Text to mind map

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There are several programs that allow you to produce a mind map, concept map or network from some structured text.

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Text2mindmap[edit]

Text2mindmap

Text2mindmap is probably the best known. It makes simple tree-based mind maps from text. The maps are very plain and the tree format is a limitation for serious work.

Mappio[edit]

Mappio

Also the mind maps libary, Mappio has that function. Again, this produces a tree-structure but provides much more opportunity for formatting and even allows images.

(It’s not obvious how to make a map from text with Mappio because the instructions are slightly out of date, saying there is a “Create new MindMap” link in various places, whereas now it’s a big orange Upload a MindMap button. And you can upload a map as a text file, indented to show the hierarchy, or put the indented text straight in the Comments section for a new map.)

Diagrammr[edit]

Diagrammr

Diagrammr can make concept maps or sequence diagrams from text. Diagrammr has some integration with Google – you can protect and re-find your diagrams by logging in with your Google account. There’s more about it from the author at this blog post.

WebSequenceDiagrams[edit]

WebSequenceDiagrams

WebSequenceDiagrams makes UML sequence diagrams from text. You can select from numerous styles – the example here is “Back of a Napkin” style.

NodeXL[edit]

NodeXL

If you have an Excel spreadsheet of data, NodeXL can make a graph from it. That’s a mathematical graph (nodes and edges – a network) not a statistical graph. This is an altogether more serious application but, like all the others, it’s free, and believe it or not it is from Microsoft.


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Diagramic (seems to be non-functional)[edit]

Diagramic

Diagramic makes non-hierarchical and colorful bubble charts from text.


This has not been working for 3 months. It produces an error message when I pressed “Draw Diagram”. I let them know in November, 2011, but fear this may be a lost cause.

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