SourceForge.net’s FreeMind

January 18, 2008

Mindmapping is not a new concept. I believe I first came into contact with it as a freshman in college. It’s a diagram used to represent words, ideas, tasks or other items linked to and arranged radial around a central key word or idea. It is used to generate, visualize, structure and classify ideas, and as an aid in study, organization, problem solving, decision making, and writing.

Mind mapping can really help you dump your mind out on paper and organize it as you go. If you organize it in one way and would like to rework it, no problem, you just move this string and add another one. It’s super easy, takes no instruction, and if you think in a connected or circular way, it will be extremely easy to use.

I have some clients who work best in this way and we pass mind maps back and forth as we brainstorm. I can put my information in it and then they can ask me questions and we can fly back and forth very quickly moving toward our goal.

If you think it might help to get your jumbled thoughts out of your head, your hunch is probably right. Why not download the software I use and take it for a complimentary test spin? Download FreeMind now.

There are other packages out there, too. I have another client that recommended Mind Manager (and this site has a tour you can take), plus there’s a free trial.

I can’t speak for these other packages, though here are some others to choose from – Visual Mind, Open Mind and Nova Mind (definitely the coolest looking package I’ve seen and haven’t sampled).

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