Mindmanager 7 for Mac – Doing it the Mac way
The latest Mindmanager version for Mac OSX users MindManager version 7. Mindmanager version 8 – the latest and greatest from manufacturer Mindjet – is not available for the Apple platform, yet. Until now, no announcement has been made as to when a version 8 for Mac OSX wil be made available.
Being a newbie at using Mindmapping software, I was pleasantly surprised by the way Mindmanager 7 runs on my Macbook. Everything is running smoothly, and without help files or other instructions I was able to make mindmaps on the fly.
When comparing Windows and Mac OSX versions of Mindmanager, there are some significant differences in use. I wanted to replicate an appealing mindmap (made with Mindmanager 7 for Windows) which I had seen during a presentation.
Throughout that particular presentation I learned about the extensive toolset (menu options) available for creating mindmaps exactly the way you want to. I expected to see the same menu structure in the Mac version, but that was not the case. Mindmanager 7 for Mac functions in a typical Mac-way, that is, through an inspectortool (see screenshot). Most of the Mindmanager features have been placed in the inspector, but not all of them. For example, if you want to create thicker branches (lines), that option is hidden in the upper menu bar under “Format“.
Even though the Mindmanager versions for Windows and Mac OSX are similar in functionality, there is a downside when using the Mac version in terms of extended functionality. For the Windows version there are some great (export) add-ins available that are attuned to the Microsoft Office suite (only). These add-ins are not available for the iWorks suite.
Nonetheless, Mindmanager 7 for the Mac does what it has to do, and is a great tool for digital mindmapping. On a positive note, the Mac version of Mindmanager is less expensive than the Windows versions.
To conclude, if you want reliable, industry leading mindmapping software, Mindmanager 7 for Mac is a great pick. Let’s hope Mindjet comes out with Mindmanager 8 for Mac OSX in the near future.
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