Even it’s easy to understand flowcharts or maps that describe
complex systems or concepts, it isn’t always as simple to build
something intuitive from a convoluted mishmash of ideas, concepts,
and goals. That’s where mind mapping software, like ConceptDraw
Mindmap, comes into play.
Mindmap is a tool that lets you take freeform data–everything
from a company structure, to tackling problems with a product, to
the topics you plan to discuss at a meeting or presentation–and
organize that information to help you brainstorm and better plan
for, prepare for, and manage large or small projects. Think of a
mind map as an infinitely large whiteboard where every idea or
concept you put on the board has a relationship to one or more
other ideas,.The more you add to it, the more it helps clarify and
define those ideas and their interrelationships.
The tool’s complex interface gives you a lot of control over the
way your map works, the way that relationships between ideas
appear, and other formatting preferences. But the essence of the
tool is the big white space that takes up most of the application’s
window, where you create and modify your maps as ideas come up.
Building a map is as simple as double-clicking the white space and
building little “idea blobs” which automatically glom together.
Unlike the whiz-bang graphical effects in 3D Topicscape Pro,
for instance, Mindmap’s map-building mechanism becomes intuitive
quickly, and power users can simply skip the mouse-clicking, opting
for keyboard shortcuts as a way to build branches of subtopics off
of the main topic trunks.
ConceptDraw Mindmap’s 30-day demo offers users a full featured
version of the product, including online and phone support–a
surprisingly helpful and welcome addition in an era in which
support isn’t always available even for paying customers. As one of
the premiere tools for business planning and organization, MindMap
offers users comprehensive, powerful features in an application
that doesn’t demand the latest CPU or gigabytes of memory in order
to function well, which will appeal to laptop-toting business