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(Now replaced by IdeaTree’Live’ – see separate record)

Company / Author[edit]

Troubadour Technology


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What they say[edit]

“See information on current version, renamed as IdeaTreeLive

IdeaTree is about finding the best idea, not just the idea of the most dominant personality. It’s a flowchart for ideas, a visual wiki, a group concept mapper. And it’s dirt-simple to use.

Think of it as back-of-the-napkin brainstorming, shared worldwide. 1) Arrange your ideas on a global tabletop in the form of websites, audio, slides… 2) show how they relate… 3) remove psychological inhibitors, and gain a 40% improvement in number of ideas generated.

IdeaTree sits at the convergence of concept mapping, blogging, and social bookmarking. Being web-based, no installation is necessary.


  • Uploadable files become part of the map.
  • Vote on topics
  • One-click website entry into the map
  • Tunnels between maps
  • Related topics can be clustered
  • Comment summaries
  • Project teams
  • Both Concept-map and Mind-map layout”


An early collaborative concept mapper. Allows embedded maps. This has now been replaced with IdeaTreeLive which has its own record here:

Their website[edit] (now redirects to

Operating System(s)[edit]

Browser based—— Price: USD4/month  |  Status: Historical  |  Date added: 2008-01-13

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