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Mind mapping as assistive technology

As you may know, assistive technology (AT) means any item, piece of equipment, software program, or product system that is used to enhance, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of persons with impairments. Basically, assistive technology allows people with disabilities to compensate for certain incapacities, by promoting independence and reducing the need for additional support. 

In education, assistive technology is used for students with disabilities to overcome barriers due to reading, attention, organizational, memory and the physical demands of the tasks related to the coursework. Examples of assistive technology instruments include screen readers, speech to text, spell checking and mind mapping.

Mind mapping as assistive technology

Mind mapping transforms monotonous information and details into colorful, interesting and extremely structured graphs that act in line with your brain’s natural way of thinking.  

Mind maps have a natural structure that radiates from the center and they use lines, symbols, words, colors and graphics to flowchart ideas. They have a lot of beneficial uses, from brainstorming and illustrating concepts to structuring thoughts or daily activities. 

Mind mapping as assistive technology is an excellent technique for:

supporting people with learning difficulties (Dyslexia, ASD, ADHD) organize their ideas

– helping individuals plan their activities visually

– improving the note-taking system during classes

– eliminating the stress associated with repeated reproduction of information 

Mind mapping as assistive technology is helpful for students that have difficulties processing a linear order. For example, dyslexic learners can gain from mind mapping, because it is a visual as well as an audio approach to comprehending information. Mind maps break down complex data into pieces that can be organized in branches and sub-branches to simplify the understanding of information.

Mindomo mind maps make it easier for dyslexic learners to structure assignments and presentations in a visual manner. The style interface, easy-to-understand icons and standard keyboard shortcuts make mind mapping an eligible technique for users at any skill level.

Mindomo developed functionalities designed to assist users with impairments:

Friendly interface – Mindomo uses an easy-to-use interface, with accessible toolbar menu, less likely to distract learners from the platform.

Customizing the mind map – Mindomo enables users to edit map styles and layouts to match their learning styles. For users with visual sensitivities, illustrations, colors, fonts and shapes can also be applied to branches as well as various background colors. Users can create their own custom styles which can be saved and used for all future maps.

Framing and organizing ideas – Mindomo provides a coherent structuring solution with multiple interchangeable layouts regardless of which view is being used.

Outlining – Mindomo enables users to switch to an outline view to get a linear overview of their work. All the process is reversible and preserves all the resources from the original mind map.

Exporting to various formats – Users can turn their mind maps into Microsoft Word or PowerPoint documents with one click. In Microsoft Word the structure will be maintained with a table of contents whereas in Microsoft PowerPoint each branch and sub‐branch will become a slide.

Structuring notes and research – Mindomo allows learners to add unlimited resources to maps in the form of text notes, hyperlinks, sound files or even their own audio recordings. This allows users to visually organize notes or research into one document with links to all the relevant information.

Templates – Mindomo displays a range of templates with clear instructions to ensure learners understand and complete activities and assignments. Users also have the possibility of creating from scratch or customizing their own templates.


Manage your to-dos directly from mind maps with our new task feature

We are back with the third upgrade of this series: integrating the task functionality into normal mind maps. Use tasks to keep your information organized, set due dates for your projects, prioritize your work, set completion rates or assign them to your collaborators.

You can now turn topics from your mind map into tasks (Ctrl+K) or manually insert a task subtopic to any topic you like (Alt+Shift+Enter) from the Insert panel. Checkboxes will be automatically added in front of the task topics; checking these off indicates that the task has been completed.

If a topic has the option Set as Task checked off, all new subtopics will inherit it and will become subtasks. You can always remove the check mark to prevent newly added subtopics from turning into subtasks. A branch may contain both tasks and normal subtopics, at the same time.

Completed tasks are grouped under a checklist icon, which also indicates the overall number of tasks. You can open any task again, by clicking on it under the checklist icon and removing its check mark. Add comments or resources to your completed tasks through the Comments panel icon.

In the outline view, you can use the top-right corner icon to quickly expand or collapse all your completed tasks. By default, these will have a greyish color, strikethrough formatting and a checkmark icon next to them.

The new design of the context menu allows you to assign tasks (1), insert start/due dates (2) and set priorities or completion rates (3) for your tasks.

The Assign tab allows you to choose one or multiple assignees for a topic (instantly turning the topic into a task). Each of them will get notified by email on changes related to the task: task assignment, completion/reopen, start date/due date, changes to the task, task due/overdue. The initials of the assignees will appear next to their assigned tasks.

The priority of the task will appear as number icons (1 to 9) while setting a completion level will add completion icons next to the task topic.

In case you want to get approval for a task, use the Vote option available on the Comment panel. You are able to cancel the vote by clicking on the Vote icon again. The votes registered by a task will appear on the mind map as a small thumbs up icon.

In addition to filtering by hashtag or icons, you can also filter by assignee to see the tasks designated to a certain person. Have a clear overview of overdue and upcoming tasks with our filter by due date functionality.

Please give these features a try and let us know what you think in the Comments section below.

Keep it smart, simple and creative!
The Mindomo Team


Filtering by hashtags

Did you know that you can now add hashtags to your mind map and use them as filtering instruments?

Add hashtags to your topics to easily label them, and the next time you type #, you will see an autocomplete list. Continue typing if you want to insert a new hashtag or click on an existing one to add it to your topic. Hit ENTER or click outside the topic to activate the hashtag functionality.

Now you can filter by hashtags, making your mind map search a breeze.

This functionality allows you to focus on specific information from your mind map and hide all the other topics. Go to the Search bar and type in your hashtag or simply click on it under Filter by Hashtag. The number next to the hashtag indicates how many times it appears on your mind map.

You could also use the Ctrl+Click combination to quickly filter by any hashtag on your mind map.

For example, filter by #Europe to see only the topics that contain this hashtag. Even if they don’t contain the hashtag, the child topics of the labeled topics are also visible.

Another available option is filtering by symbols. Similarly to the hashtags, the symbols added to your topics are visible in the Search bar, under Filter by Symbols. Type in their names or click on them to focus on the content of the topics they belong to.

Please give these features a try and let us know what you think in the Comments section below.

Keep it smart, simple and creative!
The Mindomo Team


Multimedia panel reorganization

We are back with a series of upgrades to our tool, one of which is reorganizing our Multimedia panel from the left toolbar. Our existing Multimedia panel has been split into three specialized panels: one for images, one for videos and one for audio files.

Use them to quickly add multimedia resources to your topics, without the hassle of navigating through a complex menu.

The new design even comes with a bonus: you can now add an audio file on the same topic where you already have an image/video. You can find the audio file under the “play” icon. The videos and images added to a topic are still interchangeable (the video replaces the image previously added to your topic and vice-versa).

Image panel

Attach images to your mind map in a variety of ways:

  1. Add a URL that redirects you to the image’s location on the web
  2. Upload images from your computer/Google Drive/Dropbox (Drag & Drop or Browse)
  3. Search for images on the web
  4. List of images previously uploaded to your Mindomo account (it only shows images, the uploaded video/audio files are now located on their own panels)
  5. Select an image from our gallery

This panel also comes with something new: progressive loading of the images previously uploaded to your account.

Your uploaded images can be found under the Attach Uploaded tab. If you have many uploaded images, they will become visible gradually, as you scroll down the list. Click on any image to add it to your topic.

Video and audio panels

You can add video links to your topics, attach videos from your computer/Google Drive/Dropbox, add them from YouTube/Vimeo or from the list of videos already uploaded to your account:

Besides adding audio links to your topics, attaching audio files from your computer/Google Drive/Dropbox or browsing through the list of previously uploaded audio files, you can also use our Sound Recorder button to add your own audio notes to the mind map.

Click on the icon, give permission to the browser to access your microphone and then click on Record. You can then stop the recording, play it or change its name.

Comments panel redesigned

The Comments panel has a new structure and it was moved under the context menu of your topics:

Here you can vote the topic (replacing the Like/Dislike buttons), assign it to someone, set its due date or add multiple files (images, documents, videos, audio files or URLs) from your computer/Google Drive/Dropbox to it.

Another novelty is being able to notify someone by email about your newly added comment. Choose People from the drop-down menu.

Any file attached through the comments panel will appear as a resource to your topic. Click on the Attachments icon to see a preview of all the files belonging to the topic. Click on each file to open it in full-size view.

The Task Info panel was also added to the context menu of your topics, as a result of having recently merged the task functionality into mind maps. But this is something we will soon give you more details about.

Please give these features a try and let us know what you think in the Comments section below.

Keep it smart, simple and creative!
The Mindomo Team


New features and improvements you shouldn’t miss

For quite some time now, we’ve been working extensively to improve our online and Desktop versions. You might have read about or tested some of the features, but here’s a full recap of what to try, from the most recent functionality up to the earliest:

Microsoft Teams integration

Available online. Create and collaborate on mind maps, concept maps, task mind maps, Gantt charts, and outlines directly from your Microsoft Teams account.

Microsoft Teams
Microsoft Teams
Microsoft Teams

Advanced formatting features

  • Variety of topic shapes: rectangle, rounded rectangle, elliptic rectangle, circle, oval, line, capsule, parallelogram, hexagon, rounded hexagon, diamond, left arrow, right arrow, and trapeze
  • Rainbow color scheme that makes the map connections appear in rainbow shades
  • Option to add an image from the Mindomo gallery or personal computer as the map’s background
  • New connection types: straight, arc, rough, curve, elbow, rounded elbow, angle, no line
  • Option to customize the spacing between branches or between topics and their own borders
  • Option to create themes for concept maps and organigrams (custom font sizes, colors, shapes, and background colors)
  • Multi-branch color scheme to color the map’s branch lines in a certain palette
  • Customizable connection lines (thickness, color, anchor points)
  • Variety of border shapes (straight line, rounded line, rectangle, rounded rectangle, wavy, etc.)
  • Customizable topic borders (color, thickness)
  • Option for the connection line color to determine the topic color
  • Display of the number of collapsed topics

Custom Formatting
Custom Formatting
Custom Formatting
Custom Formatting
Custom Formatting

Search across all maps

Available online. Search through all Mindomo maps, both your own and public maps created by others, to look for specific content or inspiration.

DOCX export format. Available both online and in the Desktop. Headings hierarchy up until the 4th level, notes that keep their styling, task specifications exported as tables, possibility to create a table of contents, and many more. Read more about it here.

Gantt Chart functionality. Available both online and in the Desktop. See tasks’ start and due dates, how they depend on one another, and which milestones are coming up.

Gantt Chart
Gantt Chart

Spell checker available in the Desktop. Works in the following languages: English, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Russian, Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, Dutch and Portuguese. Read more about it here.

Working in multiple instances in the Desktop. Work simultaneously on multiple maps by opening them in different instances from the File List menu. See more here.

Search functionality available in the outline view for normal mind maps. Available both online and in the Desktop.

Functionality to export comments from Task Maps. Available both online and in the Desktop, see how this works here.

Theme Editor available in the Desktop. With a premium Desktop license, you can create your own map themes with custom font sizes, colors, shapes, background colors, and relationships. Read more here.

In PPTX format, new outline view is available for each presentation slide.

New Assignment templates. Available online, read more here.

.XLSX, .XLS import formats. Available both online and in the Desktop. Transfer the information from your Excel spreadsheets and turn it into mind maps, read more here.

Microsoft Project export in XML format. Available both online and in the Desktop.

Pack Map functionality & syncing of file attachments. 
Available in the Desktop.  See how to compress a mind map and all its attached files into a single .pmom file for further sharing. Save your local maps and all their attached files in the cloud. Read more about both functionalities here.

Pack Map
Pack Map

Please give these features a try and let us know what you think in the Comments section below.

Keep it smart, simple and creative!
The Mindomo Team