Company / Author
Intalev Management Academy
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What they say
“Cayra is a program that lets you represent tasks, ideas, concepts and other items in a graphic, well-structured way. Cayra is based on such mental techniques, as Mind Maps and Concept Maps and allows you to conveniently work with big maps.”
Cayra is a neat little concept and mind mapper and in my view is greatly undervalued, probably because Cayra.net is now an advertising site, and the software is no longer supported. But copies can be downloaded from http://download.cnet.com/Cayra/3000-2076_4-10777905.html and other download sites.
Be prepared to spend a few minutes understanding how it works, because it is not quite like other mappers, but it is well worth the time, because it has a flexibility that other mappers do not.
On the one hand it has attributes of mind mapping software: Organic lines and colour; but at the same time, the connections it can make allow it to be used to make concept maps with cross links and linking phrases. It even lets you have multiple maps on the same page, and has a good ergonomic design to handle this, providing for ‘parking’ separate maps at the foot of the screen.
Its most unexpected feature is that it uses the self-centering mechanism like Topicscape or Brain. Click a node and that moves to the centre and its branches expand.
It comes with a help map, but also has built-in help.
I haven’t tried this on Windows 7, but saw a comment on Twitter that it doesn’t work with that.
Price: Free (as of vsn. 0.8.1) | Status: Historical | Date added: 2007-09-08