I’m a big fan of mind mapping. For years I used MindJet’s MindManager application, but I’ve since migrated to the cloud based MindMeister. MindMeister is not as robust as MindManager, but it allows for collaborative brainstorming without client-side software. Over the last year or so, MindMeister has grown in capabilities, including offline mind mapping (through Google Gears), but lacked one critical element of useful mind mapping, cross connections. The latest release now incorporates that critical function, in addition to other features:
MindMeister News – Mind Mapping on Steroids
You can now add graphical cross-connection between your ideas in your mind maps, which will be displayed as green arrows. This feature is still beta, so please be kind. We’ll add more functionality here in future, such as control points and formatting.
MindManager is still more robust than MindMeister, but the later is quickly catching up. Mindjet has also begun to offer an online solution, but I haven’t had the time to review it. Quite frankly, MindMeister does the job for me.
MindMeister, an online mind mapping tool I wrote about a while back, has recently been updated. Some highlights:
- Links on ideas (URL and email links, links to other maps and nodes)
- Note and link previews
- Automatic layouting (no overlaps)
- Automatic canvas resizing (for large maps)
- Export as PDF
- Start new map from idea
- Changes view date slider
- Browse public maps (with rating)
- Zooming in public maps (iframe)
- Team Edition
- MindMeister API
- Reworked, more organic lines
- Enhanced printing (choose size)
- Remove icon via right-click
- Display only changes since last visit
- Cut & Paste between maps (not only copy)
- Link to node (in Copy as Text)
- Simplified main menu
Steady improvements to MindMeister have really made it a powerful online, collaborative mind mapping tool.
Last week, I wrote about a great new online mind mapping tool called MindMeister. Well, as it turns out I have 20 beta invitations to hand out. If you are interested, leave a message on this post (remember to put your correct email address in the email address section), and I’ll send out an invitation.