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What is it you are uncertain of? There is no such thing as a wrong mind map. If you start worrying that you are doing something wrong then that will hold you back. Just churn stuff out and chuck it on the map. Start with the topic you are mapping in the middle. Then anything that comes to mind about the topic, write it down and draw a line between it and ...


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I think that you have misunderstood the main use of mind maps - probably because so many people misuse them. Originally, a mind map was a tool an individual (or small team) could use to list ideas created in a brainstorming session, along with the links to the topics those ideas were created from or fit best with. This can be very important in a free-form ...


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There are, but there's zero chance that they would be useful. You've found something that works for you -- will it work any more or less well depending on how many other people it works well for? Added info courtesy of David Antaramian: If you absolutely must have a study, pick anything from Google Scholar. Especially interesting is "Mind mapping as a ...


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VUE is an interesting solution. It has a good mind mapping interface, but it can also be used to create presentations. It isn't tree-based (no forced central point), which is sometimes nice. You can add images or hyperlinks or other things. It is more free-form, almost like a flow-charting program. You can do "Format -> Arrange -> (Circle, Tree, Ripple ...


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Necessary/useful features of a MindMapping software? Some ideas: "Full navigation and editing" possible with keyboard shortcuts (without the mouse!!) is for me the most important thing for brainstorming, etc., that means: create/delete/edit nodes move nodes navigate to a node select nodes show/hide child nodes or entire branches search feature (full ...


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Here is How I use mindmap for? At Lecture [For taking notes]: Whenever I have to attend a long lecture, I take out my sketch book, and from the centre of a page I start drawing mind map. In case if there are relations to the nodes, I use dotted lines. (Earlier I was using mindjet). I also mark stars or write AP(Action Point) for those things which needs ...


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You should try XMind - it has very powerful free version, it's in active development and has great UI.


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Grab a pen and piece of paper and start doodling a mind map on a subject that interests you. When a convention that would make your map easier to read occurs to you, make note of it, then start using it in earnest. Repeat.


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In one of my previous assignments, we looked at mindmap software specifically for integration into a larger application. We chose VYM (View Your Mind). It's not the most polished software, but it has a couple of really good points from a development point-of-view. It's GPL'ed, so you can do what you want with it within the GPL. It's based on Qt, which ...


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good integration with host operating system (drag-n-drop, copy-paste, etc) good graph layout which keeps the right amount of space between nodes, and updates the layout as you change the nodes.


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I am embarked upon a quest for a concept/mind mapping program even as I type this. The holy grail of my quest: Works on Linux. Attractive, but not overly fancy. Nodes as closed shapes, rather than text just sitting on a line. Ability to do concept mapping (no hierarchy, lots of cross-connections). Keyboard shortcuts. Local storage in non-proprietary file ...


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The presentation tool, Prezi, is effectively a mind map tool, and there are some demo presentations which may be of interest: Here is one on Mind Mapping and Motivation Here is one on the process of Mind Mapping ideas


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The books say to convert names to images ('Jacqueline' -> a portrait of 'Jacqueline' with a Jackhammer) in order to recall them later, but don't say what to do with the images. The idea here is that humans are already very good at memorizing images, so once you imagine Jacqueline with a jackhammer, it'll be easy for you to recall this image when you see ...


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Orgmode is a free add-on to Emacs. Legend has it, many people learn Emacs for org-mode alone. It has support for: outlining tables with almost-excel-level formula support task logging with time tracking (clock-in clock-out) generates summaries of what you've spent your time on (by day, week, etc) ... honestly, too many things to mention. If you can think ...


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I used to use SmartSheet (www.smartsheet.com). It's an online spreadsheet that also has a tree structure. I used it for a to-do list, plus project planning. They cancelled their free plan, and now only have a 30 day free trial. The smallest package they now offer is $15.95 a month. If you don't mind paying, I truly recommend their site. It is very ...


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here is an answer from outlinersoftware.com The classic ‘hierarchical spreadsheet’ is B-liner (varatek.com). As far as I know it has been undeveloped for ages, aside a minor update for Windows 7 compatibility (I think). I therefore do not recommend it. My recommendation would go to the mindmapper MindView, which was the first to integrate formulas that are ...


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This is a little off-field, but in the GTD world we would say that this is not a problem, because it is OK to use two pieces of software for two different lists if that is what works for you. In GTD we have next action lists (equivalent to your daily ToDo) but also keep a separate list of projects. The point of the project list is that you regularly review ...


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I am a great fan of mind mapping but mainly use it for brainstorming ideas and planning written reports /other long form communications. But I see that you are asking about mind mapping specifically in the context of learning Thinking about this - I guess it depends what kind of learning style you have, and also how good your tutor is. I say that because ...


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Here are the areas I think Mindmaps are useful: Writing notes(creating a conspect of a book/lecture or summarizing various sources of info into single structure) Planning and time/task management(organizing your TODO lists, reviewing the performance) Information composition(creating presentations, articles or books, etc) As your goal for mind-maps is ...


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The advantage with mind mapping over thins like to do lists is that it helps you brainstorm and come up with new ideas and notice associations. I find that when I start mind mapping it suddenly helps my creative juices start flowing.


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In the past I used Insightly for this (no affiliation). It allows you to create contacts, organisations, opportunities, projects etc. Contacts can also be imported from your email (Gmail and Outlook integration). Each entity can then be linked to another entity and the link can contain details about how they are related. Additionally you can tag entities. ...


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Shortcomings of most Mind Mapping Software lack of non-linear associations Consider the issue of shared dll's swelling to inhabit massive amounts of space in the winsxs directory. Many copies of the same files eat up space but you need certain files in multiple directories. Thus we have symbolic links. Mind maps need such capacity. Currently they tend to ...


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Nothing really comes close to The Brain It can make multiple hierarchical as well as non-linear connections between thoughts. Ability to include any type of media, web pages, etc. Awesome visual organization. Also might consider Topicscope which has a very unique visual interface. Edit Shame on me for not originally suggesting The Outliner of Giants ...


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Although there is no rigorous right or wrong with mind maps, they are usually considered to be based on radial hierarchies and tree structures denoting relationships with a central governing concept. So the answer to your question is yes. Similar types of visualizations which are less hierarchical are concept maps and semantic networks.


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I think Jeanne's answer pretty enough according your question. Also I want to add there are PDF version of this shortcuts. And there is a video named 11 Mindnode Secrets Every Mind Mapper Should Know from Youtube. FYI, there is a list called List of mind-mapping software


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Are you looking for some specific shortcut or does this list cover it?


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I don't often draw mind maps, but then I use FreeMind. Its a Java program, so it runs on almost all operating systems. I like it because of its good keyboard navigation that makes it easy to input data quickly and without much hassle. It's also free software (free of charge and GPL licensed). It has a basic search function, which searches all child nodes of ...


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Try Microsoft OneNote. It's like a virtual notebook which can easily be searched. It's especially well-suited when you want teams to work with the data but works great for individual use too. Google Docs, which unlike OneNote is free for personal use, can be used for similar purposes. If you want to structure the information graphically and hierarchically ...


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First of all, I agree with the features Martin is suggesting, and being able to do (just about) everything with the keyboard is critical for me as well. I think the most important things for me that I would like to see in mind mapping software are things that make it as much like doing mind mapping on paper as possible. For example, the following: ...


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Pivot is available for download at Microsoft Research. Also, there is the Silverlight PivotViewer control.



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