Have you ever wished for a mind mapping conference, where you could learn from other mappers, hear the perspectives of industry leaders, and share your own ideas and experiences? Have you been longing for a mapping event that treats all software as equal, and takes a wider look at the broader world of mind mapping? Have you ever wondered what all those mappers you follow on Twitter, Facebook, and Linkedin really look like?
If the answer to any (or all) of these questions is yes, then you are (hopefully) going to be as pleased as we are with the launch of Biggerplate Unplugged - a unique series of mini-conference events in key cities around the world, kicking off in London on the 31st January 2013! (To book your place at the London event, click here)
The Biggerplate Unplugged series aims to bring together mind mapping software users, developers, bloggers, trainers, and experts to explore trends and innovations in the world of mind mapping! Perhaps most importantly, we're coming to you...
The London event is just the start of what will become a regular series of mini-conferences in major cities around the world. Details are still being finalised, but we are currently planning events in a number of cities, in collaboration with local experts who will help us to ensure the event is designed and delivered with the local community in mind!
You can register your interest in the following Unplugged events (for free), to receive advanced notice of tickets going on sale:
- Paris (Register Interest)
- Amsterdam (Register Interest)
- San Francisco (Register Interest)
- Chicago (Register Interest)
More locations coming soon!
(Register your interest for these events now, and we will let you know in advance when details are confirmed and tickets become available. Space will be limited, so register now to be sure of your place!)
Those who have been involved in the mind mapping world for a long time know that the idea of a 'mapping conference' has popped up repeatedly, and yet failed to really get off the ground, often through no fault of those intrepid souls who wanted to try! We believe we can put something together that creates an environment for genuine collaboration and innovation in mapping, but we need the help of every single Biggerplate community member to make this project a success. We hope you will support these events by tweeting about them (#bpun), sharing them on social networks, and (most importantly) coming along to an event when we're in your area! Please help us to build a truly community-driven events program that delivers real value and innovation to the mind mapping world!
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Last week saw another exciting development for the mind mapping world, with the release of iMindMap 6, which has already received wide praise from all angles for being yet another giant leap forward in mind mapping software from the Cardiff-based ThinkBuzan team!
If you have not already tried iMindMap, you can download a free trial of the latest version by clicking here
Here's a few of our favourite new features!
3D ViewiMindMap 6 boasts a number of great improvements, including a further development of the existing 3D view, providing not only rich 3D background environments for your maps, but also enabling you to actively build and edit your map in 3D view! We're pretty simple folk at Biggerplate, and we are fairly easily entertained, but we think that is really cool...!
Keeping others (or yourself) engaged with what you are mapping should be no problem with this amazing view, combined with easier navigation controls and manipulation of the 3D environment.
Actually, let's keep this really simple: it just looks fantastic.
If your goal is to make information more visually appealing and engaging, then iMindMap just took away your excuse for failing to do so. It would be near impossible to make a crap looking map with this software. Trust us, we tried.
An under-rated addition to the previous version of iMindMap, flow charting within a map gives you the ability to switch from expansive, divergent thinking (in the map format) to more sequential, process-driven thinking using the flow-chart feature, and then back again. Commit to trying this approach, and you may be surprised how often you start bolting flow-charts into your maps.
This feature existed in version 5, but the iMindMap team have clearly got their teeth stuck into it for version 6, and (in their words) given it the "iMindMap touch". What this means is they were not satisfied with anything that did not look visually brilliant. So they made it visually brilliant. You've got to love that approach to development!
Further improvement to the presentation mode gives you greater control over the order and amount of information that is shown to your audience. You don't lose the power of the map format, but you have greater control over how much your audience is shown at any one time, and that is always a useful tool for any presenter.
Oh, and there's definitely a little taste of 'Prezi' in some of the transitions and effects that can now be applied to make your map presentation more dynamic! This is a great sign that the ThinkBuzan team is paying attention to visual approaches that work elsewhere and bringing them to the mind mapping world. Just remember, just as there is 'death by powerpoint', there can also be 'nausea by Prezi'... so just go easy on the swirly transitions when putting together your new iMindMap presentations... your audience will thank you!
iMindMap 6 is a genuine jump forward in mind mapping software, and we're really excited and impressed! Chris and his team have once again pushed the boundaries of what is expected from their software, and continued to integrate the best aspects of other visual tools and approaches into the product. If we did star ratings, we'd give this 342 out of 343, just to keep them on their toes.
Software reviews are perhaps not the most exciting thing in the world, but this latest iteration of iMindMap should genuinely excite the mind mapping community, as it once again demonstrates the degree to which leaders in the field are pushing forward the boundaries and capabilities of the tools we are using.
Let's try and finish with something equally exciting: super heroes...
If iMindMap was a comic book hero, it would be Ironman: shiny, flashy, powerful, highly effective, and a bit of a show off... We love it.