Mind Mapping.

Web 2.0 mind mapping tools came up at a meeting today (following a discussion on Portableapps – including the fact that you can install Freemind to a USB stick – as long as it’s got JRE on).

Someone mentioned MindMeister, which I’ve used before. I knew I’d had a play with something else, though wasn’t sure what. Googling found not only what I was looking for, Mindomo, but another tool that looks very promising. Judging by the review I found by Steve Castledine – and the home page, I think that it’s worth investigating further, much as I don’t really “get” mindmapping.

Kayuda have a mindmapping tool that appears to be a front end to a wiki.  I’ve only had a small play so far, and it seems to like IE better than Firefox.

3 thoughts on “Mind Mapping.

  1. Can I share a list I’ve collected of information mapping tools on Web 2.0? There are quite a few more, other than MindMeister, Mindomo and Kayuda that you mentioned (though they are all good ones):

    bubbl.us :- Collaborative mind mapping (radiant format not enforced)
    comapping.com :- Collaborative (but, for people who like free-format mind mapping, very rigid) left-to-right mind mapping
    glinkr.net :- Concept mapping and mind mapping (shared but not collaborative)
    mappio.com :- Unusual mind mapper where the user edits indented text to change the mind map
    mapul.com :- Collaborative mind mapping with an organic flavour
    mind42.com :- Collaborative mind mapping
    wikimindmap.org :- Make mind maps from WikiMedia articles
    wisemapping.com :- Collaborative mind mapping
    webofweb.net :- Collaborative mind mapping

    Then there are these generic diagramming tools that actively support making mind maps:
    cumulatelabs.com/cumulatedraw/ :- Collaborative diagramming – can draw mind maps and concept maps
    flowchart.com :- Collaborative diagramming – can draw mind maps and concept maps
    gliffy.com :- Collaborative diagramming – can draw mind maps and concept maps
    thinkature.com :- Collaborative on-line whiteboard service – can draw mind maps and concept maps

    Some people really love mindmapping and concept mapping, and for some, it doesn’t click, I know. So, if as you say mind mappers aren’t your bag, maybe you’d prefer web-based outliners. I know of three:
    sproutliner.com Rather basic on-line outliner that lets you share outlines
    thinkfold.com Collaborative on-line outlining application
    loosestitch.com Collaborative on-line outlining application

    Regards
    Vic
    http://www.mindmapsearch.org
    The master list of mind mapping sites

  2. Gosh – that’s a long list, thanks! Not sure that I’ll have time to check them out, but it’s a useful resource.
    Those diagramming tools look useful – I’ve used Thinkature and Gliffy in the past, but the other two are new.

  3. I’ve just seen another review of bubbl.us – which I can see has some potential; and also Exploratree, which seems to have several different features.

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