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Sep 14, 2004, 04:00 (1 Talkback[s])
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"How do you organize all those little notes and ideas that you have spread out all over the place in a way that you can actually use them and make have them make some sense? That's one of the goals of a class of software known as mind mapping. Once the realm only of high-priced commercial applications, there is now at least one open source option. It's called FreeMind and it's licensed under the GPL.

"Wikipedia defines a mind map as 'a picture that represents semantic connections between portions of learned material.' Instead of a linear approach, where you write a bunch of stuff in no particular order on a piece of scrap paper, a mind map organizes ideas from a central theme into a tree-like branch structure, sort of like a table of contents but much more fluid and dynamic in that the map 'folds' and can also be linked in non-linear ways..."

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