Saturday, September 13, 2008

Mindmeister:a free online collaboration with mind mapping

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One can use a mind mapping online tool to create or change the company structure, people assignments, business process modeling, job descriptions, networking, organizational charts, organograms, ... and even the freshnew HR-strategy. And last but not least as a collaborative tool to ...

About MindMeister

MindMeister brings the concept of mind mapping to the web, using its facilities for real-time collaboration to allow truly global brainstorming sessions.
Users can create, manage and share mind maps online and access them anytime, from anywhere. In brainstorming mode, fellow MindMeisters from around the world (or just in different rooms) can simultaneously work on the same mind map - and see each other's changes as they happen. Using integrated Skype calls, they can throw around new ideas and put them down on 'paper' at the same time.

Create a Mind Map

As with any standard mind mapping application, you create new maps by adding ideas as they come to your mind. Whether you're the keyboard type (press INS or TAB to add an idea), or prefer using the mouse (double-click anywhere in the map, click the toolbar buttons and drag&drop to move ideas around), you can build your mind maps within a few minutes. We'll store them securely for you for as long as you like and you can export them in various mind map format, or even as a document outline or image file. And of course, you can also import your existing mind maps into MindMeister (we currently support MindManager and Freemind as source formats). All you need is a standard web browser, no plugins or additional software required.

Share with Friends

You can share any of your mind maps with friends and colleagues - maybe your future business partner, or just the marketing guy in Project F. Invitees will receive an email with a link and - depending on what access you give them - will be able to add their own ideas and comments. And don't worry, we save all the old versions of a map as well, so if their ideas weren't so hot you can just revert to any previous revision. If you want to share your map with the whole world, just click the 'Publish Map' link and integrate the mind map into your blog or website.

Real-Time Collaboration

When two or more users open the same mind map at the same time you are in brainstorming mode. Every change you make - be it adding new ideas, deleting bad old ones, or rearranging them within the branches - will be replicated instantly to your fellow editors' screens via the MindMeister server. Through colour-coded effects they will see what you did and vice versa, no reload necessary. And, if you need to talk to them directly, just click on their name in the footer and start a Skype conference call.

1 comment:

HarshilJK said...

I like the idea of mindmaps but im sure Mindmeister doesnt have functions of export, calender integration, contacts, advanced analytics, process replication - things that will make it robust. Its a great concept nevertheless. Iv always enjoyed mind maps ever since i was in school.

For now i use Deskaway - you should check out their free version. Its quite cutting edge - and always improving.