Free Flowin’ Mind Maps With Coggle

Tuesday, November 6, 2018
Catherine Morin
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Businesses increasingly recognize mind-mapping as a useful communication tool that improves collaboration and brainstorming sessions. By enabling workers to visualize concepts and establish connections between ideas, collaborative mind-mapping helps teams perform better while increasing productivity.

Coggle, a mind-mapping web application designed for teams, produces hierarchically-structured documents to help users visualize and share ideas.

As opposed to traditional note-taking, mind maps represent concepts graphically, in branching tree diagrams. Often described as visual thinking tools, they convert information into an organized, memorable layout that more closely simulates how the brain works.

While mind maps might look like absolute insanity to some, for others creating mind maps is both an exercise in artistic creativity and analytics. As such, it engages the brain to a greater extent than the act of transcribing, which helps people better generate, understand, analyze, and memorize ideas.

coggle mind mapping mobileImage credit: G Suite Marketplace

Front and center

The beating heart of a mind map is its subject, sitting front and center. The simple design is what contributes to helping the user stay focused, jumpstart memory, and structure thoughts organically around said map's heart center.  

Many organizations use mind-mapping software to utilize this focus, improving collaboration between employees, even helping remote teams work more efficiently.

Coggle users can collaborate in real time and share mind maps with as many colleagues as they like. Several users can add or edit branches on the same diagram simultaneously, and the application automatically saves every change made. Coggle accepts all types of information, such as images, links to files in Google Drive, multi-line text, or math formula.

The free flowin’ flowchart feature

The Coggle team recently released their most significant update ever to the application, the flowchart feature.

Also called process diagram, a flowchart is a way of illustrating the steps necessary to complete a task.

Aiming to make flowcharts as simple, elegant, and collaborative as its mind maps, the company introduced a new menu that allows users to set a flowchart shape to any item in a diagram.

The company introduced a new menu that allows users to set a flowchart shape to any item in a diagram, aiming to make flowcharts as simple, elegant, and collaborative as Coggle mind maps.

coggle flow chartsImage credit: Bloggle

In both mind maps and flowcharts, the user applies short phrases and keywords to thoughts so that you get ideas down quickly and thoughts flow freer.  Ideas are enhanced even further as Coggle’s new flowcharts allow users to make diagrams even more powerful and flexible by creating multiple root items and joining branches together to form loops.​

And that’s not all! The stylish and user-friendly menu adapts to the performance of the user’s computer, with a glass-effect background supported by most browsers.

Expand your mind, man 

Coggle offers tons of other cool features, including the Public Mind Map Gallery, a selection of the best public diagrams and mind maps made with the application.

The Coggle gallery allows users to search a mind map on pretty much any topic one’s heart desires. You no longer have to talk to a scientist, botanist, or psychiatrist to discover the intricacies of such topics as biorhythms, leaves, or perceiving and presenting the self.

If only there had been a public mind map on magnets readily available when Insane Clown Posse asked the question, “f*cking ?” magnets, how do they work?”

Built for the knowledge thirsty  

Coggle has had a strong reception among the education community. Many teachers who use it with their students praise its simplicity and ease of use. 

Last spring, students from the Health Club at Tarrant County College worked for over four months to create a giant Coggle mind map for their Anatomy and Physiology course.

They presented the 15 by 8 feet diagram at the national Human Anatomy and Physiology Society conference, where it attracted much attention. The students claimed that the creation process helped them acquire significant Anatomy and Physiology knowledge and helped to memorize new concepts better.

giant mind map

Considered as one of the most user-friendly mind-mapping solutions, along with similar apps like Mindmeister, Bloomfire, Wisemapping, and Bubbl.us, Coggle currently helps over one million people across many industries understand and share information. 

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