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  From:  Neuri Consulting LLP   Product:  MindMup    Added:  2013-11-09
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What they say:  " Zero friction, free on-line mind mapping"
Observations:  MindMup is a free web-based mind mapper that seems to allow unlimited maps. It supports multi-user, simultaneous access and can be used without logging in.

It is easy to use, and has easily-found web pages for help, hints and shortcuts.

The appearance is conventional: Bubbles joined by curved hierarchy lines. Relationship lines - the out-of-hierarchy lines connecting nodes in different branches - can only be straight at present.

There are ample keyboard shortcuts (described on pages linked from the map page).

MindMup has the best balance between freedom of movement and avoiding messy maps that I can recall in any mapping tool. Select a topic, hold down Shift, and drag, and the topic moves to where you place it. When released, its children follow and any conflicting branches move aside neatly to leave space. You can freely move any node, not just 1st level ones.

Attachments supported are pages of rich text, images and hyperlinks. Images can be re-scaled positioned relative to the text in the node.

Formatting of the map itself is mainly limited to choice of color for the background of each node. At the same time, progress or other status of a node is indicated by color and the meaning of each color is configurable and can be displayed in a legend panel.

Being browser based, it works on Windows, Mac and Ubuntu. Using Chrome or Firefox is recommended, as it has some limitations when used with Internet Explorer.

MindMup offers three ways of storing your maps: Locally on your computer, in one of the popular Cloud services and on MindMup's own servers. It the time of review they were planning a subscription service (MindMup Gold) allowing up to 1GB of map data (including embedded image files).

MindMup can import and export FreeMind/Freeplane files (.mm) - the hierarchical structure survives the transition either way, but most formatting does not. It can export image files, HTML, tab-indented plain text, and MindMup files (.mup) to your own machine.

There is no explicit multi-maps function, but as all maps have a URL, it is easy to link maps together.

MindMup is open source under the MIT license.

Its developers describe it as 'user-driven' software, and there is a UserVoice page devoted to MindMup.

Roy Grubb reviewed MindMup in detail here: http://www.mind-mapping.org/blog/2013/11/mindmup/

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Where:  http://www.mindmup.com
OS: browser based
Price:  Free Open Source Software
Categories: mind maps
 
Articles
Writing, come what may

There's only a brief mention of mindmapping here, but it's obviously important to the author. Anyway, to me it's a great article on getting moving with writing. I hope you find it so, too.

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.