Posts Tagged ‘mindmapping’

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.

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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.

US Constitution Mindmap: Creating a “More Perfect Union”

September 28, 2008

As the US Congress finalizes the details on a $700 billion dollar bailout for the US financial system and as we, American citizens, make up our mind about who will be the next President of the United States, I thought it appropriate that we all reflect on our rights as US citizens.

The foundation of these rights (and structure and purpose of our government) is found in the US Constitution, a document signed by America’s forefathers on Sept. 17, 1787.  

This document was by no means perfect when it was signed.  After all, at the time of its signing there was still slavery and women could not vote.  But there was something “perfect “ about the document found in its Preamble.

In the Preamble are the words,  We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union…” 

What makes these words perfect is that the American forefathers knew they themselves were not perfect.  They knew that future generations of Americans would have to make America better than it was when they signed the Constitution.

In fact, it was those words that made it possible for future generations to add 17 additional amendments, after the Bill of Rights, to the Constitution.  Amendments 13 and 19 among them, which ended Slavery and gave women the right to vote.  Those words also made it possible for the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. 

The American forefathers understood that this would be a journey.  And the journey continues…

Today, we face more tough choices as we “make our union more perfect”. 

As we face these challenges, I thought it would be helpful for all of us to have a clear understanding of the document that forms the foundation of American society. 

To help you quickly and efficiently understand the components of the US Constitution, I’ve created a US Constitution mindmap.  In addition to a brief overview of the Articles and Amendments, I’ve also included full descriptions under the Notes Icon for each Article and Amendment.  In order to use the Notes functionality and see the full descriptions you will need to: 1) Download the free MindManager Viewer and 2) Download the US Constitution mindmap from Biggerplate.com. 

Click on mindmap image below to enlarge:

 

So, How Do You Define a Great Mindmap? Mindmappers Speak Out

September 16, 2008

Chuck Frey, author and creator of The Mind Mapping Software Blog recently posted this question on his blog, “What are the defining characteristics of an excellent software-produced mind map?”

Mindmappers from all over the world are responding to the question.  Take a look and see what they have to say (and if you are so inclined, add your own perspective to the dialogue).  Click Here.

NovaMind Launches New Mindmap Library: NovaMind Connect

September 14, 2008

Like Biggerplate.com and Mappio.com, Novamind has recently launched their own Mindmap Library called NovaMind Connect.

NovaMind Connect, in the words of NovaMind Founder Gideon King, “is a completely new and unique system for you to share your Mind Maps online.”

He goes on to say, “NovaMind Connect allows you to almost instantly take the Mind Map document that you have created in NovaMind and upload it directly from NovaMind to NovaMind Connect, where it is turned into a full HTML version of the document, where you can click on each Mind Map to view the detail of that Mind Map. From there you see all the branches of the Mind Map in expandable outline form, and you can navigate to each branch either by clicking it on the Mind Map, or in the outline.”

Additionally, NovaMind Connect has full international support built in, so you can upload your mindmaps  in any language.

I had an opportunity to take a look at the site and it is quite impressive.  

NovaMind has created a 2-minute Introductory video on the new site.  Click Here.

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.

The Blueprint to Success: Adam Sicinski Does it Again

August 24, 2008

In a previous post I wrote about the incredible mindmapping of Adam Sicinski.  Recently, he created a mindmap that is simply worth sharing with everyone you know.  

It is one of those positive thinking “can do” mindmaps that you’ll want to refer to again and again.  

He calls it “The Blueprint to Success”.  And one time through the mindmap, I think you’ll agree it is indeed a Blueprint to Success.

See for yourself:

(Click on Mindmap to enlarge)

You can download a full-size PDF version of the mindmap at his site.  

And by all means tell other people about it.

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:

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.