DrawAnywhere, LexiMancer, Visual Paradigm and the LexIcon Graphic Organizers

There are four additions to the mind-mapping software database at mind-mapping.org this week:  An on-line diagram drawing service, a text analyzer that produces visualizations of the relationships of terms in a document, a software modelling tool that now has a mind-mapping capability, and an educational graphic organizers site.


A free on-line diagramming application.



A tool for analyzing text and presenting its content in visual form based on word usage.


Visual Paradigm

A UML modelling tool for software analysis and design, which had a mind-mapping function added at the beginning of 2008.


LexIcon Graphic Organizers

This site houses a large variety of graphic organizers that can be used on-line by schools and students to practise thinking skills, and can be shared with others.


If you know of any graphically-based tools for organizing information that don’t yet appear in mind-mapping.org do leave a comment here, or email me.  My email is vic at this domain.



Mac-based mind and concept mapping

[UPDATED 10 February 2013]

Often, you’ll see posts about mind mapping software for Macs.  Sometimes the author will mention surprise at how many there are.  I came across an example at Mike’s Silver Mac blog and thought it would be useful to pull together a master list, and here it is:

CMAP — http://cmap.ihmc.us/    concept maps
Compendium    http://compendium.open.ac.uk/institute/download/download.htm    concept maps
ConceptDraw    http://www.conceptdraw.com/en/products/mindmap/main.php
Conception    http://www.parlog.com/en/conception.html    concept maps
Consideo  iModeller   http://www.imodeler.net/CONSIDEO_iMODELER_%28Engl%29/iMODELER.html
Conzilla    http://www.conzilla.org/wiki/Overview/Main    concept maps
Curio    http://www.zengobi.com/products/curio/
DeepaMehta    http://www.deepamehta.de/
Flying Logic    http://flyinglogic.com/
FreeMind    http://freemind.sourceforge.net/wiki/index.php/Main_Page
GraphViz    http://www.graphviz.org/   concept maps
i2Brain    http://www.i2brain.com/
iMindMap — http://www.thinkbuzan.com/uk/
Incubator    http://www.mindcad.com/
Inspiration & Kidspiration    http://www.inspiration.com/
Life Map    http://www2.ucsc.edu/mlrg/mlrgtools.html    concept maps
MindManager    http://www.mindjet.com/
MindNode    http://www.mindnode.com/
MindView — http://www.matchware.com/en/products/mindview/default.htm
MyMind    http://www.sebastian-krauss.de/software/
MyThoughts — http://www.mythoughtsformac.com/
Novamind    http://www.novamind.com/
PersonalBrain    http://www.thebrain.com/
Pimki    http://pimki.rubyforge.org/    (Personal wiki with a Mind Map feature)
Prefuse    http://prefuse.org/
ProtegeOWL    http://protege.stanford.edu/overview/protege-owl.html
Semantica    http://www.semanticresearch.com/solutions/products
Shared space    http://www.shared-space.net/
Tinderbox    http://www.eastgate.com/Tinderbox/
VUE    http://vue.uit.tufts.edu/index.cfm    concept maps
VYM    http://www.insilmaril.de/vym/
Xebece    http://freshmeat.net/projects/xebece/
Xmind    http://www.xmind.org/

You can find more with examples about the popular ones at Top Picks – this link is for Mac-only software – but the menu at the top or categories box allows other selections.

For the most comprehensive collection, see the main site with screenshots and other details, by selecting Mac and Mac (OS9) from the “Refine software list” tab at top right.

Oh, and don’t forget all the browser-based mind mapping and concept mapping web services.  In principle, all of these should be runnable on a Mac, but I have no information on how Safari-friendly they are.  If any Mac users would care to share their experience running these, please comment here.  Four pages giving all the details for web-based ones are here: http://www.mind-mapping.org/web-based-mindmappers/


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