A mind map is a pictorial representation of ideas related to some central theme. Mind mapping software can be very useful by allowing you to quickly jot down ideas and concepts in a kind of stream of consciousness while allowing you the flexibility to group and organize related ideas during moments of reflection.
The advantage of mind mapping software is, among other features, the drag-and-drop flexibility it affords you when grouping and organizing ideas into related branches. As you'll see in the mindmap above, there are also rich formatting, linking and image embedding and sharing features that allow you pretty much unlimited uses for mind maps.
Mind Mapping Software
But, at the end of the day, your choice of software will depend on the features that are important to you and your goals for presenting to -- and sharing your ideas with -- your audience.
For my part, I've pretty much standardized on Mindjet's Mind Manager software. (If your'e interested in this technology, then you may want to download the free trial of Mind Manager.) My choice was largely dictated by the fact that I've been a long time user of Mindjet's software (since version 1.0), as well as the interactive sharing features it has. For example, in addition to allowing you the ability to create and share interactive mindmaps like the one above, you also have the flexibility to create an interactive PDF that you could otherwise make available for download. Your audience can interact with your mind map without the requirement of having to install mind mapping software on their local computer.
What do you think? What kinds of tasks could you envision using mind mapping software in your projects?
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