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  Est.Vic Gee/2006, curated by Roy Grubb since 2013 
  From:  3D-Scape Limited   Product:  3D Topicscape Personal Edition    Added:  2006-05-29
Screenshot mind mapping software 3D Topicscape Personal Edition     Screenshot mind mapping software 3D Topicscape Personal Edition     Screenshot mind mapping software 3D Topicscape Personal Edition    
What they say:  " 3D Topicscape: The information organizer for mindmappers and others.
A flexible way to plan new projects and manage information. It's like concept mapping or mindmapping, but in 3D. You can even import FreeMind mind maps to build a 3D view from work you've already done in 2D (and export them again).

- take in your To Do lists with just a glance at your 3D landscape; zoom in on part of the landscape and go back instantly; make live links to Outlook tasks, contacts, etc. (in Pro).

- use the information organizer developed for mindmappers and project managers, easy for all to use

- research on the web while saving many web pages in parallel as .mht archives. No waiting, just drop onto the 3D landscape and keep surfing

- greatly expand your mindmapping capabilities."
Observations:  In December 2009, a new version of 3D Topicscape Pro was introduced that allows you to view your information in 2D or 3D and toggle backwards and forwards between these views. There have been several updates since then.
This is 3D concept mapping / mindmapping software. Lets you see much more at one time than any other product I've seen. Allows 3D zooming and flying. One Topicscape can hold a very large collection of nodes and files - into the thousands it seems. Topicscapes can be interlinked. The Student Edition (SE) is free but it's limited to storing text and web files.
There's an example of how the 3-D format works here that might be helpful:- http://www.topicscape.com/Topicscape-3D-mindmap-structure-explained.php G+
Where:  http://www.topicscape.com/
OS: Windows
Price:  SE: free; Lite: US$50; Pro: US$110
Categories: 3D concept maps, 3D mind maps, concept maps, information management, knowledge management, mind maps, visual organizer
  From:  5-Minute Downloads   Product:  Outliner 2.0    Added:  2008-09-15
Screenshot mind mapping software Outliner 2.0     Screenshot mind mapping software Outliner 2.0    
What they say:  " Create tasks, shopping lists, projects or brainstorming reports. Create your outlines with desktop software (outliner, mindmapping, etc.) and import them to your device. Special feature: Go To, jump from one node to any other within the file, create loops, simulate processes."
Observations:  Claims to work on all mobile/cell phones. Will need some work to get it going if your phone doesn't already have Java installed. One source of information for that is here:
http://www.pocketpcmag.com/cms/index.php?q=blogs/3/2266 G+
Where:  http://www.5minutedownloads.com/
OS: Pocket PC, Symbian
Price:  $12
Categories: outlines
  From:  Accidental Fish Ltd   Product:  Fluent MindMap    Added:  2014-03-14
Screenshot mind mapping software Fluent MindMap    
What they say:  " Use the clutter free designer to quickly generate and organise your ideas into an elegant mind map. Easily add new nodes, change text, and set colours for one or multiple nodes. Zoom in to focus on a handful of notes or out to see the big picture.

Use email or Dropbox to share your ideas with friends, colleagues and clients in a variety of popular file formats including PNG, PDF, SVG and Fluent Mind Map's native format. You can also share your documents across multiple devices editing conveniently on your iPad and always having them in your pocket on your iPhone."

Observations:  G+
Where:  http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/fluent-mind-map/id645539191?mt=8
OS: iPad, iPhone / iPod Touch
Price:  iPad+iPhone: $2
Categories: mind maps
Project estimating – Mindmaps are a tool in the armory

The key to getting something useful out of this article is to read the author’s title carefully. Mind mapping simplifies the process of project estimating -- it doesn’t simplify the actual task-time estimation. Every project manger knows that the work of a project must be broken into separate and manageable units for estimating. To look at a project and think “That’s about a week’s effort” is a recipe for frustration and missed targets. Mindmaps, spider diagrams and bubble charts are excellent for the first phase of breaking a project into manageable parts. For me mindmaps, as strictly defined by Buzan’s rules, are less suitable than spider diagrams for this type of analysis, but we can assume that Dr. Mariaraj is not being too strict in his use of the term below.

Tony Buzan has defined these "rules" for Mind Mapping:

I believe these rules are well worth following if you use mindmaps for learning. They are very hard to follow completely and rigidly - and its not worth trying I have found - if you use mindmaps in adult life, in your work or projects.

Who invented mind mapping

This comes up from time to time - usually in the form of "Buzan didn't invent mind mapping".

Underlying theory of Concept Maps

Here are links to important scholarly papers by Joseph D. Novak and Alberto J. Cañas on Concept Maps, their theory and construction.

Semantic networks

"Semantic network" is a broad enough term to cover many forms of information map. Here is a link to an article by John F. Sowa, originally written for the Encyclopedia of Artificial Intelligence.