iMindMap Basic

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.

iMindMap Basic

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.

 

 

Mindmap Snppets

 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
  • ….
 
iMindMap Basic

Conclusion

 
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
  • basic flowcharts
  • Gantt charts for project planning
  • outlines
  • 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 🙂
 
Yours
 
Ton Meeuwissen
Visual Thinker, Trainer and Business Consultant
 
 
 

 

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2 Responses to “iMindmap 6 @ThinkBuzan is THE ultimate thinking tool”

  1. Hatim

    A very good program and i love it,

    I am too desperate for it but it wont open on my pc.

    1) startup is extremely slow.

    2) java codes like com.java. appears on all the tabs.

    3) nothing is displayed in the center main screen and nothing is selected or clicked there.

    4) Many a times the Startup error occurs

    please help.

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