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December 11, 2006

Chuck Frey's new mindmapping software book

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Posted by Renee Hopkins Callahan

Chuck Frey of Innovation Tools fame, also author of the Mind Mapping Software Weblog and the ebook Power Tips & Strategies for Mind Mapping Software, has a new ebook out on mindmapping software. This one's about choosing mindmapping software, called Mind Mapping Software: How to Select the Perfect Program for Your Needs. I have not read the book, but as someone who has tried to choose mindmapping software in the past, I wouldl welcome a guide as experienced as Chuck to point out the way.

Comments (4) + TrackBacks (0) | Category: Mind mapping


1. Phil on January 6, 2007 3:10 PM writes...

I think a guide to choosing mind mapping software is a great idea - the market seems to be flooding with new software packages.

I personally use Spark-Space, which I have found very intuitive to use and seems to be the only one where it is simple to produce documents directly in the the software. Check it out at

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2. Colin Brayton on February 3, 2007 8:38 AM writes...

I personally rely more on reviews by independent users who have not spent 20 years marketing the kinds of products they review.

I suppose a marketer might be good at reviewing these tools from the point of view of what marketers want to use them for. But I am not a marketer. I am one of those pathetic people who still do Journalism 1.0 because we "don't get the Internet."

For my money -- I have none -- the free Cmap mind-mapping tool does the trick nicely, and I am also following the progress of the Yed social-network analysis tool. Also free.

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3. ARLAN DEAN on February 17, 2007 4:27 PM writes...

About time there was a good survey of visual productivity tools.

Bottom line, effective visualization software should be practically transparent (intuitive, to quote another comment)--as effortless to learn and use as visual thinking itself.

Any mind-mapping application that requires constant checking of the user manual or mountaineer gear to climb a steep learning curve is more a hindrance than a help.

...that's the way I "see" it, in any case

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4. Mary on March 25, 2007 4:07 PM writes...

good article...visualization software often times requires too much effort to get going...this was very helpful

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