Mindjet (software)

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Mindjet
Example window for Mindjet application
Mindjet for Windows
Developer(s) Mindjet
Stable release 11 (Windows); 10 (Mac)[1] / September 20, 2012; 22 months ago (2012-09-20)[2]
Operating system Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Android, iOS, web
Type Mind mapping
License Proprietary commercial software
Website www.mindjet.com

Mindjet (formerly named MindMan and MindManager) is a commercial team collaboration software application developed by the company Mindjet. In addition to collaborative elements, the software also provides ways for users to visualize information via the creation of mind maps. As of December 2011, Mindjet had approximately two million users,[3] including notable clients such as Coca Cola, Disney, IBM and Walmart.[4]

Features[edit]

Like its predecessors MindMan and MindManager, the Mindjet software provides ways to visualize information via the creation of mind maps, while also providing tools to facilitate team communication, collaboration, and project management. By using cloud storage, Mindjet can propagate changes to mind maps or projects to all users, regardless of which platform users choose for access.[5]

Mindjet uses a subscription-based payment model: rather than purchasing the software outright, users pay a monthly or annual fee for access to the program, which includes updates and new features.[6]

Mindjet is available for Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, and via the web, as well as on the mobile Android and iOS platforms.[7] Mindjet can also be run within an organization using Microsoft SharePoint.[5]

Development[edit]

Mindmanager 8 screenshot
A screenshot of Mindmanager 8

The software that became Mindjet was originally developed by Mike Jetter in the mid-1990s while he was recovering from a bone marrow transplant to treat leukemia. Jetter's goal was to develop a program that would overcome the limitations of creating mind maps with pen and paper, such as the inability to easily move items around. Following his release from the hospital, Jetter decided to sell the software.[8] The software's mind maps were initially based on the method created by Tony Buzan.[9] Over time, however, Mindjet has developed its own style of mind mapping.[10]

The software was originally marketed under the name "MindMan — The Creative MindManager".[11] In 1999, it was rebranded as MindManager.[12] Originally only available for Windows, MindManager expanded to Mac OS X in 2006.[13] In 2011, mobile versions of MindManager were released for both iOS and Android.[14][15] Later that year, the company acquired Thinking Space, an Android-based information mapping application,[16] and Cohuman, a social task management service,[17] which the company developed into a collaborative, cloud-based service to complement MindManager called Mindjet Connect.[18]

In September 2012, the Mindjet company combined all of its software, including MindManager, Mindjet Connect, and its mobile offerings into a single product, also called Mindjet.[6]

Reception and awards[edit]

While still branded as MindManager, Mindjet received generally positive notice from reviewers. MindManager 8 received four out of five stars from TechRadar,[19] while MindManager 9 received 3.5 out of 5 stars from PC Magazine and 4 out of 5 stars from Macworld.[20][21]

MindManager also received a number of awards, including "Collaboration Product of the Year" for 2008 by Intranet Journal,[22] a Jolt Productivity award for Design and Modeling tools from Dr. Dobb's Journal,[23] and "Best of CeBIT" in the Personal Software category in 2004.[24]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The New Mindjet". Mindjet.com. Retrieved 2 November 2012. 
  2. ^ "PRESS RELEASE: Mindjet launches integrated service, unifying Web, mobile and desktop products into single offering". ITWeb.co.za. 20 September 2012. Retrieved 26 October 2012. 
  3. ^ Marshall Kirkpatrick (14 November 2011). "Could Mind-Maps Make SharePoint More Lovable?". ReadWriteWeb. Retrieved 19 April 2012. 
  4. ^ Glen Chapman (8 October 2009). "Mindjet boosts online collaboration with Catalyst". Times of Oman. Agence France Presse. Retrieved 19 April 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Will Kelly (17 October 2012). "Get a full-fledged project management application with Mindjet". TechRepublic. Retrieved 26 October 2012. 
  6. ^ a b Matthew Finnegan (21 September 2012). "Mindjet woos channel with simplified software sales approach". ChannelBiz.co.uk. Retrieved 19 October 2012. 
  7. ^ Joanne Carew (10 October 2012). "Mindjet showcases integrated solution". ITWeb.co.za. Retrieved 19 October 2012. 
  8. ^ "From Adversity, Software Success". BloombergBusinessweek. 11 April 2005. Retrieved 30 October 2012. 
  9. ^ Benjamin Pimentel (2 May 2005). "This is no PowerPoint presentation; More execs embracing Larkspur firm's visual software for organizing ideas". The San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 26 October 2012. 
  10. ^ Faizel Mohidin (4 April 2009). "MindManager Software by Mindjet". MindMapTutor.com. Retrieved 26 October 2012. 
  11. ^ Jordan Ayan (June 1998). "Dream Weaver". Inc. Retrieved 30 October 2012. 
  12. ^ "MindManager 3.5 UPDATE! The World-wide Leading Idea and Knowledge Management Tool With Integrated Internet Conferencing". Business Wire. 8 January 1999. 
  13. ^ "Mindjet Brings Industry-Leading MindManager Software to the Mac". Business Wire. 31 May 2006. 
  14. ^ Klint Finley (4 June 2011). "iPad for Business Round-Up: Mindjet, snagR and More". ReadWriteWeb. Retrieved 2 November 2012. 
  15. ^ "Work Collaboration Innovator Mindjet Adds New Collaboration Products, Garners Two Million Paid Customers and More Than One Million Mobile Users in 2011". Marketwire. 7 February 2012. 
  16. ^ Robin Wauters (13 December 2011). "Mindjet Buys Thinking Space, Launches Mind Mapping App For Android". TechCrunch. Retrieved 19 April 2012. 
  17. ^ Tony Bradley (12 September 2011). "Mindjet Unleashes Creativity with Online Collaboration Tools". PC World. Retrieved 19 April 2012. 
  18. ^ Jessica Stillman (25 November 2011). "Cohuman + Mindjet = Idea management from inception to execution". GigaOM. Retrieved 19 April 2012. 
  19. ^ Ian Osborne (28 March 2012). "Mindjet MindManager 8 review". TechRadar. Retrieved 26 October 2012. 
  20. ^ William Fenton (25 February 2011). "MindManager 9". PC Magazine. Retrieved 26 October 2012. 
  21. ^ Alan Stonebridge (11 August 2011). "MindManager 9 for Mac review". Macword. Retrieved 26 October 2012. 
  22. ^ "Collaboration Product of the Year: Mindjet MindManager 7". Intranet Journal. 22 February 2008. Retrieved 2 November 2012. 
  23. ^ "CMP Media Announces Winners for the 16th Annual Jolt Product Excellence & Productivity Awards". 17 March 2006. Retrieved 26 October 2012. 
  24. ^ "'Best of CeBIT America' Award Goes to NEC Solutions Disaster Recovery Fault Tolerant Solution". 26 May 2004. Retrieved 2 November 2012. 

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