Playing with MindNode Pro

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I’ve always had trouble getting on the mind mapping bandwagon. I’m sure this is partly because I am extremely comfortable in outlines and do lots of project planning in my task planning application. I think another reason, however, is the price and learning curve required by most mind mapping applications.

Recently, I started making mind maps in MindNode Pro. This OS X application is very simple and I’ve been able to constructively use it with almost no time spent “learning” the program. I know there are more feature rich mind mapping applications out there but right now I am really enjoying MindNode Pro. The $15 license fee combined with the shallow learning curve makes this one easy to try on.

20 Comments Playing with MindNode Pro

  1. JamesMcDaniel@msn.com

    Does this software provide any significant benefits beyond making an outline “look pretty” by providing controls for visuals and page layout? It sounds like an interesting way to *present* structured information to others, but I normally don’t do my thinking/brainstorming inside of PowerPoint.

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  2. JamesMcDaniel@msn.com

    Does this software provide any significant benefits beyond making an outline “look pretty” by providing controls for visuals and page layout? It sounds like an interesting way to *present* structured information to others, but I normally don’t do my thinking/brainstorming inside of PowerPoint.

    Reply
  3. JamesMcDaniel@msn.com

    Does this software provide any significant benefits beyond making an outline “look pretty” by providing controls for visuals and page layout? It sounds like an interesting way to *present* structured information to others, but I normally don’t do my thinking/brainstorming inside of PowerPoint.

    Reply
  4. JamesMcDaniel@msn.com

    Does this software provide any significant benefits beyond making an outline “look pretty” by providing controls for visuals and page layout? It sounds like an interesting way to *present* structured information to others, but I normally don’t do my thinking/brainstorming inside of PowerPoint.

    Reply
  5. JamesMcDaniel@msn.com

    Does this software provide any significant benefits beyond making an outline “look pretty” by providing controls for visuals and page layout? It sounds like an interesting way to *present* structured information to others, but I normally don’t do my thinking/brainstorming inside of PowerPoint.

    Reply
  6. posteanonyme@gmail.com

    Not sure I get mind mapping applications. I guess they are suppose to aid/facilitate brainstorming – but this sort of activity is better done with a group of people. If being done solo, a pen a paper seem to work fine as well.

    Can’t see how a software application helps this in a significant manner.

    Ye old whiteboard – it’s very low tech but it works (take pictures with your iPhone)

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  7. posteanonyme@gmail.com

    Not sure I get mind mapping applications. I guess they are suppose to aid/facilitate brainstorming – but this sort of activity is better done with a group of people. If being done solo, a pen a paper seem to work fine as well.

    Can’t see how a software application helps this in a significant manner.

    Ye old whiteboard – it’s very low tech but it works (take pictures with your iPhone)

    Reply
  8. posteanonyme@gmail.com

    Not sure I get mind mapping applications. I guess they are suppose to aid/facilitate brainstorming – but this sort of activity is better done with a group of people. If being done solo, a pen a paper seem to work fine as well.

    Can’t see how a software application helps this in a significant manner.

    Ye old whiteboard – it’s very low tech but it works (take pictures with your iPhone)

    Reply
  9. posteanonyme@gmail.com

    Not sure I get mind mapping applications. I guess they are suppose to aid/facilitate brainstorming – but this sort of activity is better done with a group of people. If being done solo, a pen a paper seem to work fine as well.

    Can’t see how a software application helps this in a significant manner.

    Ye old whiteboard – it’s very low tech but it works (take pictures with your iPhone)

    Reply
  10. posteanonyme@gmail.com

    Not sure I get mind mapping applications. I guess they are suppose to aid/facilitate brainstorming – but this sort of activity is better done with a group of people. If being done solo, a pen a paper seem to work fine as well.

    Can’t see how a software application helps this in a significant manner.

    Ye old whiteboard – it’s very low tech but it works (take pictures with your iPhone)

    Reply
  11. david@macsparky.com

    I think the idea is that working with a mind mapping application your brain will actually make new connections that you won’t get from an outline. My problem has always been the interface was too tedious and got in the way. Like Pierre, I have a well used white board for this purpose. The simplicity of this application makes it a contender for me however. The nice thing is, there is a free version so you can try it out yourself and if you find it does work, the upgraded license is only $15.

    Reply
  12. david@macsparky.com

    I think the idea is that working with a mind mapping application your brain will actually make new connections that you won’t get from an outline. My problem has always been the interface was too tedious and got in the way. Like Pierre, I have a well used white board for this purpose. The simplicity of this application makes it a contender for me however. The nice thing is, there is a free version so you can try it out yourself and if you find it does work, the upgraded license is only $15.

    Reply
  13. david@macsparky.com

    I think the idea is that working with a mind mapping application your brain will actually make new connections that you won’t get from an outline. My problem has always been the interface was too tedious and got in the way. Like Pierre, I have a well used white board for this purpose. The simplicity of this application makes it a contender for me however. The nice thing is, there is a free version so you can try it out yourself and if you find it does work, the upgraded license is only $15.

    Reply
  14. david@macsparky.com

    I think the idea is that working with a mind mapping application your brain will actually make new connections that you won’t get from an outline. My problem has always been the interface was too tedious and got in the way. Like Pierre, I have a well used white board for this purpose. The simplicity of this application makes it a contender for me however. The nice thing is, there is a free version so you can try it out yourself and if you find it does work, the upgraded license is only $15.

    Reply
  15. david@macsparky.com

    I think the idea is that working with a mind mapping application your brain will actually make new connections that you won’t get from an outline. My problem has always been the interface was too tedious and got in the way. Like Pierre, I have a well used white board for this purpose. The simplicity of this application makes it a contender for me however. The nice thing is, there is a free version so you can try it out yourself and if you find it does work, the upgraded license is only $15.

    Reply
  16. donadams@mac.com

    Consider using it as simple way to express to others how discreet objects connect.

    I use it to describe business processes, application workflows and hardware connections. Easier and clearer than creating a Powerpoint or Keynote doc, and unlike my whiteboard drawings actually readable by humans.

    Reply
  17. donadams@mac.com

    Consider using it as simple way to express to others how discreet objects connect.

    I use it to describe business processes, application workflows and hardware connections. Easier and clearer than creating a Powerpoint or Keynote doc, and unlike my whiteboard drawings actually readable by humans.

    Reply
  18. donadams@mac.com

    Consider using it as simple way to express to others how discreet objects connect.

    I use it to describe business processes, application workflows and hardware connections. Easier and clearer than creating a Powerpoint or Keynote doc, and unlike my whiteboard drawings actually readable by humans.

    Reply
  19. donadams@mac.com

    Consider using it as simple way to express to others how discreet objects connect.

    I use it to describe business processes, application workflows and hardware connections. Easier and clearer than creating a Powerpoint or Keynote doc, and unlike my whiteboard drawings actually readable by humans.

    Reply
  20. donadams@mac.com

    Consider using it as simple way to express to others how discreet objects connect.

    I use it to describe business processes, application workflows and hardware connections. Easier and clearer than creating a Powerpoint or Keynote doc, and unlike my whiteboard drawings actually readable by humans.

    Reply

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