindMap Mobile HD)




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Monday, October 17, 2011

How much time do you need to spend on your Mind Map?

Mind-map showing a wide range of nonhierarchic...Image via Wikipedia


Most people encounter difficulties when making mind maps. Many first timers, often will be tempted to give up after only several days of trying this technique. When you are less patient and less persistent you will end up making excuses. These will be something like you do not need to sacrifice your time and energy on something with little relevance in your life...


Whenever you reach this point of desperation, I ask you to stop. Take a step back before doing anything radical. Ask yourself what you might have done wrong. You know that mind mapping can give you a fresh perspective on your information and life. It can truly change your life and make it better. So it is worth a lot to pursue it.


You do not need to rush yourself to perfect the way you map your information. As you can see it is your own personal journey and no one can dictate how much time you should spend on doing it. Make it your own and allow it to work for you.


Benefits of Practical Mind Mapping


The amount of time that should be spent on making a mind map varies from one person to another. Mind mapping is not a one-time deal and you will not master it overnight.


Once you familiarize yourself with the technique you will become more effective and efficient in this. That's when you will see the true beauty of visually mapping out your information. By helping you sort out all the information that flows in your mind, your map maps enables you to devise better ways to achieve your goals.


Do not aim to make a perfect mind map. The reason for this is simple: There is no perfect visual map! Your knowledge on how to efficiently use your map is most important. No need to focus too much on less essential aspects that may lead you astray. That is what I call practical mind mapping.


The Process of Practical Mind Mapping


With practical mind mapping methods you are guaranteed effective results that will truly lead you to success in all facets of your life.


Use the following simple steps: 

  1. Determine the purpose of your mind map. Identify what you want to map out and know what you are doing. When creating one, you should always have a clear goal in mind.
  2. Create the basic structure of the map. A clear structure is needed to make full use of your information. An effective structure makes it easier to read and to add to your map. You might even say form follows function!
  3. Organize the information by adding details to the mind map. Properly categorize all the information in your mind map. Indicate the keywords that spontaneously appear on your mind. Carefully relate them to other keywords that will be the basis of the activities you will undertake.
  4. Decide what is important by determining the relationships between pieces of information. Draw lines between important pieces of information. Never hesitate to use colors in emphasizing the importance of these relationships.
  5. Use and update the map as often as needed. Regularly review you map before starting your daily routine. Spend a minute or so to get your thoughts together and do some updating when you find it necessary.


The time you spend on your visual overview is all worth it. Remember this when you reap the success that you only dreamed of before. Mind maps are powerful thinking tools you should use in your daily life.


You can make use of it to plan your future and help you achieve your goals. With just a tiny bit of patience you will surely find, understand and use the essence of it all. You will discover that an effective mind map is the key to arranging your life and give it order.


Creating clarity and overview in your information will give you a clear mind. This is vital when you want to create success in your life.


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