Many people asked me these last couple of weeks why I use MindMapper 17 Professional. It isn’t the biggest name in the mind mapping industry, but what makes it so valuable to me. I love to tell you more about it. Please note, this isn’t a pitch or a sales page. It is just me giving you my ideas on this software tool.
MindMapper 17 Professional, what it does for me
Many years ago, when I first learned about mind mapping, I wanted to do this on a computer, not on paper. So I used google to find tools. The ones I found were Mindmanager, Visual Mind, ConceptDraw, MindGenius and MindMapper.
I downloaded them all and tested them. What I needed was a tool that could make a mindmap for me when I only fed it the data.
All of these tools could do this (fortunately). What I liked most about MindMapper was that it needed back then the least amount of effort. Some tools needed me to add a branch, then enter the information, and then confirm (click return).
MindMapper didn’t need the first action. It automatically added the branch to the one I was working on at the time as a sub branch. Very easy and it made the mindmap creation a lot faster.
I contacted the different software creators and asked if I could sell their tools for them. All replied I could and I started a new business, selling mindmap software.
In the mean time, I also learned more about mind mapping and how this could be done in a practical manner. I write a book on mind mapping and created the first online video training (with a fancy blue screen and all 🙂 ).
The software tools kept improving and more features were added. Frankly, I hardly use them all. What I do find very important were these:
- Easy to manipulate mindmaps during and after creating them
- Work with MS Word
- Have maps that look professional, but not too boring
- Have maps that look pleasing, but not like hand drawn or children maps
- A notes screen to store additional ideas that are not shown in the map
All of these are more or less available in the tools I mentioned before and also in most of the new tools.
Still, what kept me a heavy user was mainly the easy of input for ideas, thoughts and other information.
You probably wondered why I only want my tool to work with MS Word. This is because I don’t understand or ever use the export to PowerPoint or Excel, or Outlook features. A map is not my agenda. A map is my presentation and doesn’t need to be transformed into a linear PowerPoint presentation. Numbers are cool, but not in my mind map, I leave them in Excel.
What I sometimes do is embed a map or a map image in PowerPoint or Excel. I don’t export or import to or from these tools.
For you, there might be other tools that completely satisfy your mind mapping needs. It could be on an iPad, online, or a tool on your computer.
MindMapper 17 Professional, a tool is just a tool
In any case, make sure your tool is very easy to use. I use MindMapper 17 Professional to keep my information updated and ready to be used. My 90 day planning is in a map (often only on paper, sometimes I create a digital map).
My point is, different people require different tools (are there for that reason so many mind mapping tools???). Different situations may require different tools. You need to make sure your tool is the one you can work with and which allows you to capture, organize and utilize your information fast and easy.
When you like to learn more about MindMapper 17 Professional, have a look at my other website. On this you can download MindMapper 17 Professional and you receive a personal 6 part video training that makes sure you not just create mind maps but also benefit from them!