Ajaxsketch, Basket and Ideatree

Three new items this week: An on-line diagrammer that can be used for mind and concept maps, and information manager that gives flexibility in how things are organised, and what may be the earliest on-line concept mapper going back to 2002 but which seems to have had little attention.


This is part of the Ajax13 suite of browser-based applications that, at the time of writing, needs Firefox.


Basket is for Linux – KDE – an outliner-type approach to organising information.


Surprisingly, this free, web-based, collaborative concept mapper goes back to 2002. I’ve been saying that Mayomi (now defunct) was the first on-line information mapper, but now I’m not so sure.



Dendroscope, LinkSViewer, Shared Space, Skrbl, Surfulater and Solution Language Tool

Some new information organizing and visualization software for you.  Things got behind as I put together the web-based mindmappers reference pages (see my post of 14th December, 2007) and continued working on the interoperability reference resource.  The web-based one is done, as previously announced here, and the interop one is approaching first publication. 

But the entries for the mind mapping software database kept piling up, so I had a clear out over the holidays, and I bring you six new programs.


Information mapping for a very specialised area, evolutionary biology, but this could be stretched to other forms of hiearchical visualization, and anyway it’s free.



This is a web-based service that gathers together information about people, companies, educational establishments and all sorts of relationships and turns them into an interconnected map.  A concept map of sorts.


Shared Space

An information management tool with a mind-mapping influence.



Not a mind mapping tool, but an on-line whiteboard that would allow collaborative mapping.


Organize files in an advanced form of outline, with graphics and web pages in a browsing screen.


Solution Language Tool

A mind map and activity map editor.  No easy download for the free trial, instead you must fill in a form having five mandatory fields.


Finally, a historical note:  Rationale has been in the database since July 2007, but I just learnt of Reason!Able that it replaced, and added it for the record.

Happy New Year!

 Update: Corrected spelling of Surfulater.  December 28, 2007


Taonotes, Dia and XWiki MindMap

The new entrants to mind-mapping.org this week are:

Taonotes – a reasonably-priced outliner.


Dia – free diagramming software with the ability to draw mind maps, but it has no features specifically aimed at easing mind map production.  Then again, it is free.


XWiki MindMap – an add-on to XWiki that lets you introduce mind maps (made in FreeMind) to a wiki.




Five tools added to the master list of information management and mind mapping software

There are some interesting additions today.  One, Rationale, is for making argument maps, and another, Pocket FreeMind, that has potential.  The author says he may later make it produce actual mind maps on pocket devices.

gjots2: a simple, free jotter and outline processor for Linux,

NeoMem: a free outliner that lets you define different classes of record.

Rationale: A graphical tool for expressing what the makers call “Argument maps”.

Pocket Freemind: A free outliner that uses the FreeMind file format and runs on Windows Mobile.

EDrawMax: A diagramming tool that can make mind and concept maps.



ImaginationCubed and WriteMaps added

There are two new entries in the list:

ImaginationCubed: This is collaborative hand-drawing web-based software from G.E. that could conceivably be used for mind mapping.  It is flexible but, as it’s not mindmaps-aware, it is cumbersome for mind mapping.

WriteMaps: This is a web-based, on-line tool for planning web site maps (not mind maps).  It allows only a strict hierarchy.  Unlike some on-line diagramming software it makes good use of a large screen working area.  It works with Firefox only, at present.

As this shows hierarchical maps and can also display the planned web site as an outline, I felt it just about made the cut for inclusion.



Welcome to Glinkr

There’s a new on-line concept mapping tool – Glinkr.  It’s a little cumbersome to use at present, but these are early days and there’s no reason to think it won’t improve.  But I have a 24″ screen because I do a lot of mind mapping, modelling and diagramming, and this product confined me to one small rectangle when editing the map.  I hope they’ll open up the workspace soon.

With luck, you should be able to see a map I made of the many on-line mind-mapping, concept mapping and related diagramming sites here: http://www.glinkr.net/map/spot/177/

The links are hard to get at, but are in there.

This will go into mind-mapping.org in a day or so.

The master list of mind mapping &
information management software

In case it doesn’t show if you visit their site, this is what I made:

Mapping on my mind (and on line).


7 diagramming and mind mapping products added to mind-mapping.org

After fussing over the new blog, I had time to catch up with some of the new entries I’ve been accumulating recently (more to come).  The current trend is still mainly for on-line, browser based services.

Cumulate Draw -=-  Free on-line diagrammer.  Could be used for mindmaps but not designed for that.  A poor-man’s MS Visio, perhaps?

SproutLiner -=-  Free on-line outliner.  No security for your outlines (no log in) if you use an easily-guessable name.  I have not tested simultaneous multi-user access but it does not appear to be designed for real-time collaboration.

Flowchart.com -=-  Free on-line diagramming tool.

WikiMindMap -=-  You can’t build your own mind maps with this tool (unless you do it by building a MediaWiki), but you can choose from the millions of topics covered in many Wikis.  I think this is an intriguing tool, but one of the great values of mind mapping is the process – the thinking you do as you build the mind map. I believe WikiMindMap should be seen as a quick way to grasp the structure of wiki articles rather than as a mind mapping tool.

ThinkFold -=-  On-line collaborative outlining service.

MAK (MindMap and Knowledgemanager)  -=-  Knowledge Content Management System – seems dormant.

InfiView -=-  Not a mind mapper or other form of tool for graphical information management, but a development environment for such products.

Projekt S60 -=-  Outliner for Symbian-based mobile phones.

InfoRapid Cardfile System  -=-  A kind of outliner.

The master list of mind mapping &
information management software