Many users of mind mapping software use it for project management (amongst other things).
Some mind mapping software has the ability to record task information, like start date, due date, estimated working time to complete, dependencies and percent complete.
In addition, some packages can give alerts on approaching or past due dates, make Gantt charts, and export data to Microsoft Project and Outlook.
These are the mind mapping applications (and add-ins) I know of that support Gantt charts:
- ConceptDraw MINDMAPS (Project version) and Office,
- DropMind (task info, no Gantt charts, but can export to MS Project).
- FreeMind (attributes can hold task info, no Gantt charts, but can export to TaskJuggler). [Update 28 Aug 2011]
- Freeplane (attributes can hold task info, no Gantt charts, but can export to TaskJuggler). [Update 28 Aug 2011]
- mind2chart (with MindManager),
- MindPlan (with Lotus Notes),
- Xmind Pro,
I have six questions to the publishers of mind mapping software (please reply in comments here or email from the “Send us an Email” link on the right):
- Can any software that stores task data, export it in a form that can be read by OpenProj? OpenProj is an open source package claiming to be a substitute for MS Project.
- Is there any software, other than those I have mentioned, that allows task data to be stored?
I am aware that FreeMind and Freeplane can store attributes of the user’s choosing against a node, and could be adapted to do this, but for the purpose of this exercise, I am looking for software that is specifically designed to store project task information immediately on installation.
- If so, can it make Gantt charts?
- Can it export to Microsoft Project?
- Can it export to Outlook?
- Are there any errors in the list above?
[Update 1. 1 April 2011 (not an April Fool’s update)
Andrew Wilcox has pointed out that iMindMap4 has task info and a Gantt chart view. Thanks Andrew. I should have caught that, as my image above includes iMindMap5. Now I’ve added it to the list.]
[Update 2. 1 April 2011 Questions extended.]
[Update 3. 28 August 2011 FreeMind and Freeplane export to TaskJuggler added.]
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