Need a new way to organize thoughts and manage data streams? Enter MindMap 7 from ConceptDraw, one of the leading software vendors in the mind mapping space.
By James E. Gaskin
September 17, 2013
While it may be a clichéd first world problem, “Information Overload” drives executives to hire consultants and coaches to help them handle the data deluge. What these executives really need is a new way to organize their thoughts and manage their data streams. Enter MindMap 7 from ConceptDraw, one of the leading software vendors in the mind mapping space.
As ConceptDraw says, the software “allows the user to create complex visual interpretations of ideas or plans quickly and easily.” When an outline in a document or a column in a spreadsheet doesn’t spur creative thinking, rearranging the information around a central idea, with branches for subtopics, can spark insights. Afterwards, MindMap also provides a wealth of presentation options to help convince others (such as customers or prospective clients) that your plan has value.
We downloaded MindMap from ConceptDraw’s website, where a 21 day trial version is available, along with their other programs Pro 9 (diagramming and presentations) and Project 6 (project management). They can be purchased as a bundled ConcepDraw Office suite for a discount.
Installation includes no surprises, and the MindMap icon appeared on our Windows 8 tile page as expected. There was a batch of updates to grab, a little surprising since this trial wasn’t boxed software.
Using MindMap 7
The opening screen of MindMap 7 is, cleverly, a mind map. If a mind map opening is too literal, you can disable this opening (see cursor at the checkbox).
Since one of the most common uses for mind mapping software is brainstorming, either individually or with a group, we started there. MindMap includes a special brainstorm screen that simplifies the process. In the screen capture, we’re outlining the topics to cover in this review.
Once the title of the MindMap project is given (here called the Theme of Brainstorm), that becomes the unifying topic for brainstorming. Our theme is “ConceptDraw MindMap review” which isn’t genius, but is our theme.