idea manager / thought graph?
I had a bit of a Eureka! moment this morning with a seed of an idea for a new product lodging itself in my head. I'd like to run with it, but I'll be on the road for the next few days, so I'll be away from my precious whiteboards.
Kind of like this?
Hrm, I suppose I should have mentioned that I'd greatly prefer something that is either cross-platform (java, python, etc) or directly available for OS X. Picky, picky, I know. :-) Thanks for the suggestions so far though.
In that case...how about a pen & pad of paper? As cross platform as you can get, batteries that never run out and you never have to worry about virii eating up your ideas...
the termites though, they will eat their way through anything ...
omnigraffle is well known, though i haven't used it.
Have you seen VoodooPad? I'm not sure if it's the sort of thing you're talking about. It's kind of a wiki for one, but it can do drawing etc as well as normal text.
Isn't that what used to be called "mind mapping" ?
Steve Jones (UK)
A free mind mapper (written in Java):
Bob, that may be exactly what I'm looking for (and cross-platform too!)...I'll take a long look at it.
I second NovaMind for mind mapping coupled with OmniOutliner for outlining. NovaMind can import native .ooutline files. Both products can import / export OPML (which is some flavour of XML) so that you can round trip textual outlines into maps and vice versa. OminiOutliner is highly configurable so that it can be used for lots of nifty things like to-do lists connected to bibliographies.
Try GraphViz http://www.graphviz.org/
Hi there, FYI due to customer demand we have worked on improving the outliner capabilities within NovaMind so that it is nearly an outliner program in itself. About the only thing we couldn't incorporate is the hoist function as this creates some problems with what to do about the Mind Map graphic which updates as you work in the outliner panel. If you have any queries regarding import/export or functionality about NovaMind feel free to contact me.
Michele, NovaMind Software Pty Ltd
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