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This is the first of what I am sure will be a series of posts about interesting knowledge management or mapping applications that I have found. Some of these are open source, others are freeware, but they are all freely available and downloadable.

Not the Apple presentation program by the same name, this program is a hierarchical organizer. Text files are the closest thing to a universal file format that there is, but there is one problem: how to organize all those text files? This is where keynote comes in. It has a feature which enables you to make a node “virtual”, and link it to a text or rich text file. You can then manage and edit your text files, To Do lists or whatever you need all through this interface, and when you press “Save”, it saves the changes to all your linked files. Simple yet effective.
Platforms: Windows only, but some versions have been gotten to run under WINE in Linux (see here and here), I have not tested this yet myself.


An open source MindMapping application. This simple program doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of commercial Mind Mapping applications, but it has an impressive feature set and a simple interface which I find preferable for many applications.
Platforms: Windows/Mac/Linux (Linux setup guide here)

Compendium OpenLearn
More visual Mind Mapping application then FreeMind, this is also an open source application.
Platforms: Mac/Windows/Linux.

IHMC CmapTools
A Concept Mapping application. I haven’t used this program much myself, but it is freely available, and looks interesting, especially for more complicated mapping purposes.
Platforms: Linux/Windows/Mac.


Written by logand

May 30, 2007 at 10:03 pm

Posted in Software

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