Review: Mindmaps for the BlackBerry PlayBook

Mindmaps
By Ryan Blundell on 4 Dec 2011 01:36 pm
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With a touch screen, we tend to look for more free flowing applications to help us in our daily tasks. While having a list we can look at is helpful, there’s something about a touch screen that has us looking for a more attractive way to visualize and manage projects, tasks, ideas and even goals. The BlackBerry PlayBook, to me, is the perfect sized tablet for making my To-Dos easy to read and easier on the eyes. Take away a physical keyboard (BlackBerry smartphone or computer keyboard that is) and it almost feels like I’m looking directly at what’s inside my brain (yeesh, I thought my bedroom when I was a kid was messy!). It’s just me and my noggin, trying to hash out ideas, making sense of the process. What a lot of people do is tap into the power of a mind map, whether it’s created on a black or white board, a notepad or a napkin.

Mindmaps allows you to do the same thing, except on your BlackBerry PlayBook and not on a mustard stained napkin. Not only does it help you keep track of the thoughts in your brain, but it also lets you manage the layout, colours and more. What was once a great idea may have to be put on the backburner. Mindmaps can help you move the idea around without having to scribble it out. There other mind mapping BlackBerry PlayBook applications out there, so let’s see how this one handles your crazy ideas.

About Mindmaps

Mindmaps was developed by the student start-up Endare, the same group who brought us the comic book reader Comics and the ZIP file reading Zipio. Mindmaps is only available for the BlackBerry PlayBook. Its current version is 2.0 and has a file size of 617KB. It is also available for Android OS, but they will end up paying more for the application ($5.99 instead of $3.99).

Cost: $3.99

Rating in BlackBerry App World: 4/5

Mindmaps does support various formats of mind-mapping. If you decide to create one from with the application, it will use its own format. If importing a previously created mind map, only Freemind and Xmind formats are supported. If you choose to export your finished, or in-progress mindmap, you can do so in either (you guessed it) Freemind or Xmind OR as a PDF, JPG or PNG file. Not all coworkers, or even bosses, appreciate embracing technology, so being able to export in so many different formats is definitely an added bonus.

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Just as you would expect, Mindmaps makes it extremely easy to start mapping out your next big breakthrough, or how you are going to organize the garage this year. The menu can be found at the top of the screen. It is here where you can choose to create a new map, rename the current one, open a saved map or add/remove bubbles. It’s just a matter of creating and moving bubbles until you get the whole process perfected. Now the application doesn’t just use text to capture what it is you are plotting; you can make use of various colours and shapes, as well. You can decide the colour of not only the body of the bubble, but also the border. How you use them is entirely up to you – they could be used to set priorities, actions or even who they are delegated to.

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Mindmaps has a small library of icons to perhaps help visualize the next action for a particular bubble. Maybe you need to call someone, maybe you need to pause the work in order to complete something else. Don’t ask me, it’s your brain after all! The application is highly responsive with little or no lagging to report on. The interface is easy to decipher and manage; who needs to fight with options when you’re plotting out a mental masterpiece?! There’s also no need to worry about your maps disappearing, leaving the screen as blank as the expression on your face. Included are an undo/redo option and an automatic save feature.

Conclusion

I’m a huge fan of creating Mindmaps for projects at work. I’m also a fan of being to whip out my BlackBerry PlayBook any chance I get. Mindmaps lets you do both in style. With so many creative options to choose form, it beats writing on that dirty napkin any day (and saves you from trying to read what you wrote on top of that spot of ketchup). The only drawback I see is the price. Similar applications, like Cogimap, are available at a lower price. But if you are a fan of importing FreeMind or Xmind files, you may want to go with this one. If you’d like to check out Mindmaps, it’s available for $3.99 from BlackBerry App World

More information/download Mindmaps for the BlackBerry PlayBook

17 comments

mattBAM

"Mindmaps is only available for the BlackBerry PlayBook. Its current version is 2.0 and has a file size of 617KB. It is also available for Android OS, but they will end up paying more for the application ($5.99 instead of $3.99)."

So it isn't only available for the PlayBook...

JR A

I think he meant to say the only BB device it is compatible with is the PB.

BB_Bmore

Wow i would have been sooooo confused had you not cleared that up,ty.

ckinglam

Mindmaps or CogiMaps?
Round 1, FIGHT!

esqlaw

This one appears to export to formats that actually matter.

TeaBoy

I have more Ideas than this App can Handle lol...
Great APP OVER ALL>

cl8baller

I am picturing the possibilities with this application and how to apply it in academic areas and I enjoy the idea of imaging a PlayBook hooked onto a projector or large screen.

I believe Adobe or some software company has a desktop version of an application like this.

bbcat

I thought I still owned the program on my PB even after I have uninstalled it, but alas! in my attempt to reinstall I am required to buy again but this time $3.99....sucks big time if u must know.

pissed-off

"Do the Right thing & Make your Mother proud"

cl8baller

Try contacting the developer, they should have some system where your purchase was documented and you should be able to download it again without paying.

rob7100g

Me too, I just coughed up and paid the $3.99. It's worth it and cheap too.

If you bought version 1 and need to re-install BlackBerry App World doesn't allow this. You'll need to upgrade to the latest version.

Version 2 is better and offers more formats to import and can export to.

I'd like to see a way to connect a cell to multiple cells.

zezke

I am very sorry for this problem, but this is an App World issue. Please contact us at support@endare.eu and we will do our best to resolve your issue.

Best regards

Bram Vandewalle
CEO of Endare

npunk42

Bram is the BEST dev EVER!

artie

That's great, I've been using that way of taking notes or preparing a project or a talk since I was a kid. It's a lot faster, easier and more fluid just how the mind works. I could never take notes the way we were taught at school with Capital letter and numbers; whatever that's called takes too long. Fantastic.

seaquay

does not allow collapse and expand. limits the application from making large mindmaps

seaquay

import from xmind shuffles the boxes such that they become unreadable.

paulonet2

Hi everybody,
I think we should push RIM and mind map developers to release more apps for our playbook. I am using for example buzan's imindmap (the one i prefer so far) which has and Iphone, Ipad and android version. At the beginning of this year they announced that a playbook version should have come soon, but they withdraw the annoucement because (till yesterday) nobody knows when it will be available
Ryan, Kevin and Crackberry team help us, we appreciated very good and professional devices made by RIM but we deserve more attention and apps.
Unfortunately I wasn't able to download it from the android market because the playbook is not recognized as android device.