This weekend’s update to Mind-mapping.org brings a lively and colourful new mind-mapping product, Cayra; VORG Express, a free information manager; and a development platform for throw-away web applications that revolves around a MindManager mind map.
Cayra – This is an attractive program, free for now, that produces colourful maps that don’t have to represent a pure hiearchy. It can therefore produce a limited form of concept map as well as mind maps.
[Update December 2010: No longer supported but still available from download sites like CNET, and still good.]
VORG Express – VE is a free information manager that also has diagramming capabilities. It has a big brother, VORG Team, which costs US$48 a year per user. There are other products in the family that are aimed at vertical markets: Finance and medical.
SnapXT – Finally, there’s SnapXT that uses a MindManager mind map to build collaborative web applications. The key to its original approach to application development is that the connection between the mind map and the application is “live” – changes to the map can be reflected in the on-line application.