What a great application! Let me say that again. What a great application!
This past few months have had me writing up a frenzy at work. In fact, I really wish I had a word count on everything I have written because I am sure it would have been a record. The crazy thing is – the topics and types of documents have been all over the place. One minute I am documenting the functionality of an application we are building, the next I am writing instruction lists for Project Server roles, and then I find myself writing a proposal on how SharePoint could help an organization solve their collaboration and communication problems. No kidding – I did all those in the span of 2 days last week. It gets even crazier than that but who wants to go there.
One thing that has kept me sane through all of this is the fact that I have the tools onhand to keep my focused and productive. One of those tools has been MindManager. I find myself starting every writing task the same way. What are my goals? What are the main topics I need to cover? Who I am writing to? Just one big massive brainstorm. Then when I am done I drag things around on the screen till have a reasonable layout of ideas. I then proceed to add notes to each branch to draft out my major thoughts on each item. Finally when things finally start to come together and I see that I have filled out each branch – I export my map to Word and start the real writing process.
It sounds simple but it has made everything SOOO much easier. MindManager integrates with some of my favorite Office apps really well – Word, PowerPoint, Project, and Office. Furthermore it works excellent in both mouse and pen mode, which means it’s an excellent tool whether you have a desktop or a tablet. I have to say – the handwriting in the application is extremely smooth. I would compare it to Windows Journal, which was an application I really loved to write in but abandoned once I became a hardcore OneNote user.
Which brings me to my next point – if MindManager offered an “Export to OneNote” feature – I would be totally hooked. Maybe a future version? Anyhow if you are brainstorm addict like myself – give it a try. My guess is you won’t be sorry.