You can, of course, just use mind mapping software where size is not an option more on these later.
We've already included some examples in the introductory sections above but, as with any new subject, it is always useful to show some worked examples. The following range from basic hand-written ones to some more aesthetically pleasing examples. These are far from exhaustive, as you can imagine. The following 5 are great examples but you don't need to make them as 'pretty' as these if you don't want to do.
It's your brain and your mind map so, make it how you want it. The following example just goes to show that your native tongue is irrelevant when it comes to creating mind maps. Granted you'd need to know the language to understand the finer details but the use of images helps you get the gist of it.
The following example of a mind map shows that you don't need to make them super-decorative. This simple handwritten one will be the kind of example you'll generate as you learn the process through trial and error.
Of course, these are also the kind of mind maps you'll create if time is short and you just need to jot down the basic concepts. You can always 'beautify' it later. This example of a mind map for a business just goes to show how complex, and large, they can get. You don't need to aim for this level of complexity but if your mind takes you there follow it.
The following is a great example of one created using a purpose-built software application. It also serves as a good example of the range of topics that can be adressed using this technique. As your skills and confidence grow using this technique you will be able to produce practical works of art. This one is a prime example. It might look crowded to amateur eyes but the creator has truly mastered the technique and, if you take the time to study it, you will really begin to understand their thought process.
As you can see the limit of this technique is your imagination. You can create overly complex and crowded mind maps of your own but remember the time and tested principle of The following are a selection of great free online mind mapping tools. These are far from exhaustive and are in no particular order.
By using this app you can gather your thoughts together in a more coherent and easy-to-understand format. It has over 22 layouts to choose from with 33 theme designs and over stylish clip arts to make your mind map stand out. It also has a handy brainstorming mode that can be used collaboratively with others. Edraw Mindmaster is cross-platform and can be used on Windows, Mac, and Linux. All mind maps can be exported and shared in various output formats too. Since we mentioned Coggle earlier in the article it would be remiss of us to omit this great tool.
It comes in various forms from "Free" to "Awesome" to "Organization". The free version is a great way to 'try before you buy' and it comes with a lot of cool functions and options to make your mind map very colorful. It is definitely worth a try. Freemind , as the name suggests, is a free online mind mapping tool. It is also very handy for generating mind maps when you are offline. It comes with the benefit of being open sourced but has less of the 'bells and whistles' of other apps detailed in this article.
It's not the easiest to get used to, especially if you are a beginner but it gets the job done. Think of it as a 'no frills' mind mapping option. It's definitely worth looking at if nothing else. Mindmup offers a good looking and intuitive mind mapping service for free. You can, of course, take up their offer for their premium options of "Personal Gold" and "Organisational" if you wish but this depends on your needs.
The free service lets you save maps up to kb in size and lets you save them to your Google drive too. Any maps created are only stored for up to six months though so bear that in mind. The following are a selection of great paid-for online mind mapping tools.
Looking for the best free mind map apps for Mac? This mind mapping software has an intuitive interface that lets you create a mind map in a. Find the best programs like FreeMind for Mac. Free and easy to use mind mapping tool Microsoft OneNote - Make, take and share notes with ease for free.
As mind mapping is a rather personal process which app is 'best' is a matter of personal taste. It offers free and paid for versions of its software but bear in mind the free version only allows you to build 3 maps and limits the tools it offers. IdeaFiip is an online-based mind mapping service that is specifically targeted for use by groups. This doesn't mean you can't use it alone though. Because it's based on the web it can be accessed and used from any desktop or tablet device. Lucidchart , unlike others on the list, is strictly speaking a mind mapping app.
It is, instead, an online diagramming application that can be used for many different tasks including, of course, mind mapping.
It is very flexible and can be used to diagram out other things like process flows. Lucidchart is used by the likes of Netflix, Spotify, and Ford. The following are a selection of great paid-for mind mapping tools for use on MacOS. SimpleMind Lite us a free mind mapping tool for MacOS but is limited, as you'd expect, compared to its premium version. It is a very simple 'piece of kit' and it pretty intuitive to use.
Like other mind mapping apps, you get to choose your theme color etc and can simply add nodes to your growing map with the click of a button. Text can be quickly added too by clicking the T icon and double-clicking where you want to put it. It also comes with Undo and redo buttons, zoom functions and easy deletion and clipboard options. Unlike others on the list, it also offers you some templates to get the ball rolling.
You can repeat this process as many times as you wish to offload your initial 'brain dump'.
Scapple also supports importing text files, PDF's and even images. You can then work out how to link various ideas together. Scapple has been particularly praised for being easy to master compared to other mind map software due its small number of mind map tools. Although the program itself is lightweight, Scapple won't burden your purse too heavily. There's a day free trial, which only counts down those days on which you actually use the software. Mindomo was originally released in March The stated aim of its developers is to create, "useful, easy to use and beautiful software".
While beauty is subjective, most users will be delighted to find that the free version of the software supports creation of up to 3 mind maps, which is include all basic features.
The program can also import data from a number of file formats. If you need to collaborate on a project, 'Professional' subscriptions support 1 user and up to 5 guests. All Mindomo paid subscriptions support password protection of mind maps to make sure only you and your team can see them.
While these advanced features are acknowledged by the online community, Mindomo has come under criticism for its bare bones interface which offers little guidance to new users. Its existence is thanks to a flash of inspiration by project founder 'Levon'. While at college, he was leafing through a copy of David Allen's Getting Things Done and discovered a chapter on brainstorming.
For example, it can be used by anyone from anywhere in the world as it supports 29 languages to which more are constantly being added. The mind map is useful for people to explore their views visually and intuitively. It has over 22 layouts to choose from with 33 theme designs and over stylish clip arts to make your mind map stand out. Back to list managers that do share. Because mind mapping is a creative exercise, your process for making a mind map will differ depending on your personal preferences, tools, and project at hand. Tree Diagram. You provide your email, and they send over a nice PDF guide with a summary of your best matches.
Levon started doing this on pen and paper but later teamed up with fellow programmer 'Kirill' to begin development of Bubbl. The beauty of Bubbl. As it's cloud-based there's also no software to download. Users can get started right away and the project website claims that these include millions of musicians, artists, writers, teachers and people with dyslexia. Like Mindomo, Bubbl. There's also a day free trial to try out more advanced features. Online reviews of Bubbl. Some reviewers have complained about lag problems when using Bubbl.
It is designed primarily for business users and has been adopted by big names like Proctor and Gamble. As an enterprise-focused program MindManager is capable of integrating with Microsoft Office and indeed the overall interface will be very familiar to Word and PowerPoint users, right down to the built-in text editor and spreadsheet program.
Users are introduced to this gradually, as on first launch MindManager only displays a virtual whiteboard from where you can easily add ideas, then drag them into place. Maps are accessible via an easy to use dashboard. The general look and feel is extremely professional, meaning the finished map would be suitable for all purposes, from notes for a book to a presentation at a board meeting.
This professional pedigree doesn't come cheap.
This is especially important if any users are unfamiliar with Microsoft Office. It was originally released in November and the project website now claims over 1 million users. Like MindManager, XMind seems to be more focused on enterprise level solutions. The 'Idea Factory' is a great place to start listing items and there's even a useful built-in countdown timer to help regulate your mind mapping sessions.
The dedicated brainstorming module allows you to group items and concepts, as well as create links between them. Business users can also make use of the presentation mode which can display maps as slides, as well as list tasks in chart form e.