NovaMind has launched another update to its Windows based mind mapping software program that offers some nice enhancements to the program’s functionality and usability. This is a free update, which you can install the next time you open the program.
Here’s what’s new and notable:
New topic shapes: NovaMind 5 for Windows now includes a number of new topic shapes, including: Parallelogram Left, Parallelogram Right, Arrow Left, Arrow Right and Cloud. The advanced settings panel now has a “cloud slider” that enables you to modify the shape of the clouds in your mind maps.
New boundary shape: To mirror the addition of the cloud topic shape, boundaries in NovaMind 5 can now have a cloud shape, which is also modifiable in the advanced settings panel.
Office 2010 style application menu: NovaMind 5 now follows the model pioneered in Microsoft Office 2010, with map creation, open and export commands are all centralized into a single drop-down menu.
Enhanced template capabilities: In this latest update to NovaMind 5 for Windows, you can not only create a new mind map from a template, but vice versa – you can save a mind map you’ve created as a template for future use. All templates, including the ones supplied with the program and those you;ve created, are accessible via the file/new menu.
New map gallery: NovaMind 5 for Windows now connects with an online gallery of over 50 example mind maps that you can use as starting points for your maps. These appear to be some of the best maps from the NovaMind map sharing gallery that the developer has updated to be compatible with NovaMind 5. The gallery view lists numerous business-oriented map examples, including a marketing plan, business building using mastermind groups, preparing presentations and more. Each listing in the gallery includs a summary and visual preview, so you can see what you’re about to download. All of these maps are fully editable, which means you can easily customize them to meet your needs. This should be especially useful to new users of NovaMind.
Recent folders: In addition to recent documents, you can now access recent folders. Why is this useful? Some users, including me, don’t always place our mind maps in one centralized folder. Rather, we group them into project folders. So this is actually quite useful to someone like me!
For all of the details, please view the blog post about this update on the NovaMind website.