Cohuman + Mindjet = Idea management from inception to execution

A year ago at Net: Work 2010 the audience crowned social task management product Cohuman with the people’s choice award. The company was also a Future Ideas Launchpad finalist. So what’s happened to the company since it made a big splash at last year’s conference?

Think: Free Mind Maps for Newbies

Mind maps can be very useful for sketching out ideas, visualizing problems and planning. However, a lot of the mind mapping tools we’ve covered here on WWD are quite complex, which can be intimidating for beginners.

SmartDraw 2010: An Easy-to-use Diagramming Tool

Drawings and diagrams are playing an increasingly important role in creative, marketing and technical communications. If you are an independent web worker who needs to create diagrams, you need to choose your drawing tools carefully, especially if, like me, you are not a skilled artist

MindNode (touch): MindNode Comes to the iPhone

After lamenting the lack of mind mapping applications for the iPhone (s aapl), recent weeks have seen the launch of MindJet for iPhone, MindMeister and latterly, the iPhone/iPod touch edition of another mind mapping app we’ve covered previously, Markus Müller’s MindNode.

MindNode (touch) shares the simplicity and elegance of the desktop version, leading to an effortless but powerful user experience.

The app can stand alone from its desktop counterpart, matching it feature-for-feature and providing a productive mobile working environment. Maps can be created and edited fully on the device and imported and exported between various open formats. The iPhone’s standard search, cut & paste and landscape modes are all supported. Read More about MindNode (touch): MindNode Comes to the iPhone

WWD Interview: MindJet CEO, Scott Raskin

Scott RaskinToday sees the release of MindJet Catalyst, the latest edition of MindJet’s mind mapping software. A few days ago, I had the chance to talk to MindJet’s CEO, Scott Raskin, about the new release, his perspective on mind mapping software and where the company is headed.

Imran: It’s almost a year since we covered MindManager, what can you tell us about the newly released Mindjet Catalyst — what’s new and what’s the migration path for existing users? Read More about WWD Interview: MindJet CEO, Scott Raskin

Zengobi Curio Does Everything


The fear of freedom that Zengobi’s Curio offers users has caused me to write and rewrite this post many times over the past few months. I just haven’t known how best to embody its essence. So before I confuse (and frighten) myself more, I’m kicking this post off with my conclusion of Curio: It’s the ideal place to marry disparate pieces of information. Or more accurately, disparate pieces of information, each of which are organized in their own way — think Visio-style drawings, mind mappings, spreadsheets, outlines, etc. Curio is flexible enough to use for just about any data gathering or task organizing that you may be facing.

What Curio is Not

There are many applications on the market that fulfill fairly singular functions. XMind allows you to capture Mind Maps. Keynote helps you create great slides for presentations. Microsoft Office products like Word and Excel assist with creating somewhat formal collections of information. Quicktime can capture video.

Well, Curio is not any one of these things. Just the opposite, it’s all of these tools (and more) in a single package. At this point the phrase “Jack of all trades, master of none” may be flitting through your mind. But while Curio doesn’t master the features of all of the aforementioned specialized applications, it certainly does a great job of handling the important functions of each — and then melding them together for a seamless user experience. Read More about Zengobi Curio Does Everything

Mindnode: Mind Mapping Made Manageable

I’ve found mind-mapping apps such as MindManager and MindView to be a little clunky and over-engineered. Sometimes, you literally want to sketch some thoughts quickly, with little concern for presentation or correctness.
As luck would have it, I recently came across Markus Müller’s Mindnode, a deliciously simple mind-mapping tool that’s designed specifically for Macs. The free edition of the product does nothing more complex than allow maps to be constructed fluidly and quickly. There are no special notations or symbols, just click and drag to add and place nodes, and watch as MindNode colors them automatically, creating a simple, easy-to-comprehend diagram.
The app also offers some useful integration with the underlying operating system. It uses OS X’s Spotlight search to enable the contents of a mindmap to be indexed, and you can also use Quick Look for visual previews.
Mindnode allows maps to be saved in a whole bunch of graphics formats (TIF, PNG, etc) as well as in its own native format and, more interestingly, as OPML and HTML documents. This implies that the resulting maps can be imported into other packages for further — perhaps automated — manipulation and even CSS styling.
Mindnode isn’t feature-rich; it has just enough features to fulfill its purpose elegantly. Even the Pro edition (just $15!), adds only a handful of useful additional features.
There’s a place for the higher-end applications and services that we’ve covered previously, but it’s reassuring to know that simpler options exist. My only bugbear with Mindnode is the lack of a Windows or web edition. Come to think of it, it’d make a great iPhone app!
Be sure to check out Aliza’s post, Mapping Your Work Madness, which contains some great mind-mapping tips.
What mind mapping tools do you use?

Avaak Paves the Way for Video Cameras Everywhere

camera_mountSay cheese. You’re on camera, or at least you will be soon enough, thanks in part to a company called Avaak, which launched its Vue personal video network today. The company has created a small, cheap(ish) wireless camera system that allows you to monitor your home, office or even your neighborhood remotely.

Not that we’re trying to get all Big Brother on you. The Avaak technology is actually pretty cool. The Vue costs $299 and comes with a gateway, two 2-megapixel video cameras and four mounts. Plug an Ethernet cable into the gateway, stick the magnetic cameras on to the mounts and push a button. The gateway finds all the cameras nearby without the use of a computer. The video is encrypted and beamed to a private account on, where users can log in to watch. Additional cameras are $50$99.

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