Tuesday, February 1, 2011

A day in the life of an iMindMap 5 user

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Ria said...

I recently discovered your site and I'm a huge fan already :)

Anyway, this new iMindMap 5 looks good. I'm extremely intrigued. Is there any chance you could do a review of this once it's released? I'd love to hear your comments about the program. And perhaps in comparison to XMind 3.2.1 and NovaMind 5? I'm a tertiary student interested in starting to use mind maps but I'm a complete beginner, and these programs fit within my spending range.

Although, from what I can see, a lot of these mind mapping programs are aimed at the business market, and show samples/videos with only one or two words, which is hard to do in uni.

Wallace Tait said...

Hi Ria,
First I would highly recommend my fellow colleague Toni Krasnic’s work; his guest post can be found here http://visualmapper.blogspot.com/2010/11/top-10-mind-mapping-uses-for-students.html

Regardless of the software you end up choosing for your university work, there are a few things you may wish to consider.

1. Investigate the developer; many are simply one man operations, and therefore lack the resources to compete at the high demand level of corporate.

2. Take a look at the developer’s web pages; if they express ambiguity, move on. If the developer can’t express what they develop in a graphical format they are not practicing what they preach.

3. Does the developer support cross platforms and are they in or considering cloud services?

4. Contact the developer asking for support as a trial user; if they don’t walk away.

5. Take your time, there’s so much choice and it can indeed be very overwhelming. Have a read at this article as a benchmark for your search http://visualmapper.blogspot.com/2009/08/software-choices-for-information.html

Other than the new iMindMap 5 (Fantastic); NovaMind and Xmind are rather excellent too. Depending on your current and potential future sues of the mentioned products; I would suggest looking at iMindMap and NovaMind as commercially supported products would be to your advantage.

Xmind is an awesome product, and it’s absolutely free for the basic use. But there lies the caveat, as much as we are offered with many free and open source products, they are for the most offered also as commercial products with more functions and capabilities.

For students; I certainly understand the frustrations of having a budget to cover the cost of some of the Visual mapping products. Most, if not all developers, have certainly lost the connection with the personal productivity and academic enhancement areas altogether.

In defense of some of the developers; the markets that support the further development of their products lies right within corporate arenas. I equally understand the frustrations of the developers too, regarding being seduced into the corporate arena at the expense of Personal and academic areas.

If you have any further questions regarding your search for a product that suits your needs; please drop in your email contact here.

Best regards
Wallace Tait: Visualmapper