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sqageek
Nice article about Dyslexia. thanks
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Scott Mazerall
Another great free mind mapping tool is Mindmup. This is one that I use quite often. Of the ones that you mentioned, is there one that you like best? I'm always open to better programs out there.
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Alistair McNaught, senior adviser at Jisc TechDis
My favourite mindmapping tool is very dependent on context. For working on a laptop doing my own planning and running from a memory stick I prefer Freemind because it is much lighter than Xmind and loads quickly. This is a great way of quickly planning out a topic. However it’s not possible to export from Freemind to a structured Word document.

If I want to create something that ultimately would form the outline of a document I prefer to use Xmind. Xmind can’t directly save as a Word document without a paid for premium account but it will create a web page (HTML format) with the proper heading levels preserved from the mindmap. This web page can be opened in Word and resaved as a Word document.

If I want to create something that others can view online or even contribute to I’d either use MindMup which integrates well with Google services or MindMeister. On balance I prefer MindMeister because MindMup renders quite clumsily and also requires the hassle of sharers needing Google accounts.

I’ve not used mindmapping on a tablet device for about 5 years now so can’t comment on current systems.
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