There are a few advantages to creating your mind maps with computer software. Here are a few:
- It saves time!
- You can have easy access to pictures
- No need for paper and pens
- It seems to suit lazy people ;)
So it seems great eh? I bet you're wondering why people even bother to draw mind maps when you can push a few buttons and presto - there's your mind map!
This is because it has been proven that your brain connects to your hand and makes links with what you are writing. Therefore, for people that use mind maps as part of their study and revision notes, drawing mind maps by hand can be very beneficial to them.
So what it all comes down to is this: If you are using mind maps in a work environment to plan, organise and systemise, you may be better of with free mind mapping software. On the other hand, if you are using mind maps to revise or provoke creativity, then you are better of drawing them by hand.
Personally, I prefer drawing but that's just me :)
If you think you are going to be using mind maps a lot and would like to have a more advanced and state of the art software with which to create your mind maps, you may want to check out the mind mapping software page.
Free Mind is a basic open source program that can be used with an easy interface to create mind maps.
Mind Meister is an online mind mapping program that allows you to create mind maps without having to download any software. Mind Meister allows you to share your mind maps with other users.
FreePlane is a redesigned version of FreeMind and is also an open source program.
SciPlore Mind Mapping
SciPlore is another great free mind mapping software that is free and fully compatible with FreeMind.
Best of luck in finding the perfect software :)
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