Mindmapping helps you to:
Concept-mapping and mind-mapping software are used to create diagrams of relationships between concepts, ideas or other pieces of information. I use a mind mapping tool called Mindview. Like some other products it allows you to visually brainstorm, organize and present ideas. Mindview has MS Office integration allowing you be more productive by easily turning ideas into action fast. My favourite mind mapping tools are Mindmup (web-based), and Mindview (a program). This list (not complete or comprehensive) guides you to some of the wider known software tools for mind mapping:
- Buzan's iMindMap - Features software designed by the 'Father of Mind Maps'. Focused on producing diagrams that look hand-drawn, but are actually made on a computer.
- Comapping - Collaborative, web-based tool with a fixed, left-to right hierarchy. Features description of features, subscription sign up, and support.
- CrowdMap - Real-time collaborative mind mapping application for the iPad / iPhone. Features description, screenshots and support forum.
- FreeMind - Open-source tool. Features downloads, screen shots, license, essays, support forum and project information.
- Freeplane - Free Mind Mapping software - a redesigned version of FreeMind. Features downloads, a wiki about the software, and development news.
- HeadCase - Features examples made by this software, how to's, downloads and a link to the product's discussion group.
- I-Navigation - Software for organizing and sharing information in visual form. Features product description, support, download and purchase.
- InfoRapid Knowledge Management - Features screenshots and links to product information, ordering page and downloads.
- Mind2Chart - An add-in for MindManager that helps project managers. Site includes trial, support, news, press-releases, case studies, video tour, etc.
- Mind42 - Collaborative web based tool, with unlimited simultaneous users. Features description and sign up pages.
- MindApp - Mind mapping software for Windows. Features downloads for free and paid-for versions, Screenshots, demos and support.
- MindBerry - Mind Mapping software for BlackBerry smartphones : for planning, project management and creative thinking.
- MindDecider - Description of these decision making and project management tools that use an approach similar to mind mapping. Features downloads, support and examples.
- MindMapper - Software for outlining ideas, pictures and sounds. Features product overview, news, pricing and ordering information.
- MindMeister - Collaborative web-based tool supporting unlimited simultaneous users. Users can create, edit and share maps on the Web.
- MindMup - MindMup is a powerful free mindmapping tool on the web. It has been designed to run using the latest HTML5 web technology. Furthermore, it’s open source (under the MIT license). MindMup is used all over the world for its simple but effective interface. It is: Completely free for all users; No account creation necessary; Smart, simple, and easy-to-learn interface; Integrates with Dropbox, Google Drive
- MindView is a comprehensive, visual learning tool designed to help you develop and organize ideas. Based on the proven Mind Mapping® theory, it enhances creativity, clarifies thinking and improves memory. Choose from a variety of ready-to-use concept map templates, easy-to-use wizards and professional clipart to improve your layout. Export your completed Mind Map to Microsoft Word, PPT, & HTML.
- MindVisualizer - Software for visualizing and sharing ideas and information. The site features download, support, sales and reviews.
- Mindjet - Features MindManager descriptions, support, downloads and company information.
- MyThoughts - Mind mapping software for Mac. Features examples, demo videos, purchase, support and blog.
- NovaMind - Features description of the software, video demonstration, examples, support, forum, downloads and testimonials.
- Seavus DropMind - Mind mapping software with a desktop platform and online application for collaborative mapping. Features free trial, purchase, FAQ and support.
- Software for Mindmapping and Information Organisation - Directory wih brief descriptions, screen-shots and links to the publishers of most such software. Features a section on web-based tools, and interoperability.
- Solution Language - Software to produce organic-style diagrams that mimic free-hand drawing. Features screenshots, brief description and purchase page.
- Spark-Space - An idea mapping tool for education and business. This site provides product information, support and purchase.
- TheBrain - Mind mapping and knowledge management software that supports searching, browsing through and organization of information.
- ThoughtMuse - Online, browser-based tool for creating, editing and sharing mindmaps. Offers paid accounts and limited free ones, FAQs and pricing information.
- VisiMap - Software that graphically records and structures thoughts and ideas. Features a free download and trial.
- Visual Mind - Software from Mind Technologies. Product information, buy and trial download.
- Wisdomap - Collaborative browser-based tool. Emphasizes attachment of text, videos, images, links and more. Subscription based, with limited free-use option.
- XMind - Open source desktop software, also capable of making other diagram types. Provides descriptions, examples, download, support and purchase. Supports map sharing capability via the Web.