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  Est.Vic Gee/2006, curated by Roy Grubb since 2013 
  From:  Don Scorgie   Product:  Labyrinth    Added:  2006-10-14
Screenshot mind mapping software Labyrinth     Screenshot mind mapping software Labyrinth     Screenshot mind mapping software Labyrinth    
What they say:  " Labyrinth is a mind-mapping tool for GNOME. It is written in Python using gtk+ and cairo for drawing.
The current version of Labyrinth, version 0.2, is the second proper release. It is still pre-alpha software though. The format used to store maps is liable to change in future versions. The layout and style of maps is also liable to change. For a list of changes, look at the latest version section."
Observations:  G+
Where:  http://people.gnome.org/~dscorgie/labyrinth.html
OS: Linux
Price:  Free
Categories: mind maps
  From:  Doug Bell   Product:  TreeLine    Added:  2011-01-31
Screenshot mind mapping software TreeLine     Screenshot mind mapping software TreeLine    
What they say:  " Do you have lots of sticky notes lying around with various useful information jotted down? Or many lists of books, movies, website logins, personal contacts, or things to do? Can you find them when you need them? Well, I often couldn't. So here's my answer.

Some would call TreeLine an Outliner, others would call it a PIM. Basically, it just stores almost any kind of information. A tree structure makes it easy to keep things organized. And each node in the tree can contain several fields, forming a mini-database. The output format for each node can be defined, and the output can be shown on the screen, printed, or exported to htm.

- Stores almost any type of information, including plain text, HTML, numbers, dates, times, booleans, URLs, etc.
- The tree structure helps keep things organized.
- Each node can have several fields that form a mini-database.
- Several node types, with different sets of fields, can be included in one file.
- The node format, including fields, output lines and tree-view icon, can be defined for each node type."

Observations:  Handles node types structured with fields. ''Reading much of this documentation [http://treeline.bellz.org/use.html] is highly recommended in order to learn to use it effectively.'' G+
Where:  http://treeline.bellz.org/
OS: Linux, Windows
Price:  Free
Categories: information management, outlines
  From:  Dries Buytaert   Product:  GraphMind    Added:  2010-05-09
Screenshot mind mapping software GraphMind    
What they say:  " GraphMind is a mindmap editor for Drupal. It has the basic mindmap features and some Drupal specific enhancement.

Flex mindmap editor
Full node crud (create, read, update, delete)
Drag and drop nodes/branches
Give links manually to nodes (Drupal data has links the appropriate Drupal item by default)
Wysiwyg node title editor
Collapsible branches
Icons for nodes
Clouds for branches
Stage scaling
Load Drupal data (nodes, users, files)
Load Drupal Views lists (custom arguments)
Update Drupal related data on the mindmap (node, file, user, views list)
Attribute handling (full crud for attributes - Drupal data are attributes also)
Add external Drupal sites (to make accessible data from all the sites)
Export to FreeMind (full FreeMind XML format compatible)
Import FreeMind mm file to Drupal"

Observations:  This is a Drupal module. Notable is that it can import and export FreeMind maps, but that it is a left-to-right mapper that is closer to being a graphical outliner. G+
Where:  http://drupal.org/project/graphmind
OS: Any supporting PHP, browser based
Price:  Free OSS
Categories: mind maps
Mindmapping helps you be creative AND get things done

I've seen comments from people who have looked at mindmapping but never used the technique: "I never know what to do with the mindmap once I've got it." Well, here's one answer.

Mindmapping can remove creativity blocks

Here's a view of creativity worth reading. It mentions mindmapping only briefly but it does provide a hint to one of the ways around creative blockage. I've added one of my own at the foot.

Crack the barriers to creativity

Mind mapping can help with creativity – it frees you from the rigidity of lists for example – and with its visual approach stimulates alternative ways of viewing a problem. But here, Joann adds a barrage of other techniques to help you crack barriers to creativity.

Basic introduction to mindmapping

I didn't see why this shouldn't work all the year round. No need to wait for the New Year - here it is.

Mindmapping for the quick-witted

This is a good, quick description of what mindmapping is, when applied to its use for note taking. It’s a little short on specifics and examples, so you’ll have to browse further on mind-mapping.org for those.

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