We talked briefly about this tool earlier. It is used in our system to create brainstorming sessions that not only increase the speed with which you do steps two and three, structure and research. This program retails for $349 for Windows and $179 for MAC version but is well worth it. Also, they have 30 days trial for Windows and Mac. You can not only map your ideas, but you can also write your articles within the mind mapping program. You can go across more than one page and see everything at once. It’s a great way to create outlines that include all your relevant research notes too as each of the branches allows you to inserts notes. You can include links to website URLs, insert images, spreadsheets, and other types of research information that can be helpful when writing the articles. After you’re done you can export it to Word and finalize your copy there.
This is another mind mapping program, but it costs much less: $39.95. You can do about the same things you would do in MindManager, except for generating a table of contents. These programs are great for representing your brainstorming ideas visually, and Inspiration comes with a symbols library.
Inspiration comes with 65 different templates that can help you jumpstart your projects. Another 60 templates are available from other sites. So, if you’re not sure how to get started doing a mind map, you can open one of the templates and let it guide you through a simple one. It will give you an idea of how to organize your ideas and thinking.
A good mind map will help you to visualize the inter-relationship of various aspects of your research and ideas. It will help you to organize your thoughts and even use it to create articles that have a sound structure. Then, you can export it to Microsoft Word or another similar program to finalize the articles there. You can it here: http://www.inspiration.com/buying-options
There is also another mind mapping software. One of the best on the market called XMIND (https://www.xmind.net/download/mac/) and it’s free for MAC. You just put your email address to get it. Pretty easy to use.
Your internet browser may not seem like a big deal but if you use the web a lot for resources or even for writing then you should definitely take this into deep consideration. The browser you use can substantially affect your productivity and efficiency while completing web-oriented tasks like e-mailing, researching and brainstorming. Most people use Internet Explorer because it comes with Windows-based computers. Windows Explorer has had a lot of improvements since version 6 but even with the massive improvements now in version 11, it doesn’t hold a candle to some of the more efficient and extensible browsers out there.
Firefox is the most popular web browser besides Internet Explorer. It’s extremely powerful and fast which is exactly what you’ll be wanting for creating a crapload of content fast! Firefox is well-known for having a myriad of security features and an extensive collection of add-ons that significantly improve the functionality and efficiency of the browser. Many of these are business-centric and will help you do things faster and easier. You can get a free copy of Firefox here: http://www.mozilla.com.
Chrome is a relatively new browser made by Google. This browser is quite popular for its speed and efficiency; you may have seen TV commercial where they compare the speed of chrome to things like lightning strikes or gravity. Chrome is a bit simplified and has a fewer extension and security features than Firefox but it’s still a great, fast alternative to Internet Explorer. You can get a free copy of Chrome here: http://google.com/chrome.
This product is very much like Microsoft Office, except it is open source and thus available for free to download. It takes much less space in memory, but it doesn’t have all the nice features of Microsoft Office. However, if you just need a good word processor that can convert to Word when done, this is the ticket for you. Updates are free, unlike updates for Office and that saves you quite a bit of money in the long run. You can get a free copy of Open Office here: http://www.openoffice.org.