Posts Tagged ‘brainstorming’

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.

The Many Uses of Mindmapping: Mindjet’s Interactive Videos

July 1, 2008

You ever heard of the saying, “You don’t know what you don’t know.”

Mindmapping is a lot like that.  Many people don’t know what mindmapping is.  And those who do know often don’t know what it can do for them personally (at home or work).  

To help provide more clarity on what mindmapping can do for you, Mindjet, a leading mindmapping software company, created a series of short videos.  Using their mindmapping software, MindManager, they illustrate how mindmapping can help you accomplish the following:

  • Brainstorm and capture ideas
  • Enhance strategic thinking & planning
  • Set up & manage business processes
  • Draft communications
  • Present complex information
  • Create project plans & track progress
  • Manage meetings
  • Aggregate and manage content
  • Integrate with Microsoft Office

To see the videos and learn just how powerful mindmapping can be click here.

Mindjet: The Industry Leader for Business Mindmapping

June 19, 2008

MindJet, the maker of MindManager Pro 7 and MindManager 7 for Mac, is clearly the industry leader when it comes to business mindmapping.  They have over one million licenses of MindManager software used globally by 85 of the Fortune 100 companies and more  than 50 percent of Global 2000 organizations.  To see a list of company case studies, click here.

Recently, Mindjet launched Mindjet Connect which allows users to collaborate on mindmaps.  As they state on their site, it is “a flexible, secure online environment where anyone from virtually anywhere can work together.”

I am personally a BIG fan of MindManager.  I use it everyday at work and in my personal life.  The tool is extremely flexible.  And once you see how easy it is to create a mindmap dashboard on your computer for all your important files, projects, websites, and links to other mindmaps –  you’ll never manage information the same way again!  I use MindManager Pro 7 for Windows at work and MindManager 7 for Mac at home (and yes, MindManager files from one operating system work on the other).  

In a world where information overload is increasingly becoming a problem for all of us, this tool allows you to capture, organize, and reuse information in ways that work for you.  It enables you to be a master of information – no matter how complex or detailed that information may be.  

MindManager allows you to see the high level relationships and drill down on the details with ease.

And for those of you who like outlines, any MindManager map can be quickly converted to an outline that can be exported to Word in literally two clicks!

On their site, Mindjet illustrates how people are using MindManager today:

Every once in a while there comes a “game changing” software application for business.  MindManager is such an application.  And once you see how useful it is at work, you’ll find yourself using it for your personal life too!

What is Mindmapping? And Why is it Important?

June 6, 2008

Wikipedia defines a Mindmap asa diagram used to represent words, ideas, tasks, or other items linked to and arranged radially around a central key word or idea. It is used to generate, visualize, structure, and classify ideas, and as an aid in study, organization, problem solving, decision making and writing.”

I personally started using mindmapping techniques to take notes at work in 2001.  As I learned about various mindmapping software programs that allowed me to mindmap on my computer, a whole new world opened up for me.  A world where I could dynamically organize all the information in my life – whether that be business or personal.  

Since 2001 the mindmapping software has only gotten better.  In fact, today’s mindmapping software handles the simple and complex with ease.  It allows you to see the high-level and then quickly drill-down to the details.  It is truly extraordinary in its ability to handle the multifaceted.

As we all grapple with vast amounts of information in our work and personal lives, we need an effective way to manage that information. 

As Chuck Frey, Mindmapping Thought Leader, Blogger, and Author of the groundbreaking E-book entitled The MindMapping Manifesto, states: “What’s needed is a new paradigm for managing ideas, information, data and knowledge – a software tool that enables users to manipulate these assets with greater flexibility, and which helps you to see new connections and possibilities.”  He goes on to say, “One set of tools that meets these requirements amazingly well is mind mapping software.”

Time is a finite resource for all of us.  So effectively capturing, organizing, managing, and sharing information becomes extremely important when you want to get a lot done with the time you have.

To help me effectively manage my time and energy while getting a lot done, I use mindmapping for both my personal and professional life.  I use it for managing meetings, managing projects, brainstorming, taking notes, and managing files, folders, and URL links on my computer.  So to say I’m an avid user is an understatement.  

Given the benefits of mindmapping and the rapid pace of its acceptance by millions of people around the world, I wanted to create this blog site to capture and share mindmapping best practices in the areas of business, education, and personal life. 

It is my hope that this blog site helps people leverage the power of mindmapping.


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