The newest entrant in the world of web-based mind mapping software is an application called Mindv. Its developer created it to make this visual thinking technique available people in China and other parts of the world, where other solutions are too expensive or don’t support Asian character sets. I think it’s off to a very ambitious and impressive start.
A quick perusal of the Mindv work space reveals a well-designed application that is surprisingly full-featured. Most web-based mind mapping tools started out as fairly simple applications with basic functionality, then added more capabilities over time. But Mindv recently launched with a full complement of high-end features, including
- A ribbon toolbar, just like many of the desktop mind mapping programs available today.
- Support for multiple export and import formats
- Support for keyboard shortcuts (not common with web-based mind mapping apps, but a great productivity enhancer
- The ability to conduct Bing image searches from within the program and easily add them to your mind map (pictured above – click on the image to view a larger version)
- The ability to add audio and video clips to your maps
- The ability to add task data to map topics
- A variety of built-in map styles
- And much more
A free version of Mindv is available, which includes some advertising. Three levels of paid packages, with varying levels of functionality and online storage space are available, priced between US$3 and US$9.80 per month. For more details on these levels, please visit the Mindv features web page.
I’m very impressed with what I see so far. Watch for a full review of Mindv in the coming weeks.