How can you make an informed decision on which mind mapping software to purchase? The author of the Knowledge Mapping Blog walks us through his recent evaluation process, in which he looked at MindManager Pro, MindGenius, ConceptDraw MINDMAP Pro, MindMapper and FreeMind.
As part of this selection process, he takes a set of performance criteria and uses it to score the performance of each program – a time-consuming but effective way to make a decision based on quantitative and qualitative factors. He also shows us where he got his inspiration for his performance criteria: an article written in 2004 by Abi James that compares several leading mind mapping programs and includes an extensive chart that you could use as a starting point (with your own set of criteria) to create a similar evaluation and comparison process. Great stuff!
By the way, I’m getting closer to completing my new e-book on how to select the right mind mapping software program for your needs. It will include mini-reviews of all of the major software programs, interviews with leading mind mapping experts and more. If you’d like to be informed when it’s published, please send an e-mail to mindmap (at) innovationtools (dot) com.