April 01, 2005

Using MindManager as a newsreader

The newly launched MindManager blog recently had a post by Francois Lavaste, on using the program as a newsreader.

I personally find MindManager very easy to use for that purpose and I like to navigate my news in its visual environment. We are actually featuring a nice RSS map in our map library. You can use it as a starting template and download it if you want.

In fact, MindManager X5 Pro comes equipped with Smart Map Parts for news feed from several CNet news channels, as well as Mindjetís own news feeds. These feeds give you the latest headlines from the specified source. The content is updated each time the map part is refreshed or each time the map is opened.

Read the full post here.

Itís a nice feature to have around, but itís unrealistic to draw comparisons with dedicated online and software based tools. Even taking into account map linking possibilities, the number of feeds that can sensibly be displayed at any one time is limited, as is the ability to read text in the ĎNotesí window. Mr Lavaste himself claims to read 15 feeds, a number far removed from the several hundred many others deal with regularly.

In a podcast I heard about a fortnight ago, a Mindjet representative admitted that RSS functionality was added simply because it could be done. The developers are yet to think carefully about the programís potential for acting as a newsreader and circumstances in which its current level of development would render it a useful tool.

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