Concept Map vs Mind Map: What to Use for Your Project

Posted on December 4th, 2019 in Discussion, Featured | No Comments »

Bonus: Spreadsheet Quiz for Checking When to Use Which Mapping

You find out concept mapping on the internet.

You think it’s good to help you sort out the messy info of your projects, but then you hear about mind mapping.

Much confused about which to choose, you head to Google in search of an answer. 

But articles after articles, your questions grow like a snowball. Some blog posts say that,

Mind map does not work for real-world info, as it’s in a hierarchical structure. Real-life is interconnected and complex.

Then the next one has the same conclusion but with a different reason to above!

A mind map is more personal and flexible than concept maps. The concept map has a much better hierarchical structure.

You’re wondering, is there a clear and practical answer? I just want to map these piles of messy info!

Luckily, that’s precisely what I’m going to tell you. slightly smiling face

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ELI5: What Is a Mind Map and What to Do with It

Posted on September 20th, 2019 in Discussion, Featured | No Comments »

A dog raising her hand.

(Photo by Camylla Battani on Unsplash)

Short answer: a mind map is a tree chart that helps you capture ideas.

The following is a long story.

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Top 15 Actionable Learning Hacks and the Science behind Them

Posted on September 17th, 2019 in Discussion | No Comments »

3X3 Rubik's cube on top of desk
Photo by Alvaro Reyes on Unsplash

The following article is going to focus on hacks that have been clinically tested and reviewed by scientists. I typed in “Learning Hacks” inside Google and summarized top mentioned hacks. After excluding some vague methods, I then searched each keyword inside Google Scholar to see which hacks work, and which one is better.

Here’s a cheat sheet of 15 most commonly touted cognitive-boosting methods along with their respective evidence.

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Compare XMind: ZEN and XMind 8

Posted on August 23rd, 2019 in Discussion, FAQ, Featured, XMind: ZEN | 13 Comments »

The selecting tool matters for your productivity. XMind has been dedicating on mind mapping just right for different scenarios.

XMind 8, a classical mind mapping tool for over a decade.

XMind: ZEN, an amazing brainstorming, and mind mapping tool.

Which tool helps make the best out of you? Which features do you care most? Whose design is the one you wanted most?

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Demystifying the War between Hand-drawn Mind Maps and Digital Mind Maps

Posted on April 12th, 2019 in Discussion, Featured | No Comments »

The author placed a photo of an architecture which has two distinct part facing each other, like a confrontation

Photo by Vitor Monteiro on Unsplash

It is a war that thousands will join. The longhand group insists that digital mind maps are trash. The digital side fights back fiercely by throwing out powerful features of the software. To outsiders, the debate seems to be mind-mapping exclusive. However, when the arguments move on, it is inevitably pointing to larger issues, on paper or software?

Which one is better? Is it possible to balance between them? These questions led us to make Lighten 2, a complete redesign and reimagination of mind mapping tools. However, before we unravel why Lighten 2 has settled the war, let’s resolve the myths of hand-writing and digital typing in this article.

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Cracking the Agile Project Management

Posted on March 13th, 2019 in Discussion | 3 Comments »

The Agile Scrum framework entails five steps: visioning, planning, sprint, shipping and retrospective

Agile project management differs from traditional methods for its emphasis on the short feedback loops and adaptive cycles. By constantly releasing increments, advocates believe the Agile process is more adaptive to customer value and need.

It was first introduced in the 1990s to replace the heavyweight waterfall methodologies. The early 2000s witnessed a milestone to Agile methods. As ten prestigious practitioners, including Jeff Sutherland, co-presented the famous Manifesto for Agile Software Development. Since then, many work practices have evolved. Scrum, Extreme Programming (XP), Feature-Driven-Development (FDD), and Test-Drive-Development (TDD) are just a few of those. However, no matter what they change, the essential principles stay the same, to “de-risk” the business by iterative development, shortened feedback loops, and adaptive planning.

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The Evolution of XMind Logo

Posted on August 16th, 2018 in Discussion, Featured | 1 Comment »

Oasis may sing don’t look back in anger and XMind will tell you to look back in joy! On a throwback Thursday we would like to share with you the XMind logo evolution.

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Highlighted by AppStorm

Posted on October 18th, 2013 in Discussion | No Comments »


AppStorm  is a very popular blog all about Mac and OS X software. It focuses on bringing reviews of great Mac apps and rounding them up into categorized lists. And we just found it is very concerned about XMind so that it has recommended XMind at different places.

Within the article “The Apps We Use” , written by Bill Morefield, XMind has been listed with some other excellent productivity tools, like Evernote and Dropbox. “When I start a new project or presentation I prefer to begin by creating a mind map. This lets me visually organize my thoughts and then refine them into a written work. I’ve used a number of tools, but right now XMind is my favorite. It’s flexible and allows creation of some less common formats of diagrams. “, the author has said.

Within another article, the editor of AppStorm has described XMind as “very powerful, but still easy to use”. That’s the point. On one hand, XMind is so powerful to clarify thinking, manage complex information and organize everyday life or business. On the other hand, we can create a mind map only with “Enter” and “Tab” keys. Also,we can set up a mind map to look just how I want it with “Theme” feature and drill down a part of the whole mind map with one clicking.


XMind is special and we’re working hard to make it better. In my humble opinion, XMind 2013 can be the best evidence for what I say. It will be proven to be more powerful and easy-to-use than the current one. Meanwhile, please leave your suggestions and comments below so that we could accomplish this meaningful trip together with you.

How to make money with your mind mapping software

Posted on October 27th, 2009 in Discussion | 4 Comments »

By Chuck Frey

Most people don’t normally associate mind mapping software with making money. But the fact is, it can have a real impact on your bottom line – because it enables you to think more clearly and completely, make better decisions, envision the future of your company, and more. Here’s a partial list of ways that mind mapping software can (indirectly) help you to make more money:

  • Map your customers and identify the most promising ones for targeted sales campaigns
  • Develop new products to sell
  • Create a map to clearly and more completely understand the evolving or unmet needs of your customers.
  • Analyze and improve your company’s business model
  • Identify opportunities to reduce waste in your business – the savings go straight to the bottom line.
  • Map your current market segments, and identify adjacent ones with similar needs into which you can expand your marketing and sales.
  • Brainstorm the content of a white paper or information product (e-book) that will help you to dramatize your product’s or service’s unique selling proposition to potential customers.

In what other ways are you using mind mapping software to grow your business?

This article originally appeared in Chuck Frey’s Blog
Chuck Frey is the author of The Mind Mapping Software Blog. He has written numerous articles and reviews about mind mapping software, and is widely regarded as one of the leading “gurus” of this technology.

XMind, a powerful mind mapping software, is ready to make contributions to your business.

A nice conversation with Wallace Tait

Posted on August 19th, 2009 in Discussion | 2 Comments »

This week, I had the opportunity to have a very nice conversation with Wallace Tait, a great Management Consultant, an expert in Visual thinking, mind mapping area. We talked about using visual thinking, mind mapping, XMind, and more. Below are part of what Wallace Tait’s say:

If your thoughts, feeling and actions are all firing together like three engine cylinders, then you get combustion, and this combustion produces results
Results are what people want, and the results are what gives people motivational movement to achieve more and more
Using a Mind map app such as XMind is an ideal tool to visualize your hopes, aspirations, wants and needs.
Have you ever seen someone using a Mind map for the first time? What they often produce, is a outward expression of their inward (subconscious) self.
Mind maps are very powerful motivational graphics, when used in the right manner, they give very tangible results
Data is made up of words and numbers, and when we humans aggregate (group) them, Data then becomes Information, and when Information is contextualized, it then becomes Knowledge, and if you use knowledge appropriately, it produces results that change everyone’s outlook on life
XMind can and does do this by the graphical nature of the mapping formats.