From Gridlock to Go: Getting Software "Mind Maps" Back on Track

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A simple idea helps users cope with the avalanche of information, ideas and actions that mind mapping software stimulates

Power Markers for MindManager is an example of a small idea that makes a big difference, by helping MindManager users to follow through with actions and outcomes from their maps, and not use them only for initially gathering ideas and information

"Mind Mapping" software has been a big hit as a business tool, with the market leader Mindjet claiming over 1.5 million users of its flagship product MindManager®. But the visual maps produced often have short lifetimes, in many cases because they become awkward to use as they grow bigger. Since mind mapping stimulates the creation of ideas and gathering of information, many maps tend to keep on expanding until they become "gridlocked" and stale. Even the original authors can begin to feel out of control of maps that become too complex, an issue that can be magnified by collaboration.

Olympic Limited, a UK-based reseller of Mindjet MindManager, has released a simple solution for this problem by combining mind maps and to-do lists in the same workspace. Power Markers for MindManager is a plug-in for MindManager software that automatically extracts to-do lists from maps, regardless of how the map is structured or how large it is. Users are free to create comprehensive visual maps, while Power Markers keeps track of the crucial details, such as unfinished or overdue action items. The critical items list is always in view for even the biggest of information-rich maps, making it easy to stay on top of decisions and actions buried in the map, by providing two simultaneous perspectives - a visual map, and a concise to-do list.

Nigel Goult, Managing Director of Olympic Limited, said "Power Markers for MindManager is an example of a small idea that makes a big difference, by helping MindManager users to follow through with actions and outcomes from their maps, and not use them only for initially gathering ideas and information".

Stephanie Neill, Technology Partner Coordinator at Mindjet, said "We are delighted to see our partners develop practical solutions based on MindManager. MindManager has a solid reputation for enhancing productivity in the workplace, and Power Markers takes this even further for our users".

Power Markers for MindManager can be downloaded from the Olympic web site at It requires MindManager 7, 8 or the soon to be released MindManager 9 for Windows, and is available in two editions: the Standard edition is free, and the Pro edition requires a license key. There is also a free white paper on "Designing Dashboard Maps with MindManager and Power Markers", available on the Olympic web site.

About Olympic Limited
Olympic is a leading provider of Business Information Mapping software and solutions, providing software, consultancy, training and custom development services to extend and enhance the usability and value of flexible software products. Olympic Limited was established in 1995 and is based on the south coast of the UK.
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About Mindjet
Mindjet provides personal productivity and collaboration solutions that visually connect ideas, information and people to save time, improve business processes and drive innovation. Mindjet is the only company to combine a visual productivity application (mind mapping) with a comprehensive collaboration platform. So whether you are driving the sales process, managing a project, building a strategic plan, running a brainstorming session, conducting a meeting, or simply getting organized, Mindjet helps you succeed with almost any business or personal productivity challenge.

Used by more than 1.5 million professionals around the world in six out of every 10 of the companies listed in the Fortune 100, Mindjet solutions dramatically boost productivity and team effectiveness. Surveys across several industries show that Mindjet can increase productivity by up to 25 percent by making meetings, common communications and project management tasks more efficient and effective. Mindjet's software and web-based solutions include the world's leading visual productivity application, document and file sharing, secure workspaces, web conferencing. Founded in 1997, Mindjet is headquartered in San Francisco and has offices throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia.

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