Mind Technologies recently announced the availability of a beta version of Visual Mind 11, which offers a number of incremental improvements over Visual Mind 10. Here is a list of what’s new, along with my observations on each of the new features.
Archives for January 2009
Thanks to everyone who responded to my request for comments on “mind mapping in the recession” contest. The number of stories that you shared (over 60) and the ideas I gleaned from reading them were amazing! Here is a summary of the major themes.
Icons and symbols are small visual elements that you can attach to topics in your mind maps, which add meaning and context to them. Here’s an overview of how you can utilize them, and how to customize your mind mapping program with additional icons and symbols to meet your specific needs.
The developers of MindMeister recently hinted to me that by mid-February they planned to release a version of MindMeister for the iPhone and iPod Touch. They made good on that promise by announcing yesterday the acquisition of MindMaker, an iPhone-based mind mapping application.
Since Apple opened up the iPhone and iPod Touch operating system to outside developers and gave them a place to sell their wares – the AppStore – a new breed of mind mapping tools has quickly emerged that enable you to capture your ideas any time, anywhere. These programs vary widely in their capabilities, but all offer some intriguing capabilities that promise a bright future for visual diagramming on this amazingly popular pair of mobile devices. Here is a brief summary of 8 mind mapping tools for the iPhone and iPod Touch.
Sometimes, when you’re in the middle of developing a mind map, you may come face to face with a mental block that prevents you from thinking through the problem, challenge or situation any further. When this happens, there are a number of techniques that you can use to smash through these mental barriers and re-energize your thinking and fresh, creative directions.
The mind mapping community has adopted the social networking tool Twitter big-time, with at least 18 bloggers, developers and mind mapping enthusiasts active on this social networking tool. It has quickly evolved into a wonderful tool for (briefly) sharing ideas and resources, and for networking with other like-minded people. Here’s a list of the people who are “tweeting” about mind mapping, and links to help you to explore what they’re talking about.
Last week, I posted a prediction that mind mapping software will hit an “inflection point” in 2009 that will result in substantial growth, and that this technology will finally enter the mainstream of business. As a next step, I decided to ask the developers of mind mapping software to comment on this prediction. They are closer to the actual users than most of us, which puts them in an ideal position to see the future direction of this software niche.
Mind mapping software is an awesome planning, brainstorming and decision-making tool that can help you to survive and thrive during these tough times. That’s why I’d like to announce a contest, which I’m conducting in cooperation with Mindjet, the developer of MindManager.
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