True Believer
Mark Rudoff | TrustRadius Reviewer
November 30, 2018

True Believer

Score 10 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with MindManager

So far as I am aware, I am the only person in my unit who uses MindManager. I have shown maps during meetings and presentations. Some colleagues express interest, none enough to follow up with me about whether and how they are using mind maps in their work. Which is, IMHO, too bad.
  • Brainstorming
  • Process Mapping
  • Education & Training
  • Meeting Management
  • Problem Solving
  • MindManager is my go-to first step for any serious writing I do. It is the best tool I have for keeping track of how my thinking evolves over the life of a piece of work.
  • Excellent tool for organizing and delegating discrete tasks in a meeting.
  • I use argument maps in seminars.
  • Arms are too rigid. Would like to be able to move connections around more easily.
  • More flexibility in hierarchies.
  • I would prefer less predetermined formats.
I’m not sure
  • I write faster and more accurately.
  • Mindmaps are excellent for teaching.
  • Maps help me keep meetings on track.
I am primarily a university teacher who gives instruction in music performance. I have a library of Mindmaps that I share with students that allow us to explore technical and musical concepts. This technique lets me focus lesson time on actual playing. More important, the students have a set of heuristic tools that enable them to learn independently--and they frequently come back with ideas to add to the maps.
I started using Mindjet when it was still a CD software package. (I am that old.) When they went to subscriptions, I tried a few other options that were free or cheap. I do not even remember the brands: that is how little I found them useful and how much I ended up missing Mindjet.
I find MindManager most useful for:
(1) Planning my own projects
(2) Brainstorming ideas for myself or in a group, and
(3) Creating graphic depictions to parse complicated topics.

Less appropriate: At least in its current design, does not build effective flow charts. ESPECIALLY when
trying to plot long-term projects in a group. Page formatting constraints make it too clumsy. (OF COURSE, it could just be I don't know how to use the package properly).

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