Mindjet for Windows
|Stable release||11 (Windows); 10 (Mac) / September 20, 2012|
|Operating system||Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Android, iOS, web|
|License||Proprietary commercial software|
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[update], Mindjet had approximately two million users, including notable clients such as Coca Cola, Disney, IBM and Walmart.
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.
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.
Mindjet is available for Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, and via the web, as well as on the mobile Android and iOS platforms. Mindjet can also be run within an organization using Microsoft SharePoint.
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. The software's mind maps were initially based on the method created by Tony Buzan. Over time, however, Mindjet has developed its own style of mind mapping.
The software was originally marketed under the name "MindMan — The Creative MindManager". In 1999, it was rebranded as MindManager. Originally only available for Windows, MindManager expanded to Mac OS X in 2006. In 2011, mobile versions of MindManager were released for both iOS and Android. Later that year, the company acquired Thinking Space, an Android-based information mapping application, and Cohuman, a social task management service, which the company developed into a collaborative, cloud-based service to complement MindManager called Mindjet Connect.
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.
Reception and awards
While still branded as MindManager, Mindjet received generally positive notice from reviewers. MindManager 8 received four out of five stars from TechRadar, while MindManager 9 received 3.5 out of 5 stars from PC Magazine and 4 out of 5 stars from Macworld.
MindManager also received a number of awards, including "Collaboration Product of the Year" for 2008 by Intranet Journal, a Jolt Productivity award for Design and Modeling tools from Dr. Dobb's Journal, and "Best of CeBIT" in the Personal Software category in 2004.
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