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Things April 30, 2008

Posted by CK in Design, Productivity, Software.
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Every time I read a new post in the Things blog, i.e. the blog about the development of the Things application, it makes me think that I really can’t wait for the first stable release (1.0) of this little gem. The people at CulturedCode seem to consider exhaustively all different options about the interface and the logic of Things. Looking at how it’s developing, the final result will probably be very exciting. If the current pre-release had iCal syncing implemented, I would have converted already. Thankfully this feature is next in the pipeline.

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Mind-mapping on the mac April 14, 2008

Posted by CK in Productivity, Software.
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Mind-maps are a great way to keep information about a project organized visually, just like it’s organized in your head. I love their functionality, especially when it comes to brainstorming sessions; I have realized they speed up design (and consensus) significantly. But even for one’s use, as long as you can attach arbitrary files to branches (nodes), they become an excellent note-taking tool. Just as a side-note here, I am using mind maps together with Journler and iGTD for some time now, and this combo really works. Although I’m eagerly waiting for the stable release of Things.

I have been a Novamind user for some time now. Novamind is a great tool in many respects: It’s feature-complete, flexible, stable. Version 3 was ugly and the interface was painful, but v4 fixed that. However, some problems persisted. Chris Heard has written about some of them last year, in a comparison with Mindjet’s MindManager. I had tried MindManager for Mac in the past and I was far from satisfied, but this latest version (v7) seems to actually work pretty well. I downloaded and gave the trial version another shot, and it includes all the functionality which I seem to need (except for multi-page maps, which is a fantastic feature of Novamind). I also prefer the looks of the maps that it creates, but this is only a matter of taste.

I am planning to re-try Freemind, which is free but had a few problems last time I checked. If it doesn’t work out for me, I’ll probably move to MindManager.