Mind mapping is a great way to add structure to brainstorming sessions and visualize your ideas.
According to wikipedia.org, a mind map is a diagram used to visually outline information. A mind map is often created around a single word or text, placed in the center, to which associated ideas, words and concepts are added. Major categories radiate from a central node, and lesser categories are sub-branches of larger branches. Categories can represent words, ideas, tasks, or other items related to a central key word or idea.
For some people said it is a visual representation of how your ideas relate to a main topic – so I think “Mind Map” is a pretty accurate and descriptive name. “Concept Map” or “Idea Map” would probably also work.
And for me, I am using Mind Mapping as easy way to track all my task accordingly to each of my responsibility, through away in text everything need to remember for my future references in BIG SCENE.
This is a sample how its look;
Refer to Lifehacker.com
MindMeister is by far the most simplistic mind mapping tool, but its simplicity is definitely an asset. Once you’re logged into the service, you can create a fully functional mind map using little more than the directional arrows and the Insert key to add new nodes to your map. Additional customizations like font size and node colors are available for when you want to go beyond the basics. In the upper right corner is a navigation window, handy for when your mind maps become larger than the display space. Exporting is also a strong point for MindMeister; you can export your files to a text outline, PDF, JPG, PNG, or GIF. MindMeister’s history function lets you view past versions of your mind map and revert to them if you desire. You can share your maps for public collaboration or hand-select collaborators. Upgrading from the free account to the premium account gives you some handy additional features like map searching, offline editing, and the ability to export your maps to popular software like FreeMind and MindManager.
On April 24, 2012, mindmeister made official announcement that;
We’re on Google Drive!
MindMeister users, today we have some very exciting news for you! As a Google Drive launch partner, MindMeister has integrated with Drive, Google’s newly released cloud storage and collaboration service. This will change the way users create, store and share mind mapping files, with a huge range of features and services on offer.
What is Google Drive?
- A cloud storage and collaboration service from Google
- Access your stored files online from anywhere with any device
- Supports all web browsers and both Android or iOS devices
- 5Gb of free storage with additional storage may be purchased
- You can create, edit and share files with people all over the world
- Integration with top applications!
How will it work?
- Seamlessly import and export mind map files between Google Drive and MindMeister
- Create, share and co-edit mind maps directly in Google Drive
- Attach documents directly from Google Drive to topics in a mind map
- Bulk export compressed mind map files to Google Drive
- Auto-sync maps with all devices and clients
- Share and collaborate on mind maps with Google contacts
- Create MindMeister accounts and sign in directly using your Google account
In addition to all this, users of Google Drive can open popular mind mapping files from Freemind, MindManagerTM and XMind straight from their docs list using MindMeister, without the need for having any of those programs installed.
These mind maps can be fully edited in MindMeister – even collaboratively using MindMeister’s real-time engine – and then saved back to Drive in the original format. Of course, new maps can also be created, shared and co-edited, and are automatically synchronized to the Google Drive folder on the user’s computer.
We’re very pleased to be making this announcement as MindMeister continues to push forward and offer its users the very best tools and solutions for brainstorming, online collaboration and task organization.
Get started with MindMeister and Google Drive
1. Get the MindMeister App from the Google Chrome Store:
2. Create a mind map file in Google Drive
3. Upload attachments from Google Drive:
Just check the “Sync to Drive” checkbox in the map options popover in the map view as shown on http://www.mindmeister.com/help/googledrive#sync (scroll to the very bottom).
Mindomo lets you search YouTube videos, add images, videos or audio with the exist URLs, upload attachment, and add a lot of symbols. You can export the mind map as PDF, Image, RTF and some other format files. Limited to 3 free map per personal user.
XMind is the kind of free application that makes you forget you’re not paying for the privilege of using it. The interface is simple and intuitive to use. You can quickly move through your entire mind map with only a handful of keystrokes or jump over to the outline view for even quicker navigation. In addition to a basic mind map you can also create fishbone, organizational, tree, and logic charts. You can export charts as HTML, images, or text, and XMind comes a free account on XMind.net which allows you to share your charts online and embed them into blogs and web sites. There is a professional version of XMind which expands on the functionality of the base application and allows you to create online charts and collaborate with others. XMind Pro is $49 per year, but most people will find the free version more than robust enough for their mind mapping needs. Portable versions available for all three supported platforms.
SpicyNodes is a way to visualize online information that mimics that way that people look for things in the real world. Bits of information — such as text, links, photos, and other media — are placed into “nodes,” which are then linked together in an appealing interface that invites exploration. SpicyNodes can be used for everything from mind maps and content portals to organizational charts and lesson plans.
Should you pay for SpicyNodes? It depends… SpicyNodes has been made freely available by IDEA as a public service to encourage and support online communication and educational efforts. Free members get a great way to share, and we want you to use SpicyNodes. Paid memberships are designed for when you need more control.