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NovaMind is a key tool used to conduct and record the outcomes of brainstorming sessions. Use this technique to generate ideas for marketing, KPI's, goals, and problem resolution. Having employees involved in brainstorming sessions encourages creativity, initiative, communication, and improved employer/employee relationships.

This is a powerful new program taking all the best features of the award-winning NovaMind 4 application and combining them with a new, simple-to-use interface, plus many new features, such as the most advanced layout system available, a new theme system, color sets, font sets, floating more...

What's New

Version 5.5.8:
  • Added code to automatically repair cases where resources could be incorrectly referenced.

Requirements

  • OS X 10.6 or later

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Kihoalu Member IconComment+112
Kihoalu
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Short trial - seems to be fairly capable. My test is short enough that I don't feel good calling it a review - more just comments.

I'm not impressed with the design aspects of this:
The entry-level crayon colors give me a headache.

There's a 3 tiered pricing structure. The cost as listed, is for the "Express" version, but I'm not clear what I got in the downloaded trial.

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Version 5.3.4
Joy-Livingwell Member IconComment+20
Joy-Livingwell
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Under OS 10.6, NovaMind 5.3 is slow, buggy, and prone to crash.

One of the bugs causes file sizes to bloat, such that a few minor changes can take a file from around 100 K to around 600 K. Copy the data into another file, and file size goes back down to 100 K. Quit NovaMind, re-open it, make a change to the file, and save it, and file size goes down to around 200 K.

The bigger the file, the more likely the program is to become unresponsive. When that happens,

- Toggles to expand and collapse the mind map stop working, or work intermittently.

- Keyboard commands to add new child and sibling nodes work intermittently or stop working altogether.

- Typing slows way down.

Once these problems start, NovaMind usually ends up crashing within a few minutes.

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Version 5.3.4
Joy-Livingwell Member IconReview+20
Joy-Livingwell
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I have been testing NovaMind for the last several weeks, on a variety of projects.

On the plus side, it is gorgeous, easy to use, fairly intuitive, and packed with features. One of my favorites allows you to switch between mind map and outline views, or look at both simultaneously. (I find this particularly useful when I am planning something like a book.) You can select items in the outline view, Copy, and Paste them into an RTF document, which will give you the correct indent hierarchy, though it doesn't number the items. You can also export the outline to TEXT and Word.

On the minus side, NovaMind 5.3 is slow, buggy, and prone to crash, at least under OS 10.6.

One of the bugs causes file sizes to bloat, such that a few minor changes can take a file from around 100 K to around 600 K. The bigger the file, the more likely the program is to become unresponsive. Toggles to expand and collapse the mind map stop working, or work intermittently. Keyboard commands to add new child and sibling nodes likewise work intermittently or stop working altogether. Typing slows way down. At some point, it usually crashes.

I am also surprised by some of the features NovaMind doesn't have. For instance, you would think that a program that intrinsically produces a lovely outline of your mind map, and can auto-number your nodes, could EXPORT the numbering, but I couldn't figure out how to do it.

I fell in love with this program when I started testing it, and fully intended to buy it. Unfortunately, its bugginess, slowdowns, and frequent crashes are deal-breakers for me.

This is a beautiful program with great potential. I hope the developers will manage to fix these problems, because I'd really LIKE to use this product.

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Version 5.3.4
VMV Member IconReview+1
VMV
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Very useful in professional sense but criple because OS version lacks of presenter, flexibranch and quicklook I prefer as essential properties.

I am affraid NM5 is never coplete for OS so be carefull before you decide to purhace app. OS version of NM5 has been under construction now about three years.

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Version 5.2.17
kbaxxx Member IconReview+11
kbaxxx
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Love this app! This is my most used productivity tool. I've tried them all (iMindMap, Mind Manager, XMind, Freemind, etc etc), and this has by far the most powerful features, and yet is still very easy to use.

The redesign they have done for v5 is excellent. They have taken a really good application and rebuilt it as a truly fantastic app.

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Version 5.0.2
Miner
+2

I am a bit sceptic about reviewers like this: all reviews done on 1 day, bringing down the ratings of competing apps, rating on some random others, and then high acclaims for a product like this where previous comments were much more negative.
And after that one day: nothing for 6 months, nothing at all.
Maybe I am paranoid, but this seems like tweaking the ratings...

Espiridion
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Also the statement "this has by far the most powerful features" is incorrect IMO. Only the expensive version has features that are comparable with alternative programs, and many were included in prior versions without the hefty price tag. I have not upgraded my old version, and probably never will.

jjalex Member IconReview+12
jjalex
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I have used NovaMind 4 before and now upgraded to NovaMind 5. I used to like v4, but v5 is just miles ahead. They have done a fantastic job of rewriting it.

Love the new user interface, new layout system, floating topics, callouts, new topic shapes, and especially the color arrays and iCal integration. It's so much better for brainstorming now, and for my to-do list.

It's still beta, and have had a couple of crashes, but it has an autosave system so only lost about 20 seconds of work.

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Version 5.0.0b15
Brookhaven Member IconReview+24
Brookhaven
+2

2 April 2011 and the NovaMind 5 first beta release is now available.

There have been quite a few comments before about the interface, but I found v4 a nice app. However, the version 5 app is very late arriving and now it has (almost) I'm finding it very frustrating to use.

If you want to move a topic cell around, you have to wait for a little popup to appear, which you then grab with the mouse to move the cell. Ugghhh:-(

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Version 4.7.4
Redsee Member IconComment-2
Redsee
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frustrating to use

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Version 4.7.4
Jan_rybar Member IconComment+70
Jan_rybar
+2

1. Expensive.
2. Buggy.
It's for playing, not for working.

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Version 4.2.6
Mark G
+1

I disagree with "for playing not working" - I create lesson plans in Novamind Pro ... a task I do for work, not as a hobby!

davidwb
+1

Not a toy - a serious organization tool like an outliner but much more.

Espiridion Member IconComment+1147
Espiridion
+3

Indeed it is a shame about their pricing structure. I actually regret purchasing the previous version, which is not bad, by the way. Live and learn...

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Version 4.1.2
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jjalex
Version 5.1.0
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Kresmac
Version 5.0.4
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Kresmac
Version 4.7.4
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Date 14 Jun 2014
Platform Intel 64 / OS X
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