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Mindmapping Resources

We’re looking into using Mind mapping at work as a means of capturing customer requirements when we’re onsite and then using this mind map to draw up a Technical Requirements Specification. I was asked to write up a list of software as I’d had quite a bit of experience trailing different mind mapping products.

Below is a list of some of the software I found. If any one has any more (preferably free) ideas, please post a comment!

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Concept Draw

http://www.conceptdraw.com/en/products/mindmap/main.php
30 Day Trial
$249 – Single user licence ($1120 – 5 user)
WinXP/OSX

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MindManager

http://www.mindjet.com/uk/download/
5 or 21 Day Trial
£149 – Single user licence
WinXP/OSX

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NovaMind

http://www.nova-mind.com/
30 day trial
£54.29 GBP – Single user licence (£260.48 – 5 User licence)
WinXP/OSX

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FreeMind

http://freemind.sourceforge.net/wiki/index.php/Main_Page
N/A
Free
WinXP/OSX

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Compendium

http://compendium.open.ac.uk/openlearn/index.html
N/A
Free (Non-Commercial??)
WinXP/OSX

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Gliffy – Online Mind Mapping

http://www.gliffy.com/
N/A
Free registration required
Cross Platform

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DeepMehta

http://www.deepamehta.de/docs/download.html
(Note, requires:
# Java 1.4 Standard Edition
http://java.sun.com/
# MySQL 4
http://www.mysql.com/
# Apache Ant 1.6
http://ant.apache.org/
# Optional: Apache Tomcat or another servlet engine)
N/A
Free
Cross Platform with above installed

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Visual Mind

http://www.visual-mind.com/downloadm.htm
30 day trial
$229.00 – Single user licence ($895.00 – 5 User licence)
WinXP

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More links can be found at:

List of mind mapping software – Wikipedia
Mind mapping software @ 43 folders
Lifehacker: How to mindmap
Wikipedia – Mind Map definition

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8 Comments

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    “I like Freemind, but you might also want to look at Thinkature ( http://thinkature.com /).

    I’ve never thought of using Gliffy this way.”

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    “Wow, thanks Heather! I’m loving this one :)”

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    “Hello! I don’t think this is exactly what you are looking for, but having tried several mindmapping techniques before, and having found them cumbersome, I eventually settled on Thought Manager by Handshigh.com .

    It has a great desktop software piece, but also a palm component, that make lists and list management a snap!

    I will be writing about them in the coming days on my Blog, but in short it allows you to do lists with ULTRA simple bullet points, multiple levels deep and has the added feature of checkboxes that rules. I use it for all my GTD type list stuff, and – as a matter of fact – for exactly the purpose you are looking for! To capture customer needs for web design! 😉

    I hope this helps!

    Geo

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    “I have a list of all the mindmapping, concept mapping and outlining software I can find at

    There””>http://www.mind-mapping.org/

    There are 148 products at present. Just a few are dead, but I keep them there for the record.”

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    “Something strange about the link in the comment I just posted. Maybe it was the trailing slash. Here’s the link again “”>http://www.mind-mapping.org

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    “Thanks for the links Geo & Vic, I’ll definitely be looking at them :)”

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    “Have you looked at Topicscape? It’s good for organizing info and files in a 3D mindmapping-type environment.

    At http://www.topicscape.com“

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    “don’t forget about

    OpenMind
    http://www.matchware.com /en/products/openmind/default.htm

    esp if your company is involved with project management”

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