Mind maps

After reading Ola’s blog entry about content management, I decided to give MindManager a try. Except for the price tag (luckily they have educational discounts), I like it a lot. It is the first mindmapping software I find useful, and I particularly like the possibility to make notes on any entry. This makes it possible to really use it for mind mapping, and not only as a visualisation tool.

Previously, I have tested NovaMind, which creates some fancy-looking mindmaps, but the GUI is much too clumsy for me, and it seems focused on creating printable mindmaps. Freemind is another (free) alternative, but it is not in UB-version, and I am not sure if it is still in development.

MindManager has now become part of my daily workflow, alongside DevonThink for content management, BibDesk for reference managament, OmniOutliner for lists, and OmniGraffle for graphics. Well, then it is all about actually writing this dissertation…

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Alexander Refsum Jensenius is a music researcher and research musician living in Oslo, Norway.

2 thoughts on “Mind maps”

  1. Have you looked at 3D Topicscape? Most mindmapping software lets you organize information by having files in the mindmap, but makes you have one node per file. Topicscape, apart from working in 3D, also lets you have many files for a node. This is very supportive of web research, which it makes really easy by letting you drag the icon from the address bar of your browser into the Topicscape window. It gets on in the background and makes a web archive (.mht file) of that page, and even stacks up a queue in the background as you go on with your research.

  2. Wouldn’t you like to try anothe mind mapping software ConceptDraw MINDMAP – http://www.conceptdraw.com. Thext month will be released universal binary version with redesigned interface. The program has much the same features as MindManager, but it is more colourful, oriented for creative people who are used to describe world in images.

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