One of the most frequent questions I get from readers of this blog has to do with which programs they should consider for their needs. Part of the problem is that there are so many applications available on so many computing platforms that it’s hard to keep them all straight – or even to know what the total universe of visual mapping applications looks like.
So I decided to create a mind map of commercially available mind mapping software. Please click on the image at right to display a separate web page that includes links to all of these programs. The medium is the message, as they say!
A couple of caveats: I decided to exclude open source software, because this blog is focused upon the needs of business users – and many of the open-source programs are difficult to install and don’t provide the kind of ease of use that busy executives require. I also didn’t include all of the add-in programs that are available for MindManager and other mind mapping programs, because it would have added a lot of detail to this map. Perhaps that’s a project for a future day!
I welcome your input. If I’ve missed any applications that you’re aware of, please let me know!
Updated 8/13/09 to include open source software