The riddle of mobile mapping

Mindmapping software

The riddle of mobile mapping

I’m puzzled. I’ve just finished a sweeping look at the Apple iTunes App Store and Google Play, searching for mind mapping apps … this with the aim of making a total re-write of the article in the Mindmapwiki about ‘Mind mapping on the Run’. I found 62 such apps … sixty two! But before I get to the numbers, let’s look at what’s behind mobile mapping tools. Many apps can
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Resources at Mind-Mapping.Org

MindMapSearch.Org  is the razor-sharp mind mapping search engine that lets you search all the authority sites and only those sites. Avoid all the spam sites that mention "mind mapping" only to make you click!

Interoperability  is the place to go to find out how to open a mind map in software other than the one used to make it.

Web-based mappers  provides a handy single reference source to the free and subscription on-line applications for mind mapping.

Mind Map Libraries  lists the major collections of mind maps available on line.

Featured

Top Picks (formerly Vic’s Picks) is here! Top Picks (formerly Vic’s Picks) is here!

[Updated: September 1 2013 when Roy Grubb took over this site from Vic Gee] Mind-Mapping.Org is the unchallenged leader in completeness of information on software for mind mapping, visual information management and other forms of mapping on the Web. But the amount of information there may be overwhelming: 97 pages of current products, 3 per page, and 29 pages of historical ones. So in August 2010, Mind-Mapping.Org introduced a major enhancement:
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The Mind-Mapping Wiki The Mind-Mapping Wiki

In a post some months ago, I promised to tell you more about WikIT, the mind mapping wiki but kept getting distracted.  Now I have found a few minutes to keep my word. WikIT is a facinating resource.  It takes the line that different uses of ‘information maps’ (I’m planning a post about that phrase!) are best served by different map types and
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The laws of simplicity – John Maeda

I’m browsing “Designing Universal Knowledge” by Gerlinder Schuller at present, and came across a thought-provoking guide to simplicity (‘laws’ is OTT, but that’s how they are described).  I like this list a lot. Reduce The simplest way to achieve simplicity is through thoughtful reduction. Organize Organization makes a system of many appear fewer. Time Savings
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TreeSheets – fast, visual organisation for notes TreeSheets – fast, visual organisation for notes

Did you notice that my last post about new items in mind-mapping.org mentioned eight items but there were actually more in the database?  . . . . oh never mind. That’s because I was playing with a new entry that fitted a need I had, and chatting back and forth with its very capable developer, Wouter van Oortmerssen, as
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The initiative on mind & concept mapping software interoperability The initiative on mind & concept mapping software interoperability

It’s here at last!  The first publication of mind-mapping.org‘s information for mindmappers who want to interchange information between one mind mapping software package and another. After several months of (spare-time) work I’ve finished putting all the information I’ve been ferreting out and begging for into a usable form, and in one place. Presentation The hardest part was deciding how to present it.  What I decided on was to show what
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What’s all this about “fully instrumented”? What’s all this about “fully instrumented”?

Past versions of mind-mapping.org were limited and made users search for what they wanted from the “all products” list. Some users asked if I could add a search function so that they could check if a specific product was there.  Others want to to look at, for example, all mind mapping software that ran on a Mac, or
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News

What’s dead? What’s moved? What’s dead? What’s moved?

I’ve done some more tidying on Mind-Mapping.Org. Wallace Tait (@visualmapper of visualmapper.org fame) put out a question on Twitter about the fate of one of the earliest tools for mind mapping on a computer: VisiMap.  I replied with what the Master List showed and it gave me the idea that I should go through to see which
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The handover gets under way The handover gets under way

Since I took Mind-Mapping.Org under my wing, I’ve been freshening the front page design a little… … learning how the code is put together, tidying some inner pages and getting familiar with the database of mapping & other visual software. Then I started looking through my and Vic’s lists of new software to add, found over a hundred (oof!) and mapped them by category. I tweeted an earlier version of this
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Changes at Mind-Mapping.Org Changes at Mind-Mapping.Org

Hello … Vic here … and probably for the last time! I started gathering information about mind mapping and information-organising software in 2000, at first to try to decide which is best, but then it became an obsession.  By 2006, I had a database of nearly two hundred items of current software, and software that was as dead as a parrot.  I kept the defunct ones as a historical record.
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Project management

A call to mind mapping software publishers  [Updated] A call to mind mapping software publishers [Updated]

Many users of mind mapping software use it for project management (amongst other things). Some mind mapping software has the ability to record task information, like start date, due date, estimated working time to complete, dependencies and percent complete. In addition, some packages can give alerts on approaching or past due dates, make Gantt charts, and export data to Microsoft Project and Outlook. These are the mind mapping applications (and
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GoalEnforcer added

I’ve just added GoalEnforcer to mind-mapping.org.  This is a project management product that uses a diagram like a 2-level mind map.  Nodes can have start and finish dates and show percentage completed. Unlike a mind map, the node that starts in the centre doesn’t have to stay there.  You can step around the map and reveal information that was previously hidden, but you’re always limited to the one you have chosen
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Education

Mind mapping for the blind Mind mapping for the blind

There is a project, started by Roy Grubb of WikIT, to help a blind student whose course means he must mind map.  That seems a little inflexible of the educators involved, but there it is. Can anyone help? I did some searching and came up with this image: … from this page: http://www.oriko.com/#industrie&006planb Unfortunately it’s a research project, otherwise it looks like a step in the right direction. There’s more
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The Mind-Mapping Wiki The Mind-Mapping Wiki

In a post some months ago, I promised to tell you more about WikIT, the mind mapping wiki but kept getting distracted.  Now I have found a few minutes to keep my word. WikIT is a facinating resource.  It takes the line that different uses of ‘information maps’ (I’m planning a post about that phrase!) are best served by different map types and
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Valuable & captivating study resource Valuable & captivating study resource

Here’s a carefully put together and attractive analysis of mind mapping for learning: Here is the “Study Matrix 101 – Advanced Mind Mapping Strategies“. A full-size pdf version is available for download as well. It’s not just a pretty picture — there is a substantial accompanying article. Vic Google

Mind maps

Mindmapinspiration’s Gallery Mindmapinspiration’s Gallery

Mindmapinspiration has a Gallery and, as usual with Paul Foreman’s inspiring work, it’s great.  A worthy addition to mind-mapping.org’s Mind Map Libraries. Check it out. Vic Gee Google

Libraries of Mind Maps (updated) Libraries of Mind Maps (updated)

Have you noticed the growth of sites featuring libraries of mind maps on the web?  I’ve just published a page collecting information about these. I’ve has this on my ToDo list for far too long and yesterday I finally put it to bed here: The Mind-mapping.org Mind Map Libraries List.  When I say “finally” I mean
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Interesting hand made mind maps

My focus at mind-mapping.org is on software-made mind maps – well obviously, I do claim this as “the master list of mind mapping and information management software”, after all.  But in the past, I have pointed readers of this blog at a couple of resources for attractive hand made maps.  Now, here’s some more: A collection of hand made mind
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Knowledge management

Visual note taking Visual note taking

From Japan, but working in English, iroha Note takes a textual approach to visualization – or a visual approach to text notes (take your pick).

Its free version feels rather like clustering with Post-it notes, but adds the capability to freely associate notes using visible but subtle linking lines. In an optional box on the left, an outline appears to show the macro-level structure.

The paid-for version, iroha Note+, adds the capability to freely associate notes using visible Continue reading…

A visual eye on education A visual eye on education

EducationEye presents a highly original tool for exploring curated feeds.  Its focus is on innovation in education and it organizes items visually, using colour to classify, a clever ‘paging’ arc and a form of clustering.   It is read-only, though you can submit suggestions.  There’s a search box, of course, and it offers an interesting but sometime patchy browsing experience. Give it a try! Vic Have you checked Our Faves
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Organisation charts with backing – OrgPlus Organisation charts with backing – OrgPlus

OrgPlus is desktop software for enterprises.  It is a visual front-end to an employee database back-end, with query functions to support Human Resources planning and, of course, organisation charts. OrgPlus provides a useful blend of serious data manager and attractive visual presentation. Vic Have you checked Our Faves yet? Subscribe to the RSS feed for news of regular posts & follow me on Twitter for in-between items about visual tools you never
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