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MindManager aims to bring clarity and structure to plans, projects, and processes.
With it, the vendor says users can transform scattered ideas and information into dynamic visual mind maps, flowcharts, concept maps, matrices and other diagrams. They state users can also take control of their work, synthesize vast amounts of data, collaborate and communicate more effectively, and boost productivity to gain a competitive edge.
MindManager is presented as a suite of intuitive visualization products that helps individuals and teams think more clearly, make better decisions, and get on the path to personal and organizational success.
- Supported: Information Visualization
- Supported: Brainstorming
- Supported: Problem Solving
- Supported: Collaboration
- Supported: Knowledge Management
- Supported: Process Design & Documentation
- Supported: Project Management
- Supported: Strategic Planning
- Supported: Task Management
- Supported: Workflow Management
|Mobile Application||Apple iOS, Android|
|Supported Languages||English, French, German, Japanese, Russian, Chinese|
Frequently Asked Questions
- The interface makes it very easy to use.
- The fonts and design elements make the maps easy to read.
- Exporting the maps to other formats is easy to do.
- I would like to be able to click and drag some elements to make it easier to read. Some things can get bunched.
- Always looking for templates from other users who are smarter than me.
- Resource planning
- Pricing model for 3rd world countries
- Very intuitive to use
- Provides the data in various mediums after the fact (export as PDF, Excel, etc.)
- Allows for co-editing
- it would be great if it published out to a PowerPoint
- more pre-defined templates
- more icons
- It captures and structures our information so that we don't lose sight of the important details.
- We are able to connect broad swathes of data and information to help keep us focused on the most important issues at stake.
- We can see at-a-glance where our time and effort need to be allocated.
- To date I haven't found any holes in the solution set—I'm impressed!
- The co-editing feature makes collaborating with others a delight.
- Seems to be the most polished and feature-rich of all the mind mapping tools I've tried.
- Very flexible handles many different project types for various needs and goals.
- The pricing is a little high for solo users compared to other mind mapping tools, but the functionality justifies the cost.
- The Android app didn't let me edit my maps last time I tried to use it, would be nice to edit on the go.
- Would be nice if non-paying users could co-edit maps.
- Being fast
- Weird offline issue where I couldn't use it on a plane because it needed to connect to a license?
- Not crashing on the MacOs
- Legacy support - the older templates were the best
- I use it often to brainstorm and then arrange the topics into an outline.
- It's a very easy, graphical and flexible way to setup a to do list for both short and long term projects.
- I have also started using the flowchart capabilities to details experimental plans.
- I would like to be able to select several topics and group them, then color them as a group.
- Right when I select a set of topics and select Boundary, each topic gets its own boundary.
- I would like an easier process to customize my maps e.g. with specific fonts, colors, etc. I know that this can be done, but I would like it to be easier.
- In the latest version I'm having trouble linking to Outlook emails. This may be due to a change in outlook, but it is a capability that I really miss.
- Project planning
- Idea generation
- Problem solving
- Decision making
- Consider broadening the template options
- Bring back, as an option the older branching structure
- Continue to increase the video training library
- Consider integrating with Markdown as an option
- Simple to use
- Knowledge management
- Better UI
- Could have a chat feature
- Cloud availability
- Demonstrates interdependence of individual tasks and technologies.
- Allows faster and clearer reorganization of linkages than a system like Microsoft Visio.
- Improved integration to turn a collection of interdependent tasks into a Gantt Chart schedule.
- Capture ideas as they are "discovered."
- Relate items that may seem to be unrelated.
- Go from the macro to the micro.
- Most grief is the whole update process. Every year going through it makes me think there has to be a better product.
MM solves several business problems, ranging from project management, project requirements, task management, meeting minutes, SharePoint mapping, presentations, documentation, and seeing the big picture and small picture. It provides executives, team leads, supervisors, and employees [a way] to assess a situation accurately, manage that assessment, and provide visual feedback to other employees.
- MM is particularly suited for Corporate and Business Mapping because it taps into a person's visual understanding and its power to standardize learning and education is unparalleled.
- MM is an all-in-one Productivity Tool, possibly the first of its kind. In its early days, it was cited as the sixth member of MS Office and that was a well-stated idea. Imagine being able to visually map out data and content, update it visually, exporting it to MS Word/Excel/Powerpoint, interact with MS Outlook, and interact/work with MS Sharepoint? This is the perfect tool if you use Windows, MS Office, MS Sharepoint, or MS Outlook!
- MM is a personal (Virtual) assistant for me, it allows me to focus on creative thinking, brainstorming, and ideation so I can compete in the Marketplace. I use it to create Worksheets and Cheat Sheets to remember data, crunch numbers, and assess any situation with the most informed decisions.
- The only problem I see with MM is learning how to create Templates and change the "visual" aspects of how a map looks.
I have used it for infographics, structuring data for an executive presentation, and many other scenarios.
I used it for building a presentation and corporate mock-ups for AT&T, Dell SecureWorks, Jabil, and Verizon.
The reason for its ubiquitous presence is that it provides a richly capable canvas for capturing and organising all forms of data that need some form of structured and yet, still fluid organisation. It has become popular with users due to its flexibility to support a diverse range of information management needs without requiring any preparation or complex setup.
- Workshop capture and management: a fluid data capture tool that is unsurpassed for planning and recording information captured on the fly.
- Content planning and organisation: the ability to develop large and complex output documents by beginning with an unstructured set of ideas that gradually take on shape and structure as you progress because of the ease in which you can reorganise your thoughts and information.
- Ability to generate output in multiple formats: being able to generate output of maps in a range of formats including Word documents, drilldown maps, table-like structures, etc. means that there is always a way of disseminating the content of maps to any audience.
- Native iOS application.
- Reintroduction of the web-client to allow mapping via a web browser.
- More comprehensive images library.
- You can pre-build the structure of a map for a workshop so that you can 'fill in the blanks' in front of your client rather than having to spend unnecessary time creating the structure in situ. This is especially useful as it means you don't miss the capture of important details.
- Developing a large document is super-easy in MindManager as you can progressively add, prune and reorganise information via drag and drop. Being able to collapse any section of the map at will means you can visualise how the overall end result will look without having to spend time scrolling through 'irrelevant' sections.
We are a consulting organisation that spends most of its time working with clients to determine their business requirements and identify solutions to meet those requirements. When we run client-engagement sessions (such as workshops), we use pre-defined mind maps that contain the key components we intend to cover in a workshop. As a consultant delivers the workshop they are able to expand and collapse sections to ensure the client can focus on the current topic at hand and not get 'lost in the noise.'
During workshops clients will often want to reorganise their needs and requirements. The ability to move whole sections of maps is incredibly easier in MindManager thereby allowing the audience to see the immediate impact of such changes - something. you cannot do well with any other form of capture medium.
Furthermore, MindManager allows the capture of rich information within a map, beyond simple text which makes the experience for the audience even more compelling. Some examples of this include:
- The ability to attach documents such as PDFs and images in a map to ensure all relevant collateral is available directly as needed.
- The ability to capture tasks, such as follow-up actions you want to assign to a workshop attendee.
- It helps us organize our thinking both individually and collectively.
- It allows us to signify (vote up/vote down) key pieces of our thinking and to negotiate the categorizations that we might apply
- The ease of use and the ability to make changes on the fly in real-time allows us to keep the conversation flowing at a pace that keeps everyone engaged - super low friction
- I confess that MindManager already has way more functionality than I use so there are no shortfalls in my experience. Perhaps one area would be the format painter? Sometimes I find that a bit finicky.
- Linking branches on a map is sometimes a bit clunky - I find it difficult to manipulate the handles on the connectors.
- I'm just nitpicking now...fundamentally I have no cons to offer.
- Organizing & reorganizing ideas into actionable plans: the mapping workflow makes it incredibly easy to get ideas onto the page, and then group or reorganize topics.
- Integration with Outlook: calendar items are fully linked and searchable. I use the Resource list to find notes related to a specific person instantly, even years in the past!
- Smart filters by tags, icons or label: instantly filter down to specific types of information using a nearly limitless variety of word or icon tags.
- Task roll-up: quickly see progress on multi-step projects.
- Kanban view: needs more work to compete with establish task management apps.
- Cross-map dashboards, to collect specific markers together on master map.
- Flowcharting capabilities: still hard to use for formal flowcharts compared to other tools (e.g. Lucidchart).
- Tech support response time: it took a very long time to get technical support on a recent ticket.
- Captures creativity and creates a feedback loop.
- Ideas on MindManager canvas help organize thinking and planning and implementation. It makes the whole of any project digestible and manageable.
- Process documentation for product creation clarifies the Who, What, When, Where and Why so our output is quality consistent and value driven for our clients.
- Personal satisfaction ranks high when using MindManager for any occasion.
- I would like to see more instructional videos for new users because when I first began, the beginner videos were not that great and not that many.
- A paid help hotline for users who want that personal help option to answer specific questions. Even if you limited the questions to one a week, it would be a great option to offer.
- You had that service a long time ago but I don't believe you have it any longer.
- Visual outlining of information.
- Moving and reorganizing information as the project evolves.
- Flexible export formats.
- Backwards compatibility after exporting.
- Document comparison for easy updates and edits after export.
- More outlining and numbering options when exporting.
Maybe not best suited for spreadsheet work?
- Creating mind maps and concept maps.
- Providing an extensive set of templates to create different diagrams for many situations (e.g., strategic, project, and knowledge management).
- Publishing maps that are accessible to anyone.
- Ability to link maps.
- Adding internal and external graphics to maps.
- Ability to turn off auto-connection when topics in a free-form map get too close.
- A more extensive internal graphics library.
- Add a "causal loop diagram" template. It is a feedback diagram in System Dynamics.
- Root Cause Analysis
- Project Planning
- Knowledge Sharing
- More capabilities for project schedule management
- Project portfolio management
- Integration with SharePoint and MS Project
MindManager may be less appropriate to some extent in large complex projects but it can still add significant value if used along with other tools for management of complex large projects.
- Mind Manager is very well structured.
- It is user friendly and gets explored when used.
- The color and line effect adds to visual effects.
- Can add more icons.
- Make the above Ribbon smaller.
- Make the play area bigger.
- Organize a lot of information easily.
- Track and organize website research.
- Graphically portray information to others.
- Create outlines for writing long complicated documents.
- Tag information on MindManager Snap.
- Ability to print portions of maps.
- Better (targeted and short) training videos and training opportunities.
- Better Help feature.
- Organizes thoughts
- Creates amazing visualizations.
- Powers the brainstorming process.
- I like the software as it is.
- Great to segment things out (projects, organizational charts, processes, workloads, etc) and gives you a full picture of the job.
- It is user friendly, simple to use, and powerful.
- MS Office and Teams integration is great. Allows for easy collaboration.
- Great GUI and visuals
- Excellent method for project planning and brainstorming
- It can be difficult to print your mind map in a font that is large enough to easily read.
- Certain features for first-time users are a bit daunting and there is a slight learning curve.
- The help options can be enhanced.
- Interface is ideal for summarizing ideas and knowledge.
- Cross-platform compatibility allows teams in different areas with different hardware to collaborate.
- Information can easily be updated when necessary.
- Users had trouble assigning due dates to tasks.
- Free alternatives like Lucidchart and Pinboard are available.
- Easily links external sources on contacts such as LinkedIn profiles, published articles etc. so that is quickly accessible and all in one place.
- When learning new players in the org, MindManager is the fastest tool I have found to move people around in the org chart, put in topic buttons to call attention to "red flags" in a visual way. Also very easy to link people in a "power base" who are not directly in someone's reporting chain.
- Easy to brainstorm ideas with team members, and share the link out to the team. Brings the white board session easily to the Zoom meeting and so much better than using static documents like PowerPoint, etc.
- I find formatting a challenge. Example, make all the boxes the same format and fonts so when you add a box, it understands the format of the top level box.
- I have played around with some of the templates but find creating my own each time is better route. The project plan template is very good but I find myself deleting boxes and again, takes more time than creating a new map every time.
- I try to get colleagues to use MM but they are intimidated by the UI. I am really comfortable with it but to them it can look more complex than it really is.
I like to use it to capture meeting notes and organize my next steps. I can link MS or Google docs right into the sheet, with all the data in a live map.
I used MindManger when I onboarded to a new position to organize the training topics, and add live links into materials I knew I would one day want to revisit. This made it easy for me to have all my onboarding and training information organized and available without digging through a Shared Google Drive or a sales enablement tool. I save great PowerPoints into this map for future reference too!
Territory Planning: Organize top targets into A/B/C accounts. Easily link customer case studies or proof points with the map. Easy to update as the territory builds out without recreating in a static document. I export map portions into PPT and share with leadership.