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  Est.Vic Gee/2006, curated by Roy Grubb since 2013 
  From:  Banxia Software   Product:  Decision Explorer (formerly called Graphics COPE)    Added:  2002-02-27
Screenshot mind mapping software Decision Explorer (formerly called Graphics COPE)     Screenshot mind mapping software Decision Explorer (formerly called Graphics COPE)     Screenshot mind mapping software Decision Explorer (formerly called Graphics COPE)    
What they say:  " Decision Explorer is a proven tool for managing soft issues - the qualitative information that surrounds complex or uncertain situations. It allows you to capture in detail thoughts and ideas, to explore them, and gain new understanding and insight. The result is a fresh perspective, and time saved through increased productivity, release of creativity and a better focus."
Observations:  Cognitive Maps software. This can make concept maps and mind maps as well. For an explanation of what cognitive maps are, see http://www.banxia.com/dexplore/whatsinaname.html G+
Where:  http://www.banxia.com/dexplore/
OS: Windows
Price:  £395 (US$760) (other: 5-pack, edu. discount)
Categories: cognitive maps, concept maps, mind maps
  From:  Bare Bones Software, Inc.   Product:  YoJimbo    Added:  2007-02-04
Screenshot mind mapping software YoJimbo    
What they say:  " Effortless to install, learn and use
Reliable and secure-it's built using core Mac OS X technologies
Store almost anything in Yojimbo-text, rich text, images, PDFs, even serial numbers and passwords Location independent access-use .Mac Sync Services and enjoy the same Yojimbo satori at home and at the office
Organize your information any way that suits your style, from "everything in one spot" to "organized to the extreme"
Instant Spotlight search
Sync notes via The Missing Sync 3.0 for Windows Mobile"
Observations:  Stong grapical object support but not a graphical organizer
Mac OS 10.4.3 or later G+
Where:  http://www.barebones.com/products/yojimbo/
OS: Mac, Windows Mobile
Price:  $39
Categories: outlines
  From:  Beijing Innovative Linkage Technology Ltd.   Product:  ProcessOn    Added:  2015-12-30
What they say:  " "
Observations:  A diagram-drawing tool. Although free, this Chinese site is very demanding of personal information. Appears in Chrome Web Store, but cannot be installed from there. G+
Where:  https://www.processon.com/
OS: Google Chrome
Price:  Free, but very demanding of personal information.
Categories: diagramming
Writing, come what may

There's only a brief mention of mindmapping here, but it's obviously important to the author. Anyway, to me it's a great article on getting moving with writing. I hope you find it so, too.

Project estimating – Mindmaps are a tool in the armory

The key to getting something useful out of this article is to read the author’s title carefully. Mind mapping simplifies the process of project estimating -- it doesn’t simplify the actual task-time estimation. Every project manger knows that the work of a project must be broken into separate and manageable units for estimating. To look at a project and think “That’s about a week’s effort” is a recipe for frustration and missed targets. Mindmaps, spider diagrams and bubble charts are excellent for the first phase of breaking a project into manageable parts. For me mindmaps, as strictly defined by Buzan’s rules, are less suitable than spider diagrams for this type of analysis, but we can assume that Dr. Mariaraj is not being too strict in his use of the term below.

Tony Buzan has defined these "rules" for Mind Mapping:

I believe these rules are well worth following if you use mindmaps for learning. They are very hard to follow completely and rigidly - and its not worth trying I have found - if you use mindmaps in adult life, in your work or projects.

Who invented mind mapping

This comes up from time to time - usually in the form of "Buzan didn't invent mind mapping".

Underlying theory of Concept Maps

Here are links to important scholarly papers by Joseph D. Novak and Alberto J. Cañas on Concept Maps, their theory and construction.

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