Mind mapping can be a very useful tool for students when revising, or when planning a topic or a piece of writing. I’ve tried a few different solutions over the years and have recently discovered a new addition called MindMaple.

MindMaple is a nifty piece of mind mapping software for the PC. There’s two versions that you can download – a free Lite version and a paid-for Pro version. The lite version is slightly cut down, but still worth investigating, especially as it’s no longer time-limited, so it won’t expire after 30 days!

The software feels very much like Microsoft Office 2010 with the use of the toolbar ribbon and it was very easy to get started. I had a quick play and it didn’t take long to produce a basic mind map. Adding branches was pretty easy, and more straightforward than some products I’ve tried.

Mind Maple Map

There are various preset color themes you can use for mind maps in MindMaple Pro (a limited number of themes are available in MindMaple Lite) and lots of formatting options for your maps. You can also add icons, images and attach hyperlinks to files and websites. Mind maps can be exported in various formats with the Pro version allowing export as PDF files and more advanced Office formats.

It’s well worth downloading the free version to see what you think. And if you like it the Pro version is $9.99 (a year).

You can download a copy from : www.mindmaple.com