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    Mind Mapping Software - (Inspiration,Freemind,etc)

    We're in the process of trying to decide on a piece of software to use school-wide for mind mapping. We've looked at several so far and the best two we've seen are FreeMind and Inspiration. FreeMind seems pretty good (and doesn't cost anything which is nice) but lacks some of the features of Inspiration. The problem with inspiration is the cost and the fact that they only offer per-machine licencing means it which would work out very expensive to roll out to every PC on the network. We'd heard some folk saying that LT Scotland had a deal with Inspiration to provide it more cheaply to Scottish school but we haven't managed to find and links or more information about this.

    What's everyone else using for mind-mapping software?

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    Re: Mind Mapping Software - (Inspiration,Freemind,etc)

    Our teachers use Visio, it has a Brainstorming set of symbols and it seems to work well enough for them.

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    Re: Mind Mapping Software - (Inspiration,Freemind,etc)

    Freemind here. Why don't you add the missing feature(s) to it that you need?

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    Re: Mind Mapping Software - (Inspiration,Freemind,etc)

    Have used Mind Manager at a previous school and found it excellent...
    http://www.vtsdirect.com/products.html

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    Re: Mind Mapping Software - (Inspiration,Freemind,etc)

    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff
    Freemind here. Why don't you add the missing feature(s) to it that you need?
    LOL, uber programming l33tn3ss :P

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    Re: Mind Mapping Software - (Inspiration,Freemind,etc)

    What? Its only Java!

    Load it into Eclipse and you're away...

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    Re: Mind Mapping Software - (Inspiration,Freemind,etc)

    OMG, java is evil
    I *used* to prog in it when in uni.
    You could do it for us though
    I will send you a electronic beer if you do

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    Re: Mind Mapping Software - (Inspiration,Freemind,etc)

    No, I require money for that kind of work.

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    Re: Mind Mapping Software - (Inspiration,Freemind,etc)

    Cheers for the replies guys. We've downloaded a few demo's and MindJet MindManager and Mindgenius are looking like the favourites so far. They also offer educational site licences which is ideal.
    We'll put these onto our list of suitable software and see what the powers that be decide to go with

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    Re: Mind Mapping Software - (Inspiration,Freemind,etc)

    We use Openmind2 here and it work really well. When I showed our head she was straight on it doing school development plan and staff handbook. It's most useful as it can output to multiple formats and has a great timeline feature. You can download a 30 day trial but the full product cost quite a bit :cry: If you want a simple (no pun intended) product why not try 2connect really good for special needs kids or primary

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    Re: Mind Mapping Software - (Inspiration,Freemind,etc)

    Quote Originally Posted by ZeroHour
    OMG, java is evil
    Completely agree!! Worst. Platform. Ever. :P 8)

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    Re: Mind Mapping Software - (Inspiration,Freemind,etc)

    Another vote for MindGenius £2K for a secondary site licence.

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    Re: Mind Mapping Software - (Inspiration,Freemind,etc)

    We use OpenMind cost 1k for site.

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    Re: Mind Mapping Software - (Inspiration,Freemind,etc)

    My Mum's used MindJet for her Management MA. She says that the features for online collaboration and conversion to/from Office is really good.

    She also uses the PocketPC version and has used the Palm version too.

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    Re: Mind Mapping Software - (Inspiration,Freemind,etc)

    Looking at cmap here.

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