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iMindMap is endorsed by Tony Buzan, who named and popularized mind mapping. It produces organic-style mind maps and can make maps that comply with the Buzan guidelines.

Price: Basic Free; Elements £29; Pro £99; Ultimate £199.

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7 Responses to “iMindMap”

  1. G says:

    I have imindmap 6, but regret i bought it. Today i would have bought Conceptdraw mindmap instead or even the simple and free freeplane/freemind.
    Buzans imindmap like to advertise its many layout options, but actually has a lot of graphical limitations that prevents you from creating the look you want of your mindmap. Basically it’s almost as limited as the freeplane/freemind graphically, only looks a bit more fancy.
    And it has many irritating features, side effects, hinders and even bugs within the interface, which make you swear a lot while in a hurry to sketch down a set of ideas.
    Way beneath content is the fact that there is NO HELP FILES. When you press help, you’re just forwarded to an online video, with this irritating guy who talk very slowly. No option to search by keyword, browse through categories and READ the help files. Because they don’t exist. One would have thought it’s too early to release a software if the help files are not ready.
    I consider Imindmap expensive compared to what you get, and on top of all that, support tells me next software update might not even be free for me (!). So they expect people to pay all this money, and then dont even get the next update included?

  2. jos says:

    There is a version of iMindMap for the iPad

  3. Vic says:

    [Update April 2011] Below is what I used to say about iMindMap, but since version 5 came out, I’ve promoted it to a Fave. It still has some rough edges, and I’m reporting ones I find from time to time, but they have now adopted a rapid update cycle, so problems are being whacked on the head one after the other.

    I’ve seen a couple of comments wondering why iMindMap was not flagged as one of my Faves. I don’t want to talk it down, and there’s no question that it deserves a strong place in Vic’s Picks.

    As this question has come up twice within two days of Vic’s Picks going live, I decided to give my reasons here.

    A while back, I persuaded the boss to buy me a licence, but then I regretted it. My experience was that this style of map didn’t go down well in business meetings.

    And, though it’s easy to make a map quickly if you accept one of the automatic layouts, I found it needed a lot of manual adjustment to get the maps to look the way I want them. So for me it’s clumsy to use. Maybe the latest version is better, but it costs way too much to upgrade.

    I’ve seen the iPhone version, and that is better, so I’ll try the iPad version when it comes out (and when I have an iPad!)

    I do use iMindMap occasionally, as you’ll have seen if you read my blog post announcing Vic’s Picks:

    So, many people like it I know, but it doesn’t quite make it into my personal faves.


  4. Tony Buzan more than endorses this product, he is involved in the development. A good read is the book (Mind Maps for Business) he wrote with Chris Griffiths the CEO of Think Buzan.

    I support Steve Rothwell in saying this is the closest you will get to paper based mind mapping with it’s organic lines and wide range of images available in the product. It needs to build on this strength via the iPad , graphics tablets and Tablet PC.

    I think the free flowing nature of this product will not lend itself to add ins which transfer the maps into Word, web site and project plans of the much less organic maps produced by business mapping tools. Use it to illustrate rather than build.

    Other strengths are the presentation modes, built in drawing tool (which works well with the Tablet PC) and a neat one map web site export.

    For me its prime weaknesses is the limited integration with the Tablet PC via Ritepen. I want to write in ink with the option of converting to text.

    A developing product which I hope will make some massive leaps forward in the next 12 months. Watch their web site.

  5. Very effective and efficient at producing organic mind maps true to the original ideas of Tony Buzan. If you are after an electronic version of the kind of organic maps that are commonly produced by hand then this is for you.

    I have found that in business, such oganic looking maps are not always understood or accepted. However the tool includes all the professional export features to popular (MS) software you would need so if it works in your organisation then you will be well equipped.