MindView (formerly known as OpenMind) touts itself as a mind mapping application that can be used to facilitate project planning and brainstorming sessions. Just what exactly is a mind map? Basically, it’s a type of visual diagram that shows the connections between ideas, tasks and other items in a process or project.
Pros: MindView has an extremely intuitive interface and is quite easy to learn and use. In fact, if you’re a Microsoft Office 2007 user, MindView 3 will look extremely familiar to you since its design incorporates the same ribbon interface found in the latest version of MS Office products. In addition to looking like Office 2007, MindView also integrates extremely well with all Office applications, including Microsoft Project. If you’re a real power-user, you may want to look into obtaining both MS Project and MindView since they complement one another so well.
Cons: As a stand alone product, MindView may not have all the features you need to completely manage a product, so you may need to purchase additional software to fulfill those other needs. Also, despite the application’s power, the price may seem a little steep, especially if it will only handle part of your project management expectations. The basic version of MindView 3 runs $279 for the Windows version and $229 for Mac. The Business version of MindView 3, listed at $389, is only compatible with Windows PCs.