I looked at this application when it first came out a couple of years ago.
It has improved significantly.
This is easier to use than my favorite program iMindMap. It is also a lot less expensive.
[Do not confuse this app with Xmind 8, which is the more complete but harder to use version. Xmind 8 is much more expensive. Xmind ZEN produces more attractive maps and works MUCH better on small screens (mobile phone, pads).]
I will continue to use iMindMap 11 because of its status as the very best mind mapping app and I use all of its features. If you do not need all of the fancy options, this is a very good program for a beginner (and expert).
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What are the most important features of a compelling mind map?
Here is my answer in the form of a mind map.
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The “data” of mind maps are ideas. The map itself is a tool to support the manipulation and process of idea processing, idea communication, and idea use. The map organizes ideas and provides a means of showing their places within a hierarchical display. New theories or applications or insights can result from placing ideas into the mind mapping tool.
Come up some ideas by yourself or in a brainstorming group or by examing the previous ideas of others through reading books and research journals and interviewing observers of the idea development or use. Take the ideas you generate and collect and put them into the form of a mind map, whether computer-assisted or hand drawn.
Then the magic happens and you see how all of the ideas relate to one another.
The mind map below illustrates how a mind map helps to explore and understand ideas.
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