Here at ThinkBuzan, we’re passionate about helping people harness their creative abilities – whether that be for work, education or personal purposes. That is why, in iMindMap 8 Ultimate, we’ve introduced a game-changing feature that will seriously get your creative juices flowing. It’s something completely different and unique to iMindMap: The new Brainstorming View.
Brainstorming is the first step of any creative process and as Alex Osborn, the man who coined the term ‘brainstorming’ in 1953 said, we should focus on quantity of ideas at first rather than quality. The new free-form, infinite brainstorming canvas will capture as many ideas as you can think up – you won’t be restricted by space or structure. Read on to discover more secrets about the all-new Brainstorming View…
“I love the brand new Brainstorm View – with this I can pin my thoughts directly onto the canvas, without thinking about any kind of structure and then with a ‘click’ I have a Mind Map.”
– Michael Landers, IT Architect, IBM
If you‘ve ever brainstormed, you’re probably aware of how hard it can be to ignore practicality while generating ideas. As soon as you thought of an idea, you were most likely bombarded with negative thoughts along the lines of ‘no, that won’t work’, before you’ve had chance to consider it properly.
To generate breakthrough ideas you have to learn to let go of practicality and loosen up your thinking by embracing playfulness. In the new Brainstorming View you can add colourful sticky notes and images to the interactive canvas to inspire your thinking and help you tap into your creative powers.
The last thing you need when you’re in the creative zone and ideas are flowing is to be interrupted. The Brainstorming View has been designed to let you work without restrictions or distractions so that ideas can easily spill from your mind, onto the canvas.
You will find everything you need to edit your ideas in the clean and uncluttered menu system. Simply start typing to add ideas to the corkboard canvas or drag and drop sticky notes from the menu. Effortlessly group similar ideas together and colour code them depending on theme, importance or preference. Brainstorming has never been easier.
“Brainstorming View is fantastic.”
– Noel Hawkes, Account Manager, Zeelandia
Once you have exhausted your creative focus and feel like you have extracted as many ideas as possible, you will want to begin working through them to build on them, organise and refine them. iMindMap 8 Ultimate has a smart, new functionality that will do this for you.
When you’re ready you can switch from Brainstorming View into Mind Mapping View with a single click. Watch as your ideas are automatically and instantly transformed into a Mind Map structure. They will be the same ideas, just presented in a Mind Map so that you can easily arrange, organise and have a clear overview of them. You can even switch back into Brainstorming View – anything added or changed in Mind Mapping View will be shown.
The production of ideas doesn’t have to stop when you transfer to Mind Mapping View. The visual-spatial arrangement of a Mind Map and the use of keywords will help you to explore the chains of associations of an idea and help you to springboard off existing ideas to spark new ones.
Armed with the new Brainstorming View, iMindMap 8 Ultimate is a unique tool that will take you through every step of the creative process – from generating ideas to refining them and ultimately making the important decision and deciding on the best solution.
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