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  Est.Vic Gee/2006, curated by Roy Grubb since 2013 
  From:  Assaph Mehr, Peter Fitzgibbons, Nicolas Delsaux   Product:  Pimki    Added:  2008-02-20
What they say:  " Pimki is a PIM (Personal Information Manager) loosely based on Instiki's Wiki technology.
Besides all the regular Instiki features, Pimki adds:

Mind Map: a graph of wiki connections (made with GraphViz). All graphs can be laid-out with the 4 GraphViz engines. There are several options for what pages to include in the map. Graph contents can be arranged as:
Page ? linked pages
Authors ? pages
Categories ? pages
Defaults can be set through the edit_web page.
Requires that GraphViz be installed and the bin on the system PATH environment to be enabled."
Observations:  Personal wiki but it finds its way into Mind-mapping.org because it has a Mind Map feature. Needs Ruby.
Can anyone send me some screenshots? None on the site G+
Where:  http://pimki.rubyforge.org/
OS: Linux, Mac, Windows
Categories: mind maps, wiki-related
  From:  AT&T (originally)   Product:  GraphViz    Added:  2007-04-16
Screenshot mind mapping software GraphViz     Screenshot mind mapping software GraphViz     Screenshot mind mapping software GraphViz    
What they say:  " Graph visualization is a way of representing structural information as diagrams of abstract graphs and networks. Automatic graph drawing has many important applications in software engineering, database and web design, networking, and in visual interfaces for many other domains.
Graphviz is open source graph visualization software. It has several main graph layout programs. It also has web and interactive graphical interfaces, and auxiliary tools, libraries, and language bindings.
The Graphviz layout programs take descriptions of graphs in a simple text language, and make diagrams in several useful formats such as images and SVG for web pages, Postscript for inclusion in PDF or other documents; or display in an interactive graph browser. (Graphviz also supports GXL, an XML dialect.)
Graphviz has many useful features for concrete diagrams, such as options for colors, fonts, tabular node layouts, line styles, hyperlinks, and custom shapes.
In practice, graphs are usually generated from an external data sources, but they can also be created and edited manually, either as raw text files or within a graphical editor.
(Graphviz was not intended to be a Visio replacement, so it is probably frustrating to try to use it that way.)"
Observations:  Graph Visualization Software. See also 'Tomboy mindmap'. This requires considerable technical knowledge to use but is extremely flexible, as the gallery at http://www.graphviz.org/Gallery.php shows G+
Where:  http://www.graphviz.org/
OS: Linux, Mac
Price:  Free (open source)
Categories: concept maps, diagramming, networks
  From:  Austhink Software Pty Ltd.   Product:  bCisive    Added:  2008-09-15
Screenshot mind mapping software bCisive     Screenshot mind mapping software bCisive     Screenshot mind mapping software bCisive    
What they say:  " Software for business decision making and diagramming.
bCisive is ... specifically for Business Decision Mapping. Structure and visualize your thinking, create organized diagrams, and be more confident in your business decisions.

- Build and communicate compelling business cases
- Make informed, considered decisions
- Share your thinking, get consensus and take action
- Collaborate and increase your workplace productivity
- Document the reasoning behind decisions, and improve knowledge management"
Observations:  bCisive is available as a stand-alone desktop application, or as a browser-based online service. There's a review of the on-line service at the blog http://www.mind-mapping.org/blog/2014/01/austhinks-argument-mapping-goes-online/.

Austhink is the publisher of Rationale, and there was some discussion about their differences on the Rationale Google Group. The company responded in this way: ''bCisive is intended for the 'professional' or workplace market and is oriented towards business decision making. Rationale is being repositioned as a purely educational product, focusing on reasoning, argument and critical thinking.

In bCisive, you'll find much stronger support for decision making (inc. the ''decision summary'' which automatically generates the rationale behind decisions), for formatting of maps, and for communicating with others. Also, a lot of work has gone into making it even more easy to use.

Somebody whose main interest is using this kind of tool in the workplace, specifically for decisions, will find bCisive a much more suitable tool. But somebody who is interested in teaching the fundamentals of reasoning and critical thinking will find Rationale more suitable.'' See also http://bcisive.austhink.com/get-bcisive G+

Where:  http://www.bcisiveonline.com/
OS: browser based, Windows
Price:  desktop:AU$204; online: US$100/150/180 p.a.
Categories: argument maps, concept maps, decision diagrams, logic trees
Here are the Knols on mind mapping

Here's a link to my main Knol entitled "Mind mapping". There are cross reference items on related terms as well.

I preserved it in Freezepage when Google closed down Knol.

Mindmapping for creativity

There's a lot to like in the (unrestrained!) enthusiasm this author shows for Mindmaps.

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.

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