Archive for October, 2008

THE MINDMAP BLOG HAS A NEW WEBSITE ADDRESS!

October 19, 2008

The Mindmap Blog has moved to a new URL: http://mindmapblog.com

As you can see the new URL is shorter (more convenient to type and say).  The new site will have the same “look and feel” though I’ll be adding a variety of new features over the coming months.

I’ve had a tremendous response to the blog with many of you telling me how much you’ve enjoyed the content.  I appreciate all the great feedback.

At the new site I’ll continue to highlight ways to leverage the power of mindmapping for business, education, and your personal life.

Please update your browser bookmarks or favorites.  Also, If you’ve been tracking the posts on this blog using an RSS feed reader, you must update to the new URL, because this blog will no longer be updated.

Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you at the new site: http://mindmapblog.com

Let’s Expand the Use of Mindmapping!

October 14, 2008

Vic Gee, author of the Mind-Mapping.org Blog, has put forth a very interesting proposition to those interested in mindmapping: Give him your thoughts on how to expand the use of mindmapping and if you’re creative enough you could win a free license of Buzan’s iMindMap software.

All you have to do is write a post or provide a mindmap on his blog no later than October 3, 2008.

As he puts it, the objective is to put forth an idea that helps “…achieve exponential growth in the numbers of people doing mind mapping.  This needs an idea that will motivate committed visual information mappers and at the same time can leverage the whole mind mapping community to get the word out, explain, demonstrate, tell stories, show all different styles of maps, all uses.

I’ll be entering a mindmap into Vic’s contest.  I hope you plan to do the same.  Click here to enter your post.

Top 12 Uses of PersonalBrain 4.5 – Dynamic Mindmapping Software

October 6, 2008

TheBrain Technologies, makers of PersonalBrain 4.5, the dynamic mindmapping/information management software, have identified the Top 12 Uses for their software.

As they put it, “You’ve just downloaded PersonalBrain. You’re probably thinking, “I love the interface but what’s the best use of it? How can I get started?” There are a million and one uses and applications for PersonalBrain. We were hard pressed to narrow things down to 12, but here they are…”

1. Visual Bookmark Manager

You’re navigating the Web discovering great content. Why bury it in your favorites list and folders? You can think of PersonalBrain as a creative bookmark manager on steroids.

2. File and Everything in Your Life Manager

OK, now let’s take all your bookmarks and integrate them with your files and ideas in your head. Simply drag and drop any file or folder into PersonalBrain’s visual interface and new Thoughts are automatically created.

3. Capturing Expertise and Special Interests

Now, let’s get specific. What do you love? What do you browse the Web for or talk about over lunch? You need to create a Brain for your special interests.

4. Competitive Intelligence and Product Development

Creating charts in documents and spreadsheets won’t provide you with the same insight as a Brain on your competitors. Create categories for key markets and product dimensions and link to their Web sites. You can also add any files you have about the products to each Thought.

5. Research and Analysis

Staying up to date on all the latest trends and developments can mean the difference between developing cutting edge products and letting your competition pass you by.  

6. Event Planning

PersonalBrain is an ideal tool for organizing business and life events that involve many different information sets and possibilities. For example, organizing your vacation or creating a travel section within your Brain is very popular.

7. Brainstorming and Mindmapping

Everyone knows how to brainstorm and many people are familiar with the concept of mind mapping where you branch out your ideas in a visual diagram. PersonalBrain takes brainstorming and mind mapping to the next level.

8. Innovation and Strategic Planning

Creating a new strategy or product line can be both complex and rewarding. Building your business plan using PersonalBrain gives you a head start by letting you easily analyze all aspects of your new venture.

9. Presenting and Capturing Your Vision

PersonalBrain’s flexible linkages and connections can capture your vision and imagination. Use your Brain to reflect on your own ideas and share your vision with others!

10. Visualizing and Tracking People Networks

Use the Brain to organize all your contacts and the organizations you interact with. PersonalBrain’s flexible display lets you organize your contacts by any number of dimensions…location, deal size, business type, project involvement…Whatever is important to you.

11. Network and IT Management

Map out all your servers, software, hardware and the interdependencies.

12. Web Site Planning and Site Navigation

The Web is one of the most interconnected spaces we use each day. Creating a Web site and maintaining all the page relationships can be a challenge. By using TheBrain to map out all your Web pages, you can see how everything connects and add notes on revisions or things you would like to add.

Click here for more information on the Top 12 Uses of PersonalBrain.

I use PersonalBrain on a daily basis to manage my documents, websites and contacts.  I can tell you from personal experience it is very robust and dynamic tool.

iBlueSky: Mindmapping on the iPhone Just Gets Better & Better

October 1, 2008

In a previous post I featured a mindmapping product for the iPhone called MindMaker.  Recently, I learned of a new mindmapping program for the iPhone called iBlueSky.  

iBlueSky has functionality that surpasses that of MindMaker.  That is probably why it costs a little more coming in at $7.99 instead of $4.99 for MindMaker.

But I must say that the extra $3 is worth it.  One criticism I had of MindMaker is that it did not take advantage of iPhone’s accelerometer which allows you create mindmaps in landscape mode.  Another criticism was not being able to e-mail your mindmaps.  Well, iBlueSky does both.  

Here’s a mindmap I created on my iPhone with iBlueSky and then e-mailed it to myself as a PDF:

(Click mindmap to enlarge)

The folks over at Tenero, creators of iBlueSky, have even created a YouTube video for the product.  Check it out:

If you are an experienced mindmapper or new to mindmapping and just want a creative way to capture your thoughts and ideas, this is a good buy.


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