All those web-based mind mappers – in one place!

You know all those web-based mind mapping applications?  Well, I’ve been happily digging around for the past couple of weeks and putting all the information together and at last it’s published.  Now you can see at one web site which applications are totally free or, for the subscription ones, what you get for their free limited option.

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Here’s the front page:
http://www.mind-mapping.org/web-based-mindmappers/

The pages show which ones are absolutely free, the costs and options for the subscription ones and what you can get for free at those sites, and what level of publishing, sharing and collaboration each supports.

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Most importantly, there’s a visualization to show at a glance which web-based mind mapping application can import or export MindManager and FreeMind:

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I’ve included some web-based outliners as well, and some diagramming and whiteboard sites, provided they support sharing or collaborations.

So now there’s no excuse.  Get out there and get mapping, get collaborating and share your maps – while it’s free!

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Chuck’s latest mind mapping survey

The results of Chuck Frey’s latest mind mapping survey are out.  This one was about web-based mind mapping applications.  It was aimed at learning how the mind mapping community uses them and looking at how we view their advantages, disadvantages and potential.

This is a formative stage of mind mapping software development, and this collation of views will undoubtedly be useful to the software publishers, and help users’ voices be heard.

Here’s where to go to learn more, and download your own copy:
http://mindmapping.typepad.com/the_mind_mapping_software/2007/11/results-of-my-s.html

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MindMeister introduces off-line option

Users of MindMeister (well, Premium users, anyway) now have the option to take their mind maps offline:
http://www.mindmeister.com/services/tools/offline

This long-anticipated addition to web-based applications’ capabilities will surely have to be emulated by the other web-based mind mapping software developers. 

Then, can the publishers of all the desktop mind mapping software packages afford to be left behind?

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The shakeout begins?

Two One of the web-based mind mappers are is not answering the doorbell.

Kayuda.com and Bubble-mind.com is are both showing “cannot display” pages after about 30 seconds of trying. 

Update: Happily, Kayuda is still around.  http://mindmaps.kayuda.com/ is fine.  Only http://www.kayuda.com/ and http://kayuda.com/ are the ones that give the ‘cannot display’ message. Permanent redirect anyone?

The flowering of so many Web 2.0 mind mapping sites over the last ten months was bound to lead to some sort of rationalisation eventually, but these barely got off the ground before vanishing. 

It’s a pity – I like them both.  Kayuda had has the mind-maps-or-concept-maps approach, including verb phrases to show how concepts are connected.

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Updated: 19/10/2007

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Imindi, PAUX, UML Explorer, Mappio and yalips

There are five additions to the mind map software list at Mind-mapping.org this weekend: Imindi, PAUX, UML Explorer, Mappio and yalips.

Imindi – Something to watch – with interest.  It has high aspirations but little information on actual progress so far:

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Mappio – This is not officially out yet, but it’s accessible and you can sign up without waiting.  I made a little mind map of mind-mapping.org with Mappio, but I’ve blogged about that already: http://www.mind-mapping.org/blog/?p=63  This is web based:

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PAUX – Information management sofware with a visual element, an outlines element and a claim to a “multidimensional mindmap”.  I have no idea what the pricing is.  It says: Free “in the context of a development partnership” and there is no information about how it is priced outside such a partnership.  This is a thumbnail of the only image I could find of how the UI looks and feels:

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UML Explorer Part of the ModelMaker family, this UML tool can make mind maps and is at a good price point for a product with such capabilities:

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yalips – Yes the lower-case name is the way they’ve registered the trademark, so I won’t capitalize it.  Makes you wonder where the name comes from.  This is another UML diagrams product that goes much further in the diagramming, and includes mind maps.  Reasonably priced for such a product as well:

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As usual, there’s more information with full-size images at mind-mapping.org

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Coming soon? – Imindi

Here’s a proto-product that will be interesting if it lives up to its aspirations – Imindi.

There is little more than a blog peeping up over the parapet for now:
http://imindi.typepad.com/imindisaid/2007/08/what-is-imindi.html

“The Imindi Thought Engine enables you to input your Thoughts and the semantic connections between them (Why, What, Where, When, Who, How) in a naturally radiant fashion with one thought radiating outward to one or many associated thoughts that themselves radiate outwards towards other thoughts which …” you get the idea.

“Our aim is for Imindi to integrate with … many of your favourite  third party applications …”

Just a few images for now – here’s one:

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More 3D mind mapping software

I spotted this a while ago, then lost the link and couldn’t remember the name.  Well, it’s “Mind Scene”.  I came across a reference that took me back to it and at last it’s on mind-mapping.org.  There are not many mind mapping software products using 3D – there’s Axon, 3D Topicscape (which I’ve been using to organise information since their first beta phase) and Nelements.

Mind Scene takes a different, almost animation film, approach.  It seems clearly aimed at the education market.  It looks as if it would take a lot of effort to produce just one mind map, but that mind map would probably be used to support an item in a curriculum, so the investment would be spread across many students.  There’s no information that I could find about pricing, either, just a reference to “purchase with elearning credits”.

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Their news page has had no entries since April 2006, which may not be an encouraging sign.

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