Here is another on-line application for exploring Wikipedia with mind maps, less well known thanWikiMindMap, perhaps, but doing a good job.


I signed up for this, and it allocated me a generous 0Mb of space for uploading maps, so I conclude that for sharing your own mind maps on-line, this is history, but it does have one operating function.  It can do a creditable job of mapping a topic from a Wikipedia page, pulling the structure from the section headings and levels, much as WikiMindMap does.

Clicking on red arrows next to a magnifying glass icon will cause Mapyourinfo to build a new map based on the word on that branch (again from Wikipedia).  Clicking a red arrow, when it appears on a node alone, just opens the appropriate Wikipedia page.

You can even download the resulting map as a FreeMind .mm file.

WikiMindMap is a little easier to use, but Mapyourinfo gets the job done and looks good.  If you start at its front page, you’ll have to dig to find how to call for a Wikipedia article, so here’s a shortcut: Go here and use the text box at the top left to search for the topic you’re interested in.


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Middlespot – a central point for daily browsing

I’ve just added Middlespot to Mind-Mapping.Org.   Although it’s not exactly a mapping application, it is highly visual and supports organising information, provided it’s on the web, by clustering.


This browser-based application lets you mash together web pages you visit regularly into one big sheet and you can have many such sheets.  Each web page can be shown in thumbnail or larger sizes, moved around and arranged in clusters that are just right for you.  And you can get at and use your collection of ‘mashtabs’ wherever you have an Internet connection.

The free version already provides a useful application, but for a very reasonable $5/year, you can have as many mashups as you want, 200MB of storage and file sizes of up to 10MB.


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Think and GraphMind


Think is a Free Web App created using HTML5, Django, Google App Engine, and jQuery.  In Think you can create and view mind maps that are called thoughts.

Touted as a mind mapping application, as can be seen from the screenshot, this supports concept mapping structures that depart from mind mapping’s hierarchical form.


GraphMind is a Drupal module (Drupal is a Content Management System).  Notable is the fact that it can import and export FreeMind maps.

I have only found one screenshot, but if this can be taken as a good example, it appears that this is a left-to-right mapper that is closer to being a graphical outliner


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New cKM, NodeXL and Twiddla

Three new items at this week: cKM, NodeXL and Twiddla

Collaborative Knowledge Management (cKM)

cKM is a concept mapper that works in Second Life.  It is aimed at enterprises engaged in collaborative knowledge creation.  Its price places it well out of the reach of the casual user, but it is not hard to see that it could be valuable in the hands of a creative far-flung team.


NodeXL is a freebie from Microsoft Research that allows datapoints in an Excel spreadsheet to be displayed as a network.

(Click the image to see it full size – it’s worth a look)


Twiddla is a whiteboard collaborative platform – web based and graphical with support for uploading documents, shape drawing, email and, of course, chat.

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Creately, CUECards, MindDecider, SpicyNodes and Inflow

I’ve done separate posts about two recent findings over the last couple of days: Diagramic and the filling in of a historical entry.  Time now for the remaining new items in


Creatley is a nice on-line diagram-drawing software with mind mapping as one of the type of diagrams supported.  It has a free version, and a Plus version with a rather special subscription scheme: Pay what you think it’s worth, provided you spare at least US$1/month!  Creately can make Flowcharts, Network Diagrams, Organizational Charts, UML Diagrams, Sitemaps, SWOT templates, Wireframes, UI Mockups as well as mind maps.



CUECards is a hierarchical information store based on a ‘card’ metaphor – something of an outliner.



MindDecider incorporates a form of mind mapping and uses it as a framework for information gathering, analysis and calculation that leads to decision support.



I’ve seen SpicyNodes described as mind mapping software.  It really is not, unless you’re prepared to build a web site for each mind map you make.  But it does use the hierarchical mind mapping style for connections between nodes. 

Spicy nodes is a new approach to web site navigation.  It would be interesting to see mind mapping software that could export the code needed to build a SpicyNodes web



Inflow is social and organisational network analysis software with many ways of displaying relationships.  It appears to be aimed at enterprises rather than individuals.


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Google Wonder wheel, iFreeMind, Mind Map Memo, MindMap Navigator

New at this week:

Google Wonder wheel
Shows search-result topics as a simple information map, with the usual detailed search results alongside.  To use it, search on your chosen term. Just above the results (and probably ads), you’ll see a link + Show options…  Click on that and select Wonder wheel from the list on the left hand side.  Click on the text on the wheel’s spokes to expand the visual presentation in that direction.


Neat iPhone software for working with FreeMind files. Can create them too.  Serious challenger to other iPhone mind mappers.  Already blogged about this so I won’t repeat the picture, but it only just found its way into the Master List.  Disappointingly, this app has not been updated for nearly six months.

Mind Map Memo   
A mind map editor for the Android phone.


MindMap Navigator
Not stand-alone mind mapping software, but an add-on for Mindjet’s MindManager, aimed at simplifying visibility and navigation when working with big maps.



Finally, in other news, I just noticed that Mapul has changed its name.  Now it’s called MAPMyself.  Can’t think why, but at least they kept the domain.

I’ve been catching up with my to do list, and hope to post a few more entries soon.  Watch this space.  Or grab the RSS feed (hope that works – pls tell me if it doesn’t).

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Cohere, Headspace, iThoughts, Jambalaya, Lovely Charts, ThinkDigits, TPAssist, Webspiration

It’s been a month since the last update to, and the list of items to add has built up more sharply than usual so I decided it was time to clear the decks.  Apart from anything else, iPhone is keeping mindmappers busy with low-cost software to play with and there’s a new and imaginative application appearing every few days it seems.

Cohere is a browser based collaborative visual thinking tool that allows many users to develop discussions and arguments on line and has more than a hint of concept maps about it.

This iPhone application occupies the space partway between a 3D outliner and a mind mapper.

This is an impressive attempt to bring mind mapping to the screen of the iPhone.  

I have successfully imported large FreeMind maps to iThoughts.  With such a tiny screen, a large map is hard to make use of, but that can’t be blamed on iThoughts.

Jambalaya is a plug-in for Protégé that allows domain experts to building knowledge-based systems to visualize ontologies.

Lovely Charts
A free basic diagrammer that works in your browser and has subscription-based collaboration options.

This is a fascinating fusion of information mapping and calculation.  Numbers in a calculator are normally pure abstraction, and this gives them real world context.  True creativity.

TPassist is an add on for MindManager aimed at enhancing time, task and project management using mind maps.

This web based version of Inspiration is now in public Beta, and free for now.

To see all the latest additions, just follow this link to additions to since 14th February 2009.

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Ekpenso, Mindjet Connect, Mind42, Wisdomap, Chuck’s resources

New on this week, there are even more new, browser-based mind-mapping apps, and some bits and pieces of news about other events.


Ekpenso* is a new, web-based mind mapping application in the first stages of development, but they are offering off-line use with Google Gears from the get go.


* Footnote: According to their web site, “Ekpenso” is Esperanto for idea or thought.  Not a lot of people know that…

Mindjet Connect

Given MindManager’s reach — almost certainly greater than any other commercial mind map software** — the most important announcement recently must be the web server application launched by Mindjet.  This works with MindManager to support collaborative use of mind maps. 

I’ve got a couple of questions in at MindJet about the clients it works with and pricing anomalies.  Will fill in on these later.

Update July 16 2008: One lost email and a re-send later, I can now say how users interact with Connect.  You can use : The full desktop product (MM7 SP2); Firefox 2.0; Safari 2.0 (Mac); IE 6.0 (with XP); and IE 7.0 (with Vista) to access and edit mind maps hosted on the Connect server.

On price the range  for the standard package is:
1-9 users, $11.99/user/month on a month by month basis (less if you commit to a year)
50-99 users, $8.99/user/month for a 1-yr contract.

** Second footnote: OK, all you FreeMind folks, I know you almost certainly have way more downloads than any other mind map software, but I carefully wrote “commercial mind map software”, OK?)

Mind42 no longer Beta

Mind42 has come out of Beta.  It is still free, but they say they’re working on a ‘pro’ version.


A new web-based mind map application from the UK, this one focuses on associated clips, images and other and multimedia related to a mind map but separated from the map itself to reduce confusion.


More about Chuck Frey’s re-organization of his blog

After his move, Chuck has gathered all his valuable reports and research in one place here: 

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New and upgraded mind-mapping products

New on this week are three map-related tools: C-TOOLS, CharTr and Mind2Chart.  And two that have been updated – VUE and MindVisualizer.


C-TOOLS is a server / web based combination for making concept maps in an educational environment.  It even has an automated mark-students’-work-as-you-go capability.



It’s early in the life of this project but it is making progress.



Not a mind mapping product, but an add-on for MindJet’s MindManager that can produce Gantt charts from a mind map with project management data included.



MindVisualizer has been upgraded with multi-centred mind maps, and the association descriptions needed for proper concept maps.  Well worth a look.



 I have been hoping for screenshots from VUE and now I’ve found some on the site.  VUE recently became VUE 2.0, by the way.  Aimed at education, this has interesting possibilities for presentations.


That’s it for this week.

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Chuck delves into functionality of web-based mind mappers

Chuck Frey has done a comparison of the functions of some of the web based mind mapping services.  Starting from Tiffany Brown’s comparison chart that I blogged about almost a year ago (here: “Valuable comparison of four web-based services“), he did a great job of updating that and adding the new kid on the block, MeadMAP as well.  With Tiffany’s permission, he has now published this extended, in-depth comparison.  And what’s more, you can download it free.

For each of these web apps: MindMeister, Mindomo, Mind42, Comapping and MeadMAP – he has covered over 60 features and capabilities, including an overview (versions, pricing); map formats supported; map level features; topic-level features; import options; export options; publishing options; collaboration and other features.

Combined with Mind-mapping.ORG’s price and summary information on the Nineteen web-based mind mapping applications this makes a vital addition to the information available to those needing help in making a choice.

Great job Chuck!

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