This semester I’ve decided to have my ENG 1020 students at Metro create mind maps of the topics for their argumentative papers to help them keep track of arguments, counterarguments, support, etc.
I began by looking at the mind mapping applications I listed in two posts, “Mind Mapping Resources” and “More Mind Mapping Resources,” in December of 2008. I narrowed down my choices to three: bubbl.us 2.0 beta, MindMeister, and Mindomo. Then I registered with each of the three and compared the applications.
Here are the results:
|Feature||bubbl.us 2.0 beta||MindMeister||Mindomo|
|Cost||free basic plan||free basic plan||free basic plan|
|Registration||name and e-mail address optional, username and password required||name and e-mail address required along with e-mail confirmation of account; can sign in with Gmail, Google Apps, and OpenID accounts||name and e-mail address required along with e-mail confirmation of account; can sign in with Google and Yahoo! accounts|
|Limits for Free Plan||apparently none||three mind maps||seven private mind maps
unlimited public mind maps
|Editing||one toolbar with Zoom, Undo, Copy, Paste, and Save||top toolbar:
right side toolbar:
|top toolbars like Office 2007:
|Insert Notes in Map||no||yes||yes|
|Insert Links in Map||no||yes||yes|
|Insert Symbols and Images in Map||no||yes||yes|
|Insert Multimedia in Map (Audio, Video)||no||no||yes|
|Attach Documents in Map||no||yes||yes|
|Format Options||font size, color||font size and style, style and color for nodes, map themes||map styles, colors, font, shapes, etc.|
|Export Options||.jpg, .png||.rtf outline, .pdf, .gif, .png, .jpg||.png, .jpg, .gif, .rtf, .pdf, .xls, .html, plain text|
|Publishing Options||URL to view map, .html code to embed map, print||URL to view map, URL to view map as .html page, URL to RSS feed, .html code to embed map, print|
|Help||no video, less extensive help section than others||video tutorial, extensive help topics||video tour, extensive help topics|
Perhaps I should have tried bubbl.us rather than the 2.0 beta release. However, I’d rather not have to change versions for fall semester.
Based on the results of my trials, I decided to go with Mindomo because of bubbl.us’s limit features and MindMeister’s limited number of mind maps with a free plan.