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Feb 09, 2006 9:38 pmmind map software#

Jeff Cline
I have considered using mind maps to organize my thoughts and ideas. A mind map is just a way of arranging items with branches off to related items. Here is a description:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mind_map

So I bought a spinal bound notebook with blank pages so I could draw them by hand. The problem is once they are written down, I can not re-arrange the branches if a part of the paper gets too crowded. So the solution would be a software program to electronically re-arrange the branches as the ideas grow. I need something flexible and easy to manipulate so it can create and change mind maps as fast as I think.

There are many software options out there; just type "free mind map software" into Google and get 49 million hits. OK, now even the most ADD of us does not want to read all those web sites! So I thought I would ask on here to see if anyone else has used or researched mind map software.

I see that a few have discussed mind maps on here in the past. Here is a series of comments about it. The topic starts about "50 tips", but just scroll down to message 6 where the subject changes to "Very helpful software" and the discussion goes in the direction of mind maps.

http://www.ryze.com/posttopic.php?topicid=509305&confid=1962

Or see all references to "mind map" on this network:
http://www.ryze.com/postsearch.php?confid=1962&st=mind+map

Question:
Has anyone used FreeMind which is open-source and written in Java. I read about it and it looks pretty good. Has anyone had any problems downloading this software? You know, bugs, spy ware, crashes, etc.
Here is the link:
http://freemind.sourceforge.net

Jeff Cline, a.k.a. "InfoJeff"
Web Potentials
(310) 641-7133 (PST)

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Mar 01, 2006 2:48 amre: mind map software#

Stephanie Frank
I use Mind Manager from Mindjet.com and I love it! I also have a special add-in program (which I don't know how to use very well) that actually makes a Gantt chart that I can give to my linear - thinking partners....yippee!

Stephanie

Stephanie Frank
Author, The Accidental Millionaire
http://www.StephanieFrank.com

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Mar 01, 2006 3:05 amre: mind map software#

Russ Jackman
Hi Jeff,

I'm still a newbie with FreeMind, but find it great when writing articles or organizing projects. The ability to organize and rearrange thoughts, subjects and the inevitable tangents, then export to OpenOffice for the actual writing is a cool feature!

I've installed it on WinXP and WinXPPro laptops with no issues so far. When exporting to OpenOffice, I do get a corrupted file indication, but OO can repair/open the file.

Russ Jackman
www.InternetAdvisor.ca

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Mar 06, 2006 8:53 amre: re: mind map software#

Dawn M. Wentworth
I have not yet tried a mind map software but I can suggest the only software that has helped me gain any type of organization with my work and school.

Microsoft's Onenote has been a blessing to me.

Because it was included with Office and given to me by my college, I probably wouldn't have tried it. I just looked it up and it is $99 as a stand alone product.

View details
http://www.microsoft.com/office/onenote/prodinfo/default.mspx

I think Office's product Visio does much of what the other mind map programs do with more integrable features (but I am not certain).

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