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.
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
- Customizable relationships
- Fullscreen mode
- beautiful mind maps
- basic flowcharts
- Gantt charts for project planning
- basic concept maps
- 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)