I threw out a comment to my microblogging network this weekend about my challenges with organizing the results of self-brainstorming sessions. And just as reliable as the sun coming up every morning, I received suggestions on resolving my challenges. FreeMind was the consensus recommendation.
I now have FreeMind version 0.8.1 running on an Ubuntu Linux machine and the results of my using the mind mapping software have been positive and productive. This tool gets a solid recommendation from me. The FreeMind software can be downloaded from their website here.
Here is how the conversation went this weekend on JZ / Twitter –
parnellk63 – My marketing self-brainstorming won’t stop. I keep running to the whiteboard to write down new action items for new client. 1/17/2009 1:29 AM
lamarjmorgan – @parnellk63 Ever use mind mapping when brain-storming? 1/17/2009 1:31 AM
parnellk63 – @lamarjmorgan – Absolutely. Mind mapping is a wonderful exercise. I don’t know how many lost ideas have come to light this way. You? 1/17/2009 1:36 AM
lamarjmorgan – @parnellk63 The Free Mind open source software for mind-mapping is awesome. I wish I understood it better than I do. 1/17/2009 1:40 AM
parnellk63 – @lamarjmorgan – Interesting. I’ll check it out. 1/17/2009 1:49 AM
thekid416 – @parnellk63 Free Mind is a great little “free” mind-mapping software. Helps un-tangle ideas! 1/17/2009 1:52 AM
parnellk63 – @thekid416 – I received the same recommendation from @lamarjmorgan. Thanks both of you for the unsolicited suggestion. Love my network! 1/17/2009 1:56 AM
parnellk63 – Enjoyed my first experience with FreeMind, the open source mind-mapping software, earlier today. 1/17/2009 10:52 PM
JeffreyJDavis – @parnellk63 You will find Mindmapping to be a very valuable tool for innovation, organization 1/17/2009 10:56 PM
sscarver – @parnellk63 I’ve been curious about mind-mapping for several months. Just can’t figure it out. Did you like the software? 1/17/2009 10:57 PM
Aboundlessworld – @parnellk63 Really? how was it? I’ve been interested in mind mapping for quite some time. 1/17/2009 10:57 PM
parnellk63 – @JeffreyJDavis @sscarver @Aboundlessworld – I’m looking forward to using it more. My wild self-brainstorming can finally be captured! 1/17/2009 10:59 PM
FreeMind – free mind mapping software
FreeMind is a premier free mind-mapping software written in Java. The recent development has hopefully turned it into high productivity tool. We are proud that the operation and navigation of FreeMind is faster than that of MindManager because of one-click “fold / unfold” and “follow link” operations.