Friday, 30 January 2009

MindView (OpenMind as was)

Mind Mapping software, Mind Map, Mind Maps, brainstorming, project management software, project management tool, Gantt chart softwarePrompted by a conversation a while back with Wallace Tait, I’ve been taking a look at some of the other mind mapping packages available. My initial conclusions were that there is some great software but there was nothing to tempt me away from MindManager.

Most recently I download a trial of OpenMind 2 for Business (soon to be MindView3 for Business). I was immediately drawn to the Office integration features. Readers of the blog will know I use mind mapping for document production, exporting the result to MS Word. Great results can be achieved with MindManager if you are prepared to invest a bit of time in learning the export function and developing Word templates.

MindView implements the Word export function very well indeed. You can select from a range of templates that come with the software or use one of your own. Press the button and MindView creates the Word document. The speed of this needs to be experienced to be believed. The Word styles to base your own templates on are those named “Heading 1”, “Heading 2” and so on. There is an hmtl export also – useful to create a quick, simple web site form your map. All very impressive.

Export is also possible to PowerPoint and Project. Outlook is included also and it is possible to define a specific Outlook Task folder to synchronise the map with – great when you have multiple projects, each with a map, and want to keep the tasks separate in Outlook.

Another great feature is the “View map as …” option that instantly changes the style of map from mind map to hierarchies, a timeline view and a Gantt, as well as an outline view.

The Microsoft “ribbon” is nicely implemented and in a very visual style.

I recommend you take the free trial and see MindView for yourself.

Wednesday, 14 January 2009

Web Site Construction Using Mind Manager


I don't know how many of you have used the web export feature of MindManager but if you want to see the power of this feature  then look at Professor Edward Richards web site on Public Health Law.

Professor Richards created and edited much of the text in MS Word and then imported all this into MindManager.  After some tidying up and corrections (the MindManager-Word import feature has one or two little surprises) he then exported from MindManager to create this slick web site - no html coding involved.  He used the standard MindManager 8 default map template.  Try all the links, especially the navigation links at the top of the page.

Thanks to Professor Richards for giving permission to link to his site.


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Sunday, 4 January 2009

New and Updated - MindManager Templates

Michael Deutch of MindJet has published several business planning templates using the new MindManager 8.0.  Included in these is a template for SWOT analysis.

Michael writes:

"There are many reasons why I like MindManager for SWOT strategy maps including:
- Capture all your ideas quickly with the brainstorming mode
- Use a projector, web conference or co-edit the same map with Mindjet Connect to engage teams in the brainstorming process
- Add additional information with notes, hyperlinks, files, spreadsheets & charts
- Reorganize information by dragging and dropping with a mouse
- Pack in a ton of information on a single screen showing you the ‘big picture’
- Add and prioritize ‘tasks’ directly into your map that can be used to build out your action plan"

See the posting on the MindJet blog here to download the template.  Michael's other postings on PEST planning and SMARTer objectives are also available.

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Creativity Techniques - Mycoted

If you need inspiration or help with a technique for creativity and innovation take a look at the Mycoted wiki. It provides a repository for tools, techniques, exercises, puzzles and games.  Why not start with the Creativity Techniques A-Z?