There has been a definite buzz surrounding the recent Biggerplate Unplugged Conference in London. Everyone who’s anyone in the Mind Mapping world was in attendance last week; bloggers, developers, practitioners. This event even provided a rare opportunity for industry leaders to come together to discuss their predictions for the future of Mind Mapping.
If you’re an iMindMap user, you’ll know just how versatile and dynamic a Mind Map can be in any professional or personal situation. However, we understand that some occasions call for your work to be delivered or presented in a more traditional, linear format.
Whether you’re using iMindMap for a brainstorming session, planning a project, writing an essay or preparing a report, iMindMap is the perfect starting point to get your thoughts and ideas into an orderly structure. iMindMap Ultimate’s flexible export options then give you the freedom to expand upon your map by exporting them to a range of options, including the ever useful and adaptable Export as Document & PDF.
Once you’ve exported your map, your new document will adopt the ordering of your original iMindMap file. Your map’s Central Idea will become the main heading of your text document, with parent branches and their descendants as subheadings, accordingly. Any Notes attached to branches will be inserted as the main body of the text – so you can write an entire document from iMindMap.
Simply follow these simple steps, or watch the video at the bottom of this post to learn how to export your iMindMap (.imx) files as Document or PDF files, compatible with Microsoft Word and OpenOffice Writer. Read more
The ThinkBuzan Licensed Instructor Course at the St. David’s Hotel & Spa in Cardiff UK this January marked the beginning of an exciting and promising year for the growing troop of ThinkBuzan Licensed Instructors and representatives of the ThinkBuzan brand!
We said that the launch of iMindMap 5 would guarantee some surprises, and we are delighted that we can now reveal the big secret! iMindMap 5 Basic, our starter package, will be free for life.
iMindMap 5 represents a new era of Mind Mapping, ThinkBuzan and mental literacy – and how better to reflect this moment of change than with a gift from us to the world? We really believe that by doing something different, people can think and work better. iMindMap is that ‘something different’, and we don’t agree it should just be available to the chosen few. So now iMindMap is for everyone.
We believe that thinking intelligently and making complicated information simple, accessible and collaborative is the way to improve results, boost innovation and get everyone more productive. And why keep that a secret? ThinkBuzan have always been about more than just software, and as a training organisation for the last 40 years we have seen school kids, accountants, politicians and writers finding a different way to learn, plan, create and present.
Many people may be cynical of Mind Mapping, dismissing it as childish or new-age. Seeing is believing though and when they try it themselves, they can see how practical the benefits are, including saving one working day a week by streamlining processes and generating original ideas quicker. But, if you’re reading this, you already know why it works!
The people we hear from daily, like you, are different, not just content to follow the norm and muddle through information and planning techniques that don’t work. And we want everyone to join us in thinking differently, effecting change in the way people behave for the better. To show our commitment, we think it’s time we walked the walk, and opened Mind Mapping up to a whole new audience. We hope you can help us spread the word!
Today iMindMap 5 Basic will be available for free, for life, so why not tell your friends, family, colleague and clients? Share the link below on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, StumbleUpon – whatever you use to send out your ideas – and help us to spead the gift of clever thinking!
There’s no catch, we just want to help everyone think and work differently for the better. With your help, we can make mental literacy mainstream.
Chris & Tony on iMindMap for Free
Watch the videos of iMindMap creator, Chris Griffiths, and Tony Buzan below to find out why we decided to release a free version of iMindMap 5 and what we hope to do with it…
The day we’ve been waiting for has finally arrived, and we are thrilled to announce that iMindMap 5 is now available!
The ThinkBuzan team has worked extremely hard to rebuild iMindMap completely from the ground up, and I would like to thank them all for their commitment and dedication – I feel very lucky to work with such a great team. Also, a big thank you goes to all of our Beta Testers, Trainers and Users, who provided invaluable feedback in developing iMindMap 5.
iMindMap 5 has lots of new features and a brand new interface, so there is plenty to explore. My favourite features include 3D View, which I love presenting with, and MultiMaps, as I find that I often have related Mind Maps which deserve their own space, but belong on the same page. If you have trialled iMindMap V4 in the past, you can start afresh and take iMindMap 5 for a test drive – come back and tell us your first reactions! Plus our cloud application, iMindMap Online, is also released today. I look forward to hearing your feedback!
And remember, it doesn’t end here. iMindMap 5 will offer our most aggressive update plan yet, and we expect to make improvements and enhancements regularly, so you will literally see the software evolve in front of your eyes.
As part of the iMindMap 5 launch, we have also released a brand new edition,iMindMap Basic, which is totally free! This is our way of getting everyone around the world to think and work differently for better results. It something we have wanted to do for a long time and are delighted that it is finally possible. But more on that on the blog later!
Chris on iMindMap 5
Check out this new video to hear Chris’ thoughts on how iMindMap has grown.
In this exclusive interview, Tony Buzan, the inventor of Mind Mapping, and Chris Griffiths, the man behind iMindMap, discuss what iMindMap 5 means to them and the personal journey of rebuilding iMindMap from the ground up, finishing with the completely “different animal” of iMindMap 5.
Find out about Tony’s and Chris’ favourite features, how they are committed to improving this new tool and why “cool” is so important to ThinkBuzan.
Yes, in the words of that seminal 1980s classic, it really is the final countdown to iMindMap 5. And what a journey it’s been! We want to extend our thanks to you, our users, blog posters, beta testers and friends who have been invaluable in providing feedback and letting us know what YOU want for iMindMap 5 – it really is appreciated! And with that in mind, let’s have a final recap of our iMindMap 5 offers, where you can make great savings.
All users, whether they are purchasing for the first time or upgrading from existing versions of iMindMap, will receive free iMindMap Online access, so you can access your Mind Maps wherever you are and collaborate in real time. We will announce our upgrade offers to existing iMindMap users on the launch date, April 6th, but we can assure you that there are plenty of savings to be made! And for our new users, remember that if you purchase iMindMap v4 before midnight (BST) April 5th you will be upgraded to iMindMap 5 at no cost, hassle-free!
There are still a couple of surprise announcements to make that will have to wait until April 6th, so make sure you join us at the ThinkBuzan blog and keep your eyes firmly on those inboxes for all of our launch offers!
Countdown….ready to launch…Don’t miss it!
“A solid business tool that can help you get many different types of work done…with style.”
The Mind Mapping Software Blog
“It has simply come of age as an information management tool for the 21st century.”
Wallace Tait, Visual Mapper
” I find myself totally at home in every aspect of iMindMap 5…a business tool which offers a creative, intuitive way to work seriously on projects – I love it!”
After 6 weeks off the radar on his travels, Tony Buzan will be joining us back in ThinkBuzan headquarters in Cardiff next Thursday 31st March. We will be filming an exclusive interview with Tony and ThinkBuzan CEO, Chris Griffiths, plus getting lots of footage for our all new iMindMap 5 Resource Pack (more on that soon). With iMindMap 5′s launch just around the corner, a packed year ahead and Tony returning from time in Sierra Leone, Kenya and Dubai just for starters, we’re sure we won’t run out of things to talk about!
However, we get to talk to Chris and Tony pretty often (well, daily in most cases), so we thought we’d open up the forum to find out what burning questions you have for the big cheeses of ThinkBuzan. What do you want to know? Have a think about it and get back to us – we’ll do our best to ask as many questions as we can.
And just for a taster, take a look at a few pics that Tony sent us from Kenya:
Remember to post your questions on here and be creative, let’s keep them on their toes! The interview is Thursday 31st March so think fast!
Another successful ThinkBuzan Licensed Instructor Pathway (TLI) came to an end last week; the second to be held on the sunny shores of Dubai. Tony Buzan joined the group to teach a dynamic afternoon session and join the TLI group for dinner, having flown in from a month-long retreat in Kenya working on new books (more on that to come when Tony shares his travel stories….). We thought we would share some visual highlights and feedback from our new TLIs.
“Learning about the brain from Tony Buzan and Chris Griffiths and team! Does it get better than this?”
Dharmendra Rai, Training Consultant, India
The TLI courses have gone from strength to strength, with the feedback from this latest one showing a 97% average rating for Content, Course Leaders and Facilities, from the attendees.
“A well constructed course presented with enthusiasm.”
Gordon Smith, Training Consultant, South Africa
The TLI dinner cruise on the Bateaux Dubai was an excellent opportunity for the course leaders and attendees to swap stories and take in stunning, panoramic views of the city at night. Tony was also present to contribute his own experiences and find out more about the new additions to the global ThinkBuzan family.
“Looking forward to putting it all into practise. Very inspiring and insightful.”
Alexandra Garton, Nurse
The Dubai TLIs were an incredibly creative and intelligent group and we can’t wait to see what they do next. Our ThinkBuzan family is expanding rapidly and with the next course in Florida just around the corner, these are exciting times.
“ThinkBuzan does not walk the talk – it swaggers it!”
Dharmendra Rai, Training Consultant, India
Visit our page on Flickr to see photos from Dubia, London and much more.
Next TLI Course – Florida
From Monday 23rd – Thursday 26th May we will be in yet another sun-soaked location, Orlando, Florida, for the first ever ThinkBuzan Licensed Instructor Pathway to be held in the US.
If you want to experience the ThinkBuzan Licensed Instructor Pathway, then book now to reserve one of the limited places.