This website would not be possible without iMindMap 5. Given this fact, it seems appropriate to write a review of the software to give some idea of the possibilities that it creates, at least from my point of view. Once you have read the review and you are really enthusiastic to give it a try for yourself, take a look at the details of my competition which could win you a copy of the Ultimate edition worth £199!

A brief history of mind mapping:
According to Wikipedia, pictures and diagrams have been used to represent information since the 3rd Century BC, more recently the Semantic Network was developed during the 1950's. Tony Buzan claims to have invented modern mind mapping, inspired by science fiction and semantics. His idea was that despite our traditional linear text (like this!) working left to right and top to bottom, readers actually tend to jump about and scan a whole page in a non-linear way. If you think about it, linear text is a relatively recent invention in the history of humanity whereas diagrams and pictures have been used since the earliest times. 

Tony's books really helped me when I was doing my GCSE's and A levels, I made hundreds of hand-drawn mindmaps which I used to revise and learn my subjects. They were always time consuming and difficult to create however. ThinkBuzan was created in 2010, a collaboration between Toby Buzan and some experts in computing and marketing based in Cardiff, Wales. They started producing a software package called iMindMap that allowed users to create mind maps easily and quickly in an intuitive way. Earlier this year the latest version was released - iMindMap 5. Read on for the review!

iMindMap 5:
Once you have downloaded the free 7 day trial of iMindMap 5 Ultimate, you will be able to open it and start mind mapping. Initially it can seem daunting, but so does Word when you are new to it. Simply select File, New, and double click on 'blank document'. You now get to pick a central image from a range of options, you can also use your own image as a central image or search for one online. Once the central image is in place, you can start setting out the branches, and adding text to them. In simply terms, that is all there is to it!

iMindMap 5 has a huge range of great features, I actually only use relatively few of them at the moment. Here are some of them - 
More information:
For more information check out these videos on Youtube or the Video Tutorials on the ThinkBuzan website explaining the features in more depth. I would really recommend that you give iMindMap 5 a try, you have nothing to lose - even Hagedorn recommends it!

The Big Competition:
In an effort to increase collaboration on and to develop the number of mindmaps on the site as quickly as possible, I am launching a competition to win a digital copy of iMindMap 5 Ultimate Edition worth £199! All you have to do is submit a mind map of some topic related to Occupational Therapy to:

You might decide to improve on a topic that has already been covered, or even better to create a mind map for something that is lacking. Some possibilities include:
  • A condition
  • An intervention
  • An assessment tool
  • An outcome measure
  • A model
  • An approach
  • Mind maps can be created using any version of iMindMap 5 (including the 7 day trial of iMindMap 5 Ultimate or the free iMindMap 5 Basic edition)
  • You can enter as many times as you want, just submit more than one mind map
  • Submitted mind maps should be in a .imx format
  • All suitable mind maps submitted will be uploaded onto, with credit to the author indicated
  • Please note that any mind maps submitted will remain the creative property of their creators and will be removed if they request it, however elements from their mind maps may be integrated into subsequent edits of this website.
Closing date for entries: 
1st October 2011 - in time for academic year 2011

Entries so far: