MindMeister, the undisputed leader in the web-based mind mapping space, continues to release new features and functionality on a regular basis. Just announced: MindMeister 4.0, which make it more attractive as a business tool.
Here’s what’s new and notable in the latest release of MindMeister:
- A new user interface: The developers have created a new, more streamlined “business-like design” and is opening up the file view to potentially accommodate folders for storing your mind maps.
- Configurable sidebar: In the past, users had to constantly mouse over to the large vertical sidebar on the right side of the workspace in order to accomplish common tasks. What’s more, on smaller screens, accessing this toolbar required some vertical scrolling – not very efficient. MindMeister 4.0 solves this problem by making it possible to drag and drop sections of the sidebar to other areas of the workspace. Nice!
- Stats and reports: Subscribers to MindMeister Team Edition now have access to usage statistics and activity reports, which can be found under a new “My Team” tab. Reports include who’s logged in, most active users and the number of mind maps per user. The developer says more reports are in the works, and is seeking feedback on what you’d like to see.
- Backup your maps: One of the inherent shortcomings of any web 2.0 application, especially for businesses, is that your maps reside on a server outside of your four walls. If the app developer goes out of business, your intellectual assets are toast. Chances are, you’ll never see them again. The developers of MindMeister have addressed this issue in version 4.0, by giving Business and Academic Edition users the option of backing up all of their maps to a configurable external location. Administrators may specify how often and in which format these backups should take place, and can access them via a secure FTP connection. It’s great to see MeisterLabs GmbH taking the lead on such important business needs!
- Map themes: The developer has added the ability to change node, text and background colors. You can now select from 12 pre-defined map styles or create your own color combinations.
If you follow me on Twitter, then you know that I regularly answer other people’s questions about recommended mind mapping applications. In the world of web-based visual mapping tools, MindMeister is one of the tools I recommend most often. These guys are committed to making their terrific mind mapping app the best it can be, and they are relentlessly innovative.
Keep up the great work, guys!