How does MindMeister compare to MindManager?

The Second Election Debate - Brown, Cameron and Clegg mind mapYou may have noticed my last blog about using MindManager to capture the UK’s TV election debate. For the second debate I decided to give MindMeister a go and see how it would work for 90 minutes of high speed mapping. I settled in front of the TV, Tablet PC in keyboard mode, created a map and gave the whole world access to it. There is a Wiki map option in MindMeister which allows anyone with an (free) account to edit the map. For a good example of this check out Strengths and Weaknesses of Mind Mapping Software.

How was it for mapping at speed?  Pretty good most of the time but every now and again behaviour was not as expected. Moving topics was difficult and pressing enter did not start a new sub-topic.  But I did not miss much in the 90 minutes, there are 240 topics, 1350 words and it had 500 editing phases (versions).

I exported the MindMeister map to MindManager (only if you have a paid for subscription) and styled it like the first debate.  Finally I exported it to this web page with a four form record of the Second Election Debate. The MindMeister map first (tip: set the zoom in the embed >50% or you get overlapping topics), the Mindjet Player, Clickable Image map and then a text outline.

You may notice the following:

  • The MindMeister map loads much faster than the Mindjet Player
  • There is an edit button on the MindMeister toolbar.  You need to be logged in to MindMeister to edit. You cannot edit the Mindjet Player
  • The Mindjet Player zooms faster than MindMeister.
  • Branch opening and closing times are similar

I would be interested in your comments on the content and the comparison between the two applications.

If others had joined me in creating the map using the MindMeister map, there could have been people commenting on body language, who won each round, links to real time votes and Twitter.  Who knows what that would have looked like!  Next week I will give iMindMap a work out.

About Andrew Wilcox

Andrew is an experienced user of MindManager who shares his knowledge and advice for free here. And provides commercial training and consulting on how to exploit MindManager and other mind mapping software applications in business, organisations and for individuals at Cabre For more information about Andrew please visit his Google + profile.

2 Responses to “How does MindMeister compare to MindManager?”

  1. Rob Hein says:

    Can MindManager maps be imported to MindMeister?

    Is there a MindManager (Mindjet) online application available now?

  2. Andrew Wilcox says:

    Hi Rob

    If you have a paid for MindMeister account you can import MindManager / Mindjet maps.

    Mindjet Web is the online subscription version of MindManager.

    Do you need to know anything else?


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