Unleash your thoughts

This mind map can be read on two levels. First of all it is an overview how to be productive in brainstorms and to arrive at successful innovations. Just adopt the suggestions and tools and you have a rich flow of ideas.

On the second level this is a tour de force showing off the possibilities of the new version of MyThoughts (1.3) (so I did a lot of things I normally wouldn’t do in one mind map).

  1. MyThoughts runs well on the new OSX Lion.
  2. It is possible to control the opacity of the background picture (15 % in this mind map) making it possible to use one at all (new feature). If you cannot change the opacity it interferes too much with your branches.
  3. You can chose between clicking or drawing new branches. The last one is a new feature and works very nice in combination with a tablet (I used Wacom Bamboo).
  4. Unlimited layering of images (the central image consists of three images and two text boxes, the background picture has three different images, see if you can spot that).
  5. To my knowledge MyThoughts is the only software program making it possible to sample colours and use them for branches (in this mind map all the colours of the branches were sampled from the central image). This feature gives better compositions.
  6. It’s possible to drag and drop branches (new feature).
  7. Full screen mode is possible (new feature).
  8. To my knowledge MyThoughts is the only software program resulting in high resolution images of the mind map and is not downgrading the resolution of added images to the mind map.
  9. It’s possible to highlight branches using shadows in any colour you wish (see e.g. the red shadow around the black branch ‘nonjudgmental’).

About Hans Buskes

I am a professional mindmapper, I help companies map their business, I am author of two mindmap books. My clients are law firms, municipalities, banks, consultancies and high-tech companies.
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4 Responses to Unleash your thoughts

  1. Mike says:

    I have the software and love it. Thanks for the example! I don’t understand how to do #4?

    4. Unlimited layering of images (the central image consists of three images and two text boxes, the background picture has three different images, see if you can spot that).

    When I try and do this on the central image it just replaces what is there.

    • Hi Mike,
      The layering of pictures is very easy. Suppose you have a central image (in this case the head), and you want to add another picture to it (in this case e.g. the small rabbit). You add the image of the rabbit to one of the branches. Now bring the image of the rabbit to the front (from the menu arrange) and move it over the central image and position it next to the tree. You can do this as often as you like.

  2. Despite my obvious bias towards MyThoughts for Mac. I have to say, seeing what you create with our software is just so motivating because you use it in a way we had hoped it would be used, with imagination and flair.

    Thanks for this fabulous example of mind mapping with MyThoughts for Mac 1.3

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