OmniGraffle and MindManager
Commenting on a recent post on the new MindManager for Mac OS, Eric from Organisation et méthode, the French GTD blog, asked: "Have you tried to use OmniGraffle for mindmapping?
Using the automatic layout and the outline functions, building the map is as fast and easy as with any specific mindmapping application. And the graphic possibilities are much richer. You can also go back and forth between OmniOutliner and OmniGraffle.
I have indeed tried OmniGraffle, which I use for two main things:
- Instead of Powerpoint for slide presentations, with great graphics, which I display using a pdf version of the file.
- For creating high quality graphs.
It is nice for creating simple mind-maps.
MindManager seems largely superior for mindmapping for several reasons:
- Branches can collapse. This is essential to manage very complex maps (for instance, the MindManager mindmap I use for my implementation of GTD).
- MindManager is both available for Mac OS and Windows, and my other computer, at the University of Salford is a wintel machine! :-(
Before MindManager for Mac OS, I was using Freemind which is a brilliant open source software.