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Organizing ideas with tablets

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by Kimberly Deas

tabletHave you ever been in a meeting and needed to aggregate ideas and then organize them into projects?

Post-it® Notes or whiteboards are helpful tools to collect ideas, but you still have to type them into a computer and organize them to share them with a group.

What if you could collect them electronically and then organize them to share with a group? You can with your tablet and a mind mapping app.

Mind mapping is a visual way to organize thoughts with a central idea and branches for related ideas. It is ideal for solving perplexing problems or planning the next big project.

It is easy. Collect the ideas on the tablet in random order, and then you can quickly organize the information and share the ideas with everyone after the meeting. No extra work.

Here are several mind mapping apps worth trying:   

  • iThoughtsHD ($9.99). A robust product to create and share mind map diagrams with full export to Word, PowerPoint, PDF and PNG. You can easily email or save to a Dropbox folder to share with others.
  • iMindMap Mobile Pro ($3.99). This is a great app if you already use the Think Buzan products. It can integrate with the desktop program and has decent features. It only exports to PDF, PNG and iMindMap files.
  • Think Digits ($3.99). This twist on a mind map can crunch numbers within a mind map. Great for visual­izing mathematical formulas and equations.


Kimberly Deas combines her 10+ years’ experience in telecommunications with a background in personal coaching and results-oriented training.

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