I am experimenting at the moment with the Thinking Space app for the Android Smartphones. An HTC Wildfire in my case. It allows you make maps and save them in MindManager xmmap file format. It will also import xmmap (it’s one of the MindManager save options) within reason.
This evening I went to a presentation in a very pleasent new hall in the Hampshire County Council offices in Winchester organised by Wired Wessex. I decided to leave my Tablet PC behind and map the event on my phone. Not an easy thing for me to do.
The presentation was given by Stephen Dann a veteran of LinkedIn and a very professional user of the platform. Using Thinking Space presented two problems for me: 1. I am still learning the UI. 2. You have to be concise. You can’t type in a phrase quickly enough. Here is the result which you can make appear by magic in the My Pictures folder of my Tablet PC.
Then I opened the Thinking Space file from the folder in my smartphone via Bluetooth and edited it in MindManager. The unusual thing about Stephen’s presentation was that he used presentation mode with MindManager 7. There was a lot of talk about groups but Stephen is not a member of those groups. So I have added links to them to this map and some expansion on the topics in the original. You would be very welcome Stephen.
Is the phone and Thinking Space better than pen and paper? Yes if you want to publish to Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, WordPress quickly or export to MindManager. No it is not as fluid.
Is the phone and Thinking Space better than MindManager in Ink mode on the Tablet PC. No but it does weigh a lot less and I cycled the 8 miles to Winchester.
Here is Stephen’s PowerPoint version of the presentation as 10 second per slide silent video. Change to 720p resolution and full screen for clearer slides.