Earlier this week, Buzan Online announced the availability of iMindMap version 3.1, which adds the ability to integrate Microsoft Outlook e-mails into your maps, the creation of child maps, the addition of project progress icons and the ability to create e-learning courses from your mind maps. Here are the details:
Outlook integration: You can now import Outlook contacts into iMindMap, and send tasks and project milestones to Outlook and defined contacts. As you know if you’ve read this blog for a while, I’m an Outlook user and am a huge fan of this type of integration. Kudos to the developer for adding it to iMindMap. This should be of great interest to many business users.
Create child maps: This new feature enables you to create a new child mind map from an existing map’s branch contents. This is essential if you’re working with large mind maps. Eventually, they become unwieldy, and benefit greatly from being subdivided into a group of smaller, linked maps.
Project progress icons: iMindMap 3 enables users to record task details within topics, but version 3.1 adds the popular “mini-pie charts,” which visually depict percentage of task completion. Nice!
Create e-learning courses from your maps: iMindMap Ultimate now enables you to create e-learning course from your maps, integrating audio, video, animations, text and interactivity. This new capability also makes it easy to generate an installer file which can be distributed to others who are going to view the e-course. In addition, all editions of iMindMap come with an e-learning course viewer, which enables anyone using the software to interact with the courses and iMindMap.
In addition, the developers have made other usability, stability and security improvements to iMindMap, and have added more central idea images to version 3.1. For more details, please click here.