Have you update your MindMaple Pro for iPad to the latest v1.3?

Two weeks ago, MindMaple just released an update of the Pro version for MindMaple for iPad. Users can now visit the iTunes store to update your MindMaple Pro for iPad to the latest version 1.3.

MindMaple Pro for v1.3 is now available in iTunes store

MindMaple Pro for v1.3 is now available in iTunes store

What you can expect from this update:

  • Users can now import mind maps in the format of Xmind, MindManager and Freemind
  • Users can export mind maps into PDF format
  • Interface of uploading and downloading from cloud improvement
  • Design topic move zone, resize nob and preview when adding/ moving topics

 

With more importing options and the option of exporting to PDF format, the latest update enhances the ability of sharing mind maps! Some interface redesign increases the ease of editing your map!

Experience and update to the latest version of MindMaple Pro for iPad today!

As always, if you had any question regarding to the product or features, or if you have cool ideas that should be included in the future update, please don’t hesitate to email us at support@mindmaple.com. You can be a part of the next MindMaple for PC, for Mac, for iOS, for everyone 😉

 

 

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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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How to make your summer more productive?

Download MindMaple to boost your time and task management!

Staying Productive this Summer

Students and instructors: you’ve made it. It’s finally summer. Congratulations on finishing another successful semester/quarter. You’ve got at least two months of freedom ahead of you, and staying productive with few obligations can be very difficult.

Using a handy mind mapping software like MindMaple for Windows or iPad, lay out your many options. We’ve created a template to get you started with a few ideas on staying productive in your downtime.

Stay productive this summer with MindMaple

This summer, your options are endless, but it’s important to use your time wisely and continue to build upon your current skill set.

  • Finding a job is one of the standard options. Summer jobs can often be in short-supply, but many places hire short-term positions. Use any of the sites listed in the template, or apply at your local movie theatre or amusement park. Seasonal workers are always needed.
  • Get an internship. If you’re in college, or close to it, a internship is one of the best ways to gain new skills and hone in on your current set. The closer you are to completing your undergrad, the more important it is to consider this option, especially considering the high competition for entry-level jobs.
  • Volunteer. Giving back to your community is one of the best things you can do this summer. Not only is it incredibly helpful to many organizations with limited budgets, it’s beyond rewarding to know you’ve made a difference.
  • Take a course at your community college or local community center. If you’ve always wanted to learn how to cook, or maybe sculpture has always piqued your interest, there’s no better time to enroll in a class you may not be able to during the school year.
  • Last, but certainly not least, read that novel you’ve been putting off. Review the lists linked in the template for good places to start, or ask a friend for recommendations. Many students and instructors find it difficult to squeeze leisurely reading into their packed schedules; using summer vacation to turn a few hundred – or thousand – pages is a wise decision.

What are your plans for staying productive this summer? Did you procrastinate on spring cleaning?

Download our mind map template here. If you haven’t downloaded MindMaple for your device yet, you can visit our website for free and premium mind mapping software.

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!

5 Reasons to Use Images and Colors in Your Mind Maps to Maximize Benefits!

Mind mapping serves as a very helpful tool to organize ideas and increase productivity and creativity.  Furthermore, the use of images and colors enhance your maps and really bring them to life.  Not only are they pleasing to the eye, but they provide valuable ways to retain more of the information and expand on ideas.

Here are reasons that images and colors can help you to maximize your mapping experience:

  1. Using images and colors help you to retain information better than words alone.  Our minds will attach easier to them, since they are “pretty.”
  2. Using different colors for the branches allow you to distinguish the branches from one another.
  3. You can use the same color for multiple branches to show relations between them.
  4. Images serve as symbols to represent additional thoughts and concepts.
  5. Using images and colors spark more interest and creativity when creating your mind maps.  They can make you feel more excited about the topic as well.