NovaMind Review – Idea Organization Mind Map SoftwareSubrina
NovaMind is an idea generating and organizing software which put ideas in an interactive visual map. It is a mind map software for Windows and Mac OS X system. NovaMind Company is established in 2002, in Australia. In the beginning, it was only designed for Mac and the Version 3.0 firstly launches Windows application. Due to corporate change, NovaMind Cloud has been discontinued since October 2016. Although the company faces difficulties, it does not influence its user experience.
This software is designed to create an intuitive mind map, presentation slides and manage the tasks. There are several resources supporting your satisfied mind maps like MS Office-like user interface, automatic layout, media library and pre-set themes etc. With NovaMind, mind mapping is easy for even a green hand user.
NovaMind is compatible with Windows and Mac OS X system. For Mac users, you need to confirm that your update your Mac to 10.9 or higher. While there is no limitation under Windows system.
NovaMind provides three prices for maintaining different usages. For lite users, NovaMind offers a free version for some basic functions. For subscribing users, you have two choices, paying by the month and paying by the year. If you choose to subscribe monthly, $7 is what you should pay each month to get the license. For yearly paying users, you need to pay $72 once for one-year usage of advanced functions. Before subscription, you need to check your Mac system. Only Mac OS X 10.9+ users could have access to this application. Besides, in order to avoid uncertain bugs, you need to create an account before ordering the subscription.
- MS Office-like user interface
- International language support
- Automatic formatting and text Coloring
- Automatic layout adjustments
- Powerful media library & images
- Easily change the theme & style
- 31 line terminators for the link lines
- Multiple Mind Maps per document
- Customize font and color sets
- Task management and project reporting available
- Multiple presentation modes
After downloading this free mind map tool, you will see the user interface of NovaMind which is similar to MS Office 2007 style. The ribbon is almost the same which is suitable for users who are used to operating with MS Office. This type of interface shows tidy and orderly structural options compared with previous cartoonish icons. In addition, the top left green banner of the drawing page shows days left of your plan and shopping trolley icon. If you do not want to subscribe, it will be changed to “Lite User” while if you intend to subscribe further, you can click the shopping trolley icon to come to the online shop page. Thus, the whole interface of NovaMind is unpretentious and simple in business type.
Pros & Cons
Frankly, NovaMind offers dazzling functions as a professional mind mapping software. After experiencing, we find that there are advantages and extreme disadvantages which should be mentioned.
- NovaMind enables you to switch between mind mapping view and outline view or see both simultaneously.
- NovaMind supports complicated task management and presentation mode under powerful toolboxes.
- Novamind is a bit slow and buggy which sometimes will influence working productivity.
- This software is not stable which means you do not know when it will be crashed.
- No tutorial video and guide assist first time users.
It is no doubt that NovaMind becomes a high-quality Mac mind mapping application with many loyal customers. But with more free mind mapping products entering the free PC-installed application market, how further functions will be explored will influence the paying consumers. For a free trial, Novamind is enough, but for paying there is a long road which needs to go.