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Posted by Lucas
Oct 8, 2011 at 01:49 AM


Interesting new Windows software for concept mapping and the like—- the developer just released the first public beta. (I have yet to try it.)



I like the name.


Posted by Dr Andus
Oct 8, 2011 at 11:44 AM


Thanks. I’ve been using Cmap Tools (http://cmap.ihmc.us/) for years, which I like for its simplicity and ease of use, so it will be interesting to compare it with ThinkComposer. Are there any other concept mapping tools out there of note?


Posted by Ben
Oct 8, 2011 at 01:32 PM


I regularly use Tuft’s Vue: http://vue.tufts.edu/


Posted by Alexander Deliyannis
Oct 8, 2011 at 07:20 PM


The other well-known concept mapping platform is Compendium http://compendium.open.ac.uk/institute/

Interestingly, all three (Cmap Tools, Compendium and VUE the most recent entrant) have been developed in academic environments and have been used in a significant number of papers.


Posted by Dr Andus
Oct 8, 2011 at 08:08 PM


VUE is very nice. I just had a quick try and I think I’ll be switching from CMAP Tools with immediate effect. I love the rapid prototyping function and the fact that you are not forced to define relationships, as CMAP Tools does. But the nice thing is that there is zero learning curve involved. Compendium just somehow strikes me as more daunting, so I wasn’t tempted to download it, as I’m busy and it feels like there is more of a learning curve involved, judging simply from their website and the screenshots. But thank you both for your suggestions.


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