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Ideas. They make the world go round. The famous American architect and author, Frank Lloyd Wright, called ideas “salvation by imagination”, and a good idea can take you far by helping you get that promotion, make more money, or inspire others. The new app Gini is about raising the quality of ideas. According to the description it provides a methodology that provokes deeper thinking and creative engagement using a unique interface that maps the strengths and weaknesses of an idea.

As someone who is always interested in coming up with new ideas I decided to give Gini a try to see if it could really live up to that promise. Would it really help me discover new and better ideas? I was intrigued by the concept of an interface that maps ideas. Read on to see what I thought after using Gini.

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Outlines dominate the teaching and note-taking landscape. Many PowerPoint slides consist of an idea header with organized bullets that go into additional detail. High school teachers often required students to submit paper outlines prior to the first draft. Tony Buzan, the self-proclaimed creator of mind maps, argues that the brain doesn’t develop ideas in this traditional outline format; instead, ideas develop radially, starting with the central point and branching out into detailed topics and subtopics. According to Buzan, mind maps are more efficient and useful for capturing and developing ideas. The increased use of colors and images also helps the creator to retain and express ideas in an enhanced capacity.

Mind maps have several advantages over outlines. They provide a beautiful way to visualize data, especially for presentations and papers. Mind map topics can have complex dependencies and relationships that move far beyond the limits of a hierarchical outline.

Users looking for a mind mapping application will find a slurry of choices, from simple subscription-based solutions, to complex cross-platform behemoths. iThoughtsHD by CMS is a feature-rich mind mapping solution that supports many export and import options.

How well does iThoughtsHD stand up against the competition? Read on to find out.

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