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Likelihood to Recommend

Airtable

Any sort of database--keeping records of all of our volunteers, recipients, organizations, etc
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MindManager

MindManager is best suited to make a picture tell a thousand words especially in front of large groups. I don't have trouble finding appropriate uses for this software in every conceiveable scenario. It is a sandbox that with enough imagination can be used to streamline nearly any scenario.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Project Management

Airtable
8.0
MindManager
7.2
Task Management
Airtable
8.2
MindManager
8.8
Resource Management
Airtable
9.0
MindManager
8.3
Gantt Charts
Airtable
7.4
MindManager
6.0
Scheduling
Airtable
8.2
MindManager
6.3
Workflow Automation
Airtable
7.7
MindManager
6.6
Team Collaboration
Airtable
8.8
MindManager
8.8
Support for Agile Methodology
Airtable
7.9
MindManager
9.1
Support for Waterfall Methodology
Airtable
7.7
MindManager
9.1
Document Management
Airtable
7.6
MindManager
7.4
Email integration
Airtable
7.2
MindManager
6.0
Mobile Access
Airtable
7.7
MindManager
8.0
Timesheet Tracking
Airtable
8.0
MindManager
7.0
Change request and Case Management
Airtable
8.0
MindManager
3.9
Budget and Expense Management
Airtable
8.2
MindManager
5.6

Professional Services Automation

Airtable
MindManager
2.7
Quotes/estimates
Airtable
MindManager
3.0
Project & financial reporting
Airtable
MindManager
4.0
Integration with accounting software
Airtable
MindManager
1.0

Pros

  • very intuitive and simple to use
  • bug-free
  • we are able to formulate it for our needs instead of fitting into someone else's idea of what we need
  • usable across multiple platforms and devices--desktops, laptops, iphones.
  • editing in real time, and several viewers viewing screens from remote locations
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  • MindManager allows me to plead my case for more resources, show when there is scope creep, illustrate how complex a topic is, or to present high-level documentation that can be expanded to give the most granular steps/details.
  • MindManager can be leveraged to take the detailed notes of an analyst inside the basic visual overview that upper management cares about.
  • MindManager can export all the diagrams you build into HTML maps that will contain all the documents, images, graphics, and structure created in the tool. This eliminates the requirement of a proprietary tool needed by the recipient of the mind map to see your exports. Anyone can see the maps in the same way you built them.
  • MindManager is excellent in purveying complex scenarios in easy to understand diagrams.
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Cons

  • entering a single record seems to have to be done across several screens. Perhaps just the way we did it, but would be easier if it were all done on one screen
  • can't figure out how to "hide" a record once one of the people we are visiting dies. We don't want to delete the record, just hide it from the primary view.
  • eventually, it would be great to be able to integrate into Gmail--eg to hit the email address and have that transfer to an email...but perhaps not possible without permission from google...
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  • Dashboard Wizard - There is a bit of a skill set required and knowledge of conditional formatting. A wizard would help you set this up with examples and guided questions to get the content you want on the map.
  • New sheet from a topic - XMIND has the ability to have a topic open in another tab as a central topic. All the maps in XMIND are within the same file, no linking to external maps. MindManager allows you to import a map as a topic but with it you need to either import the content from the map which will be forced to take on the attributes of the parent map, or just link to the other map. Multi Tab maps in MM would be awesome. It is one of my most used features in XMIND and keeps everything in one place.
  • Re-Ordering of topics in a flowchart for presentation in HTML5/PowerPoint/Word export - One item, in particular, that would put this product over the top is being able to re-order the topics in a process flow so it can be used more effectively in a presentation. Process flows are constantly changing when you get new information. If you edit the map by adding or putting a topic in between two earlier topics the presentation mode will not focus on that topic until the end of the presentation. If you put a topic at the end of the flow the presentation will jump ahead and then go back. It would be nice to omit parts of the flowchart from the presentation as well. Additional export types for the output of a flowchart would also be handy. The export to HTML5 is excellent, and so long as you manually click from topic to topic it is functional and impressive. But it is lacking the fine-tuned polish and sub-features that would really put it over the top and make it useful for distribution to people other than those intimately familiar with the material.
  • More documentation on how to create Macros.
  • Outlook HTML formatting support without a plugin. The reformatting of email in MM can make things more confusing.
  • Record or attach audio to a topic. – Sometimes training or narration need to be a part of a map. Many tools implement this natively nowadays.
  • Play video from within a topic or in an integrated window. – Video is also commonly used now to eliminate the need for documentation. It would be nice to watch and add notes or just include in a map.
  • SnagIt Support – I thought I remembered this in earlier versions. I cannot seem to create a link between MM and SnagIt anymore.
  • Start with a truly blank map (a sandbox) and be able to place any type of topic on the screen and build anything. Xmind Zen is essentially doing this now.
  • Filter using images/icons.
  • Create image/tag/color legend on map. When legend item is clicked focus on the topics that have the Legend item properties. Would be great in HTML5 output.
  • Un-filter a filtered HTML5 export using a toggle on the HTML Map. When sending out a couple example maps to people unfamiliar with the usage they did not know that there was more content available and made assumptions based on only what they saw. An alert notifying the map is filtered would be nice on the output.
  • Flowchart to Visio Export
  • Exporting to Word/PowerPoint - If you could bring the same level of control to these exports that you did to your HTML5 exporter you would have all the bases covered. Unless I define my own word template the output from a map to work has a messy feel. I really like to do business analysis with maps. I bring in map parts when defining evidence types, scope statements, and requirements. I drag the map parts to the map and define all the info my branches ask for when I include evidence. I would love to be able to export my maps to Microsoft Word and have a great output for my Issue Analysis, Requirement Documents, Traceability Matrix, etc. While I have found ways to make this work and quicker for me I have talked to others that would like to see things perfectly laid out on export that do not have the time to do the tricks and tweaks I have become used to over the years with word templates. It would be nice to have strong export support for Word and PowerPoint documents. Something more visual perhaps that lets a user preview how their export will look before they execute it.
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Likelihood to Renew

Airtable9.1
Based on 1 answer
compared to other products it is just fabulous.
Andrej Vrsansky profile photo
MindManager10.0
Based on 18 answers
I like the product. It is easy to use and a big plus in meetings where we are gathering thoughts and ideas
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Usability

Airtable9.0
Based on 5 answers
It's not perfect but it is really easy to use and I think most slightly technical people will pick it up quite quickly.
Malcolm Colman-Shearer profile photo
MindManager8.2
Based on 4 answers
One of the best software programs ever. Always my go-to program for most things.
Greg Cimmarrusti, PMP profile photo

Support

Airtable7.3
Based on 1 answer
Sometimes, I have to wait a bit longer but I'm on a low priced option so I understand why. Generally, they're able to provide me solutions to my problems as long as I'm not in a rush.
Malcolm Colman-Shearer profile photo
MindManager9.1
Based on 3 answers
It is excellent! We always had our problems solved thanks to their help in short time.
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Alternatives Considered

Vastly better-. Much easier to set up, edit and view across multiple platforms.
Juliet Sternberg profile photo
I have dabbled with some other mind mapping tools over the years, but since I started using MindManager in 2005, I have had no compelling reason to switch products.
Jeff Kearns CD, rmc, PEng, PMP profile photo

Return on Investment

  • makes our work life more efficient and therefore more time to devote to the actual work and less time on record keeping
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  • MindManager is a tool to create clarity, understanding and visibility in anything. As it can be used so early in the process, it is not always easy to directly attribute the benefits to the the application itself. However, it is a sure way to turn chaos into order in a structured way.
  • Not easy to put a value on the ability to convey information more effectively, to drive adoption and engagement initially then monitoring and execution subsequently. It won't create a great strategy but using it as a tool to assist makes it so much easier.
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Pricing Details

Airtable

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
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MindManager

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details

MindManager More Information