IMHO, mind mapping represents nothing short of a paradigm shift in the documentation of ideas.
Several months ago, I toyed with the idea of mind mapping; but after installing a couple of programs I did not do much with the concept. Now I’ve reached a point where I really do need to learn how to get started with mind mapping. For one thing, I want to see if mind mapping makes more sense as a documentation tool for my thoughts, how one subject leads to another related subject, which leads to another, and yet another, etc. Given the somewhat non-linear development of my own personal thought bubbles, the usual documentation methods (e.g., standard word processing with Word, spreadsheets with Excel, etc.) just don’t seem as efficient as I believe mind mapping will prove to be.
Finding decent mind-mapping tutorials
I started out trying to follow Mike’s FreeMind tutorial video at YouTube (this video is now a couple of years old), but he was using an Apple computer and an old version of FreeMind. The very first editing instruction according to Mike’s tutorial video did not work on my Windows system and newly installed FreeMind (current version is 0.9.0) software.
Luckily, I found a much newer FreeMind video tutorial: a ten-minute movie called FreeMind Free Mind Mapping Software Tutorial Mind Map uploaded just a few weeks ago (June 5, 2011) by ThisMightHelp.
FreeMind Free Mind Mapping Software Tutorial Mind Map
Resources: Getting started with FreeMind mind mapping software
- FreeMind – official site
- FreeMind tutorial effort so far
- FreeMind Free Mind Mapping Software Tutorial Mind Map (YouTube)
Proper grammar for mind-mapping
For now at least, mind map appears to be proper grammar; mindmap appears to be improper. I was hoping to merge it into one word, but it looks like two words is correct. (Source: Mind map – Dictionary.com)