3 Mind Mapping Tools You Should Try Right Now! (Software)

(electronic humming) – [Scott] When you’re
starting a brand new project, one of the best things
you can do is brainstorm, whether that’s just by yourself or maybe with other members of your team. And one of the best tools to
use is a mind mapping tool. Now, there’s an awful lot of mind mapping apps and software available to you. In today’s video, I’m gonna share with you three simple tools that you
can start using immediately. Hello everyone, Scott
Friesen here at Simpletivity helping you to get more
done and enjoy less stress. And let’s get this list started off with a tool called Coggle. Coggle, that’s C-O-G-G-L-E. Now, one of the things that
you’re gonna notice immediately is that Coggle is pretty bare-bones. But sometimes that’s a great advantage when you’re brainstorming
and thinking up of new ideas. I mean, really, a mind mapping tool should really represent like a whiteboard or a blank piece of paper. So, Coggle is very
minimal in that respect. The other thing that I
really enjoy about Coggle which you don’t always get with a number of mind mapping tools is that it’s actually
quite nice to look at. I had, actually, haven’t even chosen these colors that you see here. This is something that Coggle has chosen as I’ve started to branch out my ideas. And aesthetically, I think that
looks really, really great, which can be important if you’re gonna be working with this tool on a regular basis. If I had something else here,
it’s added a nice, attractive sort of a reddish-pink hue here as well. But another feature
that I like about Coggle is that not only can you
collaborate with others, you can share this so that other people can join and start to brainstorm as well, but you can have a full conversation. So it does have a discussion window here. Here you can see I’m already
asking some questions. You know, what do other people think about the t-shirt ideas, and so forth. This, I think, is a great future
for any mind mapping tool. Now, moving on, the second
tool I wanna share with you is called MindMeister. Now, MindMeister is also, you know, relatively simple to drag and
drop and add things around. If I wanna add some more
ideas here to “Book,” all I need to do is
hit tab on my keyboard. And maybe I’m going to consider
writing a self-help book. Maybe I’m going to consider
writing a cookbook. Who knows, and if I wanna
highlight some of these things, MindMeister gives me a lot
of options here as well. If I want to add little icons, if I want to change the
color, or the appearance, or the size of some of my
branches, very easy to do. In fact, one thing that I found very, very simple with MindMeister is that if I’ve grouped
something in a different branch, but then I went to either merge it or bring it somewhere
else, so here, for example, I’ve got “Poster,” I’ve got
something labeled “Bumper.” Well, I think I meant that for the “Stickers” branch over here. All I have to do is click on “Bumper,” and I’m going to touch it to “Stickers,” and now it’s brought “Bumper,” along with the things that
have proceeded it here with “Small” and “Large” over
on this side of the mind map. So, you know, very
intuitive, very easy to use, things that are very, very important when you’re selecting a mind
mapping tool for yourself. Now, the third and final one on our list today is called draw.io. And one of the things about draw.io is you don’t even need an
account to start using it. All you need is to go to the website, and you can immediately
start creating a flowchart. And you can save it either
to your cloud storage, or you can save it to the computer that you’re currently working on. Now, I know draw.io may look
a little more intimidating compared to the previous two
tools that I just showed you, but don’t let this screen
look too intimidating. It’s actually a lot easier than you think. You know, here, if I want to add something new to this branch, all I need to do is click on that arrow, and now I can start adding
a new idea over here. Very much the same or
similar functionality that we saw in the previous two tools. Now, The nice thing about draw.io is that it’s really optimized if you’re wanting to create
a flowchart, for example. So, we’ve got some of the
more common shapes here that you may be familiar with if you’re in need of using flowcharts. It does have a few more advanced features. And another nice thing is that
draw.io is really optimized if you decide to print out your mind map. Or at the very least you may
want to save it as a PDF. So, that can be very helpful if you choose a particular
paper size here, and if you want to share your
mind map in that fashion. So there you have it,
three recommendations for some very simple yet
powerful mind mapping tools. Now, I’d love to hear from you next. What are some mind mapping
tools that you have used or that you would recommend to others? Be sure to share your thoughts
in the comments down below. Thank you so much for
watching today’s video, and remember, being productive does not need to be difficult. In fact, it’s very simple.

29 thoughts on “3 Mind Mapping Tools You Should Try Right Now! (Software)

  1. Hello great video. Do you have anything that creates timelines? I am sure one of these programs can make one but are there others that specifically deals with timelines? Thank you

  2. Hey Scott – thanks. I recommend Freeplane for a free, full-featured mind mapping software. There is a bit of a learning curve because of the wide array of features, but it is free. This is a resident app on your computer, so it is not a good choice if multiple, online contributor editing is needed, but a stable and free solution if you need lots of bells and whistles.

  3. I was surprised to not find XMind in this video. From all the mind mapping tools I know and that can be used for free, it is really the best I think.

  4. Great job, Scott. I use Draw io for family tree charts. When done, I save them as PDFs. They have helpful videos. I never heard of Coggle but I'll check it out. Thanks for sharing.

  5. I've used Xmind and Mindomo before, but to unlock stronger features, it can be costly. I've also seen a program called The Brain that seemed interesting, but again, the cost can be prohibitive and there's no need for that.
    Draw.io is easily my favorite on the list. It is feature rich and at no cost. I highly recommend it.

  6. I like SCAPPLE which is not free but very inexpensive. It lets you move things anywhere, it does not auto-arrange, which I kind of like. I think it comes in either Windows or Apple PC version, I don't think it has a web version.

  7. These all look pretty simplistic and limited. If you want a free program that has significantly more power then Personal Brain is perfect.

  8. I've been using SimpleMind which is also a free tool and easy to use. Along the lines of the first couple of tools. I've been looking for a flow chart though so Draw io sounds pretty cool.

  9. My personal preference is MindView tbh. It's much more polished and looks and plays like Microsoft office. Would love to see you make a review 🙂 https://www.matchware.com/mind-mapping-software

  10. About 20 years ago, Inspiration was my favorite mind mapping application, but the Inspiration Software, Inc. discontinued Japanese supporting.
    Now I use and recommend Simplemind because of its multi OS platforms, languages, and cloud drives supporting stance.

  11. Is there a mind mapping tool where I can link calendar events directly to the nodes? Some tools (e.g. MindMeister) allow to create tasks – but then in order to dedicate a time slot to work on it, you have to do it from scratch since you cannot convert a task to event (at least on g-calendar). Thanks!

  12. I've recently just discovered MindMaps. And have settled on Mindmup. it's not the most Advanced, but the Best feature is that it can be used through Google Drive, which makes it accessible (and editable) by phone as well. Basically anywhere that you can access google Drive, you can work on it.

    side note: I had paid for it, to use via their website originally. But now find it's more convenient to use (for free) from Google Drive, through my Google Account.
    So I'd suggest first using it via Drive, by installing the Chrome App for Drive. And Then getting a paid account if you want to support them. (which is a good idea imho )

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