MindManager 9 is a powerful tool for producing mind maps, charts that can help you brainstorm, organise and visually communicate your ideas.

Unfamiliar with mind maps? MindManager 9 comes with plenty of templates to help you get started. They cover all kinds of topics, from planning projects and events, to finding a job, creating a to-do list, designing a timeline or defining a marketing strategy, and they're all just a couple of clicks away.

It's then easy to extend your mind map with new topics, attachments, or links to other documents. These might be other mind maps, web pages or email addresses, for instance.

And strong integration with Microsoft applications allows you to include dynamically linked Outlook topics. You can also send information to your map from Microsoft Project or Word, and it's possible to create topics that are dynamically linked to data from Excel, web services, or even SharePoint sites (with the right add-on).

You might then dress up your map with graphics or icons, perhaps using a particular map style to define how it will look.

And once it's finished, you can share your map in many different ways. The chart may be distributed in its native format; shared online; displayed as a presentation; printed in various formats; or exported as a web page, image, PDF file, Word document, PowerPoint slide, Microsoft Project file, and more.


It's not cheap, but MindManager 9 is packed with features, and the integration with Microsoft Office could be particularly useful