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  • iMindQ: Far more than a new mind mapping program

    Mind Mapping Software Blog
    Chuck Frey
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:16 am
    iMindQ is a new visual thinking program from Seavus that combines organic mind maps, concept maps, whiteboard space, flowcharts and project planning in a single, easy-to-use program. It gives you more ways to visualize your ideas and information in a single, affordable package. iMindQ is the successor to DropMind, a program that Seavus launched several years ago as a web-based application but soon expanded into desktop and mobile versions. In this review, we’ll take a closer look at what’s most notable and useful for business users. The iMindQ user interface When you first open…
  • Fun Friday Links: Innovation and Storytelling, Cross-Generational Collaboration, and Big Data’s Effect on Organ Transplants

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    Arwen Petty
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:23 pm
    Welcome to Conspire’s Fun Friday Links, a weekly collection of interesting discoveries from around the Web. Most of the time, the goal is to get you thinking differently about innovation, collaboration, business culture, and life in general. Other times, we may toss an infographic or fun video your way. Submissions are welcome, and you can send them to conspire@mindjet.com for consideration. Innovation Emerges From Stories We Tell The human experience is absolutely rooted in storytelling; we’re a species of narrators, documenting our own histories and imaginings in every language…
  • A Mindmap About The 5 Chemicals We All Share

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    Chance Brown
    17 Jul 2014 | 4:52 pm
    Simon Sinek, the bestselling author of Start With Why has a new book out called Leaders Eat Last.  I thoroughly enjoyed Start With Why, but I have to say I found Leaders Eat Last to be even more profound.  In the first book, he touched on the connection between leadership and biology.  But in Leaders Eat Last he provides a more in-depth discussion. One area of the book I found particularly enlightening was the discussion about five hormones that all human beings share — and how there is a connection between these hormones, successful people, and successful organizations. He divides…
  • Don't Miss Biggerplate Unplugged Berlin: The Mind Map Conference

    Idea Mapping
    Jamie Nast
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:29 pm
    On Thursday, 16 October 2014 from 9:00 – 17:00 in Berlin, Germany Biggerplate will host yet another Mind Map Conference. I was fortunate enough to both speak at and participate in the March conference earlier this year in San Francisco. It was very  worthwhile to meet so many new people as well as colleagues I’d only known online. Highly recommend this for all mappers (and non-mappers) that can attend. The early bird special of €39.00 is available through August 15, 2014. On the registration page you can see the names of those who have already purchased their tickets. Yikes!
  • Using Windows Environment Variables in MindManager Hyperlinks

    Applications of MindManager
    Andrew Wilcox
    1 Jul 2014 | 8:05 am
    Windows has a set of variables which work wherever Windows is installed. Maybe you have booted from a USB drive or decided your home drive should be Z:. You can use these variables in MindManager hyperlinks. For example: “%windir%\System32\calc.exe” as an absolute link will start an instance of the Calculator (It may not be in the foreground). “%UserProfile%\AppData\Local\Mindjet\MindManager\14\Library\ENU\” will open your library folder. You need to use the Open outside MindManager option or press Ctrl when you click the hyperlink on the map. Here are some more…
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    via @Mindjet's Conspire #ideasquad

  • Fun Friday Links: Innovation and Storytelling, Cross-Generational Collaboration, and Big Data’s Effect on Organ Transplants

    Arwen Petty
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:23 pm
    Welcome to Conspire’s Fun Friday Links, a weekly collection of interesting discoveries from around the Web. Most of the time, the goal is to get you thinking differently about innovation, collaboration, business culture, and life in general. Other times, we may toss an infographic or fun video your way. Submissions are welcome, and you can send them to conspire@mindjet.com for consideration. Innovation Emerges From Stories We Tell The human experience is absolutely rooted in storytelling; we’re a species of narrators, documenting our own histories and imaginings in every language…
  • Harnessing Humanitarian Innovation: Bettering the World One Idea at a Time

    Arwen Petty
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Obvious as it sounds, every technological advancement, medical breakthrough, or creative masterpiece that exists in the world began with one very simple thing: an idea. To be fair, having ideas isn’t always all that simple. Particularly in business settings, generating truly unique or innovative solutions is often an acute struggle; a battle of wit against resources, deadlines, and data. This is especially true for organizations focused on humanitarian innovation — they’re not only restricted by their own assets, but by the many regional, political, financial, geographical,…
  • Thursday Thought Leadership Roundup: Reaching Out to Influencers, Companies That Shine, and Ridiculous Phrases

    Arwen Petty
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:51 pm
    In this week’s thought leadership roundup, we take a look at influencer outreach, companies that truly get it, and ridiculous jargon to avoid. Thought Leadership Strategy: A 3-Step Framework for Influencer Outreach From the Content Marketing Institute: “When promoting content, a good influencer outreach campaign can be the difference between hundreds of views and thousands. It can mean real press coverage, new audiences, and even revenue growth. The most successful of these campaigns begins weeks (or even months) in advance of the content’s launch, giving marketers plenty of…
  • Money: Bad for Ideas

    Harvey Wade
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:40 am
    Money motivates. People tend to like it and usually want more of it. However, is it helpful in encouraging and getting innovation? I want ideas; I’ll pay for them. It’s almost crude in it’s approach. Nobody likes to think that they can be bought for a certain price. However, when it comes to innovation, it is often the default. Innovation is Not Invention Let me lay my cards on the table here; I believe using money as a motivator can be immensely destructive! Innovation is not invention; innovation is a team activity. Having an idea is one thing, but to make it better needs others…
  • Innovation Currency: Banking on the Wisdom of the Crowd

    James Gardner
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:40 am
    As the banking sector undergoes continual reform, its leaders are bracing themselves for job cuts they suspect will occur over the next three years. Stakeholders will most likely be taking an introspective look at existing challenges, and trying to find new customer propositions that will improve digital banking and reinvent the customer experience. Empowering the Front-Line It is likely that most of this innovation will be led top-down, but there’s an interesting tension here: the difference between what leadership “thinks” will work, versus what the frontline staff see and hear…
 
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    Mind Mapping Software Blog

  • iMindQ: Far more than a new mind mapping program

    Chuck Frey
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:16 am
    iMindQ is a new visual thinking program from Seavus that combines organic mind maps, concept maps, whiteboard space, flowcharts and project planning in a single, easy-to-use program. It gives you more ways to visualize your ideas and information in a single, affordable package. iMindQ is the successor to DropMind, a program that Seavus launched several years ago as a web-based application but soon expanded into desktop and mobile versions. In this review, we’ll take a closer look at what’s most notable and useful for business users. The iMindQ user interface When you first open…
  • Mindmeister enables on-the-fly idea capture with Google Glass

    Chuck Frey
    19 Jul 2014 | 8:15 am
    Remember Geistesblitz from MindMeister? Introduced 6 years ago, it enabled you to send ideas to your default mind map in several ways. It has now been enhanced to enable you to do so via Google Glass. MindMeister for Glass enables you to send a Geistesblitz note to your default map via voice command. Once you’ve installed the app and designated a default map in your MindMeister account, it’s easy to use. Simply use the voice command “OK Glass, take a note with MindMeister” and say your Geistesblitz note out loud. When you’re done speaking, Glass displays your note.
  • How to brand your mind maps to make them stand out

    Chuck Frey
    30 Jun 2014 | 4:39 am
    How to use graphic design to convey a professional image and clearly communicate your brand – featuring advice from brilliant mind mapper Roger C. Parker. The world has become a very noisy place,with a firehose of words and images competing for attention. To communicate your brand with impact and convey a professional image to the world, it makes a lot of sense to develop a distinctive design and branding for your mind maps. One of the people who is doing that extremely well today is Roger C. Parker. He has published over 40 books in his illustrious career as an author, writing coach,…
  • 317 power words that add punch and persuasion to your writing

    Chuck Frey
    20 Jun 2014 | 1:08 pm
    The key to writing persuasively and compellingly is emotion. That much Jon Morrow makes clear in his incredible blog post, 317 Power Words That’ll Instantly Make You a Better Writer. To make this comprehensive resource even more accessible, I have converted it into a mind map. To often, our writing fails to capture attention because it lacks emotion. As human beings, we all have “hot buttons” we respond instantly to, such as fear, anger, greed and lust. These emotions are hard-wired into our brains, and play a bigger role in helping us make decisions to a far greater degree than…
  • 8 myths about mind mapping software – and the remarkable truth about its capabilities

    Chuck Frey
    15 Jun 2014 | 6:39 am
    Mind mapping software is surrounded by myths that make it hard for business people to fully understand its power and potential. It’s time to cast aside these inaccurate beliefs and view a clear picture of what it can do for you. Here are 8 myths that you may have heard about mind mapping software and the real story on each: MYTH #1. It’s too hard to learn. Many people can’t be bothered with mind mapping software because they perceive that it’s just too hard to learn. Do you remember when you first learned Microsoft Word? You didn’t need an extensive course to…
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    The Mindmap Blog

  • A Mindmap About The 5 Chemicals We All Share

    Chance Brown
    17 Jul 2014 | 4:52 pm
    Simon Sinek, the bestselling author of Start With Why has a new book out called Leaders Eat Last.  I thoroughly enjoyed Start With Why, but I have to say I found Leaders Eat Last to be even more profound.  In the first book, he touched on the connection between leadership and biology.  But in Leaders Eat Last he provides a more in-depth discussion. One area of the book I found particularly enlightening was the discussion about five hormones that all human beings share — and how there is a connection between these hormones, successful people, and successful organizations. He divides…
  • The Global Mapping Community

    Chance Brown
    6 Jul 2014 | 4:08 am
    People all over the world are mapping content in the areas of business, education and personal life.  This is a vibrant community of creative and innovative people sharing their ideas with the world. If you are interested in learning more about the global mapping community, I suggest you visit two sites: Biggerplate.com and Maps For That.But more than visit, I invite you to share your own maps and join the community.Biggerplate provides a world map with user pins in different countries showing mappers all over the world (and the number of maps they’ve shared). Here’s my pin on…
  • Improve your meetings with Mindjet’s Meeting JetPack

    Chance Brown
    5 Jun 2014 | 9:56 pm
    There are dozens of articles on the Internet about meetings being a waste of time and productivity.  Here’s a good one from the Wall Street Journal.  But whatever your feelings about meetings, at some point, you will have to attend one.  Wouldn’t it be great if the person leading the meeting had a way to ensure it was both efficient and productive? Mindjet has developed a series of meeting templates that can help improve both the efficiency and productivity of meetings. I recently had an opportunity to explore the templates and I found them to be well designed and very useful.
  • A Great Map on Writing, Mapping and Synthesizing

    Chance Brown
    3 Jun 2014 | 8:28 pm
    I met Jim Lauria (@peopleforwater) at the Biggerplate Unplugged San Francisco Conference in March of this year.  We had a great conversation and he shared some of the ways he uses mindmapping software. Recently he shared  a very informative and creative mindmap with the Biggerplate.com community.  In the map, Jim uses ideas from famous authors to illustrate how mind mapping can help writers become better synthesizers.   You can download the map for free. Here are a couple of screencaptures of the map (click to enlarge):     Bookmark It Related posts: Another Successful…
  • The Mindmapping Software Advantage: Week 5 – Personal Productivity Templates

    Chance Brown
    5 May 2014 | 4:17 am
    In previous posts for this series, I talked about leveraging mindmapping software for project management, strategic planning, problem solving, and management.  However, mindmapping software is not just about business.  It’s also a great tool for personal productivity. Below are some of my favorite personal productivity map templates.  Additionally, I highly recommend downloading these maps to your iPad using the iThoughtsHD app.  Having these maps on the go and accessible via your iPad makes you even more productive! Map Template: Life Planner Purpose: The Life Plannertemplate…
 
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    Idea Mapping

  • Don't Miss Biggerplate Unplugged Berlin: The Mind Map Conference

    Jamie Nast
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:29 pm
    On Thursday, 16 October 2014 from 9:00 – 17:00 in Berlin, Germany Biggerplate will host yet another Mind Map Conference. I was fortunate enough to both speak at and participate in the March conference earlier this year in San Francisco. It was very  worthwhile to meet so many new people as well as colleagues I’d only known online. Highly recommend this for all mappers (and non-mappers) that can attend. The early bird special of €39.00 is available through August 15, 2014. On the registration page you can see the names of those who have already purchased their tickets. Yikes!
  • Idea Map 462 – An Association Game Called: Be the Hit of the party!

    Jamie Nast
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:38 am
    I recently did an Idea Mapping webinar for nearly 1,000 members of the Global PMI Communities of Practice. I took them through an activity that demonstrates the associative nature of our thinking and how an Idea Map is created based on our associations. John Pestotnik was one of those participating in the webinar. He developed a music-driven, audience-interactive, free-association trivia game called “Be the Hit of the party!”  John found an idea map to be the perfect tool for capturing the associations between a song and the freely-associated trivia exposed via the game. If you are…
  • Join Jamie Nast For Her Public Idea Mapping Workshop in the UK Sept 17-18, 2014.

    Jamie Nast
    20 Jul 2014 | 12:24 pm
    I am excited to announce that I will be teaching my Idea Mapping Workshop in Bournemouth, UK September 17-18, 2014. This workshop is open to the public and is limited to the first 20 who register. Here is the Course Abstract. The fee is $695 USD and you can register here for this event or any other Idea Mapping Workshops schedule for 2014. Share This
  • Making Meetings Better with the Meetings Jetpack by Mindjet

    Jamie Nast
    12 Jul 2014 | 12:43 pm
    If you want to take your meetings to the next level consider using Mindjet’s new Jetpack. Mindjet has put together a package of tools, templates and tips to help you turn meetings back into a way of collaborating, making decisions and getting things done. The Meeting Jetpack provides the methodology and mechanisms to make all your meetings more meaningful. This map from the Jetpack guides you through a decision-making meeting. The notes included on each branch (you can’t see these in the jpg) provide excellent insights to help you be successful. Other idea maps included in the…
  • Crossed New Milestone For Number of Trained Idea Mappers

    Jamie Nast
    10 Jul 2014 | 4:34 pm
    I crossed the 23,000 mark! As of this moment I have trained 23,162 individuals in Idea Mapping. This new record was set as a result of last week’s 392 participants in the Idea Mapping DDM Leadership Series at NIH. In this graphic you can see that from 1992 thru 2001 I trained nearly 12,000 people. That’s where this graph starts. “2″ represents 2002, “3″ represents 2003, etc. and these numbers are cumulative over the last 22 years. I think it is also interesting to note that most of the professionals that have taken my Idea Mapping Workshop have been part…
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    Applications of MindManager

  • Using Windows Environment Variables in MindManager Hyperlinks

    Andrew Wilcox
    1 Jul 2014 | 8:05 am
    Windows has a set of variables which work wherever Windows is installed. Maybe you have booted from a USB drive or decided your home drive should be Z:. You can use these variables in MindManager hyperlinks. For example: “%windir%\System32\calc.exe” as an absolute link will start an instance of the Calculator (It may not be in the foreground). “%UserProfile%\AppData\Local\Mindjet\MindManager\14\Library\ENU\” will open your library folder. You need to use the Open outside MindManager option or press Ctrl when you click the hyperlink on the map. Here are some more…
  • Recoverying your My Maps pane set up in a new install

    Andrew Wilcox
    30 Jun 2014 | 3:27 am
  • MindManager and PowerPoint Brainwave

    Andrew Wilcox
    4 Mar 2014 | 3:49 pm
    Presentation Web Export Template I just had a moment of inspiration when answering a question about exporting to PowerPoint in the Mindjet Community.  There has never been a easy way to transfer your maps to PowerPoint. The current exports to PowerPoint do not show off your hard work of laying out the map and formatting it.  They transfer the topic text to bullet points or PowerPoint objects (bullet points in blocks).  My recommendation has always been for simple maps to export the image then insert and link to a slide.  For more complex maps either use screen grabbers to capture…
  • The Power of Linked Maps in MindManager for Windows

    Andrew Wilcox
    13 Feb 2014 | 4:40 am
    The Power of Linked Maps The Linked Maps view (was called Multimap View) in MindManager for Windows is powerful and often unknown feature of the application. It allows you to create a collection of maps which can be manipulated, shared, exported, printed and combined. Its a feature I have used to get overviews, to publish multiple maps in Word & Web form, to sort out bad links and print several maps in one go to a PDF or standard printer. With suitably constructed dashboard, master or parent maps you can easily manipulate information and share it across projects and clients. For instance…
  • Adding maps quickly to your desktop background

    Andrew Wilcox
    31 Jan 2014 | 3:39 am
    This morning I wanted to paste two maps on to my second screen for reference during a webinar I was giving on Four Crucial Tips for MindManager Users.  They were my management map and the attendees.  I looked hard for ways to paste them in various applications and then I went back to Windows Paint.  Here is the simple process: Select central topic of map and copy CTRL-C Open Paint  and paste. Drag the edge of the canvas so it will cover the required part of your desktop. Repeat with another map pasting on to the same image and arranging as appropriate. In Paint > File > Set as…
 
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  • Raising Your Personal Standards

    Adam Sicinski
    1 Jul 2014 | 5:24 am
    Buy Map  Using Map  Free Maps Any time you sincerely want to make a change, the first thing you must do is to raise your standards. — Anthony Robbins What Are Personal Standards Do you ever wonder what separates the highest achievers from everyone else? There are of course many possible answers to this question. In fact, I have previously discussed the importance of self-belief and the value of asking effective questions. Living with a sense of urgency also comes into the picture, as does avoiding the common unhelpful thinking traps that catch so many of us off guard. However, there is…
  • Exploring Your Greatest Strengths

    Adam Sicinski
    17 Jun 2014 | 3:06 am
    Buy Map  Using Map  Free Maps Our strengths grow out of our weaknesses. — Ralph Waldo Emerson Assessing Your Strengths and Weaknesses Understanding your strengths and weaknesses can be of tremendous value for your life and career. This awareness is invaluable because it will help you focus on the right things in an optimal way. This will of course also help you make better career and life decisions moving forward. Knowing your strengths will for instance help you to become more resourceful during difficult moments of your life. Furthermore, you will be in an optimal position to take…
  • Expanding Your Comfort Zone

    Adam Sicinski
    13 May 2014 | 5:14 am
    Buy Map  Using Map  Free Maps To succeed, we must become comfortable with being uncomfortable on a daily basis. — Anthony Robbins Understanding Your Comfort Zone A comfort zone is something you carry with you as you move through life. This comfort zone is very much like an invisible bubble of sorts that surrounds your psyche. And as you go about your day and encounter different circumstances, this bubble constantly expands and constricts depending on your situation. In other words, as you confront a situation your psyche is either free to do more in that particular situation, or it is in…
  • Unlocking Your Personal Legend

    Adam Sicinski
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:07 am
    Buy Map  Using Map  Free Maps Somebody should tell us at the start of our lives that we are dying, then we might live to our limits. — Michael Landor What is a Personal Legend? A Personal Legend is your life’s spiritual purpose. It’s a spiritual calling that awakens a deep desire and passion to live with a sense of purpose for something greater than yourself. Some people might call it a mission or a vision statement, however it’s more of a combination of the two that ultimately helps you leave a lasting legacy behind. A Vision Statement: Is your ultimate life’s…
  • Developing Unwavering Commitment

    Adam Sicinski
    2 Mar 2014 | 12:09 am
    Buy Map  Using Map  Free Maps Commitment unlocks the doors of imagination, allows vision, and gives us the ‘right stuff’ to turn our dreams into reality. — James Womack What it Means to Commit to Something Many people consistently complain about not getting something; about not achieving their goals; and about all the obstacles and problems that make their life “oh so difficult”. These people would immediately quit complaining the moment they realized that: we don’t get what we want; we only get what we are 100 percent committed to. In other words, unless you…
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  • Become a Better Mapper With Our New MindMeister Academy!

    Raphaela Brandner
    17 Jul 2014 | 4:10 am
    Today we’re proud to introduce our brand new MindMeister Academy to you. The Academy is a place were both online and paper mappers, newbies and old hands, MindMeister users and nonusers can train to become better mind mappers. The Academy will teach you how to create, read and effectively work with mind maps; you will hear about the many uses of mind mapping and you will find out how to use MindMeister like a real pro! Content Overview The MindMeister Academy offers four courses, each featuring detailed explanations and how-tos as well as many illustrating images, tutorial videos and…
  • MindMeister for Glass™

    Raphaela Brandner
    30 Jun 2014 | 9:00 am
    Today we’re excited to introduce to you MindMeister for Glass™, another awesome integration of your favorite mind mapping tool with one of Google’s products. MindMeister for Glass enables you to send a Geistesblitz note to your default map via voice command – almost like the MindMeister Thought Extractor, except that this time it’s not an April Fools’ Day joke How does it work? Step 1 Find MindMeister for Glass in the list of Glassware on glass.google.com/glassware. Simply select MindMeister from the list and follow the steps of the installation process until you’re…
  • 5 New Features for MindMeister

    Raphaela Brandner
    26 Jun 2014 | 12:02 am
    New Map Types Many of you have been asking for these, so we listened: With the new map types you can keep all your topics aligned on one side, or use the all-new org chart layout to format your topics along vertical and horizontal lines. To change the map type, simply open the map editor and click on the map icon in the upper left corner to open the Map Layout settings. Choose between “Default” “Aligned”, “Left aligned, “Right aligned” and “Org chart”. Two-Factor Authentication This feature brings even more security for your mind maps. When you activate TFA, the only…
  • MindMeister Becomes Google Apps Premier Technology Partner!

    Raphaela Brandner
    10 Jun 2014 | 9:07 am
    On 6th March, Google introduced a new technology track in the Google Apps Partner Program  for software vendors that build complementary business apps and tools. Can you guess who’s one of Google’s very first Premier Technology Partners? That’s right, folks, WE ARE! MindMeister looks back on a long history with Google that started with our Google Apps integration in 2010 and continued with things like our Hangouts integration, our add-on for Google Docs, and our new Geistesblitz app for Glass™, which will be released soon. This is why it comes as no surprise that Google has named…
  • Spread Some MindMeister Love on Twitter & Win!

    Raphaela Brandner
    2 Jun 2014 | 6:29 am
    Tweet something nice about MindMeister and win a free 6 month subscription for MindMeister Pro! With a MindMeister Pro account you can… create an unlimited amount of mind maps brainstorm, plan & collaborate online upload files & images use History Mode to replay the change history of your maps export your maps as Word documents share them via secure links save your customized map themes create teams and much more You don’t have to be a MindMeister user to participate, all you need is a Twitter account to spread some MindMeister love. Every tweet that includes the @MindMeister…
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    Assistive Technology

  • Belkin Portable Tablet Stage-Right for Any Tablet

    12 Jul 2014 | 1:33 pm
    It was great having a chance to visit with so many vendors while I attended ISTE 2014 Conference a couple of weeks ago. Walking through the Exhibitors Hall, I was struck by just how much "stuff" is out there that educators need to vet. As I walked the Exhibit Hall I came across some unique products that I know will finds its place into the classroom. One of favorite new products is from Belkin and it is the Portable Tablet Stage, a light weight and portable stand for your tablet that can turn it into a great presentation stage. When you pair up the Belkin Portable Tablet Stage with the free…
  • ScreenBeam Pro Education Edition from Actiontec

    26 Jun 2014 | 6:52 pm
    As a professor of education, I am always looking at new technologies that can enliven my classroom and give me and my students tools to share ideas. When I purchased my Surface Pro 2 and Dell Venue 8, I learned about an Intel standard called Wi-Di (Wireless Display) which allows you to stream the contents of your tablet or computer to a HDMI  device without cables or wires. Many educator often refer to Wi-Di by using the term Miracast to describe a peer-to-peer wireless screencasting standard formed via Wi-Fi Direct connections in a manner similar to Bluetooth. Having access to…
  • IPEVO iZiggi HD Wireless Document Camera -Innovative New Product from IPEVO

    24 May 2014 | 1:08 pm
    Over the past year, I have been enamored with the number of unique products the IPEVO company has released and in the last two weeks they released the iZiggi HD Wireless Document Camera for IOS, Mac & PC which adds considerable value to their product line. The iZiggi HD Wireless Document Camera is the perfect marriage of the iZiggi HD Camera and the IPEVO Wireless Station which I had reviewed in the past couple of months. Plugging the iZiggi HD Wireless Document Camera into the IPEVO Wireless Station created an ad-hoc WiFi network that would allow your iPad to connect through,…
  • It Has Been a Busy Spring-Lots of Tech

    18 May 2014 | 6:48 pm
    It has been a very busy spring trying to catch up from the cold and snowy winter. March was a busy month chock full of presentations and workshops. It was really exciting to be one of the organizers of the EDCampAccessNJ which was held at the College of St. Elizabeth. The highlight for me was putting together the venue and having all my colleagues there to share their expertise. It was a great day an I am hoping that we can make this an annual event. We had great support of the college and from vendors who gave us great give away and really were there in spirit.As much as I try to keep up the…
  • Tegware Bagel and Boogie Board Perfect Together!

    3 Feb 2014 | 9:01 am
    I have been following the digital writing market for some time now and was intrigued when I learned about a new product from Tegware, called the Tegware Bagel, which marries an iPhone case with a small Boogie Board eWriter display, which was released at CES 2014. Having reviewed the original Boogie Board when it was released, I saw first-hand how liberating it was to use for jotting down notes and for doodling and have enjoyed using one ever since. In fact, I now keep a Boogie Board Jot 4.5  on my desk at work to write down reminders and telephone numbers instead of wasting paper. There…
 
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    CSO: The World of ConceptDraw

  • ConceptDraw MINDMAP Listing Accounting Resources

    16 Jul 2014 | 4:45 pm
    Accountants and individuals involved in accounting often use mind maps in their work.  I have made available for download a ConceptDraw mind map file that contains a myriad of resources for accountants and financial people.  The file can be downloaded from here.You can find out more about CS Odessa and our ConceptDraw products from here.
  • ConceptDraw PRO: An Excellent Tool to Describe Accounting Process Flows

    15 Jul 2014 | 5:36 pm
    One of accounting’s chief concerns is to be as accurate as possible in describing a business’ financial condition. Businesses rely on accounting, more today than ever in the history of business. Legislation has imposed new rules and regulations on the accounting in companies to protect the interests of people who have a vested interest in those companies. The Sarbanes–Oxley Act (SOX) of 2002 is well-known for its impact on companies by proving more accountability for company management.There are many areas of accounting that benefit from flowcharts that describe processes inside a…
  • 24 Jun 2014 | 4:09 pm

    24 Jun 2014 | 4:09 pm
    ConceptDraw: A Boon to IT Students and ProfessionalsDean Livingston is working on his Masters in Information Technology at the University of Phoenix online. Recently, Dean discovered and purchased ConceptDraw Office at the academic discount to help assist him with his course work. ConceptDraw Office consists of ConceptDraw PRO (business graphics and diagramming), ConceptDraw PROJECT (project management), and ConceptDraw MINDMAP (brainstorming, producing documents and presentations). Dean was a long time PC user who switched to a MacBook about 12 months ago. After switching to Macintosh,…
  • 24 Jun 2014 | 4:02 pm

    24 Jun 2014 | 4:02 pm
    CS Odessa Announces Software Engineering Solutions in ConceptDraw Solution Park ConceptDraw Solution Park contains lots of new content that we release for our ConceptDraw products. Today's addition to ConceptDraw PRO and the ConceptDraw Solution Park extends the current vector libraries with a complete software engineering solution. CS Odessa has introduced a new set of libraries that provides a complete solution for software engineering diagrams. The Software Development Area in the ConceptDraw Solution Park includes the Entity-Relationship Diagram Solution, Data Flow Diagrams Solution,…
  • Dear Abe, I Have Just Been Appointed the Project Manager of My Group, Help!

    16 Jan 2014 | 2:10 pm
    Dear Abe,My boss has designated me to be the Project Manager of my group. I have a basic understanding of what is required, but I am going to need some advice from you.At any time my department has 10-12 projects on the go. I have a team of about 20 people that I have at my disposal.  I need to figure out how to balance these twenty individuals over the projects that are active, manage the individual project budgets, and keep everyone up to date on what is going on. I need some big help do you have any suggestions.Concerned,Matthew Lewis…Hi Matt,I have some good news for you.  The…
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    Applications of MindManager

  • Using Windows Environment Variables in MindManager Hyperlinks

    Andrew Wilcox
    1 Jul 2014 | 8:05 am
    Windows has a set of variables which work wherever Windows is installed. Maybe you have booted from a USB drive or decided your home drive should be Z:. You can use these variables in MindManager hyperlinks. For example: “%windir%\System32\calc.exe” as an absolute link will start an instance of the Calculator (It may not be in the foreground). “%UserProfile%\AppData\Local\Mindjet\MindManager\14\Library\ENU\” will open your library folder. You need to use the Open outside MindManager option or press Ctrl when you click the hyperlink on the map. Here are some more…
  • Recoverying your My Maps pane set up in a new install

    Andrew Wilcox
    30 Jun 2014 | 3:27 am
  • MindManager and PowerPoint Brainwave

    Andrew Wilcox
    4 Mar 2014 | 3:49 pm
    Presentation Web Export Template I just had a moment of inspiration when answering a question about exporting to PowerPoint in the Mindjet Community.  There has never been a easy way to transfer your maps to PowerPoint. The current exports to PowerPoint do not show off your hard work of laying out the map and formatting it.  They transfer the topic text to bullet points or PowerPoint objects (bullet points in blocks).  My recommendation has always been for simple maps to export the image then insert and link to a slide.  For more complex maps either use screen grabbers to capture…
  • The Power of Linked Maps in MindManager for Windows

    Andrew Wilcox
    13 Feb 2014 | 4:40 am
    The Power of Linked Maps The Linked Maps view (was called Multimap View) in MindManager for Windows is powerful and often unknown feature of the application. It allows you to create a collection of maps which can be manipulated, shared, exported, printed and combined. Its a feature I have used to get overviews, to publish multiple maps in Word & Web form, to sort out bad links and print several maps in one go to a PDF or standard printer. With suitably constructed dashboard, master or parent maps you can easily manipulate information and share it across projects and clients. For instance…
  • Adding maps quickly to your desktop background

    Andrew Wilcox
    31 Jan 2014 | 3:39 am
    This morning I wanted to paste two maps on to my second screen for reference during a webinar I was giving on Four Crucial Tips for MindManager Users.  They were my management map and the attendees.  I looked hard for ways to paste them in various applications and then I went back to Windows Paint.  Here is the simple process: Select central topic of map and copy CTRL-C Open Paint  and paste. Drag the edge of the canvas so it will cover the required part of your desktop. Repeat with another map pasting on to the same image and arranging as appropriate. In Paint > File > Set as…
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