Mappio, a site that started life as a way to create visual maps from a text-based outline, relaunched itself in December as a repository for MindManager and FreeMind maps. Maps are searchable by title and keyword tags, and you can also view a set of featured mind maps. The developer, Alexander Uslontsev, recently told me that almost 1,000 maps have been uploaded to Mappio since the relaunch it mid-December, at a pace of 10-20 new uploads per day.
You can preview any map as an image file, including small, medium, large and full screen (1024×768 pixel) images that show a lot of detail. You can then decide if you want to download it as an image or as a map. Mappio also displays related maps beneath the currently selected one. The whole site is well designed and is a pleasure to browse. I can’t tell you how cool it is to find a map you like, to click on it and have it download and open in MindManager – it’s a great way to see what others are doing with visual maps!
Most recently, Alexander added the capability to upload JPG files, so people who prefer hand drawn maps can upload them to Mappio. It also enables people who use mind mapping programs other than MindManager and FreeMind to share their software produced maps in the JPG file format. In addition, you can still use Mappio’s original toolset to create simple visual maps from text.
Alexander also writes a companion blog, to keep you up-to-date on all of the latest developments on Mappio. Between now and January 12th, every time you upload a new mind map to Mappio, you will automatically be entered into a drawing for an iPod Nano for himself or to donate a cow to an African village (Mappio will make a donation on the winners name). More details are here. So don’t delay – share your maps today!