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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.

Mindmapping Comes to the iPhone!

September 24, 2008

In a previous post I wrote about the iPhone being a game-changer.  I also created an iPhone mindmap to illustrate the new features of the iPhone.

Well, I’m glad to announce that mindmapping has come to the iPhone!  A new application called MindMaker can be downloaded directly to your iPhone from the App Store at a price of $4.99.

As an avid iPhone user and mindmapper, I think this application is pretty good.  It is simple and efficient and allows you to mindmap on your iPhone.

Here’s how it works:

Launching MindMaker on the iPhone

  • Tap the MindMaker Application Button on your iPhone.  The application opens with a list of mindmaps.  
  • By tapping the name of a mindmap in the list it launches the mindmap.  A default mindmap called “Mindmapping” comes preloaded with the application and appears at the top of the list. 
  • This default mindmap has four sub-topics: History, Tools, People, and Uses.  Those topics then have a few more subtopics.
  • Getting back to the mindmap list is standard iPhone navigation with the menu arrow in top left of the screen (Same navigation used in Address Book or iPod app).

Moving around a Mindmap on the iPhone

  • You simply slide your finger around the iPhone screen to see any area of the mindmap.
  • You can also tap on arrow buttons in the bottom menu to quickly move through topics and subtopics in the mindmap.

Creating, Editing, and Deleting Topics within a Mindmap on the iPhone

  • There is a plus (“+”) button in the bottom menu that allows you to create new topics. 
  • Each subtopic you create from the main topic is shown in a different color.  All subtopics from a given color remain in that color.  This makes it easy to distinguish parts of the mindmap.
  • You can double tap on any topic (which highlights the topic) and press the plus (“+”) button to create a subtopic for that topic.
  • To edit a topic, double tap on any topic and then press the writing tablet icon in the bottom menu.  This launches the iPhone QWERTY keyboard and isolates that topic for you to edit.
  • To delete a topic, double tap any topic and press the trash icon.

As with other applications for the iPhone it will only get better with future updates (which are free). 

There are a few areas where this application could use some improvements, however:

1) The arrow navigation does not navigate through the entire mindmap.  Only down one path at a time and then back to the main topic.

2) You can only view the mindmaps in portrait mode.  It does not take advantage of the acceleromator and allow you to move through the mindmap in landscape mode.  This isn’t a showstopper, as you can move very quickly around the mindmap with your finger in portrait mode.  But it would be nice to have landscape.

3) It would also be nice to be able to e-mail mindmaps from the iPhone and import mindmaps into industry standard mindmapping software like MindManager and NovaMind.

Even with these suggested updates, if you are a mindmapper and you have an iPhone, I’d recommend purchasing it.  It’s pretty incredible to be able to mindmap on my iPhone.  I’m already getting some good use from the application.

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Dr. O’Driscoll’s Workshop on Web 2.0 and 3Di Technologies

September 20, 2008

On September 16, 2008, I had the great privilege of attending a workshop in Charlotte, NC. on Web 2.0 and 3Di Technologies delivered by Dr. Tony O’Driscoll, Professor of Practice of Business Administration at The Fuqua School of Business, Duke University. 

It was a phenomenal presentation with an incredible amount of valuable information on Web 2.0 and 3Di.  It also highlighted how these technologies are working together to literally change the way we collaborate, learn, and innovate.  

I was so glad I had my laptop to mindmap his presentation.  With mindmapping, I was able to take notes AND create URL links to the valuable resources he highlighted throughout the session.  I think when you click through this mindmap you’ll not only get a sense of the wonderful presentation he gave, but you’ll also come away with an appreciation of what computer based mindmapping can do.

No matter how good a note taker you are, paper and pencil can’t compete with computer-based mindmapping.  Not to mention that I can now reuse and rearrange this information anyway that I like. As more people learn about mindmapping I am convinced it will change the way we capture and manage information.

Below is the mindmap I created during the workshop. You can click on the mindmap to enlarge, but to get the full benefit of the mindmap, I suggest you download the Free MindManager Viewer and then download the mindmap from Biggerplate.com.  Then you’ll get the full functionality of the mindmap – all the layers of detail, notes and active URLs.

You can also go to Dr. O’Driscoll’s Blog and see the entire PowerPoint presentation.  Click Here

Click Mindmap to Enlarge

Jamie Nast Interview: Thoughts of a Mindmapping Thought Leader

August 27, 2008

In a previous post I wrote about a webcast featuring Jamie Nast, author and creator of the Idea Mapping Blog and Chuck Frey, author and creator of The Mind Mapping Software Blog.

Recently, Chuck Frey conducted an interview with Jamie Nast.  

Jamie Nast is one of the most prolific trainers and speakers on the topic of visual mapping. In this interview, she candidly explains why it’s critical that executives learn to express their ideas visually, using hand-drawn idea maps and mind mapping software, and the risks of not doing so.

This is an interview you don’t want to miss!

Click here for the Interview.

Video Tutorials for PersonalBrain 4.5

August 22, 2008

In my last post, I talked about the dynamic mindmapping capability of PersonalBrain 4.5. 

Hopefully you took my advice and downloaded the software.  I really do believe this is one of those revolutionary products that completely transforms how we manage information on our computers.

To help you effectively use the software click on the link for some great video tutorials.

The tutorials cover the following:

  • Navigating a Brain
  • Thought Creation
  • Expanded Views
  • Creating a New Brain
  • Other Brain Examples
  • Tools Overview

PersonalBrain 4.5: Dynamic Mindmapping

August 20, 2008

TheBrain Technologies has created the most dynamic mindmapping software on the market: PersonalBrain 4.5.  

With most mindmapping software the central main topic remains in place regardless of the software’s drill down capability.

But with PersonalBrain whatever topic (or what they call a “Thought”) you click “becomes” the central main topic.  And what’s even more remarkable is that the related topics associated with the “new” main topic are also displayed.

One challenge, of course, is describing this remarkable software with words.  So here is a visual to illustrate what I mean.  Below notice when “Markets” is clicked the other Thoughts associated with Markets are also dynamically displayed:

Shelley Hayduk, Vice President of Marketing and Sales for TheBrain Technologies, notes on the TheBrain Blog, that this approach to mindmapping has several major advantages:

  • Information can be dynamically loaded as it is needed, enabling infinite scalability so that vast amounts of information can be mapped.
  • There is always a context for the current item, so details such as contact information can always be synchronized with the display and usage of the system can be accurately measured and reported against. 
  • Non-hierarchical relationships can be displayed. Because of the self-referencing nature of networked information, it is impossible to represent non-hierarchical information visually unless the display is rendered from the perspective of a selected item.

Another tremendous advantage of PersonalBrain is its ability to dynamically manage enormous amounts of information.

Shelley Hayduk, puts it this way, “With conventional mind mapping software, each map cannot practically be larger than a few hundred items. PersonalBrain is designed to allow tens of thousands of items and files to be integrated into a single workspace. The software offers a dynamic visual display that is infinitely scalable. In fact, this same interface is in use at the Department of Defense, Encyclopedia Britannica and large Fortune 500s to navigate and visualize hundreds of thousands of objects and databases. It would be impossible to scroll through such large data sets with standard mind maps.”

If you are interested in a robust, dynamic, information management solution, I highly recommend you download PersonalBrain 4.5 for 30 days and experience it for yourself.  Click here to download.

After you download the software, play the video below for Tips and Tricks on using PersonalBrain 4.5:

Biggerplate: Mindmaps for You to Download

August 15, 2008

Biggerplate.com is a site that features a broad range of MindManager mindmaps that you can download for free.

Mindmap categories include:

General:

  • Computers & Internet
  • Exploration & Expeditions
  • Home & Leisure
  • Mind, Body & Health
  • Personal Improvement
  • Sport & Leisure
  • Visual Mapping
Education:
  • A-Level
  • AS -Level
  • GCSE
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Universities
Business:
  • Industries & Professions
  • Working

Here are five of my mindmaps you can download from Biggerplate.com:

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Click here to download these and other mindmaps.

What is Mindmapping? More than you think

August 8, 2008

Take a look at my new page “What is Mindmapping?” under “About Me” (on the top right section of my blog).

I share some of my thoughts on mindmapping and how it’s truly becoming a multifaceted productivity tool.

I also share some great videos that explore the benefits of mindmapping.  

Enjoy.

One Mindmapping Thought Leader Interviews Another

August 5, 2008

Chuck Frey, Mindmapping Thought Leader and creator of The Mind Mapping Software Blog recently interviewed Michael Tipper, Mindmapping Thought Leader and specialist in accelerated learning principles and techniques.

This is simply one of the best interviews on mindmapping you’ll ever read!  Michael Tipper REALLY understands the power of mindmapping.  

He understands that it’s about the results mindmapping can produce (both educational and business) that should be the focus, rather than mindmapping as this creative diagram with words, images and colors.

He puts it this way in the interview: “Millions of drills are sold to people every year who do not want a drill.  What they want is the hole and of course the drill is the route to that. But ultimately it is the hole they are after.  In other words, they don’t care about the tool as much as the benefit that the tool provides. It’s the same with mind mapping.”

You’ll have to read the interview to get the rest of his point.  I strongly encourage you to do so. 

Chuck Frey asks some great questions and Michael Tipper gives some great answers.  You’ll learn a lot about the power of mindmapping and how it can change your life.

Click here to read the Interview.


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