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Thursday, August 8, 2013

Tools for Mind-Mapping

Mind-mapping software can help you become a better, more creative problem solver, identifying gaps in data and working through specific processes. Each option's flexibility helps you reach clarity faster on key issues, organizing your decisions regarding identifying, prioritizing and tracking key project tasks. If you aren't already using a mind-mapping tool, here are some options for you to consider:

- The most popular mind-mapping software is MindMeister, available via mindmeister.com, which is very easy to use, is less artsy than most others and works on Android, iPhone, iPad, desktop, etc.

- ConceptDraw, available via conceptdraw.com, is a serious mind-mapping, project diagram and planning (Gantt Charts, etc) tool that works via PC or Mac.

- Curio, available via zengobi.com, is focused on creative brainstorming and project management, making it a good option for mind-mapping.

- Creately, available via creately.com, is easy, attractive and intuitive, offering an online tool for creating collaborative mind maps and concept maps. Works for both teams and individuals.

- iThoughts, available via ipadmindmap.com, allows you to import and export mind maps to and from over 7 of the most popular desktop mind map applications for use on iPad and iPhone only.

- Novamind, available via novamind.com, is great for folks looking to make fun and colorful mind maps.

- Lucidchart allows users to drag and drop shapes onto its canvas to quickly start flowcharting and mapping out a process; this tool has redesigned the entire process of mind-mapping so you can easily create whatever flow chart, wireframe, mind map or org chart you need. Found at lucidchart.com, it works with Google Drive, Google Apps, Macs and PCs alike.

When comparing these options, what's most important is your comfort level with how that particular tool flows. Therefore, I recommend you take advantage of each option's free trial, and look closely at the online demos.

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