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Mind Mapping Tools


Mind mapping tools are tools, which people use to represent various ideas, plans or projects. Their functionalities and features allow users to arrange concepts or images around a central idea. Mind mapping tools are designed to structure, generate or classify information, so that people can study, learn, make decisions or solve problems more efficiently. A small reminder for the people who are regularly using mind maps, is that they are the best partner for taking notes. Mind mapping tools help you unleash your creativity and apply a personal style to your work, by embellishing mind maps your own way. Their visual basis helps one emphasize words or ideas by using a variety of colors and symbols.

Mind mapping tools facilitate the development of greater creativity where ideas and information can be constantly added and explored, allowing at the same time for note-taking to be adequately added on the already created sketch, thus enhancing the visual aid.

Whenever you choose to use mind mapping tools, you simply cannot go wrong as you start creating mind maps. Whether you are analyzing one simple concept or developing a complex structure of ideas, anything you choose to do, is great work.

Mind mapping tools may be the perfect solution for you to store ideas about your project. You can always start a separate mind map as your master idea file.

You can easily use mind mapping tools to aggregate links, documents, reports and other resources, which your colleagues need to access fast and easily. Instead of wasting your time searching through directories, looking for a key document or spreadsheet you can create links on a mind map to the desired resources and have access to them from anywhere.

Most mind mapping tools allow you to attach notes to the branches you created on your mind map. You can use this functionality to store additional information related to the items you already presented in your mind map. Storing them this way, keeps your information safe and sound, ready to be accessed whenever you need to.

Whenever you decide to use a mind mapping tool, keep in mind that you can choose one that doesn't require any installation and can be run on all platforms that support Java. Most mind mapping tools are web apps, which makes them really easy to use.

Also, don't forget that mind mapping tools help you draw diagrams that can show the relationship between ideas, issues or information. More and more people are using mind mapping to effectively take notes, organize their work and be more productive.

Mind mapping tools also help you brainstorm ideas more effectively, arrange ideas and make connections between them. You may consider mind mapping, a popular brainstorming method. A simple way to understand mind mapping tools and their role is to compare a random mind map with a city map.

The center of the city is your main idea, the boulevards are you main branches leading to your key thoughts, the smaller roads represent smaller ideas and thoughts. Your mind map is a mirror of your thinking process. Better yet, a mirror of yourself.

If you started working and brainstorming on a mind map, and you want to start working on another map on the same topic, our mind mapping tool allows you to copy and paste the information you have in your subtopics.

You just have to open the map and select what you want to copy. Use the copy button from Edit -> Copy (or just use Ctrl+Shift+C). After you copied all the information you needed, close the map and open the other map where you want to paste the selected elements you've just copied. Select the paste button by going to "Edit"-> "Paste" (or just use Ctrl+V). This procedure is a lot easier on our premium plan because you don't need to close the map where you copy the information from.

Another important feature you should look at while exploring a mind mapping tool is the sharing option, which allows you to collaborate with other people on the same mind map. In order to better develop your projects and benefit from real time collaboration, you should take the time to network and create new avenues for interacting with your colleagues by working together on mind maps. Our mind mapping tool let's you add contacts to your account by clicking on the "Contacts" on your dashboard. Once you reach the Contacts page, select the "+Add" button to add more contacts.

Now, in our mind mapping tool you can also find your contacts and add new ones. Whenever you want to add contacts you can either select the "Import" or the "Add" button. Just a reminder, if you opt for Adding contacts, you have to manually add users by entering their e-mail address in order to have them in your contacts list. When sharing a map with other users, you first have to open the mind map then select the Share Settings option where you can enter the e-mail address of the person you want to share the map with.

If you have been using mind mapping tools for a while, you must already know how to sync the mind maps which you saved locally, to your online account. What you need to do is open Mindomo Desktop, then open your local map (.mom file) and click on the Sync button (on the top right corner of Mindomo editor), or use Sync with the server option from the Mindomo file button. The map will be saved on the server. Once the mind map is saved, the local map will be closed and any changes that occur will be made on the online mind map. Make sure that whenever you open the local mind map you click on the Sync button so that your mind map will be updated and identical to the online version of the map.

Also, if you make some changes on the local mind map and then you click on the Sync button, the online mind map will already contain these modifications.

What about viewing an online mind map on Mindomo Desktop?

First of all, log in to Mindomo and save your mind map locally (Mindomo file button -> Save Local item). Remember, you must have premium subscription in order to proceed. The mind map will be saved on your computer and it can be opened with Mindomo Desktop.

Also, if you want to synchronize your local mind map with the online map you have to open it with Mindomo Desktop and click on the sync button. Another method would be to open Mindomo Desktop, click on the "Open" map button and open your online mind map. Once the mind map is opened you have to save it locally (Mindomo file button -> Save As button).

Now, you know how to create mind maps with mind mapping tools. What are you planning to do with all the information that comes out of your brain?

Make mind maps that are relevant and share them with others. Make your ideas reachable and accessible to others. In order to allow other people to view your mind maps, you have to either make them public or move them to the Public Maps folder. After you log in to Mindomo mind mapping software, drag the map you want to make public into the Public Maps folder.

To publish the map on the web, select the map, then click on the "Share" button on the top menu bar of your dashboard, then choose to "Change" the settings and select the option of "Public on the web" in the Publish Settings box. Afterwards, make sure your save the changes you've made. Navigate to the public maps gallery and click on the author's name (your name in this case) in order to open the user's profile page with all its public maps. Here you can check out all your public maps, everything shared with others on the web. Click on the "More" button on the top right corner of Mindomo Dashboard and Browse items. Here you will have the possibility to visualize the most recent and visited mind maps as well as the presentations which have been created starting off on mind maps.

What about sharing a map with a registered coworker in Mindomo?

In order to share a mind map with a colleague, you have to use the registered e-mail address of your collaborator. In this case, log in to Mindomo, select the map you want to share, then click on the Share button. Once the share panel is opened, click on the Add Collaborators button. Type the registered e-mail of your coworker; click on the Add button, and afterwards click on the Invite button. You can start collaborating with your colleague on the same mind map!

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