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15 Best Brainstorming And Mind-Mapping Tech Tools For Every Creative Mind

15 Best Brainstorming And Mind-Mapping Tech Tools For Every Creative Mind

In order to be able to see a relationship between various ideas and information, we use mind mapping. This includes gathering thoughts, coming up with new ideas, project planning, and more to solve problems or have novel ideas. Today I compiled thea list of 15 mind-mapping tech tools that will help every creative mind be even more creative. If you like one particular tool I check out sites like Techradar, PCmagTechriggs and CNET that have many insightful user reviews to get more information.

1. XMind

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    XMind is an open source tool that helps users to really understand their thinking and manage ideas. You can use this tool to export your mind map to many formats, including TXT, PDF, and HTML.

    Cost: There are free accounts available but if you want to have extra features, you will have to pay as much as $79 per year.

    2. Wisemapping

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      Individuals and businesses can take advantage of being able to share ideas with collaborators. You can embed files in blogs, and import and export them easily. As with any online tool, security may be an issue. To overcome this problem, you can download Wisemapping onto your own server.

      Cost: Free

      3. Mind42

      Mind42

        This browser-based tool lets you manage everything on one convenient platform, so you can access anything quickly. You can create, manage, and edit your data easily. Simply create an account and you are ready to go. This is a free tool, but it doesn’t have as many perks as the paid services.

        Cost: Free

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        4. LucidChart

        Lucid

          This service offers a wide array of tools for organizing your ideas, including Google image search. There is even a chat feature, and you can collaborate with others in real time. While this is a popular service, there are fees involved.

          Cost: Free account for basic users. Pro account for advanced users is $8.33. $21 per month for team accounts.

          5. MindMeister

          Meister

            This tool has an interface that is easy to use, and you can collaborate with others in real time. You will be able to use mobile devices to bring up your projects. MindMeister is cloud-based. The one disadvantage is that there is a fee to use this tool.

            Cost: Personal accounts start at $4.99 per month, going up to $14.99 for a business account. You can also check out MindMeister on AppStore and MindMeister on Google Play

            6. Mapul

            Mapul

              This web-based mind mapping tool is from Microsoft Silverlight. You never have to leave your browser to create a mind map. While it is one of the better tools out there, it is expensive.

              Cost: A 10-user account will cost $360 each year. A single user account for six months is $30.

              7. Coggle

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              Coggle

                This tool allows you to create notes, collaborate, and more. Drag and drop images, and see all of your edits. It might be too difficult for those who aren’t computer friendly.

                Cost: Free

                8. Scapple

                Scapple

                  This was created for OS X users, and it is mainly for writers. This is a great tool for authors who want to make sure that they never forget any idea they come up with.

                  Cost: There is a one-time software download fee of just $14.99.

                  9. SpiderScribe

                  Spider

                    You can connect events, files, and notes in freeform maps to organize your thoughts. Maps can be public or private, and you can collaborate with other people. This is another cloud-based tool. Create stencils and customize them.

                    Cost: Personal accounts are free. Pro accounts are at $5 per month and business accounts at $25 per month.

                    10. Popplet

                    Popplet

                      Popplet allows users to have many devices connected for the same projects. Users can record ideas, upload texts and videos, draw, and more. The only real problem with this tool is that there is no version for Android users.

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                      Cost: $4.99 for iOS

                      Check out Popplet on AppStore

                      11. MindMap

                      MindMap

                        This is an extension of Google Chrome, and users enjoy support from Cloud, Google Drive, Box, and Dropbox. You can add images and text, change fonts, and more. Save your work into local storage or in the cloud, and print or export finished mind maps as an image.

                        Cost: Free

                        12. FreeMind

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                          This open source mind mapping tool is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux. While there are many features like location-based mind mapping, collaboration tools and restore session support, it can get pretty complex, and may not be the best for those who are looking for something simpler. Maps can be exported from FreeMind as HTML, PDF, OpenDocument, SVG or PNG.

                          Cost: Free

                          13. Bubbl.us

                          Bubblus

                            This makes mind mapping easy. Create a tree, and it will change as you add ideas. You can also customize the tree by changing fonts and colors. The one negative thing about Bubbl.us is that others on your team need to have their own accounts to collaborate on the same tree

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                            Cost: Free. Premium is $6 per month. Annual is $59 a year.

                            14. Freeplane

                            Freeplane

                              This open source application can be used on any system that has Java installed. It can also be run from a removable storage device. Your mind maps will be password protected, and there are drag and drop functions. You can order, group, connect and share easily.

                              Cost: Free

                              15. CoMapping

                              Comapping

                                You can use this mind mapping tool online and offline. There are keyboard shortcuts, drag and drop functionality, change alignment of maps, colors, borders, and more. There is also a chat feature.

                                Cost: Accounts range from free up to $612 per year.

                                Featured photo credit: Paul Foreman via flickr.com

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                                Last Updated on February 15, 2019

                                7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                                7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                                Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

                                Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

                                Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

                                So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

                                Joe’s Goals

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                                  Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

                                  Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

                                  Daytum

                                    Daytum

                                    is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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                                    Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

                                    Excel or Numbers

                                      If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

                                      What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

                                      Evernote

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                                        I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                                        Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                                        Access or Bento

                                          If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                                          Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                                          You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                                          Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                                          All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                                          Conclusion

                                          I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                                          What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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