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  Est.Vic Gee/2006, curated by Roy Grubb since 2013 
  From:  Belltech Systems, LLC   Product:  DrawAnywhere    Added:  2008-04-12
Screenshot mind mapping software DrawAnywhere     Screenshot mind mapping software DrawAnywhere     Screenshot mind mapping software DrawAnywhere    
What they say:  " What is DrawAnywhere?
DrawAnywhere is an online diagramming website, where you can draw, modify and share flowcharts and other diagrams, with the look & feel of a desktop application. It runs on any browser with Flash 9 installed. There is no need to download and install any custom software. It runs entirely on the web, and thus it is an always-on-access-anywhere solution. It meets all your diagramming needs without installing, maintaining and purchasing expensive software.

What can you draw?
Create any type of diagram such as Flowcharts, Process diagrams, Organizational charts, Floor-plans and more.

Main benefits
- Draw Flowcharts, Process diagrams, Organizational charts and more.
- Login from anywhere and modify your diagram.
- Share your diagram with others.
- Export your diagram as an image file (jpg, png etc) or a pdf file.
- No software to download and install. You just need a web browser with Flash player."
Observations:  No mind map examples or special provisions, but could easily be used to draw mind maps or concept maps. Web based. G+
Where:  http://www.drawanywhere.com/
OS: browser based
Price:  $30/year, $100/year 5 users, $180/year 10 users.
Categories: diagramming, flowcharts
  From:  Ben Copsey   Product:  Shared Space    Added:  2007-12-22
Screenshot mind mapping software Shared Space     Screenshot mind mapping software Shared Space     Screenshot mind mapping software Shared Space    
What they say:  " A tool for visual thinking, group working and content management. It allows users to create visual maps of information using web-like structures.
Documents from any application can be imported into a space, and the software's built in version control allows users to keep track of earlier versions of documents easily.
Relationships between elements can be described using links. Unlike hypertext links, such as those found on web pages, links are presented in a visual fashion, allowing users to see both linked elements concurrently, and traverse the space in both directions.
Spaces and views can be shared over the Internet or a local network. SS2 also makes use of Rendezvous, allowing you to see other users on your local network."
Observations:  Seems to have been in Beta since 2004, but there are promises of news about a new and related product dated November 2007. G+
Where:  http://www.shared-space.net/
OS: Mac
Price:  $35
Categories: concept maps, information management
  From:  Ben Satterfield and Jason Kester   Product:  Twiddla    Added:  2010-04-02
Screenshot mind mapping software Twiddla     Screenshot mind mapping software Twiddla     Screenshot mind mapping software Twiddla    
What they say:  " Twiddla is a no-setup, web-based meeting playground. Mark up websites, graphics, and photos, or start brainstorming on a blank canvas. Browse the web with your friends or make that conference call more productive than ever. No plug-ins, downloads, or firewall voodoo - it's all here, ready to go when you are. Browser-agnostic, user-friendly.
Don't like to sign up for stuff? No worries! You don't need an account to use Twiddla - and neither does anybody else. The people you invite to meetings will never see so much as a login screen. You've got work to do. We'll stay out of your way."
Observations:  Prices vary according to the number of simultaneous meetings in progress. G+
Where:  http://www.twiddla.com/Home.aspx
OS: Android
Price:  UD$14/month; $49/month and $189/month
Categories: whiteboard
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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