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MindManager 2012 for Windows allows users to share and collaborate on 'mind maps', and provides tools to help ensure that brainstorming sessions are productive.
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By Sandra Vogel, Contributor on
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The new version of the popular mind-mapping and visualisation application, MindManager 2012 for Windows, is a major upgrade. New features include improvements for desktop users and enhanced collaboration facilities. Developer MindJet believes its new cloud-based services for collaborative working and data storage mirror the requirements of business professionals today. MindManager 2012 will be available on September 22 at £299, or £99 for the upgrade, via MindJet's web site.

MindManager 2012's new features are designed to tap into a workforce that's increasingly aware of the value of visualisation and mind mapping, but wary of complex applications.

To that end, users are offered access for the first time to predefined templates from Maps For That, a website that allows users to share their own mind maps. According to MindJet, using predefined maps is an easy way to gain an understanding of the concepts behind, and benefits of, mind mapping.

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MindManager 2012 also comes with an enhanced brainstorming module comprising a guided three-tier process that helps to ensure brainstorming remains focused and delivers positive outcomes. It makes use of 'idea cards' designed to prompt thinking, of which around 400 are preinstalled in the application. If necessary, these can be customised by the leaders of brainstorming sessions.

A new analysis view allows ideas to be put into four-quadrant grids for easy prioritisation and grouping; there are many templates, and you can create customised grids.

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Meanwhile, the new Marker Index can be used to tag individual items in a mindmap for priority, responsibility, completeness or other criteria. These markers can then be automatically indexed to allow groupings that cut across the structure of individual mind maps. This should help in a variety of situations — when using mind maps for project planning, for example.

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Collaborative working is catered for by a cloud-based service called Mindjet Connect. A free version gives limited storage space and no permissions control, while a paid-for (£12.50 per user per month) version provides the ability to edit, read/write and access permissions. Users can work collaboratively via a web browser, storing both mind maps and documents in the cloud, downloading data as required for local use.

SharePoint integration has also had a makeover, with easier visualisation of SharePoint items that are attached to mind map elements.

Expect a full review of MindManager 2012 soon.

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