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  Est.Vic Gee/2006, curated by Roy Grubb since 2013 
  From:  AKS-Labs   Product:  Mind Pad    Added:  2006-01-26
Screenshot mind mapping software Mind Pad     Screenshot mind mapping software Mind Pad     Screenshot mind mapping software Mind Pad    
What they say:  " Mind Pad is knowledge representing software, that supports some basic techniques, such as mindmaps, process maps and concept maps. ... allows [you] to create mind and concept maps basing not just on creating and linking text blocks. Mind Pad allows organize objects with any properties set in maps. With Mind Pad scripting you are able to create your own rules for data management."
Observations:  The claim of process mapping capabilities seems to be closer to flowcharting than true process mapping as offered by Optima! Or iGrafx. G+
Where:  http://www.mind-pad.com/
OS: Windows
Price:  US$70
Categories: concept maps, flowcharts, information management, mind maps
  From:  Alexander Larsson. Current maintainers: Lars Clausen & Hans Breuer   Product:  Dia    Added:  2007-09-02
Screenshot mind mapping software Dia     Screenshot mind mapping software Dia     Screenshot mind mapping software Dia    
What they say:  " Dia is roughly inspired by the commercial Windows program 'Visio', though more geared towards informal diagrams for casual use. It can be used to draw many different kinds of diagrams. It currently has special objects to help draw entity relationship diagrams, UML diagrams, flowcharts, network diagrams, and many other diagrams. It is also possible to add support for new shapes by writing simple XML files, using a subset of SVG to draw the shape.

It can load and save diagrams to a custom XML format (gzipped by default, to save space), can export diagrams to a number of formats, including EPS, SVG, XFIG, WMF and PNG, and can print diagrams (including ones that span multiple pages)."
Observations:  http://downloads.sourceforge.net/dia-installer/dia-setup-0.96.1-7.exe G+
Where:  http://live.gnome.org/Dia
OS: Linux, Unix, Windows
Price:  Free (GPL)
Categories: diagramming, flowcharts
  From:  Alexandru Gheorghiu   Product:  Diagramo    Added:  2015-12-30
Screenshot mind mapping software Diagramo     Screenshot mind mapping software Diagramo     Screenshot mind mapping software Diagramo    
What they say:  " Share and collaborate
Share diagrams with other teammates. Or make them public if you want.
Export to PNG and JPEG
You can export diagrams in PNG of JPEG format."
Observations:  Free, open source diagram-making tool. Makes mind maps, business diagrams, flowcharts, room layouts, etc. using HTML5 (no Flash or Java). You can install this on your own server. G+
Where:  http://diagramo.com/
OS: browser based (HTML5)
Price:  Free
Categories: diagramming, flowcharts, mind maps
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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