Do you think perfectionism is a blessing or a curse? While a lot of people think that perfectionism is a possitive trait reality shows that most people suffer from the consequences of perfectionism. Don’t get me wrong – I like to finish things but there is a difference in doing your job good and doing your job perfect. The main difference is TIME SPENT.
I have made a small whiteboard animation to show the cost of perfectionism according to the 80/20 rule.
In my last post I was very enthusiastic and this has not changed a bit after a week playing around with it. I JUST LOVE IT!
What do I love most about it?
Without a doubt – The new presentation mode
The completely revamped presentation mode is in my opinion the real killer feature of this version (only available in iMindMap6 Ultimate)
You now have complete freedom how to arrange the slides of your presentation. I have made a few YouTube movies for my Dutch channel about learning how to learn or study and it is very easy to create a mind map and to make the presentation.
I am very excited to write this article about the complete new iMindmap 6. I already liked iMindmap 5 very much but still missed some features. It looks like the “guys” at Thinkbuzan have read my mind. This new version addresses most of the issues that I had with iMindmp 5.
Here is a short movie where Owen Hardy @ThinkBuzan explains what is new in iMindMap6.
Now let’s have a look at the new and improved featured I like most. Note that these features are only available in het Ultimate version of iMindmap6.
My personal favorites
The New presentation mode
The presentation mode has been completely rebuilt and it now possible to make your OWN presentation. You now can design you own “slides” and you have all the freedom you want and need. It is now very easy to use one mind map for different presentations.
See this 12 minutes video for more details on the presentation mode. After this you want to download the free trial version and experience it yourself 🙂
Improved 3D mode
The 3D mode is now fully functional. You can create mind maps in 2D or 3D mode. There are also special central idea images that are enhanced for 3D mode viewing. The effect is stunning. Thinkbuzan has also added some 3D backgrounds. This really enhances the 3D experience. You have to see it to understand how it works.
This video shows you some highlights about the new 3D mode
The new branch target
The new design of the branch target is a real time saver. In version 5 you had to use the menu to choose between the type of branch before you could draw the branch. With the new branch target you can directly draw normal branches, box branches or relationships without using the menu. Together with the full screen mode you really have the idea that you are working on a mind map instead of using a program to do that. You don’t need the menu that much any more because almost you want to do is available from context menu’s that pop-up automatically or by using the new branch target. Way to go ThinkBuzan! See the movie for the new branch target.
The last new feature I would like to mention is the mind map snippets feature. It looks a lot like map part feature of Mindmanager that I use a lot. It allows you to re-use mind map parts. Just select a brach that you want to re-use and create a snippet. You can use this snippet in another mind map without having to draw the branches again. Very useful for planning or work breakdown structures that you use over and over again.
Other interesting new and improved features
better stench tool
better and smoother performance
Multi select ( Yes – finally)
better floating text features
Versioning with way back feature with Buzan Cloud services
New box branch types
As a business consultant and trainer I used to prefer Mindmanager as the ultimate business tool. With iMindmap 5 I started using iMindmap more and more. It was the only software that could produce beautiful mind maps and it could be used on a PC and on a MAC (very important to me) . It gradually became my software of choice for mind mapping in a business context.
With iMindmap 6 there is no doubt for me. It will be my preferred software for visual mapping. No software program is perfect but iMindmap 6 comes as close as can be.
With iMindmap 6 you can create
beautiful mind maps
Gantt charts for project planning
basic concept maps
The 3D view and the smart layout and lots of other features just blows the competition away. Combine this with the iMindmap freedom package (Buzan Cloud, Android and iPhone apps) and you can’y go wrong IMO.
Is there nothing that could be improved or are there no wishes left?
Of course. Like I stated – no software program is perfect.
These are some improvements that I would like to see in iMindmap 6.
Improved task management system with a more intuitive interface and basic resource reporting
Expand and collapse options for one branch and not only for the whole mind map
Saving filter queries
Easier drag and drop of branches
floating topics for easy brainstorming (idea generation)
So I hope @thinkbuzan will read this article and take note of my suggestions 🙂
In my last post I wrote about the importance of lists. Of course there is nothing wrong with good ol’ piece of paper but let’s face it – we are living in the 21st century and most of us use an iphone or some other mobile device to keep our lives organized.
These mobile devices are excellent for keeping track of your lists. There are a lot of good apps for IOS and Android and I’m not going to provide an exhausted list of them but I am going to give you some tips how to choose one.
I am a real “cloud person” which means that I like to have my data on all devices that I have. If you are a “cloud person” you should choose an app that can synchronize with webservices like toodledo or remember the milk. This way you can manage your lists from either device or from the website itself.
My iPhone 3g broke down two months ago in the sense that I needs to plugged in to work. It still works but it is not a mobile device anymore 🙂
So the lasts two months I use a simple Samsung android phone – and to be honest I like it!