I’ve mentioned before that I’m a log time user of FreeMind for mind mapping but of late I’ve found that the hierarchical nature of mind maps doesn’t always work for me. I’m becoming increasingly interested in the ‘network’ equivalent, Concept Mapping. It also uses nodes connected by arcs but the arcs can be labelled and optionally have a direction (Freemind has a ‘pseudo networked mode’, roughly equivalent to symlinks in file structure trees.)
I’ve been looking for software that doesn’t get in the way of thinking and in the last couple of days have discovered http://vue.tufts.edu/ and http://cmap.ihmc.us/cmaptools/. They both seem to be Free(ish) and aimed predominantly at education. Does anyone have any experience with these tools, know any reason to avoid either or know of anything better?
I’ve realised after typing this question that my old friend Sparx Enterprise Architect could probably be horribly misused to do this, with completely illegal UML but I don’t currently have access to a licence and I’d rather I was using a FOSS tool. AND https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DOT_(graph_description_language) could be a tool-chain style solution