From Flowcharts to Mind Maps, diagramming is one of the easiest ways to map out thoughts, develop algorithms, and illustrate processes in a way that is easy for others to understand. For engineers and developers, diagramming provides an easy way of expressing, developing, exchanging, and documenting technical ideas, in a way that is easy for other engineers and non-technical third parties to follow. Several software tools exist for different kinds of diagrams, and with each one offering a “unique” advantage over the other, selecting the right one to use could be quite the challenge for non-populist users. This is why for today’s review, I will show two diagramming tools that I recently had the opportunity of using; the Edraw Max and Edraw MindMaster
Developed by Edrawsoft, Edraw Max is an all-in-one diagramming tool with several features and massive amount of professionally designed templates and symbols that allow users create more than 280 different types of diagram and illustrations like; infographics, flowcharts, fishbone diagrams, UML diagrams, design floor plans, and office layouts to mention a few, in a fast, reliable, and easy-to-share manner.
Some of the diagrams and visualization types that can be created with Edraw Max are listed below.
Unlike most other diagramming software, Edraw Max has robust file compatibility features that allow users to import and export your drawings in a variety of familiar file formats like PDF, Word, Visio, PPT, JPEG, and HTML to mention a few, ensuring you can share your work in a manner that is easy for others to view, even if they don’t have the software.
As the nature of creative jobs becomes more remote in nature, Collaboration and OS-independence are some of the most important features of any software, and the guys at Edrawsoft understand this, as software comes with cloud storage which ensures you and your team members can work on the same project, remotely, without the need to share files around. Also, EdrawSoft recently released the Edraw Max online of the Edraw Max which possesses the same powerful features available to the software version, but with the ubiquity of the internet which allows it to be used anywhere, and on any device without OS restrictions, or the need to install the software. So you can start creating the project on your home computer, and finish it on your office computer without installing any additional software.
The user reviews for Edraw Max are absolutely stunning as it has found its way into the hand’s different categories of professionals, from business analyst using flow diagrams for mapping out business processes to developers creating UML diagrams.
While a mind map is one of the drawing types that can be created using the EdrawMax, EdrawSoft has another software called; MindMaster, which was specifically developed for the creation of mind maps.
MindMaster is a versatile, user-friendly, collaborative, and professional mind mapping tool for Structuring Knowledge, Ideas, and plans.
To provide versatility and stimulate creativity, MindMaster comes with seemingly endless customization and personalization features that allow you to tailor your mind maps to your specific needs. For instance, In addition to a traditional radial map structure, MindMaster comes with 12 different additional structures including; bubble maps, timeline maps, and circle maps, to mention a few, all just to provide you with the right kind of structure you need to document your thoughts. Asides the structures, MindMaster also comes with as much as 33 themes, to make your maps unique, and 700+ readymade stylish clipart’s to decorate your maps and make your creative ideas easy to follow/visualize.
There is also a MindMaster online version available.
For each node on the mind map, MindMaster allows creators to add several descriptive information like callouts, relationships, summaries, marks, notes, hyperlinks and so on, to help you remember the role of that node and also help communicate with collaborators.
The collaborative and cloud storage features of MindMaster also enable an intriguing feature of the software called; the brainstorming mode. This mode allows you to conduct group brainstorming sessions effectively, recording ideas with different colors in one plane, and moving them to another plane after deliberation to create a mind map.
Showing an understanding of the fact that thoughts are only important if they turn into action, MindMaster allows users to, with one click, convert the mind maps into a Gantt Chart, via the Gantt Mode feature. The mode allows the creation and tracking of tasks from the mind map items and also allows editing of task information like start and end dates.
Like Edraw Max, MindMaster allows users to export their mind maps in a variety of file formats like Docx, PDF, Evernote and diverse Graphics format. It also allows direct export of the Mind Map as a PowerPoint presentation.
Keeping in tune with EdrawSoft understanding of the need for collaboration, MindMaster is available on multiple platforms, including PC, tablet, mobile, and web with features that facilitate collaborative/team-based mind map development across all of them.