My friend, Ron Siegel, asked me once if he could watch over my shoulder as I make one of these mindmaps during our meeting. We haven’t yet been able to connect on that, but Ron was my inspiration for capturing a screencast of the notes I took from yesterday’s SMMOC meetup. The video above was captured using Ron’s inspiration, Camtasia for Mac, and then sped up about 5000% using Final Cut.
To view the actual mindmap notes from yesterday’s SMMOC meeting — and which is featured in the video above — click the image below. And, in case you’re wondering what software I use to make my mindmaps, it’s no secret: I use MindJet’s Mind Manager to make all of my mindmaps. (Tip: Make sure and click embedded links in the mind map to click-through to related resources, people, images and places.)
Why Mind Manager?
While there are many mind map software packages you can get easily enough–some of them for free–I’ve grown accustomed to MindJet’s tool as I’ve used their products since version 1.0.
BUT, more than just it all being a loyalty thing, there are some very practical features of MindJet’s tools that you won’t find in many others. Some of these benefits include:
- The ability to easily share mindmaps in various formats — including the interactive one you see above — in a way that doesn’t require the recipient to own a copy of the mind map software themselves
- The ability to download many free templates
- Rich features that include a stock of icons and graphics that you can easily embed into your mindmap in click-and-drag fashion
- An active online community with many users sharing tips, tricks and more templates
There are more benefits, but those above are the highlights.
If you have any questions about how I produce my video screencasts, the effects I use, about any of the tools and services you see on my site, or if you’d like to suggest a future topic, let me know: just post a comment below or via one of the many social networks you’ll probably find this in. :)
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