The Buzan organization has just announced the release of iMindMap version 2.0. This mind mapping program for windows and Mac OS X provides users with an organic visual mapping experience that adheres closely to the mind mapping principles developed by Tony Buzan.
New and improved features in version 2.0 include these:
- An integrated icon library
- Relationship arrows, which include options for dotted, dashed and solid line options, as well as single and double arrowheads.
- Topic boundaries, which enable you to encircle a group of topics with a scalloped "cloud" background.
- "Speed mapping," which provides a streamlined method for adding topics to your map using only your keyboard.
- Map background color
- Additional exporting options, including export to PowerPoint and PDF
- The ability to set the order in which you want topics to be displayed when exporting to other applications
- Improved handling of external images, which makes it easier to search for, insert and manipulate images and pictures in your mind maps.
- Branch flipping, which enables you to easily move branches or sets of branches from one side of your map to the other without losing their basic structure or shape.
- Keyboard shortcuts to insert branches at the same level or at levels below or above the current topic
What makes iMindMap unique is the ability to drag new branches from existing ones, a process that mimics the act of drawing new branches on a written mind map. Version 2.0 retains this functionality, while providing improved map handling for businesspeople who need to quickly record and manipulate their ideas.
I hope to give you a more in-depth analysis of this program in the next month or so. Watch for more details in this blog.