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Successful Projects with MindManager

Manuals for brainstorming.

This is another add-on for MindManager, the brainstorming and organization software I reviewed in Developer Central #3. MindManuals are, as you might guess, documents designed to help you work with MindManager more effectively. I took a look at their beginning MindManual, which serves as an introduction to the MindManager product.

MindManuals are delivered as a combination of HTML Help files and MindManager Map files. If you download the evaluation version of this package, you get all of the help and a few of the maps to try out. Registration gives you the rest of the maps as well as some additional tools for integrating MindManager with Microsoft PowerPoint.

Topics range from very basic (an introduction to visual thinking, the principle behind MindManager) to fairly advanced (working with Microsoft Outlook). One very nice thing is that most of the content here is task-oriented. That is, rather than learning which buttons do what, the MindManual tackles topics such as "Managing Meetings" or "Working Collaboratively". If you've got MindManager and you're a bit unsure what to do with it, these will help immensely.

Overall the topics here are well-written, and the quality control seems quite good—I didn't catch any editing mistakes, which is pretty unusual. Other MindManuals tackle topics such as defining small IT projects and creating presentations with MindManager.

About the Author

Mike Gunderloy, MCSE, MCSD, MCDBA, is a former MCP columnist and the author of numerous development books.

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