Posts Tagged ‘PersonalBrain’

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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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: