So after my first post on the topic, i got several comments on other web 2.0 mind mapping tools. I’ve played a little more with each, and have some thoughts.
As a frame of reference for my comparison application is inspiration. I used it for years. I only stopped because… well I’m cheap and didn’t want to spend another 80 bones for the mac version. However it’s a great app, that I loved using, despite it’s rather kid like "my first application" UI.
So first up. Bubble-Mind
bubble-mind is probably the closest in look and interface to Inspiration. the nodes are draggable, you can branch, move, manipulate, etc each node, organize the nodes however you like.
There’s a nice little macro-view so you can see your entire map, even when you’re zoomed in.
You can edit the content of each node very nicely.
I give bubble-mind a nice thumbs up. Very easy to use, and since I had to register to get in :) I might even keep using it.
Next up… Sprouts
definitely not as grown up, but that’s stated, "This is pre-alpha, so a lot of features are missing and stuff may break."
while the UI is stil very much Flex Halo, some things are kinda cool, the floaty motion is nice, up to a point. nodes drift and move as you manipulate them, adding new nodes causes the map to adjust, and such. however if you’re anal like me. that’s less cool. I like my Map to be just right, if it’s movin’ all around on it’s own, I’d probably burst a blood vessel.
What you see here, is not how I had it arranged. and you’ll see in the next shot, what happens when you delete a node.
Can’t wait for the pic? Well what happens is the orphan node seems to run off on it’s own, almost off the stage entirely. If there’s a way to reconnect it, i didn’t find it. Stranger still (and part of the whole, moving around is cool to a point thing) is that moving the orphan near the other nodes, repels them.
I think Sprouts has potential, and as an experiment it’s really cool. I’ve built things like that, less on the practical more on the "can I do this?"
I’ll check sprouts later, see how it’s grown…. get it? sprouts… grown… like a real plant…. wokka wokka wokka.
I give Sprouts, a thumbs sideways.
last up…. MindMeister
Since it took a whie for my account activation email to show up, i played with the demo on the homepage. It’s quite nice, and it’s AJAX, how about that?
The keyboard shortcuts are pretty slick to, very desktop app, click a node, hit tab (on Mac, it’s INS on the PC) and a new child node is created.
Once I got my activation email, I was able to delve into creating a mind map, or rather playing with the prebuilt ‘my first mind map’ that is provided. The toolset provided is quite rich, I liked all the options that it allowed me.
MindMeister also gets a thumbs up. I didn’t read much of the how-to’s so I’m not sure why they need my Skype ID, but that was weird.