iMindQ is a powerful productivity tool that helps you build mind maps. iMindQ is aimed at businesses, educators and individuals that want to improve their creative thinking, memory and effectively manage, organize and present information.
iMindQ is an excellent tool for creating organic mind maps, concept maps, flow charts and many other types of diagram. It’s also great for solving problems, improving communication, and making plans quicker and more creatively.
If you’re new to mind mapping, its a very simple and effective way to organize information, allowing you to capture the natural flow of ideas. Mind mapping helps you arrange ideas and then makes it easier to identify their interconnections visually. It’s an extremely effective way at visually representing complex ideas, information and data for planning projects, new concepts or conducting meetings and iMindQ does it very well, although it doesn’t quite have the same level of functionality as a full-blown project management software like LiquidPlanner or Wrike.
Mind mapping is a no-brainer
If you open one of the many useful templates that iMindQ provides for free, the first thing you notice about iMindQ is the ease of use and interactive interface which makes it very easy to drag and drop elements into your diagrams.
Getting started is very easy. To add a task in iMindQ, just click on the Plan ribbon and from the Insert group, click on the Task button. To specify the task information you need to use the Task Info Panel or the Task Information dialog which you can access by going to Plan ribbon->Task group->Task Info button.
To start a new mind map, you simply click on the Mind Map icon or click the “New” icon in the quick access toolbar. To start a new map, you can use a default map style and label the central topic followed by child topics, sibling topics and floating topics. There are also several other templates to choose from or you can use a previous map you’ve created.
Spice up your maps with images
You can easily insert images into iMindQ by clicking on “Image” in the main menu. You’ll see a drop-down menu with two options – “Insert image from library” and “Insert image from file”. This is very similar to Microsoft Office where you can choose either from a default set of images or upload your own.
If you click on the “Image” button or choose the “Insert image from library”, an image library is opened where you can choose from a set of default images. If you choose the “Insert image from file” option, a pop-up appears allowing you to choose a file from your local drive which is also then added to your library of images for future use. Note that when images are imported, the original dimensions are preserved and the aspect ratio is maintained if you enlarge it.
Highlights hidden risks
You’ll also notice something called “Risk” tasks which iMindQ’s intelligent way of factoring in tasks that affect other tasks if they are not completed on time. Risk tasks are those tasks which are still in progress, and when a team member inserts a value into the percentage completion field, the project plan is updated.
This is a smart project management tool as it allows managers to be able to see at a glance any crucial paths and interdependencies that can affect the final outcome. If a “Risk Task” has not been updated, it will be clearly marked in yellow. If a task is past its due date, you will also see it highlighted by clicking on the Risk Task button in the “Plan” ribbon.
Import and export
iMindQ also offers several different ways to export your map and import elements into it. You can export as a Word Outline Document or RTF Outline Document for Word, for example, or you can import Word documents. The same goes for Microsoft PowerPoint files. For both Word and PowerPoint exports, simply go to start menu and select “Export as PowerPoint presentation” and on the right side, you will see a panel for customizing the slides. When you click on the “Settings” button, the window for Export settings will appear and you can customize how the final file will look.
iMindQ is free for 15 days but after that, you’ll need to subscribe to one of three business plans ranging from around $5 to $35 per user depending on the length of the contract you sign-up for. Overall iMindQ is a very powerful mind mapping tool and if you’re a seasoned mind mapper that wants full control over your diagrams, it’s an impressive tool.
Don’t forget that there are lots of cloud-based project management and planning apps out there too which you can use on your Mac to plan projects and facilitate team collaboration. If you’re a fan of mind-mapping let us know which apps you prefer…