How to integrate data into your mind maps

data integration in mind maps

From database connections to Excel spreadsheet cell ranges and Outlook e-mail messages, today’s mind mapping software can accommodate data from a myriad of sources and display it in a rich, visual format. Here’s what’s possible, and which programs enable you to make these connections.

The Essential Guide to Mind Mapping Software – Download my new report

Essential Guide to Mind Mapping Software

If you’re looking for a tool that can help you accelerate your productivity, creativity and effectiveness – to be indispensable – then it’s time to take a closer look at mind mapping software. My new report can help you better understand how it can help you achieve these goals and select the right program for your needs.

Randomize mind map topics to reveal creative combinations

randomize mind map topics - creativity

What do Scrabble, sticky note and index card brainstorming and mind mapping software have in common? All four benefit from randomizing elements, which can help us to see new patterns, opportunities and ideas. A whiteboard on steroids for visual collaboration and brainstorming

For small teams that need a virtual workspace in which they can brainstorm, plan and collaborate, is a powerful, flexible, web-based solution. More than just another “sticky note” environment within a web browser, offers a comprehensive toolset that encourages creativity and collaboration.

The unfortunate death of static PDF export in MindManager 15

Static PDF export in MindManager 15

Recently, I was trying to export a mind map of a plan for my new employer to a static PDF in MindManager 15. Sounds simple, right? Not any more!

iMindMap 8: An awesome new tool for creating and presenting your ideas

iMindMap 8

ThinkBuzan has placed brainstorming front and center in iMindMap 8, the latest version of its popular mind mapping software program. It features an excellent new free-form ideation mode, improved Windows ribbon toolbar and branch target tool, as well as a redesigned presentation view that contains some great new capabilities.

5 essential mind maps to help you kick butt in the new year

year planning mind maps

The new year here. That means it’s time to think about your goals and what you would like to change and improve about your life in 2015. Here are five essential mind maps that can help you with this personal planning process.

MindMeister reveals the tantalizing future of cloud-based mind mapping


At the recent Biggerplate mind mapping conference in Berlin, web-based mind mapping innovator MindMeister provided attendees with a tantalizing glimpse at the future of its popular application.

New chart compares top 11 mind mapping software programs

Mind Mapping Software Comparison Chart

Are you thinking about investing in mind mapping software, but don’t know which program to choose? Then you should download the new 2014 Mind Mapping Software Comparison Chart.

How can you tell if your mind map is “done?”

How do you know when your mind map is done?

How can you tell if your mind map is “done?” How do you know it’s complete, well-organized and ready to share with the world?