Brainstorm, Organize and Present your Ideas
BrainstormingMatchWare MindView's brainstorming mode is an invaluable tool for capturing the bursts of inspiration that emerge during group planning meetings. This powerful, yet easy-to-use program lets you instantly capture those ideas without disrupting the brainstorming process to define their precise wording or positioning. Once all the ideas are collected, simply click and drag the branches and sub-branches to move them to the appropriate position. Focus on a particular set of branches by applying a filter or temporarily collapsing other branches and add comments, pictures and formatted text notes at any time to illustrate or expand on specific points. Finally, MindView lets you highlight conceptual relationships between two or more branches by creating visual connections between them.
Values appear on the Mind Map under the branch labels. For any branch, you can choose to display or hide the values as you wish.
The data can then be exported to an Excel spreadsheet with the simple click of a mouse.
External resourcesIn addition to text notes, MatchWare MindView lets you attach any number of external resources to the branches of your map, including documents, pictures, videos, sounds, hyperlinks, Flash® animations and more. Hyperlinks can be used to connect to websites, folders, or files such as Excel or PDF documents. All these attached resources are easily viewed by simply clicking their names in the object list associated with the branch. Use the Pack & Go feature to save your Mind Map with all its attachments and share it with other users.
TemplatesMatchWare MindView includes over 80 business and educational templates, supported by over one thousand high quality clipart images. Once you have created your Mind Map using one of these templates, you can easily tailor it to meet your specific needs. Ideas and suggestions for expansion are provided in various notes and pop-up comments.
To help you get started, MatchWare MindView Business Edition also includes many ready-made project plans for common business activities, such as organizing a tradeshow, producing a publication, launching a product, etc. for use in the Gantt view. You can use these ready-made plans for training purposes or as a basis for your own project plans.
Multi-MapsMatchWare MindView lets you link several documents by creating connections between relevant branches. Clicking the branch connection from the source document automatically opens the linked map in the target document. You can also detach a branch to create a second Mind Map in the same workspace or in a new document.
PrintingPrint your maps 'fit to page' or spread them horizontally and/or vertically over multiple pages for a better overview or to display as a poster. This feature is particularly useful for timelines and Gantt schedules.
The MatchWare MindView Gantt view, specific to the Business Edition, is a specialized view dedicated to the creation, editing and management of project plans according to the rules of project management. The view has two parts: an Outline on the left, representing the project as a hierarchical list of tasks, and a fully dynamic Gantt chart on the right, showing the tasks as horizontal bars arranged against a calendar display background.
MatchWare MindView Business Edition also lets you export your project plans to Microsoft® Project for further development or import existing Microsoft Project plans into the Gantt view directly from Microsoft Project or via the Microsoft Project XML format.
MatchWare MindView lets you add task information to the branches of your Mind Maps in order to create simple task lists or complete projects of interrelated tasks. A special task panel lets you add data such as start and end dates, resources, priority and completion levels to any branch during initial brainstorming or at any point in the project planning process. You can also switch to the Outline view to enter the task data directly into the cells associated with each branch. Once completed, you can export your task lists to Microsoft Outlook or convert them to distinct individual projects for further development in the Gantt view.
As mentioned above, MatchWare MindView Business Edition lets you export your task lists to the task folder of your choice in Microsoft Outlook. You can also import task lists from Microsoft Outlook and use MindView to synchronize the two versions of your task list stored in Outlook and in MindView.
Start by brainstorming your tasks, then allocate resources and establish priorities using the intuitive Mind Map interface. At that stage, switch to the Gantt view to fine-tune your project planning using the popular Gantt chart interface and take advantage of all of the standard project management features. Of course, you can also build complete projects from scratch in the Gantt view.
MatchWare MindView Business lets you easily export your MindView project schedules to Microsoft® Project. Conversely, you can import project plans developed in Microsoft® Project into MindView to make full use of MindView's innovative brainstorming features.
MatchWare MindView also lets you re-import exported documents into MindView while retaining any additional work done in Word, as well as the branch structure and layout of the original Mind Map. You can even import original Word documents into MindView. In that case, the branch structure of the new Mind Map is based on the paragraph structure of your original Word document. Finally MatchWare MindView lets you export your maps as RTF documents.
As with Word, you can re-import your presentation into MindView at any time, including slides, pictures and comments you might have added. The branch structure and layout of your original Mind Map is preserved. You can also import native PowerPoint presentations into MindView to review their structure using MindView's brainstorming and Mind Mapping capabilities.
With MindView Business Edition you can export your Mind Map as a Microsoft® Excel spreadsheet. You can for instance create a Mind Map to brainstorm a budget forecast, consolidate it by using the Calculation panel to enter the actual sales figures, and then export the map as an Excel spreadsheet to perform a more detailed analysis of your figures in Excel.
When exporting, you can choose from several professionally designed templates to enhance the look of the spreadsheet. You can also determine how the branch layout should be represented in the spreadsheet, by choosing to export the map either as a structured list reflecting the branch hierarchy, or as a numbered list where each sequence number identifies the position of the branch in the overall map.
Not only are all the calculation values exported, but if you use the Advanced Export option, you can also export any or all of the standard task data fields, namely Start, End, Duration, Completion, Priority and Resources.
After working in Excel you can re-import the spreadsheet back into MindView to obtain an updated Mind Map containing all the data changes you made in Excel.
As mentioned above, MatchWare MindView Business Edition lets you export your task lists to the task folder of your choice in Microsoft Outlook. You can also import task lists from Microsoft Outlook and use MindView to synchronize the versions of the task list stored in Outlook and in MindView.
MatchWare MindView Business Edition lets you create, refine and manage project plans from start to finish in its dedicated, dynamic Gantt view. You can also export your project plans to Microsoft Project for further expansion, if necessary, either directly in Microsoft Project's .mpp format or via Microsoft Project's XML format.
Conversely, you can import existing Microsoft Project plans into the Gantt view directly from Microsoft Project or via Microsoft Project's XML format. This is particularly useful if you want to review the structure of your plans using the Mind Mapping technique or view your plans as timelines.
You can also re-import your Mediator presentation into MindView, including any pages added in Mediator. The branch structure and layout of your original Mind Map is preserved wherever possible. Elements specific to Mediator (such as events and actions) are also preserved when re-exporting the Mind Map to Mediator. You can, of course, import original Mediator presentations into MindView.
The FREE MatchWare MindView Viewer enables you to share your MindView documents with colleagues or clients who are not MindView users. After installing the viewer, anyone can view your Mind Maps in any of the MindView views, including the Timeline view and the Gantt view, filter them and print them. If you have attached graphics and external files to your Mind Map, just save it using the "Pack & Go" feature to enable the Viewer to display all these elements. The free viewer can be downloaded at any time from MatchWare's website.