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  Est.Vic Gee/2006, curated by Roy Grubb since 2013 
  From:  Andy Pritchard   Product:  Coggle    Added:  2013-09-09
Screenshot mind mapping software Coggle     Screenshot mind mapping software Coggle    
What they say:  " What is a Coggle?

It's easy for us to say that Coggle is a great new way of sharing and understanding information, but that doesn't really answer the question. What is a Coggle?

When you look at the basics: a Coggle has branches. On each branch you can add information (that's text, a picture, a web link or even math), and on each branch you can add more branches. Whenever you add branches you add detail, and you can add as many as you like. By doing this you build up an intuitive representation of information that you can share with anyone.

That's all there is to it!"

Observations:  A browser-based mind-mapping application that supports simultaneous, multi-user editing with chat amongst users online. It has an organic appearance and allows nodes to be positioned manually without the program jumping in and reformatting the map when you release a dragged node. This is one of its most useful points - some other mind mapping programs give this freedom, but most do not.

Control of the appearance of text in nodes uses Markdown, and it also supports LaTeX for mathematical notation. Nodes can also have web links and images attached.

Coggle can make a new map from an existing FreeMind (.mm) file, and it will retain the basic structure and any colors in the FreeMind map, but not much else.

The most important thing to know about Coggle is that there is a hidden help area. Once you have signed in and opened a map, or new map page, you'll see that there is a very (very) faint gray bar down the left edge of the window. Click on that, and a narrow information panel appears with a guide to basic operation.

There is a 'How To' guide to all the features here: http://bloggle.coggle.it/category/how-to/

Markdown usage is described here: http://bloggle.coggle.it/coggle-markdown-reference/

Source of other help text, the delightfully-named Coggle Bloggle: http://bloggle.coggle.it/

There's an example map here: http://bit.ly/15dpiyD

Maps are editable on an iPad when opened in Safari, though it needs time to get used to it.

Maps can be embedded on web pages.

See Roy Grubb's review at the blog: http://www.mind-mapping.org/blog/2013/09/coggle-it/

Where:  http://www.coggle.it/
OS: browser based
Price:  Free with public diagrams; $5/month: Unlimited private diagrams, bigger image uploads.
Categories: mind maps
  From:  Angelic Software   Product:  Info Angel    Added:  2006-06-18
Screenshot mind mapping software Info Angel    
What they say:  " Info Angel Pro is a personal organizer and reliable partner for those who value their information and time.
This personal organizer will help you create documents with its text editor similar to Microsoft Word, store contact information about your friends and colleagues, work in the Internet with its built-in browser and plan your time."
Observations:  Outliner software G+
Where:  http://www.angelicsoftware.com/
OS: Windows
Price:  US$40
Categories: outlines
  From:  Appxy   Product:  BigMind    Added:  2014-03-14
Screenshot mind mapping software BigMind    
What they say:  " BigMind is a perfect tool to create a mind map. It can record your ideas, create to-do list, take note at meeting and anywhere else you require a fast, intuitive method to collect ideas and information and think things through. Allow add icon, attachment, callout for topic. Built-in rich library, makes your mind map more convincing. Create relationship and boundary easily, and include lots kind of style."
Observations:  A sensible and well-equipped mapper. Mind maps can be password-protected. The difference between the free and the Pro version is not stated. G+
Where:  http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bigmind-mind-mapping/id659843103?mt=8
OS: iPad
Price:  iPad: Free; $5
Categories: 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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