Thursday, 17 December 2009

Upgrade pricing ending soon!

A quick reminder that December 31st sees the end of Version 3 preferential upgrade pricing.

Until this date, MindGenius Business V2 customers can purchase an upgrade for £88 / €101 / $141 per single user licence, and MindGenius Education V2 customers for £29 / €33 / $46 per single user licence. Discounts are available for multiple user purchases, please contact for further details.

After this date, normal pricing will apply. For more details on pricing, please visit our online store.

Speed up your Christmas shopping

With the festive season approaching fast, some of us may have completed all of our gift shopping. For those of us who aren’t quite so organised, MindGenius can offer you a quick way to cut your planning time down and simplify those last minute shopping trips.

Start a new map and add branches for each person you need to buy presents for. You can then go on to work out a budget for each person (and export to Excel when you are finished if necessary). Once you have sorted out your budget, you can start to add presents to each name.

If you need to research where you are going to buy your presents from, you can add attachment links to sites that you need to visit, or have visited or any other relevant documents you would like to add such as a spreadsheet budget.

Once you know which gifts you wish to get for people, you can then start to simplify your buying experience. First of all, “Edit Categories” to add in the stores or websites you are planning to purchase your gifts from.

Next, apply the categories to each gift, if you are unsure of where the gift is coming from, don’t add a category to it.

Once you are satisfied your map is complete, click “Create Category Map.” This will create a separate map for you, broken down by each category. This allows you to see at a glance what you need to get from each store so you don’t need to make repeated journeys to the same place.

You can print your map and take it with you to the shops. Take a look at this month’s Hints and Tips article on printing large maps if you have a lot of presents to buy.

It might also be helpful to follow a similar process for your food and drinks plans for the holiday period and you could break it down by day eg Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day.

And if you create maps for this year, you can make them a starting point for next year, saving you more time and ensuring you don’t purchase the same present for people again.

Holiday shopping in half the time!

Have you used MindGenius in this way? How did you find it?

Hint and Tips - Printing Large Maps

In these days as more and more of us strive to have paperless offices, we try and print fewer documents but sometimes it is required if you are unable to access a PC, for example when attending a meeting.

That’s why there is a print option in MindGenius but when you are faced with a large map the text can be too small to read. However, this can be fixed by amending your Printing options.

To check what your print is going to look like, check the “print preview” option.

If the map is too large, the text will be too small to read, rendering your printed map unworkable.

Print Preview also has it's own Ribbon to help you configure your printed maps.

Select 'Page' from the Print Preview Ribbon to Access the Page Setup dialog.

The default here is to fit the map onto 1 page but there are options to print the map on multiple pages.

Start a new page at each level 1. Your map will now print on multiple pages. You can use the 'Pages' option to preview the content of multiple pages.

The first page shows only the level 1 branches and represents an index for the following pages and each page auto is orientated to suit the content.

If the content of any of the individual pages is still too large, you can use Page Breaks to break the map down further.

To do this, identify a section of the map that could sit on its own page. From the Insert Ribbon (or right click context menu) select 'Page Break’. This area of the map will now print on its own page.

Did you also know......

Using the Print Map dialog, you can print text outlines in addition to the map image by choosing to include branch notes or not, or only branches with notes. This is useful for generating presenter notes, or for colleagues happier reading info in this linear format.

Do we now live in a paperless business world, or is this too difficult to achieve? Do you print maps, or any other documents, if so, what are the main reasons you do this?

Enterprising teenager uses MindGenius to start her own business

Tammy Strickland, aged 15, has been a MindGenius user since the age of 9, using it to improve her study technique, and she has found it so helpful in achieving excellent results that she has recently set up a business, sharing her maps with other students sitting their Irish Junior Certificate exams.

Her father, Niall, is a long term user of MindGenius, going back to the early Ygnius days of the product and he introduced her to MindGenius. According to Niall, Tammy took to the method “like a duck takes to water” and since then she has actively used MindGenius to effectively study.

After using the tool for her Junior Certificate examination programme over the last 2 years, Niall commented to Tammy that the quality of her work was of such a high standard, and the results she achieved in the exams so good, that she should sell her notes to other students.

Tammy thought about her dad’s idea and agreed that her MindGenius study notes could help other students going through their exams and, with a little help from Niall to set up the web pages, Tammy soon had her site, up and running.

All of the maps and the work on the site are Tammy’s and now it seems she is on her way to having quite a successful business. The first purchasable product went live in November and despite the fact it has yet to be fully publicised, Tammy has sold over 100 maps to date and had several hundred downloads of her sample maps.

Tammy thinks that:
"Mindmaps created with MindGenius are a terrific aid to memory because they allow you to feed your brain in a way that allows you to effortlessly soak up knowledge. This can turn average students like me into high-achievers."

The first subject to go live on the site was Science, which incorporates 57 different mindmaps and the entire curriculum for that subject but this will be extended to several hundred mindmaps available for purchase in 10 different school subjects, with another 4 subjects due to go live over the next 4 weeks. Maps for French will go live this weekend.

Have you or your students/children used MindGenius for studying? What was the biggest benefit it brought to your efforts?