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alphonso 2010-04-08 09:43 AM

Mind Mapping Needs Improvement
 
Before emailing the developers I wanted to see if others were of the same opinion as me (this thread seems to suggest so): OG is quiet poor at mind mapping and by that I mean it does not facilitate the job at all. The preset templates are either childish or not very usable esthetically ( that may be a personal preference ) but the actual branching "algorithm" yields poor trees.

Here is an example [URL=http://img90.imageshack.us/i/15315011.png/][IMG]http://img90.imageshack.us/img90/8674/15315011.png[/IMG][/URL] of a test mindmap I just did. I tried to play with the settings to get it to distribute the branches appropriately (without having to place them with the mouse, which is the whole point of having a mindmapping program) but to no avail.
If other users or the developers could comment on this or suggest hints/address that in upcoming releases that would be excellent.
Thanks

curt.clifton 2010-04-08 03:23 PM

I suspect you intended to post that to the OmniGraffle forum. This is OmniFocus in here. (I agree with your sentiment vis a vis OG and mind mapping, but you're more likely to get a discussion about it in the other forum.)

Brooks 2010-04-08 05:45 PM

MindNode is what I use. The pro version is a mere $20 and the non-pro, good for most purposes, version is free. There's also an iPhone app that syncs with MindNode Pro.

It also supports the OPML format, so you can import and export from OmniOutliner.

[URL="http://www.mindnode.com/"]Mindnode Web Site[/URL]

browniejr 2010-04-12 04:57 PM

[QUOTE=Brooks;75663]MindNode is what I use. The pro version is a mere $20 and the non-pro, good for most purposes, version is free. There's also an iPhone app that syncs with MindNode Pro.

It also supports the OPML format, so you can import and export from OmniOutliner.

[URL="http://www.mindnode.com/"]Mindnode Web Site[/URL][/QUOTE]

After being frustrated by Omnigraffle's quirks, I also went to Mindnode... However, alphonso's original point is still valid- you should be able to tweak OmniGraffle's settings so that it operates nearly as smoothly as Mindnode, yet give you access to the graph by using the outline, etc. I'm just not skilled enough to fine tune it.


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