Name: iMindQVendor SeavusHosting options available: Windows, Mac, onlineCosts and plans: The online version is free. The price for a single-user perpetual Windows licence is EUR109. The Mac version costs EUR73.
Mind mapping made easy
iMindQ can be used to map your mind. You can create mindmaps or flow diagrams for any topic. This will allow you to think visually and take lots of notes in spider diagram format.
Online or Desktop
I tried the desktop version, but I discovered that my trial was over.
To open the files I had created, I used the online version. The online version is very user-friendly and seamlessly integrates with Dropbox and other online storage platforms.
The desktop version integrates with MS Office and your iOS devices.
Create A New Mindmap
It’s simple to create a new map. Click New, choose a template, and then give your mindmap name.
My mindmap on performance metricsFormatting Your Chart
Display options are very flexible, so you can make your mindmaps and charts look beautiful.
You can add icons and images from a large selection of sources or upload your own. You can also change the colors and shape of the images and add borders to group different parts of your maps together.
Callouts can be added to items in the mindmap. These act as notes and are useful if you need more detail.
Personally, I don’t like working with visual data representations such as this. I also didn’t spend much time formatting mindmaps to make them look pretty. If design is your thing, go for it.
This mindmap is not very attractive, but it is functional. Making Changes Later
If you have saved your mindmap to an acceptable format, you can return in and make changes later. The default files are saved as DMMX, but you can export them in Freemind, Outline or text as html or as pictures.
It is important to know what you want to do in your mindmap. If it is something that is central to your project, then you need to ensure it is in a format that you can continue using.
Presenting your work
Yes, you can export your mindmap and put it in a PowerPoint presentation. But you can also present directly from the app.
This is the web version. It works great! To clear the screen from all editing and menu items, click the presentation mode icon. You can then zoom in on a specific area of the chart using the walking magnifier. This is a great way for the team to stay focused on the current topic without getting distracted by other things in the corner.
Example of magnifier. It zooms in on a specific area of the map. Collaboration Options
As long as you’re signed in to Google Drive, you can collaborate on mindmaps using the web version. You can then share it from your filelist and then go into the file. It will appear in the top corner of your file list.
This is not the right tool for me as it supports a different way of working, but it’s very useful. There are many uses for mindmapping or visual charting such as this. I’ve seen people use mindmaps to capture notes from conference presentations. You could also use it to plan agendas, take meeting notes, explain the concepts of your project and group requirements.
It will be a valuable addition to your project management software tools. You can start the web version for free to see if it suits you.
Full disclosure: This review was not paid for. Image credit to placeit.net
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