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Likelihood to Recommend

MindManager

  • MM is superb for brainstorming - individually or with a group.
  • MM is superb for quickly focusing a group down the key elements of a discussion, plan or strategy.
  • I have found MM less useful in making Presentation material for said groups.
  • With each new MM version, the features and options get more refined and useful in the above-mentioned areas.
The notification/alarm function was pitiful and more recently has been vastly improved. It is still not "Google Calendar" replacement material, which I would like it to be.
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Microsoft Visio

Ease of use, it has many stencils supporting system architecture and IDEF system behavior diagrams. I have also utilized it as a system conops design tool. Excellent flexibility. Powerful program for drawing plans and structural charts, is easy to use and contains a wide range of design tools that facilitates the development of flow charts for users with little experience
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Pros

MindManager

  • The ability to apply it to almost any situation that requires the organization of ideas, concepts and/or facts.
  • The ease with which a map can be changed, almost totally if necessary, without the loss of any content.
  • The ease with which the tool is implemented to its full conceptual power.
  • The ease with which ideas are communicated to others who did not do the map building themselves.
  • The potential for collaborative efforts in developing thoughts, plans, etc.
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Microsoft Visio

  • The templates for basic flowcharting are simple to use and cover most of the basic functions and touch points in a diagram.
  • The variety of included icons and connectors means it's very easy to create floor plans and/or network diagrams.
  • The ease at which you can customise connectors with different colours/thickness makes it very effective in overall presentation of a diagram.
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Cons

MindManager

  • I would like to be able to readily select groups of topics and apply formatting e.g. circle three topics and have them collectively outlined or colored
  • Would be nice to have a small collection of the icons that I use most frequently in a group on the top bar so I can easily drag and drop
  • Its a bit cumbersome to generate custom formats
  • I've had trouble configuring this latest version to attach emails from Outlook which was a really useful feature for my dashboard
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Microsoft Visio

  • The shapes library can be a little daunting if you're unfamiliar. Unless you know what you're looking for and where to find it, you can spend a lot of time looking for a particular shape or icon. But once you find it, you can add it to your shapes menu for easy access.
  • You can also spend a lot of time selecting your defaults for shapes, arrows, font size, etc. But like the shapes library, once you get it down, it's locked in.
  • Be prepared to spend a few hours playing with Visio before figuring out all the nuances. But if you're a beginner and need to create a process flow or diagram, you can do it very quickly without a lot of effort or training. The fun stuff takes a little longer to master.
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Likelihood to Renew

MindManager

MindManager 9.8
Based on 20 answers
I feel the main issues of the old Mindjet seem to be gone with the
Corel purchase. With the huge advance of sharing via browser HTML even 1
user can affect many. And, actually, using MM kind of forced my rigid
brain to rethink how I categorize and classify information/projects.
The
idea of paying $69USD for an annual cost is more than fair and a great
model for Corel/Mindjet to keep rolling out improvements!
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Microsoft Visio

Microsoft Visio 10.0
Based on 1 answer
I LOVE Visio for project workflow documentation. Customers come to us to develop workflows for them and integrate systems. Visio makes it easy to understand and document customer needs as well as highlight web service touchpoints and integration areas.
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Usability

MindManager

MindManager 8.5
Based on 6 answers
One of the best software programs ever. Always my go-to program for most things.
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Microsoft Visio

Microsoft Visio 7.5
Based on 2 answers
Some things that I think should be easy to do are not, at least not for a beginner user. I'm sure it's easy once you get the hang of it but the two main issues I have with Visio are the connecting of different states and searching for graphics/icons after you have chosen a starting template.
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Reliability and Availability

MindManager

MindManager 9.1
Based on 3 answers
Old MM versions were an issue. No issues since 2018 anyway!
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Microsoft Visio

No score
No answers yet
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Performance

MindManager

MindManager 9.1
Based on 2 answers
No issues even with large maps and held in the cloud.
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Microsoft Visio

No score
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Support

MindManager

MindManager 8.6
Based on 5 answers
Occasionally I do have a bit of a back and forth via email...WHEREAS a quick POTC (plain old telephone call) would probably be best all concerned.
Perhaps a telephone-based Super premium support service (might be there but I might not know about it).
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Microsoft Visio

Microsoft Visio 7.7
Based on 5 answers
The product doesn't seem to be updated very often. I'm sure there are lots of enhancement requests that could/should be implemented but I don't use it as frequently as others in my organization. The product doesn't give me any noticeable issues and I've never had to report an issue to Microsoft about Visio.
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Online Training

MindManager

MindManager 6.4
Based on 1 answer
The videos are not well categorized...I had to do a bit of digging to get what I wanted and many videos on older versions. If Mindjet was to improve the titles used that would help.
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Microsoft Visio

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Alternatives Considered

MindManager

I like that MindManager is local software instead of a cloud-based service like MindMeister. This lets me work on a map even when I don't have internet access. It's also faster and more fully-featured.Visio is a cumbersome tool for mind mapping, as it is optimized for design more than rapid entry and organizing.
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Microsoft Visio

Other products that we have tried (like Google Drawings and LucidChart) did not offer the same flexibility and ease of use that we have found in Microsoft Visio. While they may offer better collaborative features, they were lacking in some of the basic interface and shape features that Visio makes easy.
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Scalability

MindManager

MindManager 9.1
Based on 2 answers
Unlimited...issue I had was nomenclature, but info/project classification/methodology address that.
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Microsoft Visio

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Return on Investment

MindManager

  • Most recent example: Initiated a committee to set direction on how to most effectively assist the working poor and at-risk populations within our five county region. Mind mapping allowed the team of 10 - 12 people to absorb the ALICE (Asset Limited Income Constrained Employed) data for the region and determine which groups were most at risk and which groups State and Federal funds my be able to most effectively assist. Three to five maps allowed adequate data absorption by the team to set the 1 to 3 year strategy within a relatively short period of time and start implementation.
  • Have used the tool in the past for strategic planning for corporate business teams in areas of profit management, quality performance, business reliability, safety improvement with varying degrees of success. Typically the mapping process has contributed greatly to both defining the strategy and implementing.
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Microsoft Visio

  • I think the diagrams I have created have been very beneficial to visualizing the functionality and workflow for our developing products.
  • The way we associate an agile story with a 'piece' of our diagram, allows us to make sure we have all in the flow accounted for, which makes our project schedule more dependable, and we use our development resource time correctly.
  • For people skilled in this product, it can be a help toward being more efficient in product execution. However, it is not beneficial if you have someone not proficient using the product, and spending an inordinate amount of time producing a diagram.
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Pricing Details

MindManager

General

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

Microsoft Visio

General

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

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