Free online mind mapping right from your browser- great for brainstorming sessions – add notes, pictures, links and more

Web-based free mind mapping app to create, save, edit & collaborate with others from any browser using – Mind42

Mind mapping is a useful visual method for brainstorming. This app offers the ability to conduct mind mapping (collecting ideas arranged in a tree-like diagram) to assist with visualizing and identifying potential issues while planing your next project. Typically, such use of graphical design processing requires the use of expensive software programs that would need to be installed on the developers and any collaborators systems. Thanks to advances with current web-browsers, this process can be conducted as a pure web application – which requires no user to need to install or download anything and can be shared and accessed from anywhere!

This app provides many great features and add-ons and promotes the idea that brainstorming is not a single user exercise and that the more people involved in the process, the better the results.  Every invited participant of a brainstorming session has an immediately updated view on all the collected ideas and the app auto-saves every couple of minutes (you can adjust these settings also) for you. It would be nice if the app provided start-up templates or a library of icons and pictures (although you can insert your own images and search for and insert any images, ions, etc from Google, Yahoo or Flickr) and the app does provide extensive documentation to get you started or to learn more about all the features and options available. The app interface is very clean (no ads) and includes such options as keyboard shortcuts, copy, paste, drag and drop, zooming, and more…. The application also integrates with Skype. You can provide your account information and can connect with Skype conferencing to conduct your brainstorming session.

Review of Basic App Features:

  • No installation
  • Accessible everywhere
  • Node attributes (icons, colors, images, text styles, links)
  • Collaboration (simultaneous editing)
  • Easy publishing and distribution
  • Skype integration

Summary Review and Grade

  • Free Registration
  • No Downloads
  • No Installation Required
  • Works on All Web-browsers
  • No Technical Experience Necessary
  • Works Cross-platform – on all computer platforms – (Linux, Macs, Windows)
  • Save and upload your projects
  • Easy collaborate and get other involved

We had to deduct a little due to the lack of visual tutorials and would have liked to see some built-in templates but this is still a great tool to have at your disposal (can also be a lot of fun) to help plan on your own or while collaborating with others, from small teams to very large groups… All accessible at any time you want and from any browser… and for free!

To give it a try, visit the Mind42 Home Page

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About Benjamin A. Wilcox
Exploring and reviewing innovative initiatives that lead to quality outcomes and sustainable results. Expertise in integrating operational business strategy and improving processes with an emphasis on performance and quality outcomes; delivering enhanced customer service through the use and exploration of emerging technologies.

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