CmapTools
CmapTools 5.05.01
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The CmapTools program empowers users to construct, navigate, share and criticize knowledge models represented as concept maps. Among many other features, it allows users to construct their Cmaps in their personal computer, share them on servers (CmapServers) anywhere on the Internet, link their Cmaps to other Cmaps on servers, automatically create Web pages of their concept maps on servers, edit their maps synchronously (at the same time) with other users on the Internet, and search the Web for information relevant to a concept map.

The CmapTools client is free for use by
What's New
Version 5.05.01:
  • Support for OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion installation
  • Fixed bug in the Search Panel in the Views when the entry was left empty.
Requirements
  • Intel/PPC
  • Mac OS X 10.4 or later
  • Java VM.



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CmapTools User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 5.x:
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merrimac tipped on 15 Sep 2009
Hitting the 'Download' button above actually (as of this post) redirects to a page that asks you to submit your contact info. Here are the actual download links (courtesy of Softpedia):

For Mac OS 10.4:

http://cmapdownload.ihmc.us/installs/CmapTools/Mac/MacOSXCmapTools_v5.03_04-07-09.zip

For Mac OS 10.3.9:

http://cmapdownload.ihmc.us/installs/CmapTools/Mac/Past%20Releases/MacOSXCmapTools_v4.18_06-09-08.zip
[Version 5.03]


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AppScout commented on 13 May 2009
Free?

Well, that depends on your definition.
[Version 4.18]

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Lev replied on 07 Feb 2010
Er... like it doesn't cost anything? Is that a reasonable definition of "free"?
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Appscout replied on 15 Mar 2010
Yes. They don't ask for money.
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TallDwarf commented on 05 May 2008
The reason why CMAP is so good and I am going back to it after trying out "mind mapping" software such as Novamind and other online tools such as mindomo.com is because it is true CONCEPT mapping.

The difference is the ability to write on the arrows and have true links between items in different parts of the map.

Other mind map programs are really a graphical version of a bullet point list and that is why they can be exported to a neat text version. CMAP is more than that.

I "wanted" to use/like novamind but as a teacher I want more links between parts of the map and have useful text on those links.
[Version 4.11]

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Rfg replied on 04 Jan 2014
Exactly. The only other program to do that well is Inspiration.
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Anonymous reviewed on 09 Nov 2005
This program is free.
Inspiration is $69.

For free, I'm willing to overlook a lot of the missing features and shortcomings.
This pretty handy for what it is.

I'm not understanding the other reviews.
[Version 3.10]


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Anonymous reviewed on 30 May 2005
CmapTools 3.8 is essentially Inspiration Mind Map Software, but financed by DARPA and our friends at DOD. Have a look-see at their website:

http://www.ihmc.us/

Back to CmapTools. You can make pretty diagrams easily, but that's about it. Export to text is supported, but the actual text document is unstructured. Inspiration lets one export as Word, Mellel, AppleWorks, etc, and preserves structure. Collaboration via internet is also supported, but this is not rocket science to implement.

What you get for free (your tax dollars at work) here is a nice diagramming package and a lot of window decorations. It is like using Power Point to do engineering, a charge leveled at NASA by the Columbia investigation Board.

Summary: CmapTools looks like a poorly copied version of Inspiration 7.6. Essentially, where are the justifications for the lofty claims made by the developers on their web site?
[Version 3.8]

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mrglsmrc replied on 27 May 2009
so sorry you are angry at the way our govt. spends money.
you would do better to post at a political board.
your criticisms of this software, while possibly correct, are too vague to be useful to anybody but yourself.
there are many possible competing applications and you also failed to explain clearly how you like them better except that they're made by private industry.
i don't particularly care about your opinions of nasa either. your mind meanders from topic to topic so you need your medication.
after you've recovered, you should actually try out the software that you say you're reviewing, i mean if you're not too busy writing about in generalities you could try using it.
candidly i am not sure i like this software more than omnigraffle based on the web pages i've seen made in it. but i am impressed with the idea that it can be the front end of an apache server on one of my mac minis. i don't think the other software you mentioned could do this.
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Anonymous reviewed on 30 May 2005
An excellent program belonging to the "Mind Map" family of software -- conceptually similar to Visio and Inspiration.
Pros: Easy to use. Versatile. Free. Cross-platform compatability.
Cons: Nothing substantial -- JVM performance penalty on program startup and when saving CMAPs. Few built-in node shapes (Can be imported from other sources).

On Balance: A strong tool to visually represent information. It is especially useful for representing the intra and inter-relationships between concepts.
[Version 3.8]


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The CmapTools program empowers users to construct, navigate, share and criticize knowledge models represented as concept maps. Among many other features, it allows users to construct their Cmaps in their personal computer, share them on servers (CmapServers) anywhere on the Internet, link their Cmaps to other Cmaps on servers, automatically create Web pages of their concept maps on servers, edit their maps synchronously (at the same time) with other users on the Internet, and search the Web for information relevant to a concept map.

The CmapTools client is free for use by anybody, whether its use is commercial or non-commercial. In particular, schools and universities are encouraged to download it and install it in as many computers as desired, and students and teachers may make copies of it and install it at home. (Commercial companies that install their own CmapServer do need to get a separate license for a CmapTools client that will talk to the commercial version of the CmapServer).


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