Coming Soon: MindMaple for Mac (Beta) on 9/6

Our beta version of MindMaple for Mac will be available for download on Friday 9/6, packed full of the features you love from our Windows and iPad apps.

MindMaple for Mac (Beta) Coming Soon

With a beautiful, clean user interface, you’ll have access to the following features for your mind maps:

  • Import Images from iPhoto, Photo Booth

  • Multiple Map Support

  • Customizable Toolbar

  • Prioritize Tasks, Track Progress, Task schedule

  • Export as Images, PDF, Text

  • Import from MindManager, Freemind, Xmind and Text Files

  • Expand on Topics and Subtopics with Notes

  • Theme Color Customization

  • Link to URLs, Topics, Files, Folders, Email Addresses

  • Attach Documents, Photos, Videos, Audio

  • Themes, Clip Art, Backgrounds Included

  • Customize Topic, Subtopic Design

  • Group Subtopics from different branches Using Boundaries, Relationship Lines

  • Visually Organize Maps to your Specific Needs

  • Balance Your Map with One Click

  • Expand or collapse sections for presentations

Any questions or comments can be sent to mac -at- mindmaple.com

[Update] MindMaple just updated to v1.62

Dear MindMaple users!

 

MindMaple just be updated to v1.62. We appreciate everyone who contributes to feedback and suggestions to help us fixing the errors!

 

In MindMaple v1.62, we have fixed the problem of:

–       License not validating in some specific PCs (Pro version)

–       Some errors that terminates the program

If you encounter any technical issue or error, don’t hesitate to email us at support@mindmaple.com. Your voice not only motivates us to improve the product, but also to provide you a better experience of mind mapping.

 

Thank you for supporting MindMaple.

 

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Sign up to Beta test MindMaple for OS X

Ask and you shall receive. MindMaple for OS X will be out later this summer, but soon we’ll be opening up beta testing to eager early adopters. To be notified, please fill out the following form below, or head to our Facebook page and select the OS X Beta Test tab. As soon as we upload the beta version to our website, we’ll email everyone who signs up.

Use Pomodoro Technique to improve your time management and productivity

How to be productive? Good time management is definitely one of the keys. Today, I’m going to share with you a little trick that helps you stay focused to maximize your productivity in a certain time period, and most importantly, get things done. Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to introduce you, Pomodroro technique!

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Pomodoro method breaks up tasks into several 25-minute intervals to improve productivity

Some of you might have heard of it, some might not. Pomodoro technique is a time management method originally proposed by  Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s. Pomodoro means tomato in Italian. But why is it called Pomodoro technique while it has nothing to do with tomatoes? The inspiration was  from the tomato timer in the kitchen that was originally used for baking cookies or turkey! But we can use it to time tasks and to enhance our time management.

The idea of pomodoro techniques is to using timer to break down works or tasks into sessions with several 25-minute intervals. The theory behind this is that frequent breaks can improve mental agility. No matter if you’re a student who is struggling for your finals, or if you’re a project manager who is always chasing the deadlines, your to-do list can go on and on. That’s why you need this little tomato trick!

How it works?

1. When applying Pomodoro technique, break down a project into several steps or small tasks that can be finished within 25 minutes.

2. Try to pull all your concentration and resources to complete one task in 25 minutes and cross it out from the to-do list. Then you can take a 5 minutes short break.

3. Every 4 “pomodori” (sessions) you may take a longer break for 25-30 minutes.

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There are also many pomodoro apps available for free on mobile devices; such as Pomodoro Timer Lite for Android, PomodoroTime Management Lite or 30/30 for iPhone. This method is just one of the many methods that helps to stay productive. We’ll share more tricks to you in the later posts; or you can share with us! Tell us your trick!

As for now,  it’s time for my 5 minutes pomodoro break 🙂

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Every business starts with a business plan!

Every business starts with a business plan

Every business starts with a business plan!

What do you want to be when you grow up? 

I believe we’ve all been asked the same question since our childhood; we might even still hear it now.  Back in elementary school, a group of 8-year-old kids were talking about their mighty plan for their exciting, unknown future. It was an age that you can be anything or anyone before the reality steps in. Scientists and astronauts are some of the most popular “grown up” jobs children hope to have. Being a president of a country or being a ninja is not impossible either.

I wanted to own a food truck and sell popcorn chicken with boba tea because my mom said I could make a lot of money and be my own boss. If my goal didn’t change, I guess what I meant was to become an entrepreneur!

Every business starts with a business plan.

You’ve already had your Eureka moment! Now your next step is to build a comprehensive plan that leads you the way. Starting a business and making it sustainable is always a long journey, while  plans can never catch the changes. Your plan may evolve as time goes on. Therefore, building a business plan with mind map tools helps you to layout your idea and to organize them as a guideline for you to follow. Here’s an example of retail business plan template for you. Download this template for free here.

Retail business plan template using MindMaple

Retail business plan template using MindMaple

Some tips when creating a business plan…

1.     Hide/Expansion details: Creating a business plan with mind mapping software helps you see the big picture; you will always come back to the core value of your business as the plan changes along the time.  You can always click the + button beside the subtopic box to expand the detail.

 2.     Task scheduling: MindMaple allows users to schedule add memo to the tasks and on the side panel. You can also put down task priorities and task completion icons to keep tracking the task progress.

3.     Collaborating with partners: Share your business plan with your business partner(s) and modify the plan simultaneously in-real time! Best of all, it’s always wise to have a back-up in cloud database like Google Drive.

What is your business idea? Do you have a plan yet? Download the free template and start your plan today!  Good luck with your future endeavors and enjoy MindMaple!

Don’t have MindMaple yet? Download for free here!

Collaborate in Real Time with MindMaple Pro v1.5 (Beta)

MindMaple  is constantly working toward providing innovative features for its users and their mind maps, so when you asked for real-time editing, we listened. MindMaple Pro v1.5 is currently in Beta testing and free to try until the final version is released . Users with the Beta version installed may collaborate in real time using MindMaple and Google Drive.

Using our new collaborative feature is simple and efficient. Are you working on a study guide with a classmate and need a dynamic way to edit notes and present information? Managing a  project at work with your team of three? Compiling an office schedule with multi-departmental contributors? MindMaple’s dymanic mind mapping capabilities and new real-time editing function will make all of these tasks and more a breeze.

How do you plan to use our new collaborative function? Are you an early adopter who’s already tested it and have feedback for our product development team? Contact us here, or at support [ a t ] mindmaple . com with your thoughts.

Download MindMaple v1.5 Beta Here

MindMaple Collaborative User Manual

Introducing MindMaple Lite

Hello mind mappers!

We are very excited to announce today the launch of MindMaple Lite, a new free version of MindMaple, our software for mind mapping, concept mapping, and brainstorming. Previously, we offered a free trial of MindMaple that expired after 30 days. With the launch of MindMaple Lite, users can keep a permanent version of MindMaple on your desktop for free.

MindMaple Lite offers the same interface as the full version of MindMaple, allowing you to map concepts and organize ideas visually. We are committed to offering our users products that encourage creativity and insight, and our goal in creating MindMaple Lite is to ensure that everyone has access to the benefits of mind mapping.

Of course, there are some differences between MindMaple Lite and MindMaple full version. The full version offers a broader range of options for the design of your map, including numerous preset color themes, backgrounds, clip-art, and design options for branches, boundaries, and arrows. The full version of MindMaple has greater export flexibility, allowing you to export your maps to Microsoft Office or save them as .pdf files, and offers you the option to encrypt your maps for security. We also have some exciting features planned for future releases of MindMaple!

To ensure that all new users have the ability to enter our mind mapping contest, we’ve decided to extend the deadline for entry until June 1. We’re looking for the most creative mind map and the prize is a $250 gift card to Amazon.com! So be sure to send your maps to the the email office@mindmaple.com and like the MindMaple facebook page.