MindManager versus hand-drawn mind maps - no clear winner after all these years

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MindManager is a great piece of software which I have had the pleasure of using for many years. But it still hasn't won the battle against hand-drawn mind maps and I wonder when the designers are going to do something about it.

First lets look at the advantages of the software against hand-drawn mind maps - easier to modify (a very important feature) - easier to read than hand-scrawl - wonderful colours & integrated control via templates & styles - excellent support for focus groups - good hyperlinking - easy to develop from scratch. Now consider hand-drawn maps which I frequent use on the trot

Hand-drawn maps are more compact (often 1/3 smaller) - lines variety much greater (tapered, changing colours, styles, snake-like, ladders, stretched images of spears, arrows etc) - lines & topics more space sensitive (can curl around topics, take advantage of empty spaces - greater variety of images (why hasn't the library grown to include Mukerjea symbols?) - more portable - easier to draw logic "if..then..else" & "equalities", "balances". Finally hand-drawn maps can integrate process drawings with recycles and other specialised diagrams such as fish-diagrams.

I fit mind maps into Powerpoint presentations and "compress" them manually by adjusting topic wraps and changing growth direction. Why can't MindManager do this automatically? Why isn't there a "compact" button?

Kind regards

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Jeff Harmed

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Though there are some software alternatives to Mindjet which can do some of the hand-drawn things you mention, they're lagging behind Mindjet in other areas.

I don't think this is a case for a winner/loser, it's more a case of the right tool for the right purpose and right audience.